Articles:

When Your Kids Are Away In College, How Should You Choose a Repair Facility?

When your kids are away in college and their car needs service or has a breakdown, what should you do? As parents of college-age kids, we can tell you it’s no fun being in that situation -- for the college kid, nor for the parent. But there are a few things you can do to choose the right auto mechanic and not get taken advantage of when your child is miles away from home. Prepare ahead of time. If you and your college students put a lot of thought into what college they would attend, you probably had a chance to tour the campus, look for an apartment, scope out the grocery stores, and the nearest hospital. While you’re in town, scoping out the local layout, why not ask the university faculty and locals where they take their vehicles for service? Or, do a quick Google Maps search to find out which auto repair shops are located nearby. Bonus points if you can find an auto repair shop that specializes in servicing your brand of vehicle. Check reviews. You can check review ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Get to Know the Yorba Linda Auto Service Team

Do you think you know about the Yorba Linda Auto Service team? You might have met one or two of us, but not the entire team. Here, then, are some “fun facts” about the team that you might not have known! Tim Guy Tim has worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. Along with being a Service Advisor, Tim also does our marketing and community outreach. Tim is continually working on his service writing skills by taking service writing classes in his spare time. On the weekends Tim enjoys hiking the Azusa Mountains, riding his motorcycle, and golfing. He also likes to go to the desert for target shooting and off-roading in his jeep. Logan H. Logan is a Professional Automotive Technician, which means he gets a kick out of fixing nearly anything you can throw at him, at least in the way of automotive problems. Travis Guy Travis is a Service Advisor, who joined the YLAS family after earning his degree in sports journalism at Northern Arizona University. He then w ... read more

Categories:

Services

Top Gift Ideas For The Auto Enthusiast

We know what you’re thinking. Your friend, the lover of all things automotive, already has everything he or she wants. And if they don’t, they can go buy it for themselves online! But around the holidays, giving gifts is something that all of us do. Even a small gift can be very much appreciated. Here are some ideas for you. Mirrors Yes, your friend probably already has mirrors for the car, but there are no-blind-spot rear view mirrors that can really help out in the wintry weather. And who doesn’t want a 180-degree-view when they’re driving? Nobody, that’s who! Car Fobs If the car lover in your life doesn’t already have a car fob, it’s easy enough to get one. And this is a gift that won’t break the bank, either! Plus, they may not have a car fob for each and every car they have, if they have more than one car. Or maybe their car fob is all worn out and needs to be replaced. Key Finder Speaking of keys, where are those keys anyway ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Helpful Life Hacks For Stress-Free Holiday Road Trips

We’ve all been on that stressful holiday road trip. You get lost, one of the headlights goes out, and the kids start crying because all the good flavors of jelly beans have been eaten. You smell something funny and you’re afraid it’s inside the car, the dog gets sick, and everyone looks at you like it’s your fault. You almost want to stay home rather than risk another holiday road trip. But we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like that! Plan Ahead Have your route mapped out, to begin with. If your route is one where there is often bad traffic, start checking the day or even a week ahead to see when the best time would be to go. Google Maps now has a feature that tells you how long the trip will take depending upon when you want to get somewhere or when you want to leave. Sometimes, changing when you leave by just a few minutes will save you lots of sitting in traffic. Then there are the apps. Waze is a good one that will keep you updated with alternate r ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Why Is A 3-Year/36,000-Mile Warranty Such A Big Deal?

Some auto repair shops offer warranties for certain parts. Often, when you look closely those warranties aren’t worth very much. There may be a ton of hoops you have to jump through. Or, they might just want you to get on their mailing lists. We’re thinking of those “warranties” that come with appliances like a crockpot that aren’t really warranties at all. Bad Warranties Are Everywhere Sometimes an extended warranty doesn’t make sense to buy. It’s a numbers game when a company selling an appliance offers you an extended warranty: the company knows how often people forget they have the warranty, don’t use it, or forget they have it in the first place. So they usually make money when you buy that kind of warranty. Our Warranty is One of the Good Ones Now, a lot of auto repair shops will offer a 1-year/12,000-mile warranty. And of course, sometimes those turn out to be just right for your vehicle. But other times on the 366th day, that pricey part you ... read more

Ten Things You May Not Know About Yorba Linda Auto Service

Yorba Linda Auto Service is a friendly, family-owned auto repair shop that proudly serves the communities around Placentia, California. We strive to make quality our primary goal and that we are a trustworthy team made up of ASE-Certified Automotive Technicians and Service Advisors. We are the only ASE Blue Seal of Excellence shop in Placentia and Yorba Linda that service Domestic and Asian cars. That means we have met the criteria to be recognized for Automotive Service Excellence and we meet the high-standards set by this organization. We are a multi-generation, family-owned business and we have proudly serviced and repaired the vehicles of multi-generations of local families. From great-grandfathers to freshly minted teen drivers, our family loves serving all the families that come to us for auto repair. We have a mission to make a positive impact both within our local community and also how the ge ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Keeping Your Teen Safe on the Road: Things They Should Look Out For

Ah, Freedom! That’s the feeling a teenage driver gets while driving a car. Actually, it’s a feeling all drivers get when they hit the open road, but teens have a tendency to go a little crazy with their newfound freedoms behind the wheel. That’s why it’s important to steer your teenage driver toward safe driving practices and basic automotive maintenance. To keep your teen safe on the road, there are 5 things they should look out for. These five things will help maintain their vehicles. Not only will your teen’s car, truck, or SUV be more reliable, but the risk of a car breaking down on the side of the road in an unknown location will be reduced. Here are the five things every teenage driver should look out for: Oil changes As a general rule, most foreign and domestic vehicles should have their oil changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. If your car is has high mileage, you may consider changing the oil every three months. Oil and filter change frequency depend ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

How Is Your Car Similar To The Human Body?

Are you someone with an older car that you love? If you are, then you’ll want to read this. An older car of say, older than 10 years is like a senior citizen in the automotive world. When your car is new and fresh, it rarely has automotive issues. But as you age, your body, like your car, requires more care and certainly more preventive maintenance. Preventive Maintenance While we always believe in preventive maintenance, it’s even more critical as a car ages. Like your body, things in a car tend to break down as they get older. For example, hoses may become more inflexible and break. Gaskets get worn down and may leak. An older car is more likely to creak, and the brakes may get worn out. The suspension may be “squishy,” too. And the electronics often go haywire in older cars as well. What to Do? As we age, we need to go to the doctor more often for checkups. We can’t skip three or four years of doc ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Best Day Trips Near Yorba Linda & Placentia

We know that you’re probably all familiar with Disneyland, and while we love Disneyland, there are lots of other local attractions near Yorba Linda and Placentia, too. Many places are family-friendly and offer all the amenities that you need when traveling with your family. Here are some of our best day trips. K1 Speed is a wonderful little indoor go-kart racing place in Anaheim. The go-karts can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, which seems pretty fast when you’re indoors on a small track. It’s really fun to race with your friends and your family! There’s a small snack bar, and they have specials on some days, but you might want to call ahead to see. Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City are both a short car ride away. Both are family-friendly amusement parks with lots of rides and things to do for the whole family. There are live shows as well as rides and quieter places for smaller, shyer kids, too. Knott’s Soak City is not as well known, but your kids will love the focus on ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Top 5 Reasons To Prepare Your Vehicle For Summer Weather

You’ve probably read that you should prepare your vehicle for the summer weather, but did anyone ever tell you why? There are several reasons, and probably more than five, but these are the top five. The temperatures have been warming up every year, and this summer will probably be no exception. Before you’re stuck on some lonely desert highway with no cell phone coverage, get your vehicle ready for the heat. Your cooling system needs some extra attention before you head out for vacation. Let us check your radiator and tighten all those loose hoses, so you feel extra safe and secure heading into the heat. Dust can be a big issue when there hasn’t been any rain. Although people think of California as green, everyone who lives here knows how dry and dusty everything is in the summer. That dust can get into your vents, your door jambs, and even inside the car. It can be pretty annoying. Dust can also get into the engine and cause all kinds of problems. Let us take a look before yo ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips
12
If You Are Using A Screen Reader And Are Having Problems Using This Website, please call Yorba Linda Auto Service (714) 970-8774 For Assistance.