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Summertime and Teen Drivers

Summertime and Teen Drivers

Keep your teen driver safe this summer. Kids will soon be finishing the spring semester. No more studying, no more tests, at least for the summer. So that means your teen driver will be out on the road more than usual. They'll be driving to jobs, the beach and social events. The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are usually a fun and busy time for our teens. But summer can also be the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers. The streets are crowded with new drivers. College stude ... read more

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Prevent Those "Funny Noises"

Prevent Those "Funny Noises"

Is that your car making that "funny noise" or is it the car next to you? Hopefully you answered, the car next to you. You have nothing to worry about if you've been proactive with your vehicle maintenance. You have been taking your vehicle in for those scheduled vehicle maintenance visits, right? We know, we all get busy and life happens. There are usually warning signs, but if you missed them and you do hear a "funny n ... read more

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What's in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?

What's in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?

Are you prepared for a roadside emergency? You never know when or where it might happen. So it's always good to be prepared and have a well stocked roadside emergency kit in your vehicle. It can turn an inconvenient or scary situation into one that's manageable. You could be out driving late one evening and all of a sudden you start having car problems. You pull to the side of the road and stop. If you’re close to home you can call a family member or friend. Or if you have roadside ... read more

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Help Save Your Tires, Check Your Wheel Alignment!

Help Save Your Tires, Check Your Wheel Alignment!

You can help save your tires, by checking the wheel alignment.   Bad roads can be your tires’ worst enemy. That can be anything from poorly maintained roads, driving over pot holes, or even hitting a curb. Any one of these can have affect on your wheel alignment, which can affect your tires. A wheel alignment inspection should be a part of your ... read more

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Surviving Emergencies on the Road

Surviving Emergencies on the Road

First Step is Don't Panic! If you're driving along the freeway and you have a tire blowout, first step is don't overreact! That's probably easier said than done, but it you'll have a better chance of handling those driving emergencies if you don't overreact. Hopefully you won't have to experience these driving emergencies. However, sometimes circumstances are beyond our control and they can't be avoided. That's why it's a good idea to be prepared. Driving ... read more

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Is Your Prius' Performance Slipping Away?

Is Your Prius' Performance Slipping Away?

It might be time for a Toyota Prius battery replacement. Have you noticed reduced performance and a dashboard warning light indicating there could be battery problems? Don't give up on your Prius just yet! The Prius GEN II batteries only last so long Most hybrid batteries will take you where you want to go for about 100,000 miles or more.  If you're driving a 2005 - 2009 Prius, you probably have GEN II batteries and their life span may be slipping away. With over  the 1 milli ... read more

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Hybrid Brakes Save Energy

Hybrid Brakes Save Energy

Hybrid brakes save energy to charge your batteries Hybrids brakes use regenerative braking, which is controlled by regenerative braking circuits.  This technology is used on vehicles with both gas and electricity as power sources.  This kind of braking system captures the car's kinetic energy and converts it into electricity. It's then used to recharge the car's batteries. What's really going on? The circuits control the regenerative braking system. The circuits reve ... read more

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Warning Lights on Your Prius

Warning Lights on Your Prius

  A warning light could mean a Prius battery replacement is in your future. So this light appears and you go to the dealer. You're told that your Prius Hybrid battery is dying. But wait there's more. They also say, it's going to be very costly to replace it. OUCH! DON'T WORRY! There are options... When purchasing a Prius battery replacement, the trick is to decide which solution is best for you and your budget. Budget might be the big factor, but there other things t ... read more

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Need Tires for your Prius?

Need Tires for your Prius?

Our Rancho Palos Verdes Prius Tire experts can help! Have you had your Prius tires checked out lately? If you take your Prius to Hillside Auto Repair, the Rancho Palos Verdes Prius tire experts, tire inspection is included in our Hybrid schedule services. Preventative care is always the best medicine to keep your Prius tires lasting longer. Think about it, your tires deal with ... read more

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No Reason to Contact the Dealer to Replace your Prius Battery

No Reason to Contact the Dealer to Replace your Prius Battery

Is it time for your Prius battery replacement? When it comes time for your Prius battery repair or replacement, one of your biggest concerns is probably the mechanic. Do they have the ability to diagnose, repair and maintain my Prius hybrid vehicle? At Hillside Auto Repair, we share your concern. That's why we have our auto mechanics trained to service hybrid vehicles.  About Our Mechanics Javier and Sergio have certified completion in hybrid technology. Continue to ... read more

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