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Yearly Archives: 2016

Toyota Sienna Safety Recall for Sliding Doors

Toyota Sienna Safety Recall for Sliding Doors

Toyota Sienna Safety Recall for Sliding Doors On Nov. 22, 2016, Toyota issued a safety recall for about 744,000 model year 2011 - 2016 Toyota Sienna Mini-Vans.  In certain vehicles, under certain conditions, it's possible that the sliding door locking mechanism could allow the door to slide open while vehicle is in motion.  The way these safety recalls work is that a limited about of vehicles are typically effected, not all vehicles. It's always best to check the manufacture website with your VIN# to see if your vehicle is one that is under the recall notice. Typically, the manufacture (Toyota in this case) will know which vehicles have the effected part and can just recall that specific vehicle with the faulty part. You can read further information and check to see if your vehicle is effected by this ... read more

How To Install Snow Chains

How To Install Snow Chains

How To Install Snow Chains In this blog post, we have made a video guide on how to install snow chains. Please be sure to follow the chain and vehicle manufacture instructions, only use this information as a guide. There are a few things to remember when installing snow chains. Get your vehicle to a safe, flat, spot away from traffic. Don't drive the vehicle over the recommended miles per hour on the chains or by the vehicle manufacture. We recommend to install the chains on the wheels that drive the vehicle (i.e. front wheel drive would call for the chains to be installed on the front wheels of the vehicle.) Don't allow any sharp components to be facing the rubber tire. Never install chains that are missing components or have any visual damage. When it comes to the installation of the chains, if you are unsure about any of the procedure, make sure to get professional help.  Click to watch the ... read more

How To Properly Jump Start A Dead Battery

How To Properly Jump Start A Dead Battery

Learn How To Properly Jumpstart A Dead Battery A dead battery will probably leave you stranded at least once in your life so it is important to learn how to properly jump start a dead battery.   There are two common methods to jumpstart a dead battery. You can use the traditional battery jumper cables or a newer battery jumper pack. Each requires a similar process but with the battery jumper cables you will need an extra car in order to jump the dead battery.   1. Turn the ignition key off before making any connections. (if you are using battery jumper cables, leave one car running and remove the key from the dead car. Then make sure none of the jumper battery cable ends touch each other or any painted area of the car.)   2. Clamp the positive (red +) clamp onto the vehicle (red +) battery post. If you can't find the battery there will probably be a connection point under the hood some where marked with a "+" symbol ... read more

5 Things You Must Check Before You Take A Road Trip - (Including Photos)

5 Things You Must Check Before You Take A Road Trip - (Including Photos)

5 Things You Must Check Before You Take A Road Trip (Includes Photos) Before embarking on a road trip in your car, there are 5 things you must check on your car. The items below won’t take more than 10 minutes and it could save you from a breakdown and a ruined trip! Check Lights, Fluids, and Tire Pressures - I am a mechanic by trade at A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos, CA https://www.aplusjapaneseautorepair.com/ and more often than not, I find cars that have issues with their lights, fluids, or tire pressures. Below I will walk you through the steps of checking your lights, fluids, and tire pressures. Lights - When checking your vehicle’s lights, I am referring to the exterior lights. Start by have someone sit in the car and start it. One at a time have them push the brake pedal (check the brake lights), turn on the blinkers (check in ... read more

What does the battery light mean on my dash ?

What does the battery light mean on my dash ?

What does the battery light MEAN on my dash ? The battery light on your dash means the alternator is no longer charging the battery and the car will soon leave you stranded. It's a simple as that. But let's take a moment to unfold what that means. We get that phone call a few times a month at our auto repair facility in San Carlos, CA... "I am driving and the battery light came on my dash, is it still okay to drive?" "How long do I have to drive until my car dies with the battery light on the dash?" "Is there anything I can do to turn the battery light off? I am far away from the closest town." We will answer all of those questions below so you know! What to do if your battery light comes on. If your battery light comes on your dash while the engine is running, that means there is something wrong with the charging system. The light is triggered when the alternator no longer is outputting sufficient voltage to keep the car running ... read more

Auto Repair Shop in San Carlos, CA - Certified as a Green Business

Auto Repair Shop in San Carlos, CA - Certified as a Green Business

Auto Repair Shop in San Carlos, CA - Certified as a Green Business   A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos CA has once again been certified as a green business. http://greenbusinessca.org/directory/search/?primary_category=&city=San+Carlos&county=&zipcode=94070&company_name= Back in 2010, A+ Japanese Auto Repair was the first auto repair shop in San Mateo County to be certified as a California Green Business. There are several procedures that A+ Japanese Auto Repair had to abide by to stay certified as a green business for over 6 years. A few of the items that A+ Japanese Auto Repair focus on are reducing waste, reusing items if they can, and recycling all products that are allowable. One small example of what a San Carlos Auto Repair shop can reduce is the water consumption. W ... read more

Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Hello A+ Japanese Auto Repair clients -      We wanted to introduce Ricardo Garcia, our newest addition to the shop! After being fortunate to have Rob Lucas for over 11 years, we have found another gem. Ricardo comes to us from a humble background of being a porter at a local dealership. As a porter, he would check in vehicles, greet customers, park cars, and then bring them back when the client returned for pick up. It turns out... clients wanted to work with him! About a year into the job, his wife had a vehicle breakdown and brought their family car to another shop. Ricardo interacted with the service advisor at the another facility and it was horrible. That is when Ricardo decided to entered the service advisor roll. For the past 6 years, Ricardo has been helping clients from local Acura and Toyota dealerships but it wasn't the right culture for him. He was looking for a place to call home were he can treat his clients fairly and honestly. We hired him ... read more

ROB LUCAS IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA

ROB LUCAS IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA

Rob Lucas is moving out of the area     It’s with regret that we announce the resignation of Rob Lucas as Service Writer, effective this Friday July 22nd, 2016. Since Rob joined our staff in 2005, he has worked with many of our clients, made many great local relationships, and has been known as one of the top service writers in the area.   We sincerely thank you for your over 11 years of incredibly hard work, your focus on honest and integrity, and your attention to treating each client to the best of your ability.   A+ Japanese Auto Repair is also fortunate to have two other top rated bay area service writers, Justin Mills and Naeem Subedar, who will be able to pick up and take care of any of your vehicle service needs or car questions.   It is with our warmest personal regards that we wish Rob and his family success as he assumes his new position, in Eureka CA at a new automotive facility.   Please feel free to ... read more

Overall poor results for headlight performance in small SUVs

Overall poor results for headlight performance in small SUVs

Learn if your small SUV headlights properly illuminate the road A recent study by the by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that many SUV do a poor job of illuminating the road. Among the 21 small SUVs that were tested, there were over 41 different available lighting options. They included halogen, HID, LED, Adaptive Headlights and a few other options manufacture options. The Insurance Institute used a headlight rating system which included acceptable, marginal, and poor. The Institutes rating system is different from the government agency which regulates headlight standards. In the government agency, they rate headlights in the lab for output and angle. In this study, they headlights are studied for illumination in real world situations. “Acceptable” ratings were given to the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and the Mazda CX-3. Each of these vehicles had been tested with the highest lighting package available.  A few small SUV ... read more

How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How long should my car battery last? Car batteries last anywhere from 3-6 years based on the size, quality, location, and the type of battery.  Flooded Lead Acid Car Battery Most car batteries are still using lead acid flooded batteries. The battery consists of lead plates, an acid solution in which the plates are flooded, positive/negative terminals, and a plastic housing which holds it all together. Lead is known as a toxic agent and it will effect ones health but the battery companies still use lead. It’s a great material for maintaining a batteries’ charge, accepting a new charge, and the more lead a battery uses, usually the more energy it’s capable to hold. Size Of The Battery, Bigger is Usually Better The size of a car battery is rated to the amount of the Cold Cranking Amps that a car requires to start. A larger battery will typically last longer than a smaller battery but it certainly depends on how it is being used and it ... read more

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