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JD Powers announce that Hyundai won Mass Market Brand Technology Innovation Award

JD Powers ranked Hyundai highest in the Technology Innovation for the mass market segment. Long gone are the days when Hyundai competed primarily on price. Over time Hyundai improved quality of their vehicles, and provided customers with a full line to choose from - from compacts, to sedans, to SUVs, including the all-electric Kona SUV.  JD Powers just crowed Hyundai the Technology Innovation leader among mass market vehicles. Ranking high in the execution scores as well, Hyundai is proving that its strategy is working and it is producing modern, highly desirable vehicles. At Goodyear Tires & Auto Repair we have been serving Hyundai owners for decades, and will continue to do so in the future. Our full service Santa Cruz auto repair shop offers full range of Hyundai maintenance and repair services. When you bring your Hyundai to Goodyear Tires & Auto Repair in Santa Cruz, your vehicle will be in great hands. Our nationally ASE certified ... read more

Volkswagen To Make EV Battery Packs in the United States

August 2020 Volkswagen just announced that it will expand its Chattanooga factory to add battery pack production. The factory is already slated to assemble electric vehicles, but now VW will add electric vehicle cell and battery production. Volkswagen plans to have cell and battery pack testing lab completed and fully operational by Spring 2021. At Goodyear Tires & Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we applaud Volkswagen for its commitment to electric vehicle production in the US. Naturally when these vehicles appear in Santa Cruz, our technicians will be fully trained and equipped to provide full maintenance and repair services. In the meantime, we can service and repair your current Volkswagen. So whether you gasoline powered Volkswagen needs oil service, brake pad replacement, or major repairs, bring it to our full service Santa Cruz auto repair shop – we will take great care of your vehicle. Call us to schedule an appointment

How Often Do I Need Wheel Alignment in Santa Cruz?

How Often Do I Need Wheel Alignment in Santa Cruz?

How Often Do I Need Wheel Alignment in Santa Cruz? Given the sorry state of our roads, your car should have an alignment check once a year. While Santa Cruz is not as bad as some other cities in the Bay Area, there are still plenty of potholes, road work and other opportunities for the wheels to get out of alignment. This in turn leads to less comfortable ride, and accelerated tire wear – misaligned wheels cost you comfort and money.  Wheel alignment benefits The benefits for wheel alignment include, smoother ride, better handling, improved mileage and longer tire life.  At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we recommend doing a yearly wheel alignment check. We can perform wheel alignment check along with the regular oil service, so there is no need to schedule a separate appointment, unless you feel that the car is so badly out of alignment that it should not wait until next oil service. If you want to find out about symptoms of wheels out of alignment, c ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles - Accelerated Tire Wear

Recently, Business Insider published an article about yet another negative of the autonomous vehicles. As we get more acquainted with them, it turns out they suffer from accelerated tire wear. Autonomous vehicles are typically built on the electric vehicle platform, to make a true “futuristic” car. But the immediate torque that occurs with electric vehicles results in much faster tire wear than with regular cars. So owners of autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, in general, will need to get used to replacing tires more frequently. To partially alleviate this problem, tire manufacturers are planning to outfit tires with new sensors, to warn owners when the tire needs to be replaced. This is similar to the TPMS sensors that currently warn us when tires are under-inflated. Tires in the future will be smart enough to tell us when they need to be replaced. But current tires are not that smart yet, so for the time being, if you are not quite sure if your tires need to be ... read more

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Goodbye Volkswagen Beetle

Whether you loved the original Volkswagen Beetle or the New Beetle, we are sad to report that Volkswagen decided that 2019 will be the last year that Volkswagen New Beetle will be produced. At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we will continue to maintain and repair your Volkswagen, and at this point in time, we do not foresee any problems with parts availability. Introduced in 1998, the New Beetle was a worthy successor to the original Beetle. Unfortunately, sales declined during the last few years, and Volkswagen management decided to discontinue production.   But just because Volkswagen decided to discontinue New Beetle does not mean you should not own one.  There are plenty of pre-owned vehicles available for purchase. Should you decide to buy one, we highly recommend a comprehensive Volkswagen pre-purchase inspection. Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair on Water Street can inspect the vehicle BEFORE you complete the purchase, and provide you with a detailed repo ... read more

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Auto Repair

Car Noises - Is Your Car Trying to Tell You Something?

Car Noises – Is Your Car Trying to Tell You Something? Even though we don’t think about it, we are very much attuned to the sounds our car makes – that’s why we instantly notice when it “sounds different”. Sometimes it’s a one-time event – it goes away not to return – this usually is not a cause for concern (unless it’s a loud bang). But if your car starts to sound strange, especially if you are hearing unusual noises from the engine area – it’s time to take it to your trusted mechanic for a checkup. Santa Cruz Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair employs ASE nationally certified technicians who have the skills and the latest equipment necessary to diagnose and fix problems your vehicle may be experiencing. Here are some of the noises that should motivate you to set up an appointment: clunking when braking, grinding manual transmission when shifting, rattles beneath the vehicle, knocking from the en ... read more

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