• Nicole has left the building!

    Posted on 30, August, 2017


    Got so busy we forgot to announce Nicole's arrival last year in July, but she quickly picked up a following of great customers. She's done wonders in keeping our customers happy and uplifting the morale of the shop. Around February, earlier this year she announced she was pregnant, and as her belly got bigger staffers here often found themselves trying cheering her up; LOL. We wish Nicole and her husband Onnie a big congratulations, safe labor for both child and mother, and cross our fingers for her return to work. Threw her a small party on her last day. Balloons under shirt.

    Any notes of congratulations can be sent to the shop. We will forward them to her.

  • Open House X L&D

    Posted on 25, May, 2017

    We're doing it again! ...a "Lipsticks and Dipsticks" style event, but this time we are also doing it with an open house. All are welcome.

    This time because of the scale of what we're doing, the L&D will be a shortened/abbreviated version. The open house though will feature a Food Truck and Beer Vendor ...please don't drink too much. If you do we'll uber you home, or make sure someone sober will drive you home. Dos Chinos Food Truck will be serving up Pork Belly Tacos (my favorite) and other Latin/Asian fusion food, and beer will be provided by Stereo Brewing.

  • Joshua Tree Road Trip!

    Posted on 13, April, 2017

    Family and I went camping Joshua Tree this weekend. Took our trusty Toyota Tacoma 4-Door/Crew-cab. Cooked marshmallows, made s’mores, pitched a tent, and hung out around the camp fire. Also did some photography, hiked a few places, and thought to myself most, if not all of my customers, we provide this level of freedom. And since road trip season is upon us, here’s a few tips to go more confidently.

    1. Check your battery. Has the battery/starter sounded weak recently? Is the battery older than 3 years? Modern vehicles require some electricity to keep the computers alive.
    2. Pull every dipstick available. If your engine oil is dark brown and/or black, or low time to have it changed. If your transmission oil is not bright red or golden brown/green for CVT transmissions, have it serviced.
    3. Crack open that radiator cap, but please do it when the car is absolutely cold. Water/Coolant look murky? For Toyota it should be pink, Honda should be blue, and Nissan should be regular/generic green coolant, unless your vehicle has had a full coolant exchange (AKA flush, laymen’s term) and had it replaced with generic green. Even if it’s bright green, red, or blue, if it’s been more than 2 years, it might be acidic. Many shops (including ours) have coolant PH strips to see if PH, Alkaline, and contamination levels.
    4. Check the rubber components. Belts and hoses have a pretty good shelf life if they aren’t exposed to 212 degree under-hood temperatures. Hoses if squeezed by hand should not sound crackly. If old they will also look bloated or ballooned near the hose clamps. Belts typically have a dark matte black finish to them (think about how new tires look) as they age some do so by looking glossy black, a phenomenon known as glazed. Another way they go bad is by cracking on the inside. Take a typical belt part number such as 6PK2160, 6PK means the belt has 6 ribs (2160 denotes the length BTW.), make sure those ribs look smooth. Tires should have plenty of tread. Use the old penny test where you dip Abe Lincoln’s head in between the tread. If you see a portion of the 16th president’s head covered then it means you have more than 2/32 tread left and typically you’re OK. Other problems in Tires stem from tires being too old and petrified; as tires age they do not retain the flexibility they used to, often the symptom is cracks in the rubber. Yet another problem is a bubble in the sidewall or tread separation, often felt by driver as a severely unbalanced tire evidenced by shaking or vibration of the vehicle. If this is happening replace the tire. Also remember to check the tire pressure. Recommended pressure is typically on a sticker on the door sill on driver’s door.
    5. Brake fluid is a hygroscopic fluid meaning that it absorbs moisture. As it ages and takes on moisture it’ll turn brown and potentially rust your brake hydraulic components from inside out. The beauty of living in So Cal is low humidity, so we see less of a need for brake fluid exchanges, but we have a test strip to check that too.

    If in doubt have us check out the vehicle via a pre-departure check-up. Contact us 714-993-7300 or [email protected] Written by Tatsu with a little inspiration from Mobil’s website: