Archive for June 19, 2014

Mission Viejo Tire Repair

Most Mission Viejo car owners have experienced a flat tire. You know it’s inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn’t just a big safety issue for California drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high Mission Viejo gas prices, we’ve all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to get the best possible gas mileage. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer. 

There’s another danger to under-inflated tires for Mission Viejo drivers. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don’t just keep airing them up every few days. You want to avoid costly tire damage.

Tires can also be damaged by road hazards in and around Mission Viejo. Punctures, cuts and unfortunate encounters with curbs or potholes can also cause damage that could lead to tire failure. Sometimes, it’s something that an automotive analysis would reveal. Try to remember to check your tires when you’re pumping fuel. Look for slashes, missing chunks, nails or screws in the tread or just uneven wear. Of course check the air pressure too.

Now tire damage can be on the inside where Mission Viejo car owners can’t see it until it’s removed from the wheel. Such damage could come from a severe impact, driving on a flat around Laguna Niguel or even just low pressure. Some punctures can cause internal damage that is too extreme to be repaired. You may see our Elite Motors tire professionals take the time to remove your flat from the rim and inspect the inside before repairing it, which means we’re just following best practices.

Of course, some tires just can’t be repaired at your Mission Viejo service center or Elite Motors. A puncture may be too large to plug. Also, the puncture could be in a location that’s not safe to repair like in the sidewall or outer portion of the tread. So called run-flat tires should not be repaired because their design is such that internal damage can’t be detected by a visual inspection by your friendly Elite Motors service advisor.

Mission Viejo car owners should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs – we have a whole team of them at Elite Motors. Laguna Niguel folks can buy self repair kits, but we advise you to save those for emergencies, like when you’re off-roading and need a quick fix so you can hobble back to Mission Viejo civilization and get professional help. If you need to use a repair-in-a-can product, remember it’s a temporary measure only and your tire needs to be properly repaired as soon as possible.

Here are some other considerations: A DIY flat repair may void your tire manufacturer’s warranty – just something to keep in mind. Also, if you repair a speed rated tire, you should not use it in any motorsports or operate it above legal speed limits. Your friendly Elite Motors tire specialist will repair your tire whenever it’s safe to do so and he’ll advise you when it’s better to replace it. So watch those curbs and keep the air – on the inside.

Elite Motors
23725 Via Fabricante # F
Mission Viejo, California 92691
(888) 320-9834

At Elite Motors we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

Elite Motors Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Today’s Elite Motors auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power key automotive systems. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your sedan air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in Laguna Niguel.

Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your sedan’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Elite Motors Maintenance Tips The Belt Goes OnAll Laguna Niguel auto owners know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many sedans, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures for Laguna Niguel drivers. (On some sedans, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.)

So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That’s why manufacturers and your service advisor at Elite Motors have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn’t fail.

Your
friendly Elite Motors service professional can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

Your serpentine belt works in tandem with a spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley. Its vital job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. At Elite Motors, we recommend that the tensioner be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s an important art for the function of your sedan. And it’s not that costly to replace at Elite Motors – so bring in your vehicle if it hasn’t been checked in a while.

What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Laguna Niguel

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Mission Viejo, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what Mission Viejo motorists should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Mission Viejo is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your California driver’s license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other San Clemente and Lake Forest motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Laguna Niguel emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Mission Viejo auto owners should always file a police report. It’s tempting for Mission Viejo motorists to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Mission Viejo police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other Mission Viejo vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most California auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track a vehicle in California.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Elite Motors at (888) 320-9834

Contact Elite Motors to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
23725 Via Fabricante # F
Mission Viejo, California 92691
Or call us at (888) 320-9834

Elite Motors and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Mission Viejo travels.