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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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The Importance of Your Cooling System in the Summer

 The Importance of Your Cooling System in the Summer

The summer months of June, July, and August mean rising temperatures and high levels of heat. We start to prepare for summer by breaking out the bathing suits, applying sunscreen, and turning on the A/C. While we may feel cool as a cucumber, we can't forget about your vehicle. Our vehicles often take the brunt of the summer heat, while we are cool and comfortable in our air-conditioned cabin.  What precisely cools your engine? The heat will build up inside your engine, and it needs to be released. Your engine's cool system is responsible for issuing that heat that continues to build to those high temperatures in your engine. Water and coolant will transport that heat out of your engine to your radiator. Your radiator will transfer that heat to the metal fins in the evaporator and will be blown into the air. When your coolant is dirty with rust, scale, or any other grime, it can cause severe damage to your engine -- it can corrode your coolant system's passageways, blo ... read more

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How To Reduce Your Vehicle’s Carbon Footprint

How To Reduce Your Vehicle’s Carbon Footprint

We are living in unprecedented times right now, and for many of us, we are looking for east and simple ways to save money that will pay off in the long-run. Reducing your vehicle’s carbon footprint is not only conducive to the environment but also helpful if you are adhering to a budget as it increases your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Reducing your vehicle’s carbon footprint, along with saving a few dollars, begins with your wheel alignment.  Wheels that aren’t aligned will drag, instead of rolling freely. Misaligned wheels can actually reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10%, which equals to approximately 31 cents per gallon. Tires also wear out much faster. In turn, this can cause uneven tire wear and then lower gas mileage. When your vehicle’s wheels are not aligned, they are not working cohesively. Instead, they are working against each other. Your engine has to work extra hard to get your vehicle to move, which means more gas overall is used. Af ... read more

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The Past, Present, and Future of Self-Driving Cars

The Past, Present, and Future of Self-Driving Cars

We’ve heard and continue to hear about self-driving cars, but we have yet to see them out on our roads, and how did these self-driving cars get their start? The team at Placentia Super Service is here to break it down for you, starting with the past and ending with the future of self-driving cars.  The technicians at Placentia Super Service in Placentia strives to stay on the cutting-edge of technology. The automotive industry is ever changing, but our team is ready for whatever the industry throws our way, including self-driving cars. Take a look at this breakdown of the past, present, and future of self-driving cars:  Past: The biggest technological breakthroughs for driverless cars happened in the 1980s with the availability of cheaper and smaller computer parts. Subsequently, Jaguar Cars developed a vehicle with autopilot mode, which included cruise control, collision warning, and automatic lane following. This vehicle was one of the first successful projects for ... read more

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