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Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

What Can a Tune-up Do? A tune up can save your engine. It can increase its life span and make driving easier. Getting a regular tune-up should involve an initial inspection of your entire engine to check for items such as your fuel pump to ensure that it is in proper working order. Your mechanic should check all parts, top off fluids as needed, and even inspect the fuel injector for safety and efficiency. Spark plugs and filters should be examined to see if they are clean and in good condition. All items should be covered, from the car's ignition to the air, oil and gas filters. What is needed depends on what your mechanic discovers at the time that this critical inspection is performed. In the meantime, there are symptoms that tell you when it's time for a tune-up. When Your Car Needs a Tune-up: What You Need to Know You start your engine and suddenly your lights come on and stay on while you're driving. You may begin to notice that yo ... read more

The 3 Types of Brake Pads

The 3 Types of Brake Pads

Brake pads are a necessary part of your car's brake system that needs to be replaced every so often. These pads provide friction that is able to stop your vehicle smoothly and efficiently. To bring your vehicle to a safe stop, the brake pads clamp onto the brake rotor based on how hard you step on your brake pedal. What Are Brake Pads Made Out Of? Generally, there are three kinds of brake pads: organic, semi-metallic (or metallic), and ceramic.  Organic Brake Pads These brake pads are typically made of various materials such as rubber or carbon. These types of brake pads are best recommended for those who primarily use their cars for everyday commutes. They are also the lowest price point of the three choices, but they require the most frequent service.  Semi-Metallic/Metallic Brake Pads  Semi-metallic and metallic brake pads contain strong metals like copper, iron, and steel. This type of brake pad is widely used in high-performance vehicles. Metallic brakes o ... read more

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Did you know that approximately 50 million people in America travel for Thanksgiving every year? And the most astonishing fact is that about 90% of that number will do it by driving. With tons of people expected to travel again this year for the holidays, you will need to do a lot of car prep before then. Please get home safely to be with your family for turkey dinner. To get that extra layer of safety, we recommend that you come into Oceanworks Berkeley for a pre-trip inspection.   With all the driving logistics aside, we thought we'd share some interesting facts about this beloved American holiday. These may or may not surprise you! The first Thanksgiving celebrated was in 1621 by the Plymouth pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, and it was a 3-day celebration. However, America did not declare it as a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln did it in 1863. The average American eats 2,000+ calories in one meal or 4,500 calories in total on Thanksgiving day! That's equiva ... read more

The Different Types of Windshield Wiper Fluid

The Different Types of Windshield Wiper Fluid

Yep - you heard that right. Although all wiper fluid serves the same purpose, to clean and clear your windshield to improve your road visibility, there are many different varieties available on the market. They can also vary in price. Today, we'll be going over the different types, including standard, de-icing, and resistant types. Standard Fluid Standard washer fluid is the most basic form, and sometimes it can be known as all-season windshield washer fluid or general-purpose fluid. This type of cleaner is usually the least expensive to get and is widely available at gas stations, supermarkets, convenience stores, and even Amazon. This basic inexpensive washer fluid will likely do the job of keeping your windshield clean when conditions are relatively neutral. However, if you live in harsh conditions, then you should consider upgrading to something more problem-focused. De-icing Fluid Sometimes, if you get a cheap windshield washer fluid, it can freeze in super cold temperatur ... read more

Can a Dirty Engine Air Filter Affect Engine Performance?

Can a Dirty Engine Air Filter Affect Engine Performance?

Engine air filters are actually more critical to your car's performance than you think. Failure to keep them in good condition can cause major impediments to your car's reliability. Here is some more information to help you understand air filters and how they can affect your vehicle's performance.   The primary purpose of a car's engine air filter is to ensure that large contaminating items like leaves, bugs, dust, debris, and other foreign objects don't get into the engine's sensitive points. The air filter also prevents allergens like pollen from getting into the systems during the spring season.    How Can a Dirty/Clogged Air Filter Affect Performance? As with any other vehicle part, an engine air filter needs to change over time. As the filter tends to collect a large amount of dust, debris, and other blockages, the filter will get clogged over time. Once the air filter becomes clogged, the airflow is blocked from the vehicle's engine ... read more

What Does Sputtering Mean for Your Vehicle?

What Does Sputtering Mean for Your Vehicle?

We heavily depend on our cars every day to get us from point a to point b. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, sedan, truck, SUV, or convertible, no car is perfect. You're going to need repairs from time to time. One of the most frustrating symptoms that anyone can encounter is a sputtering vehicle. Envision placing your foot on the gas pedal just to go nowhere.    What Are the Common Reasons Behind a Sputtering Engine? Usually, a sputtering engine indicates a fuel-related problem. Furthermore, an empty gas tank is also going to cause sputtering. Sadly, the other cases of sputtering vehicles tend to be more severe.   Fuel System When your car doesn't get the proper air and fuel ratio, your engine won't combust correctly to power your vehicle. If you have a damaged fuel pump, filter, or injector, then you're likely to experience that uncomfortable feeling. If this problem continues, you could even end up with a complete engine breakdown.   ... read more

Oceanworks Berkely's Favorite Car-Related Films

Oceanworks Berkely's Favorite Car-Related Films

Car movies can be fun, thrilling, and sometimes even informative. Hollywood loves to feature a fantastic race or an action-packed car chase. We have created a list of the best car movies to watch this summer in various genres. If you are not sure what to watch on your next movie night, you've come to the right place.   DRAMA - Ford v Ferrari  Ford v Ferrari is a relatively new Hollywood film with a talented cast that features Christian Bale and Matt Damon. This movie is based on a true story following Ken Miles, a racer in Le Mans. This movie is a tale of how Ford debut at the famous race and how the great American company beat Ferrari's finest car at the time.   ACTION/ADVENTURE - The Fast and the Furious The release of the first Fast and Furious marked the start of an era for twenty years full of movies to follow. This franchise is full of jaw-dropping action, thrilling races, and insane stunt performance. Fast and Furious remains to be one of the most ic ... read more

Top Warning Signs that You Need New Brakes

Top Warning Signs that You Need New Brakes

  Did you know that new brakes may be needed in as few as 20,000 miles or as long as 70,000 miles? Brakes wear down at different rates based on road conditions, usage, driver habits, and the type of vehicle you have. Some vehicles give audio and visual warnings (such as a brake light) when your vehicle needs new brakes. You need to look out for these changes when you are slowing down or coming to a complete stop.  1. Responsiveness Issues  Suppose you notice that your brakes are slower to respond, or if the brake pedal feels loose, you will definitely need to get them checked out. This problem, most of the time, coincides with the vehicle’s brake lines.  2. Grinding Sounds  A grinding metal sound that erupts when you come to a stop is a sign that it is time for new brakes. This sound comes from tiny metal ridges on the bottom of the brake pad to alert the driver that the brakes have worn down. As soon as you hear this sound, take your vehicle to our ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

So, you are enjoying a beautiful ride on the freeway, and then a warning light suddenly illuminates the dashboard. Mostly, these lights are accompanied by a beep and a sinking sensation in your stomach, probably because you are not sure what the light means or what you are supposed to do. Your vehicle's dashboard lights have numerous symbols which light up every time you hit the start key but go off almost immediately. So what do you do when one remains, on-and what does it mean? In that case, you must get your car checked out, even when it feels totally fine to drive. Most Common Car Warning Lights Engine Temperature Warning Light This symbol is a red flag for an overheating engine. It mostly indicates an issue with the engine coolant (antifreeze), among other problems. It would be best to drop by an auto repair shop immediately after this symbol pops up to avoid further serious damages. Tire Pressure Warning Light The TPMS warns you when your tire is under or over-inflated ... read more

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

You hit a curb and the next thing you know, your vehicle isn't driving straight! More than likely, your vehicle has fallen out of alignment and will need to be realigned. A car that is out of alignment can be difficult to control, making it dangerous to drive. In addition to your car being hard to drive, it will go through tires faster than a vehicle that is aligned correctly. Here are 5 signs that it's time for a wheel alignment. Steering Wheel is Off-Centered While you are driving on a level, straight road, your vehicle's steering wheel should be centered and level. If you notice that your steering wheel is tilted in one direction, it is a sign that your vehicle needs an alignment. Steering Wheel Isn't Returning to the Center After you are done turning, your steering wheel should return back to the center on its own. If your steering wheel doesn't try to return to the center, your car may need to be aligned. Vehicle Pulls in a Certain Direction While Drivin ... read more

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