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Voted South Bay's Favorite Independent Auto Repair for 2015!

Voted South Bay's Favorite Independent Auto Repair for 2015!

TO OUR CUSTOMERS:  Thank you for your trust in us and your loyal patronage. TO OUR STAFF:  Thank you for your devotion, efforts and exceptional skills, which make this a great place to work. With appreciation, Dave & Zoie Carney Owners, Hillside Auto Repair & Hillside Chevron Torrance, California

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Torrance Oil Change

Torrance Oil Change

Pssst… Wanna know a secret? What’s the most important thing you can do to extend the life of your car’s engine? Lower the cost of car ownership?  Minimize the possibility of breakdowns? And improve your car’s fuel economy and resale value?  The answer is:  Change the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles. THE PURPOSE OF MOTOR OIL Oil prevents metal parts from rubbing against each other and decreases engine wear, rust and corrosion. Oil also helps the engi ... read more

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Torrance Car Battery Inspection and Service

Torrance Car Battery Inspection and Service

It starts with a slow engine crank. Which you’re too busy to pay attention to. And then one day, you jump in the car, go to start the engine. And you get… nothing. How frustrating!    Did you know that battery failure is the #1 cause of vehicle breakdown?   Or that battery malfunctions are seldom caused by factory defects? Instead, driving habits — such as high power consumption by accessories while driving short distances — are the usual culprits.&nb ... read more

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Torrance Auto Cooling System Maintenance

Torrance Auto Cooling System Maintenance

Your car’s cooling system has the important job of regulating the temperature of the engine. Just as Goldilock's pronounced judgment on the bears’ porridge, the cooling system ensures that the engine is “not too hot, not too cold, but just right”.   This is no fairy tale.  The engine burns fuel to generate power. Unfortunately, a car isn’t very efficient at turning chemical energy (fuel) into mechanical power.  About 70% of the energy in fuel is ... read more

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Torrance Auto Brake Service

Torrance Auto Brake Service

Ask South Bay car owners about automotive safety and most will mention the importance of properly-functioning brakes.  Schedule your car for brake inspection and service once per year. The brake system includes many components — rotors, calipers, pads or shoes, pistons, springs, hoses, lines, fluids and electronics — and they all require regular maintenance.   BRAKE INSPECTION AND REPAIR SERVICE Brake pads and shoes provide friction, which stops the vehicle. They need to ... read more

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Regularly check and replace dirty air filters

Regularly check and replace dirty air filters

Another Drive Greener Tip: Regularly check and replace dirty air filters An auto air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture* that causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter will improve your car’s performance and acceleration. The air filter should be inspected at each oil change, and replaced annually or when restricted, torn, water or oil-soaked. *"rich fuel mixture defined"  There ... read more

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Another Driving Greener Tip: Emission Systems

Another Driving Greener Tip: Emission Systems

The emission system controls the vehicle’s emissions, exhaust and pollutantsn using an array of sensors, computerized engine controls and the exhaust components. Emission systems substantially reduce harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and prevent harmful gasoline vapors from escaping at the fuel tank. Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all types of operating conditions.   ... read more

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Summer's Here. Get Your Car Ready.

Summer's Here. Get Your Car Ready.

Summer is here and it's heating up!  Be sure your car is summer-ready. That doesn't mean converting your car to an ice cream truck, so here are some other tips: Check you car battery. Heat can zap the life from your car battery, causing evaporation of battery fluid and corrosion on terminals and connections. If your battery is more than 3 years old, it's a good idea to have it tested by our trained ASE technicians. We're a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. Keep your engin ... read more

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Don't Let a Dealer "Mini"-mize Your Warranty Coverage

Don't Let a Dealer "Mini"-mize Your Warranty Coverage

  As a responsible car owner, you know that preventive maintenance is important. But must you always take your car to the dealer’s service department? Can your car’s warranty be invalidated if someone other than the dealer changes the oil, rotates the tires or replaces the belts? “No” says the Federal Trade Commission. Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, explains, “It’s against the law for a dealer to refuse to honor ... read more

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Father's Day is Coming Up - Take Care of Dad!

Father's Day is Coming Up - Take Care of Dad!

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