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Best Weekend Getaways For Families In Southern California

Best Weekend Getaways For Families In Southern California

Spring break will be here before you know it, and if you like to plan ahead, now would be the perfect time to start thinking of spring break destinations for you and your family. Fortunately, the team at Japanese Carmasters has come to the rescue. Here are the best weekend getaways for families in Southern California:  Dana Point: If you are looking to soak in the sun, Dana Point is a relaxing spot for families on a budget. It is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Joshua Tree: For hiking, camping, or snapping pictures of the Dr. Seussian trees, Joshua Tree is the perfect place for outdoor adventures.  Big Bear: Located only 1.5 hours away from Los Angeles, you can ski, snowboard, and play in the snow to your heart’s desire at Big Bear.  Carlsbad: Carlsbad is the home to both LEGOLAND California and the legendary Flower Fields, which can you can explore to your heart’s content.  Oxnard: This beach town is just north of Malibu an ... read more

Tips For Driving In Snow, Just In Case Winter Surprises Us Again In San Diego

Tips For Driving In Snow, Just In Case Winter Surprises Us Again In San Diego

We never know what Mother Nature may have in store for us. Last year, winter surprised us in Southern California. In February 2019, it snowed in Los Angeles, at Lake Elsinore and in the Elsinore Mountains, and it was so thick, it closed the I-5 Grapevine. Just in case Mother Nature decides to decorate our Southern California mountaintops with some snow, we want you to be prepared. Here are some tips for driving in the snow:  Think smooth! In the snow, your tires aren’t gripping the road very well, and if you drive with jerky movements, you might find yourself in a tricky situation. Slow and steady will win the race.  Think ahead! The key to staying safe is anticipation. The slippier the road gets, the more you need to think, look, and plan ahead. If you see an upcoming turn or stop, make sure to slow down and focus.  Most of our vehicles will be equipped with a stability-control system. If your wheels are straying off the intended path, you will see a flashing w ... read more

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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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October Is Brake Awareness Month!

October is brake awareness month, which means it is the perfect time to schedule an appointment at Japanese Carmasters in San Diego for brake service. October is brake awareness month for specific reasons, as this month marks the occasion of many changes -- changes that can affect the safety on the roads.  It is officially fall. With winter quickly approaching, we can expect the sun going down much sooner. Some drivers on the streets aren’t yet aware of this change, which can make for cautious driving. If you need to stop, you want your brakes to react quickly and accurately, especially if you are dealing with pedestrians that haven’t yet realized it is now dark out at 5:00 PM.  October also means Halloween! Even though this holiday is full of fun and festivity, with just a sprinkle of spookiness, your night can easily take a turn for the worst. Children are twice as more likely to fatal vehicular accident on Halloween night as any other day. On Halloween night ... 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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Hybrid Service available at JCM!

Hybrids are great, they safe you money and time at the pump and they are better for the environment than more traditional gas powered vehicles. But much like diesel engines they due come with their own unique set of issues. So if you have a dashboard malfunction indicator light on, let us know and we will be happy to quickly diagnose the issue and get you back on the road before you know it in a hybrid that is both safe and reliable. It is important to have your hybrid vehicle inspected sooner rather than later whenever you suspect an issue. This is because hybrids are extremely efficient vehicles and if it is experiencing a malfunction, then it may be expelling more exhaust than you, as the driver, ever intended. While hybrids due operate on battery power in certain instances it is still important to keep up with your manufacturer’s maintenance suggestions. Keep in mind though that these suggestions are based on ideal driving conditions and on a timetable of about 12,000 a yea ... read more

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