Author: Z's Car Care

Invest in protection for your car this winter and schedule a cooling system service with your local auto shop. They will ensure your car heater and defroster are working correctly for winter driving, which is vital as the temperatures continue to drop. The service technician will also check for coolant leaks and inspect the quality of your antifreeze.   Winter Driving Winter driving creates unique challenges for your vehicle. One way to protect your car in winter weather is to flush & refill the antifreeze in the cooling system every 30,000-60,000 miles. Antifreeze vs. Coolant Is there a difference between antifreeze and coolant? Technically, yes, there is a difference. Antifreeze is an undiluted chemical solution. It may be composed of ethylene glycol (an organic compound), propylene glycol (a synthetic compound), or a hybrid of the two. Antifreeze becomes coolant once it is mixed with distilled water. In general, the coolant mixture is 50% water and 50% antifreeze. However, your auto manufacturer may recommend upping the coolant...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are so many ways you can get involved to show your support. Z’s Car Care and Sunset Auto Parts (Napa) are participating in Brakes for Breasts for the second year running. Established in 2011, this fundraiser contributes to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. Come to Z’s Car Care for a brake service appointment during the Brakes for Breasts 2021 October fundraiser, and receive FREE brake pads or shoes. What is Brakes for Breasts? Dr. Vincent Tuohy and his team at the Cleveland Clinic are working on a Breast Cancer Vaccine. Brakes for Breasts is pairing with Independent Auto Repair Shops across the U.S. and Canada during October to raise funds for this research. For every brake service performed at a participating shop, the customer will receive their brake pads or shoes for free and just pay for the labor and other parts. Each shop will donate 10% of that brake...

I know summer is still in full swing, but it is time to start thinking about when the kids go back to school. If you have little tikes, that means driving them to school, sports events, band practice, dance lessons, and other after school activities. If you have kids that drive themselves to school, that means making sure their cars are safe and ready to handle anything this school year throws at them. This back-to-school car care checklist should help. It deals with basic auto maintenance, common car issues, and some auto safety tips.   Basic Auto Maintenance The very best way to take care of your car is to always do the routine maintenance. Your owner’s manual has very valuable information on which services are needed, and how often. Most manufacturers suggest that a maintenance service be performed at key mileage milestones, like every 15,000/30,000/60,000 miles. If any of these mileage milestones are coming up, it may...

The days are getting longer and warmer, so you are probably spending way more time in your car. However, before you plan that big camping adventure or epic road trip, you may want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Now is the perfect time to service the cooling system in your car or truck. A vehicle that is overheating, leaking coolant/antifreeze, or has a dirty radiator, should get checked out right away. Nothing ruins a road trip faster, than being stranded on the highway with your hood up. Maintaining a well running cooling system is really important to prolonging the life of the internal components of your engine.  What Does My Cooling System Do? As you probably know, the cooling system in your vehicle provides a very important function. Combustion engines generate a lot of heat, and that heat builds up in your engine compartment. The cooling system uses coolant/antifreeze and distilled water to...

The brakes in your vehicle are one of the most important systems to keep in good condition. Sometimes your ABS brakes require repair, replacement, or you may need to resurface rotors to get you back on the road driving safely. Learn more about ABS brakes, including the signs that you require a brake inspection below.  What Are ABS Brakes? ABS brakes refer to an anti-lock braking system, which is the mechanism in your car that engages in emergency situations, allowing you to sustain command of your car. When you’re navigating the road during adverse weather, anti-lock brakes can save your life and the life of your passengers. Instead of having your front or rear brakes lock up when you abruptly slam on your brakes, ABS brakes work to brake and release within seconds, which keeps your vehicle from veering out of control.  This process can be imitated manually, by pumping your brakes when you notice your vehicle is...

The COVID pandemic has turned many of us into homebodies. Not so long ago we were driving one hundred miles or more per week, but in the wake of COVID, many of us are now working from home while our vehicles sit idle in our driveways. We make a quick trip to the grocery store occasionally, but rarely take her out for a nice long drive.    Unfortunately, the money gained in gas savings could be shortening your car battery’s life.    Using your car mainly for short trips will shorten the lifespan of your battery because your alternator will never have a chance to fully charge the battery.    What’s more, if you have a car that you’re not driving very often, starting it periodically and warming it up for 15 minutes in your driveway could actually be causing more harm than good to your battery, again by not allowing it to fully charge.    Yes, idling will charge the battery, but...

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Looking to get your brakes checked before heading into the winter months? Has it been a long time since your brakes were checked? Why not help a great cause while you’re at it. Z’s Car Care is supporting Brakes for Breasts, who is celebrating 10 years of putting the brakes on breast cancer. We believe that prevention is the cure, and we’ve raised over $940,000 over the last decade to prove it. Brakes for Breasts unites the hands of Independent Auto Repair shops to provide their customers with free brake pads or shoes—the customers simply pay for the labor and any other parts that may be needed. We will then donate 10% of that total throughout the month of October to the Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund—a team led by Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic. We’re proud to be an industry that stands united to put the Brakes on Breast Cancer! Do I need new brakes? Are you wondering if you...

It’s 2020! The New Year is in motion and it’s time for your factory scheduled maintenance! Time goes by so quickly. I got to thinking, there are so many things being scheduled in the New Year. You know – planned ahead. We would never consider missing the big game, that great annual camping trip, those special birthdays, anniversaries and graduations, those precious ball games our kids are in. We go to work every day like clockwork, pick up the kids, take them here, take them there. All on a planned schedule. A time carved out solely for that activity. What about your vehicle? Whether it be your Toyota Camry sedan or your Ford truck that hauls you around with your most precious loved ones, what makes all of your other daily activities possible is that precious vehicle. So has a factory scheduled maintenance made it onto your 2020 schedule? Your vehicles absolutely need to be scheduled in for...

We know we need to take care of our cars, but it just seems hard to remember to do it.  We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to our vehicles. For example, we water and mow the lawn every week.  And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves.   We go to the dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner.  Flu shots.  Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts. So, people really are maintenance minded.  They just have to learn to apply that mindset to cars.  I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity.  Once the damage is done, we learn our lesson and start to take better care of things. Unfortunately, people too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they have...