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What’s The Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters?

What’s The Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters?

Most modern vehicles have two different air filters -- your cabin air filter and your engine air filter. It is easy to get these two air filters confused. They sound the same. However, don’t let their name fool you. Your cabin air filter and engine air filter may be composed of the same materials, but their functions are entirely different.  Your engine air filter, as the name suggests, is located in your engine! Your engine also has an intake system that pulls in air. The air entering your vehicle needs to be clean and free of any debris, dirt, or other contaminants. Your engine air filter is responsible for filtering the air before it reaches your engine. When your engine air filter is not well-maintained, all that excess dirt, debris, or grime can enter your engine and cause damage to other components. Our team can examine your engine air filter, and if necessary, perform a replacement.  Looks can be deceiving -- your cabin air filter and engine air filter perform ... read more

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Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready?

Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready?

We are all so ready for spring -- the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds, the grass is starting to grow, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Even though you might be ready for spring, your vehicle might not be. Winter takes a toll on your vehicle, and your vehicle has to work overtime during this season.  Before spring is officially here, we recommend bringing your vehicle to our shop, so we can get your vehicle ready for spring. Here are some must-do services our technicians will perform:  Take time for your tires. Even though winter may be coming to an end, we all have heard of the saying: “April showers mean May flowers.” While your vehicle is at Placentia Super Service, we will take a look at your tires and see if they need to be rotated or if the air pressure needs to be checked.  Don’t forget about your windshield wipers. The chilly temperatures in winter can wreak havoc on your windshield wiper blades. Even if your blades look like ... read more

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7 Valentine’s Day Gifts for The Car Lover in Your Life

 7 Valentine’s Day Gifts for The Car Lover in Your Life

Valentine’s Day is less than 14 days away, which means it is time to start thinking about getting the perfect gift for your loved one. If your special someone is a car lover, you might find yourself struggling to figure out what to get them. Fortunately, the team at Placentia Super Service is made up of car enthusiasts. As the saying goes, “it takes one to know one,” we can help you get the best gift for the car lover in your life.  Each of these gifts is destined to succeed, and we think this Valentine’s Day will be unforgettable. Here are seven Valentine’s Day gifts for the car lover in your life:  Driving Gloves: who doesn’t love a nice pair of old-fashioned driving gloves? Your sweetheart can drive through Placentia feeling like a racecar driver.  Car Wash Kit: This gift can be purchased at virtually any auto parts store, and your special someone can easily clean and keep their vehicle clean.  Car Cover: If your loved one ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions for Being a Better Car Owner

New Year’s Resolutions for Being a Better Car Owner

Happy New Year’s from the team at Placentia Super Service! We want to wish everyone a safe and healthy 2021. The New Year also means it is time for a fresh start, which means it is the perfect opportunity to start thinking of resolutions. Many of us might be thinking of resolutions to improve our health and lifestyle, but what about your vehicle?  Your vehicle is such an important part of your life -- think of how much you rely on your car each day. New Year’s resolutions geared toward your vehicle are an excellent way to show your car a little extra TLC this year. Not only will these resolutions preserve the longevity and driveability of your car, but they can also help you save money in the long-run. We have compiled a list of New Year’s Resolutions to help you become a better car owner:  Keep up with preventive maintenance. If you are looking to keep your vehicle through 2021 and beyond, preventative maintenance is key. The team at Placentia Super Servi ... read more

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Why Winterization in Southern CA is Still a Must

Why Winterization in Southern CA is Still a Must

We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area, as Southern CA doesn’t have severe seasons. Even though we aren’t dealing with tons of snow, we deal with bouts of rain and drops in temperature. The slight change in temperature and weather does affect our vehicle, and the team at Placentia Super Service wants you to have a safe and happy winter season.  We can’t believe how quickly the holidays are approaching. Before we know it, Christmas will be here, and we will be celebrating New Year’s. We recommend bringing your vehicle to our shop before the holidays are here, so our team can winterize your car. Our team will give these components of your car, among others, a little extra TLC during the winter:  During summer, oil from unburned fuel in your exhaust gases collect on roadway surfaces throughout Southern California. Oil does float on water, so that any rain can turn this oil into a dangerously slick surface. Your tires need to be correctly inflated ... read more

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Thanksgiving Road Trip Checklist

Thanksgiving Road Trip Checklist

We can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the Fourth of July. Even though the holidays might look a little different this year, the team at Placentia Super Service still wants you to be prepared if you are planning a holiday road trip. We want to make sure your vehicle is up for the task, wherever you are planning to go this Thanksgiving.  In the wake of COVID-19, you might be planning to stay home this holiday. Even so, your vehicle needs to be ready for the drop in temperatures expected to occur during the holiday season. Going through these services, our team will make sure your vehicle is prepared for whatever is in store this Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday season:  During colder temperatures, your car battery will take up more energy and will have to work that much harder. Your battery is more vulnerable to dying as the temperatures begin to change, and we make the transition from fall to winter. Our technic ... read more

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Air Filters & Ash -- How the California Wildfires Can Affect Your Vehicle

Air Filters & Ash -- How the California Wildfires Can Affect Your Vehicle

Wildfires are raging throughout California, and the team at Placentia Super Service is immensely grateful for the firefighters who are working so diligently to keep us safe. These wildfires are also affecting our health, as smoke and ash are beginning to clog the air. We might find our lungs having to work that much harder, staying inside to protect our health. Similar to how the smoke and ash is affecting us, the wildfires' effects are beginning to take their toll on our vehicles.  Your cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning and filtering the air that comes into your cabin through the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. When you don't change your air filter, your vehicle's HVAC system will be compromised. Your air filter stops contaminants, including dirt, dust, smoke, smog, pollen, and mold spores, from entering your cabin. When air passes through the filter, the filter traps the contaminants, stopping any debris from reaching your vehicle ... read more

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Labor Day Getaways Within Driving Distance of Placentia, CA

In the wake of COVID-19, we may all be getting a little stir-crazy, and time can’t seem to fly by any faster. We can’t believe it is September already. With September here and Labor Day upon us, we thought it would be the perfect time to get out of Placentia. Before you head out, we recommend checking out to see the current shelter-in-place protocols and hours.  We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area, rich with lovely landscapes and scenic coastlines. You can drive by one of the picturesque beaches or retreat to the mountains or desert. Here are some Labor Day getaways within driving distance of Placentia, CA:  Malibu: If you love to drive and are craving the open road, Malibu is your best choice. The city is situated 27 miles west of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, along the edges of the Santa Monica Mountains. The town is on both sides of the Pacific Coast Highway, and the road winds through canyons and over mountains.  ... read more

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Keep Your Car Hydrated with Maintenance of These 5 Important Fluids

For many of us, we don't spend that much time thinking about our vehicle's inner workings. We put our key into the ignition, shift the gear into drive, and be ready to go! However, to drive safely and smoothly, a lot goes on underneath the hood. Your car is made up of various components that all work together to ensure your vehicle operates safely.  We don't usually think about what is under the hood until something stops working. The team at Placentia Super Service is here to remind you that if you are looking to keep your vehicle running safely and smoothly for years to come, preventative maintenance is necessary. You need to stay proactive, which means bringing your car to Placentia Super Service for service before you are dealing with a potentially expensive and dangerous problem. There are several components of your vehicle that will need a little TLC from time to time, but we would like to highlight the importance of keeping your car hydrated.  You can thi ... read more

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10 Tips for Driving Safely in School Zones

10 Tips for Driving Safely in School Zones

2020 is just flying by! Next thing you know, our children will be back in school, and we will be racing to drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon! In the wake of COVID-19, many of us may be looking forward to our little ones to be returning to school, and most of our little ones have started actually to miss their classroom time.  We may be racing our kids back to school in the fall, but we still have to be mindful of the other drivers on the road, along with other students on their way to class. The team at Placentia Super Service is here to help with these ten tips for driving safely in school zones:  If you are on your way to work, you might want to adjust your route to avoid school zones altogether.  Step on the brakes and pay attention to speed limits! Speed limits in school zones tend to be 5-10 miles per hour.  Be on the lookout for buses -- passing a stopped school bus is actually against the law.  Keep a close eye out for k ... read more

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