Category Archives: Auto Maintenance in Santa Cruz, CA

Transmission Fluid Change in Santa Cruz, CA

Automotive transmission system allows for smooth power transfer from the engine to the wheels. Transmission consists of multiple components that have to be lubricated and cooled – that’s the job of the transmission fluid. At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we offer transmission fluid change, aka transmission fluid flush, for all vehicles, foreign and domestic. Vehicles need transmission fluid flush because the fluid deteriorates over time. Heat, friction, and passage of time cause the transmission fluid to lose its protective chemical and mechanical properties. It also picks up all kinds of gunk and grime that gets created when multiple parts work in close proximity – it’s natural for this to happen, but it further decreases transmission fluid’s lubricating capability, hence transmission fluid exchange is highly recommended – it serves to improve shifting, and extend transmission life. Depending on the transmission typ ... read more

Toyota Brake Fluid Change in Santa Cruz, CA

Braking system is the primary safety system of your Toyota. At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair, the premier Santa Cruz full service auto repair facility, we provide comprehensive brake repairs and services, including Toyota brake fluid change. Regular brake fluid change is important to the proper functioning of your vehicle’s brake system. Brake fluid works under high pressure and high heat conditions. Over time it will suffer from chemical deterioration due to age and high heat, will pick up grime and other impurities as it circulates through the system, and it will absorb moisture from the environment. This last condition – increased water content of the brake fluid - can cause increased braking distance, and in severe cases, it can even cause brakes failure. Car manufacturers offer different time / mileage intervals for brake fluid changes, shortest being 20,000 miles, and some as long as 150,000 miles. At our Santa Cruz auto repair shop we recommend brake fluid test af ... read more

Honda Spark Plugs Replacement in Santa Cruz, CA

Honda Spark Plugs Replacement in Santa Cruz, CA

Honda Spark Plugs Replacement in Santa Cruz, CA Spark plugs are vital to the proper functioning of your Honda’s engine. Depending on the quality and materials used to manufacture the spark plugs, they will need to be replaced every 30,000 – 90,000 miles. At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we offer complete Honda maintenance and repair, including spark plugs replacement. If the spark plugs are not replaced in time, your vehicle may exhibit a number of symptoms, including: trouble starting, check engine light being illuminated, engine misfire, poor fuel economy, rough idling. While these symptoms can be caused by other factors, they can be caused by failing spark plugs. If you bring your vehicle to our Santa Cruz auto repair facility, our nationally ASE certified technicians will use state-of-the-art digital tools to diagnose your Honda, and if the spark plugs turn out to be at fault, we can replace them, usually the same day. So if your Honda ... read more

Subaru Brake Service in Santa Cruz, CA

Subaru Brake Service in Santa Cruz, CA Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair is a full service Santa Cruz auto care facility. In addition to tires, we offer complete range of automotive repairs, including Subaru brake service. Brakes are the most important safety system of a car. Our highly skilled mechanics service your Subaru’s brakes, as well as diagnose and repair any brake problems it may exhibit. Regular brake service gives one the peace of mind that comes from knowing that brakes were serviced by highly trained, highly experienced professionals. In addition to the feeling of safety, regular brake service saves you money as well – some brake conditions, if not serviced in a timely manner, will result in damage and higher repair costs. Here are some signs that it’s time to bring your Subaru to an auto repair shop for brake service: Everyone wants peace of mind in knowing that their brakes will not fail. A regular brake service ensures that you are ab ... read more

The Rain Is Coming – Wheel Alignment and Tire Check in Santa Cruz, CA

The Rain Is Coming – Wheel Alignment and Tire Check in Santa Cruz, CA Even though California is suffering from a drought, there are still many rainy days each year. That’s why at Goodyear Tires & Auto Repair we recommend bringing your vehicle in for a wheel alignment and tire check.    We recommend wheel alignment check once a year – properly aligned wheels extend tire life and improve vehicle handling, which is important on wet roads. Our Santa Cruz auto care facility uses state-of-the-art tire alignment machine to get your vehicle’s wheels properly aligned. These machines can detect and correct misalignment so slight that it is not noticeable to the human eye.    We also recommend tire check – we can inspect your vehicle’s tires for signs of age related deterioration, as well as check the tread depth. Tread depth is vital during rain, because tires have to evacuate prodigious amounts of wat ... read more

Avoid Unexpected Engine Repairs

Avoid Unexpected Engine Repairs Last thing anybody wants is to get stuck somewhere on the road with an engine problem. While there are no guarantees, there are 3 simple things you can do to minimize the probability of such an event: 1. Give your vehicle regular oil changes – it’s a simple maintenance task, but when performed at our Santa Cruz auto repair shop, it can make huge difference in the reliability of your vehicle. Oil change extends life of the engine, and improves performance.  At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair it also means that we get to see other subsystems of your vehicle, and can often spot impending problems – before they become breakdowns. 2. Do not ignore warning lights – when your car’s computer turns on a warning light, it means that something is not working correctly. Ignoring the warning light can cause further deterioration of the subsystem that caused the computer to tur ... read more

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