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Video: Engine Fluid Maintenance

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on auto engine maintenance. One of the aspects mentioned was the importance of changing and monitoring engine oil and transmission fluid. To learn more about this crucial component of vehicle care, watch this video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ken DeMartini of Japan Auto Repair, Inc.

 

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Diamond Certified Experts: Under the Hood

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, one of the most important areas to address is under the hood. Photo: Wayne & Son’s Automotive Repair (2017)

A vehicle has several components that need to be maintained, from tires to brakes to suspension. However, the most critical of these components are found under the hood—namely the engine and transmission. We’ve asked eight Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to give their tips on caring for these vital organs of vehicle operation.

Fluids
Fluids are the lifeblood of the engine, providing the necessary cooling and lubrication to allow its moving parts to function safely and smoothly. That’s why ongoing fluid maintenance is crucial for maximizing engine lifespan. Ken DeMartini of Japan Auto Repair, Inc. says this starts with engine oil. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Under the Hood” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Preparing for a Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Watch this video for some tips on how to prepare your car for a long drive.

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Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2016

Followers of our Facebook page know that we post daily tips for Bay Area consumers. Whether these tips concern home improvement, auto care, health or something else completely, we strive to make them relevant, practical and helpful. Here’s a sample of 10 noteworthy tips from 2016. For more, be sure to “like” our page at www.facebook.com/diamondcertified.

Tip of the Day: While materials and workmanship are crucial factors in a fence’s longevity, another important aspect is preventative maintenance. To protect your fence from rot and premature wear, make sure fence posts are kept out of contact with the soil, and adjust sprinklers so their streams don’t hit the fence. To further promote fence longevity, apply a stain every two to three years. Photo: Arbor Fence, Inc., 2016 Continue reading “Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2016” »

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A Shade Lighter: The Latest Innovation in Window Tint Technology

Thanks to innovations in window film technology, today’s drivers can get the functional benefits of a dark tint without the darkening aesthetic. Photo: Perfect Darkness Tint (2016)

Thanks to innovations in window film technology, today’s drivers can get the functional benefits of a dark tint without the darkening aesthetic. Photo: Perfect Darkness Tint (2016)

With Jeremy Creager, owner of Perfect Darkness Tint

Window tint can make a car look cooler, but did you know it can also make a car literally cooler? Fortified with light- and heat-rejecting properties, tint (aka film) blocks incoming solar energy from entering car windows, keeping the interior environment more comfortable and protecting drivers from harmful UV rays.

Unfortunately, California’s legal limits on tint darkness can make it challenging to get these benefits where you need them most—namely, your windshield and front side windows. Continue reading “A Shade Lighter: The Latest Innovation in Window Tint Technology” »

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Video: How to Jumpstart Your Car

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on what to do in a vehicle emergency. One tip in particular talked about correct and safe procedure for jumpstarting a car with a dead battery. For a full demonstration on how to properly jumpstart a car, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Snehal Shah of Auto Techies.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Being Prepared for a Vehicle Emergency

You may not be able to predict a vehicle emergency, but with proactive measures and knowledge, you can be prepared when it happens. Photo: Ramirez Tow (2016)

You may not be able to predict a vehicle emergency, but with proactive measures and knowledge, you can be prepared when it happens. Photo: Ramirez Tow (2016)

Nine times out of 10, driving is as simple as getting from point A to point B, but every so often, things don’t go according to plan. Whether a minor collision, a mechanical failure or a dead battery, vehicle emergencies are an inevitable part of driving, so it’s important to be prepared. To gain insight on how to do this, we’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on some common scenarios. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Being Prepared for a Vehicle Emergency” »

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On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels

This summer, stay safe on the road by inspecting your vehicle ahead of an extended trip. Photo: Infiniti Marin (2016)

This summer, stay safe on the road by inspecting your vehicle ahead of an extended trip. Photo: Infiniti Marin (2016)

It’s summer once again—the season for recreational favorites like swimming, barbequing, camping and beach-going. However, let’s not forget perhaps the most iconic summertime activity of all: the great American road trip. With school out and the weather right, summer presents an ideal opportunity for domestic travelers to quench their wanderlust by hitting the open road. However, while you may be ready and raring for your next asphalt adventure, if your vehicle isn’t, your trip could wind up being a lot shorter than anticipated. Continue reading “On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Check Your Tread Wear

Do you know how to tell if your car’s tires have adequate tread wear? Watch this video for some helpful information.

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5 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Vehicle Owner

If you own a car or truck, you might be surprised to learn how many ways there are to reduce its environmental impact. Photo: Acurit Auto Repair (2016)

If you own a car or truck, you might be surprised to learn how many ways there are to reduce its environmental impact. Photo: Acurit Auto Repair (2016)

Let’s face it: If you drive a gasoline-powered car or truck, you’re not doing the environment any favors. Even as auto manufacturers design modern engines to run cleaner and with greater fuel efficiency, more cars on the road still means more pollution. However, the good news is there are still plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint behind the wheel. To tread further upon this topic, we spoke to Larry Moore of Larry’s AutoWorks, who gave five tips for being a more eco-conscious vehicle owner. Continue reading “5 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Vehicle Owner” »

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