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Scary Noises and What They Might Mean

You are driving along, and you hear an alarmingly noise when you turn around a corner. This situation is not cause for panic, as the team at Yorba Linda Auto Service Center is here to help. An unusual noise can various things, but our technicians have keen diagnostic ability for identifying the root cause of funky noise or odd smell.  Typically, most car noises originate from the belts and pulleys, hoses, exhaust system, suspension system, tires’ contact with the road, or braking and aerodynamic inference. If your vehicle is making any of these noises listed below, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to our shop for an inspection, and we will figure out exactly what they mean.  Any sound you hear when you turn around a corner.  An unusual flapping sound.  If your car has a manual transmission, and you hear a grinding noise when you change gears.  Hissing or sizzling coming from under your hood.  A knocking sound originating from your engine ... read more

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Get Ready for Tailgating

Football season is almost here, which means it is almost time for tailgating! Tailgating is the perfect way to spend time with your family, while still getting some quality time with your vehicle. There are, of course, a few necessities of tailgating, but it is easy to forget about equipping your car. Don’t worry; the team at Yorba Linda Auto Service has covered. We are here to help you and your vehicle ready for tailgating:  Plan ahead! It is important to check the weather to see if you need to prepare for any unexpected weather conditions. To keep everyone dry, you might want to include a pop-up tent or bring panchos for your guests.  Tailgating wouldn’t be completely without the food. It is crucial to keep the food properly stored to prevent it from both spoiling and spilling. We recommend bringing along some paper towels and hand sanitizer to stop messes from spreading and to keep your guests happy.  Throwing back a cold one while enjoying the game is ... read more

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Making the Most of Your Service -- What to Tell Your Mechanic

At Yorba Linda Auto Service, we want you to make the most out of your service. When you bring your vehicle to our facility for the first time, we enter a partnership with you, aiming to keep your vehicle on the road for as long as possible. If you are unsure of what to tell your technician, here are a few pointers.  Be sure to provide information to your technician on what you are experiencing. If your brakes are feeling squishy when you slow down to a stop, make sure to tell us. We want to know, so we can pay close attention to that potential problem area. No detail is too small, and trust your intuition. If something seems amiss, there is no harm in telling our team.  Let us know if you want a specific service performed. Most of the time, we will perform a thorough inspection to identify any issues that may come up now or in the future. If you know your vehicle just needs an oil change, let us directly know.  If you have any questions, ask! We firmly believe that th ... read more

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Favorite Driving Songs for Summertime

We love nothing more than hitting the open road, blasting our tunes, and escaping reality for a few moments. It can be a challenge to find the perfect tunes for your drive, especially songs that are automotive related and will get your heart racing. We at Yorba Linda Auto Service are here to help. Here are our favorite driving songs for summertime:  “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd “Truckin’” by Grateful Dead “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads “Graceland” by Paul Simon “Take It Easy” by the Eagles “America” by Simon and Garfunkel Download on Amazon “Route 66” by Chuck Berry “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat “I’v ... read more

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June Maintenance for Your Car

June seems to be full of milestones -- graduation, the accomplishment of another year, and so on. It is also an important time of year for your vehicle, as it marks the time your car needs summertime maintenance. This maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle healthy and safe.  Bring your vehicle to the technicians at Yorba Linda Auto Service, and we will quickly and accurately service your car, optimizing safety, and driveability. Here are some examples of the components our technicians will examine, depending on the mileage, make, and model of your vehicle.  There are seven essential fluids in your car: oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, air conditioning coolant, and power steering fluid. Plus, you should visually inspect these following systems: Battery A/C System  Tires Engine Belts Windshield Wipers Air Filter Alignment  Brakes Cooling System  Your vehicle is one of the most significant investments you will make in yo ... read more

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How to Plan a Perfect Road Trip

Summer is almost here! It is time to start planning out all your vacation ideas. If you love cars as much as us, we bet a road trip is number one on your list for vacation ideas this summer. We recognize that for many of our clients, you have enough to worry about. When it comes to planning a road trip, especially if you have children, there is a lot to do. Fortunately, you can leave the auto repair side to our team.  The first step to planning a perfect road trip is looking under the hood, as your vehicle is an important piece of the puzzle. At Yorba Linda Auto Service, our technicians will service and inspect:  Fluids -- oil and coolant.  Lights.  Wheels and tires.  Brake pads.  Brakes and clutch.  Drive belts.  Spare wheel (make sure you have one, just in case!) Steering System Keep an eye out for any leaks.  Windshield wipers.  Together, we can make sure your road trip can go off without a hitch. Bring your vehicle to Yor ... read more

Emergency Car Kit Essentials

We have all heard of the saying: “better safe than sorry!” This expression should be applied to our safety on the road too, as we can never know what to expect out. With an emergency car kit, we can practically be prepared for anything, so read through our list of emergency car kit essentials, put our favorite saying “better safe than sorry” into practice, and get right to work!  Jumper cables  Flares or triangle reflectors.  A quart of motor oil.  A gallon of coolant.  First-aid kit.  Non-perishable snacks.  Blanket.  Flashlight and batteries.  Bottled water.   Ice scraper (if you are planning a trip to the snow).  Tool kit with basic tools, such as screwdriver, piler, adjustable wrench, and a pocket knife.  While you get your emergency kit together, our team at Yorba Linda Auto Service can perform a thorough inspection, ensuring each aspect of your vehicle is performing in tip-top shap ... read more

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Spring Cleaning for Your Car

What is it about spring that makes us want to deep clean? It’s all about new beginnings, a fresh start, the growth of something different. It feels lovely to release the old and in brace the new. When we take the time to purge, let go of, beautify our surroundings it can’t help but give us a renewed sense of being. When it comes to spring cleaning, we tend to focus on our closets, cabinets, drawers, and garages. There's more, though; don't leave out your car! In some ways, your car is the best place to start your spring cleaning efforts. It is not as big or daunting as your garage, garden, house. Those are much bigger areas to conquer! Start small, and dig into your the spring cleaning of your vehicle. Begin with the outside, rejuvenating your car's outer beauty. Getting rid of all the winter dirt, mud, and muck will make you both feel much better. It's kind of like a dog shaking off after rolling around in the dirt! From there, move to the interior. Bring ... read more

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

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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

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