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Should You Change Your Oil Every 5000 Miles?

Should You Change Your Oil Every 5000 Miles?

How often should you change your oil? An oil change is a quintessential auto repair service. Whenever you think of auto repair, you can’t help but think of an oil change. However, you would be surprised to learn how many people don’t know when to get an oil change, or forget about it all together. The team at Japanese Carmasters is here to help, starting with the question of when your vehicle needs an oil change.  The typical answer is “you should get your oil changed every 5,000 miles.” However, this answer depends on numerous things, including your driving habits, like stop and go traffic or speeding. If you drive under severe conditions, like you spend quite a bit of time driving in the mountains, you may need to change your oil more frequently. If you never drive your vehicle, you also won’t have to get an oil change as frequently. The answer to this question really depends on you!  The team at Japanese Carmasters is here to help you answer ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready For The Holidays?

Is Your Vehicle Ready For The Holidays?

The holidays are almost here. Soon enough, we will be planning trips to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving, the in-laws for Christmas, and your family friends for New Years Eve. You may be ready for holiday travel, but what about your vehicle? We recognize how busy the holiday season can get, from shopping for the perfect gift to planning the yummiest dinner. Your vehicle is the last thing you need to worry about.  Bring your vehicle to our facility, and we will make sure your vehicle is ready for the holidays:  Tires: To ensure even wear, it is important to have your tires inspected and rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Worn tires can directly impact your car’s safety, including yours and your passengers.  Alignment: It is both tiring and dangerous to fight with a unaligned vehicle, especially if you are stuck in holiday traffic. Not only is it unsafe, but it also means money wasted through uneven tread wear.  Don’t forget about the outsid ... read more

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Best Road Trips Near San Diego

Best Road Trips Near San Diego

We are fortunate to live in such a lovely place, complete with picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views. The team at Japanese Carmasters encourages you to take advantage of our state and plan a road trip. We have brainstormed and decided on the best road trips near San Diego. Here are five road trips that should definitely be on your bucket list.  Sunrise Scenic Byway: This 24-mile road travels through East San Diego County, and the name truly says it all. Enjoy the glow of the sunrise, as you travel through Laguna Mountain Recreation Area and along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in the Cleveland National Forest. Ortega Highway Mountain Escape: If you explore this road in the wintertime, you will immediately be reminded of a Winterland. You will see a landscape lightly dusted in a blanket of snow.  Rim of the World Scenic Byway: This route passes through the wilderness of the Los Angeles basin, and the views of Big Bear Lake are absolutely breathtaking.  ... read more

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Why Your Car’s Suspension System & Alignment Is Important

Why Your Car’s Suspension System & Alignment Is Important

Each system in your engine plays a vital role in ensuring your vehicle drives safely and smoothly. Your car’s suspension system and the alignment of your wheels play an exceptionally special role in ensuring your drive is safe and smooth. In fact, without a properly working suspension system and tires that are properly aligned, you might find yourself bumping along.  Your car’s suspension system and correct alignment are responsible for keeping your car in control, as it will maximize the contact between the tires and the road. It is also key to the comfort of your passengers, especially if you are driving on a bumpy or rough road. Your shocks and struts make up a vital component of your suspension system, as they:  Monitor spring and suspension.  Maintain secure handling and braking.  Prevent early tire wear and tear.  Make sure the tires stay on the road.  Reduce vehicle bounce, roll, and sway.  Lessen the wear and damage on other ... read more

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Why You Should Include An Expert Automotive Diagnostician In Your Circle Of Close Friends

Why You Should Include An Expert Automotive Diagnostician In Your Circle Of Close Friends

At Japanese Carmasters, we want our customers to feel at ease. We thrive on our ability to provide the best customer service in San Diego. They always say you should have a team of go-to folks when you get into trouble, like a good lawyer or an on-call plumber. It would be best if you also had an auto mechanic that you can trust to take care of your family vehicles. Consider us YOUR expert automotive diagnostician and visit our shop anytime you need us. Japanese Carmasters proudly services foreign and domestic cars. Our auto repair team will be happy to service your vehicle, communicate what needs repair, and go the extra mile to provide you a stress-free experience. We are a family-operated business, and for many years, we have strived to provide the best quality service possible. In our reviews, we receive a lot of positive customer comments about our attention to detail. At Japanese Carmasters, we always strive to provide attentive service for you and your vehicles.   Our te ... read more

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Five Best Reasons To Service Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioning System

Five Best Reasons To Service Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioning System

Now that we are in June and the temperatures are climbing, we tend to rely more upon our vehicle’s air conditioning system. A lot of us take our A/C system for granted when all is well. But we can get super uncomfortable the minute the air conditioning system in our car isn’t working properly. To keep your vehicle’s A/C system running well, you should maintain it regularly, of course. When you bring your vehicle to Japanese Carmasters for major or minor service, for example, we check your air conditioning system during our multi-point inspection to make sure it’s able to keep you cool. That’s a given. But have you ever thought about the best reasons to service your vehicle’s air conditioning system? Here are the five best reasons we can think of, and we hope it encourages you to never ignore servicing your vehicle again. Keep yourself cool. -- Okay, this is pretty obvious. You want to make sure you’re comfortable while driving, and we agree ... read more

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BRAKE SERVICE

It’s critical to maintain your brakes and the accessories that help them work with regular checkups and service. This helps ensure your safety while driving your vehicle so you can slow down and stop when needed. So, it’s important to know the signs to check for to determine whether or not your brakes need repair. Here’s what you need to know about brake service: Know the Different Types of Brake Pads Manufacturers don’t make all brakes in the same way. So, it’s essential to get the brake pads that fit your needs. Here are three common types of brake pads you can choose from: Semi-Metallic. This is the most common type of brake pads used and for a good reason. It’s durable and one of the best types of brake pads for heat transfer. However, semi-metallic brakes are noisy and can wear down your rotors faster than types of brake pads. It’s also not the best option for low-temperature locations. Non-Asbestos Organic ... read more

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CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

Your car is a pretty amazing machine. It’s built to withstand severe weather such as snow, ice, and thunderstorms. Even during a torrential downpour, you can stay safe and dry in your vehicle. It’s built with special censors that alert you when something wrong. No matter what car you own, the electronic-control system will send a signal that flashes a light representing the whereabouts of the issue. So, when the ‘Check Engine’ light comes on your dashboard it’s easy to get alarmed. While it’s important to be concerned and check it out, sometimes it’s as simple as the gas cap not fastened tight enough. These steps will assist you with what to do if your check engine light comes on in your car. What Does it Mean? Some vehicles ‘Check Engine’ light will display in red, yellow, or orange. Others may just have the engine symbol in either of those three colors. Either way, a mechanic should assess the situation as soon as possible. Ins ... read more

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