Dave and Zoie Carney, Owners/Operators of Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance, are pleased to announce that Hillside Auto Repair was named one of the Top 25 Auto Repair Shops in the country at a recent Automotive Training Institute Industry Summit held in Puerto Rico. A group of 1,167 member shops vied for the distinguished award, which acknowledges efficient and good business practices.
Every day I talk to my customers about the advantages of maintaining their car regular. One question I often have to answer is, “But, Dave, can I keep my car warranty in force if I have my regular car maintenance done by an independent service facility?” You may be surprised to learn that the answer is, “Yes.” You Can Choose Who Does Your Vehicle Maintenance The car manufacturer reimburses the dealer for the cost of warranty-related work. This is why only authorized dea ... read more
You may not have thought about this, but your car has two cooling systems: one that cools the engine and another – the air-conditioning system (A/C) — that cools the passenger compartment. In my previous blog, I described the system that keeps your car’s engine cool, and provided tips for maintaining and extending the life of that cooling system. CLICK HERE to read that entry. Now let’s look a ... read more
Auto Cooling System Maintenance and Repair Did you ever think about the fact that your car has two cooling systems? It’s a fact: one system cools you and the other system cools the engine. These are two separate, unrelated systems. If the first one — your air conditioning — isn’t working, you’re uncomfortable, so what?, you open the window! However, if your engine cooling system isn’t working properly, it can cause severe damage to your car. Your car’s ... read more
After 29 years in business, the single most important auto maintenance advice I can give is change your oil every 3,000 miles. Here’s an impressive fact: today’s cars are built to last for 200,000 miles. Seriously. How is this possible? It may not be possible unless you are diligent about performing the single most important service on your car; namely keep the oil clean. Modern engines have onboard computers and fuel injection, which results in a very efficient engine that operates ... read more
Zoie and I will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Hillside Chevron with a charity car wash, free refreshments and anniversary cake for attendees on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The charity car wash at Hillside Chevron will raise money for “Food on Foot,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets (Fu ... read more
I always say that car batteries are like bananas. No matter what brand or sticker they have on them, bananas all come from similar trees. In the case of batteries, they come from similar manufacturing plants; in many cases, different battery brands come from a single manufacturing plant. Batteries are also like bananas in that the day they’re put into service, they begin breaking down. Just as every brand of banana is equally perishable, so are batteries. Although you can buy batteries la ... read more