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Leo's Auto Repair Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario plays out every day at california auto repair facilities. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the car will need to undergo a diagnostic examination. The typical car has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at Leo's Auto Repair in lomita are the ones who tackle the difficult diagnostic jobs. Once they have determined the c ... read more

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Exhaust

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your lomita Vehicle

Imagine you've left lomita and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we lomita residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can take the wh ... read more

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Alignment

Below 45 Degrees in lomita: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and lomita drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. california drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the lomita area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with california winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at lomita temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that lomita drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been improved to move snow, s ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Automotive Tips from Leo's Auto Repair: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

When lomita drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Your friendly and professional Leo's Auto Repair tire professional can help you know when your worn tires should be replaced, if you can have a damaged tire repaired as well as selecting the right tires for your needs.Give us a call.Leo's Auto Repair1860 pacific coast hwylomita, california 907173103257776http://www.leosautorepair.com

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Tires and Wheels

Easy Miles – Do lomita Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly and you are driving under severe conditions.Let's look at the parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around lomita are harder on an engine than longer ones. As your engine cools down, water in the air condenses onto the engine. When you heat the engine again, the water evaporates off. This is healthy. But on short trips, the engine doesn't stay hot enough long enough for all of the water to evaporate. So it starts t ... read more

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Leo's Auto Repair

Anyone who drives a car in lomita knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant) through the engine where it absorbs heat. It then flows to the radiator where the water and antifreeze are cooled by the air that flows over the radiator. Then it circulates back into the vehicle's engine to absorb more heat.Why shouldn't lomita auto owners just use water? Because water boils at temperatures that are often reached inside of an engine. Steam won't cool your vehicle engine and is hard to contain within the cooling system. The antifreeze keeps the water from boiling.So why do we call i ... read more

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Cooling System

Ask Leo's Auto Repair: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why lomita drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Leo's Auto Repair in lomita. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost on the road, in ... read more

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Timing Belt

On Board Diagnostics for lomita Motorists

Some lomita vehicle owners wonder why Leo's Auto Repair and other lomita auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at Leo's Auto Repair for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the lomita area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy california road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a Leo's Auto Repair diagnosis may be much more involved.Much of the lomita driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem. There's a common misconception among california drivers that the trouble code tells the Leo's Auto Repair technician exactly ... read more

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for lomita

lomita drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the lomita area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, lomita residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge - but they need a little help to keep on going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for lomita drivers to stay on top of routine aut ... read more

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Fuel System

What lomita Customers like About Us at Leo's Auto Repair

A big part of the service we provide at Leo's Auto Repair for our lomita customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued lomita area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Leo's Auto Repair automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our lomita customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Leo's Auto Repair is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in lomita live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Leo's Auto Repair service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service. We hope california ... read more