Which Item is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Vista?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Vista?

Is it:

  1. Stereo
  2. Wheels
  3. Air Bag
  4. DVD System

Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Vista – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Vista.

Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them.

Contact Taskers Automotive for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.
Find us at 1806 E Vista Way, Vista, California 92084
You can reach us by phone at: 760.724.2184

There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all.

That is definitely one car part you don’t want to take a chance with, so Taskers Automotive recommends following these guidelines:

  • Use a reputable collision repair center that employs ASE certified mechanics (we can offer recommendations at Taskers Automotive).
  • Inspect the invoice to ensure that the repair shop purchased the airbag from a manufacturer, dealer, or recycler. If you can inspect the airbag prior to installation, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer.
  • You will see the SRS light (Supplemental Restraint System) when you first start your vehicle up. This tells you that the airbag system is activated. If you do not see the SRS light, there is likely a problem with the airbag system.

For more information, contact Mac at Taskers Automotive by calling 760.724.2184.

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Vista car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and – well a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Vista, California folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.

Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there’s no reason a modern vehicle can’t be made to last for a 150,000 miles or more for smart Vista auto owners.

The old adage: ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is really true for Vista motorists when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.

Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Vista car owners have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule.

Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build-up of harmful oil sludge.

Don’t let your brake pads go too long before they are worn to the point that your rotors are at risk. Preventative auto maintenance at Taskers Automotive is a great way to keep your operating costs down in Vista.

Replacing belts and hoses is much cheaper than repairing the costly damage that can be caused by failure.

We know that this is a lot for busy Oceanside area drivers to remember. Let the team of automotive professionals at Taskers Automotive keep on top of this stuff for you. We can tell you what your car maker recommends and help you develop an affordable plan to take care of it.

Bottom line – do routine maintenance on schedule and you will reduce operating costs, prevent pricey repairs and maintain your warranty coverage. Call Taskers Automotive today for an appointment; you can reach us at 760.724.2184.

Let us take good care of your car at Taskers Automotive in Vista, and it’ll take good care of you.

Taskers Automotive
Give us a call today at 760.724.2184.
Or stop by at 1806 E Vista Way, Vista, California 92084

Keeping Your ‘Old Faithful’ Auto Running

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

 

At Taskers Automotive we’ve had a lot of Vista, Carlsbad, and San Marcos clients asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that’s been building for several years in California. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles on them. It looks like it’s going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of Oceanside folks are putting off buying a new car. Thanks to AutoNetTV, we can provide you with a video answer to this vital question.

So let’s say you’re one of the average car owners in the Oceanside area; you’ve got a nine year old car with 80,000 miles on the odometer. What can you to do make it last another year or two?

Let’s start with the premise that there’s no reason that a modern car can’t run for 200,000 miles with proper care in Vista. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.

Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there’s no reason for a catastrophic meltdown if brilliant Vista drivers stay on top of their recommended car maintenance. The maintenance schedule in some auto maker’s owner’s manuals runs out at 60,000 miles or so: how do Vista car owners know what to do when they’re way past that?

It is a challenge, for example: If a service is recommended every 15,000 miles for the first 60,000 miles you can just keep getting it done at least every 15,000 miles after you hit 60,000 miles. But, it gets more complicated because older engines lose some efficiency, are dirtier inside and are just more stressed. That means it’s very important to not miss any scheduled services. Skipping just one oil change at Taskers Automotive in Vista, for example, leaves an opportunity for harmful sludge to build up. Talk to your helpful Taskers Automotive technician.

So all the usual things like oil changes, transmission service, coolant service, brakes, power steering, fuel system cleaning – all that stuff needs to be maintained. People responsible for fleet vehicles around Vista are sticklers for scheduled maintenance. They know that money spent on maintenance saves them three ways:

    1. it keeps gas mileage from decreasing;

 

    1. it prevents pricey repairs, and;

 

  1. they can postpone purchasing new vehicles.

Having the oil changed may be the most key thing auto owners can do. A full-service oil change at Taskers Automotive means that all of your other fluids get topped off so they are never low enough to cause damage. It also gives your helpful Taskers Automotive service specialist a chance to spot problems in the early stages so that you can fix them before they get pricey. And it gives you a touch point with an automotive professional along the way to remind you of things that aren’t scheduled as often – things like differential service and timing belt replacement.

If you live in the Vista area and have an older vehicle, you may need to follow the severe service maintenance schedule. Check your owner’s manual and talk with your technician at Taskers Automotive. Conditions inside an older engine, transmission and cooling system can arguably be considered severe – so shorter intervals could well be called for.

And, the team at Taskers Automotive strongly encourages Vista car owners to consider using high mileage formulation fluids. They’re fluids like engine oil, transmission fluid and coolant that are formulated for older engines. They have special additives to clean deposits, and to condition and restore seals and gaskets that dry out with age. Some Vista auto owners start using higher mileage formulations at around 50,000 miles as a preventive measure.

Of course you also want to still look marvelous in your older car as you drive around Oceanside. Salt and road grime wreak havoc on your paint job and can lead to body rust – so regular washing is very important. Also, a good quality waxing is recommended at least twice a year.

Give us a call for more information:

Taskers Automotive
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084
760.724.2184

Keep Your Vista Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Friday, March 7th, 2014


Hey Vista auto owners – this is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your sedan burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.

That’s like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very key but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn’t, well, it can lead to costly problems. Of course, your auto manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car in California affects when your filter needs to be changed.

Dusty conditions around Oceanside or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Your helpful Taskers Automotive service specialist can check your filter for you. In fact, it’s often a routine part of an oil change.

When you think about it, a clogged air filter won’t allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your sedan needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better gas mileage and performance.

Dirtier filters don’t work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much, after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most cars. These high performance filters are a little more pricey in Vista, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel economy to boot.

So it’s critical for Vista auto owners to have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn’t cost very much at Taskers Automotive in Vista and it should easily pay for itself in better fuel efficiency before your next oil change.

Stop by Taskers Automotive at 1806 E Vista Way, Vista, California 92084, and we’ll take a look at your air filter for you. Feel free to give us a call at 760.724.2184 to make an appointment.

Taskers Automotive
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084
760.724.2184

Commitment to Make Your Sedan Last At Taskers Automotive

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

For advice on how to make your sedan last longer, visit us at Taskers Automotive, Your Vista Auto Repair Specialist
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084

760.724.2184

These days many people in the Oceanside area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while, or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.

Go through the maintenance schedule for your sedan and see what's been done and when. Have your Vista service advisor at Taskers Automotive do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.

Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement in the next 5,000 miles. You might be pretty overwhelmed.

To make it even more stressful, these are all very important systems that are expensive to repair if there's a failure. In consultation with your Vista service advisor, you might decide to take care of the transmission on this visit, set an appointment for the cooling system service next month and get an estimate for the timing belt replacement so you'll be prepared for it in a few months.

Having a plan for taking care of these important services will set your mind at ease.

Budgeting for Maintenance In Vista, California

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Life's full of surprises in Vista, California, some of which cost money. A leaky roof, a broken tooth, or an unexpected car repair. Taskers Automotive and AutoNetTV have done some research on how we can budget for proper vehicle care.

Most Vista drivers do their best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance. What's hard is unexpected repairs. The truth is that our sedans can stay on the road longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That's because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repairs costs.

Let's take the fuel pump. Previous generations were often stranded by the side of the road by vapor lock. This occurred when the gas vaporized between the gas tank and the fuel pump. Fuel just stopped flowing. Vista drivers in this situation had to sit and wait until the car would start again. To alleviate the problem, fuel pumps are now located inside the gas tank. This is a great solution, but when the fuel pump fails, it's much more pricey to replace it.

Sealed wheel bearing assemblies are another example. These wheel bearings can't be serviced – you just have to replace the entire assembly when it starts to fail. That costs several times as much as service on non-sealed bearings.

So we all benefit in Vista, California from design improvements, but we need to plan for essential repairs down the road.

There's a tool that can be found on Edmunds.com that Vista folks can use to prepare their service and repair budget.

Let's suppose you have a 2003 Toyota Camry – a very popular car in Vista, California. It's now paid for and you'd like to keep it running for the next three years. You can go to Edmunds' True Cost to Own calculator and enter your vehicle's data. The calculator will provide estimates of what it'll cost to service and repair your vehicle over the next five years. The estimate is based on where you live in or near Vista, California, your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations and repair experience for your particular model.

Of course these are just estimates – there's no way to predict what'll actually happen to the car in your driveway, but it's a good starting point.

The calculator also has estimates for depreciation, financing, insurance, taxes and fuel costs.

Let's focus on maintenance and repair. This table shows that the average monthly cost of maintenance and repairs is eighty-three dollars. That may sound like a lot, but compare it to a new car payment.

Budgeting for Maintenance

So if you set aside eighty-three dollars a month, you'd go a long ways towards taking care of routine maintenance and being prepared for the unexpected repairs that arise.

Of course, you can't predict when something will go wrong or how pricey it will be, but at least you have a reasonable target to shoot for.

Some Vista car owners are afraid of what can go wrong with their older sedan so they buy a new one. That's fine if you really want a new sedan, but if you properly maintain your older vehicle, you'll save a lot of income on new car payments and California auto insurance. It just makes good economic sense.

Get with your tech at Taskers Automotive and work out a plan for keeping your sedan on the road.

You can visit Taskers Automotive your Vista Auto Repair Specialist at 1806 E Vista Way in Vista, California 92084 or just give us a call at 760.724.2184.

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Vista

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

About 90% of our driving decisions in Oceanside are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.

Most Oceanside car owners have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our sedan windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 motorists across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Oceanside area. 78% of motorists only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

Us Vista motorists need to change our thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as an important sedan safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.

You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of California, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Oceanside conditions, if your sedan has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering Vista sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the sedan windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire sedan windshield – that’s an expensive consequence for neglecting such a small part.

AutoNetTV and Taskers Automotive recommend you replace worn blades right away. Your Vista service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Taskers Automotive, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Taskers Automotive will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.

Find us at:

Taskers Automotive
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084
760.724.2184

Taskers Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Today's Taskers Automotive auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your sedan air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in Oceanside.

Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your sedan’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Taskers Automotive Maintenance Tips The Belt Goes OnAll Oceanside auto owners know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many sedans, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures for Oceanside car owners. (On some sedans, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.)

So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That’s why vehicle manufacturers and your service advisor at Taskers Automotive have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn’t fail.

Your Taskers Automotive service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

Your serpentine belt works in tandem with a spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley. Its job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. At Taskers Automotive, we recommend that the tensioner be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s a critical part for the function of your sedan. And it’s not that expensive to replace at Taskers Automotive – so bring in your vehicle if it hasn't been checked in a while.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or stop by

Taskers Automotive, your Vista Auto Repair Specialist. 1806 E Vista Way Vista CA 92084 760-724-2186

Vista Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Vista motorists, sedan manufacturers publish two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should you follow?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are most of your trips less than four miles?
Are most of your trips less than 10 miles in below-zero California temps?
Are most of your trips off-highway?
Do you drive often in dusty areas?
Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Vista?
Do you drive in very hot or very cold California weather?

Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Vista freeway on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute to Oceanside or Carlsbad? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on surface streets?

Let’s suppose your owner’s manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles and the standard recommendation is 5,000 miles. You know that you need to change the oil somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Analyze your driving patterns and Vista weather and road conditions to determine which end of the spectrum you’re closer to.

Why should Vista drivers care about this? Normal condensation causes moisture accumulation in the engine oil. Short trips around Vista or winter driving means that the engine doesn’t heat up enough for the moisture to evaporate. The water in the oil turns to oil sludge that clogs up your engine and doesn’t let the oil protect it adequately. That’s why California auto owners need to change their oil more often – to clean the sludge out before it causes problems.

Carrying heavy loads (with or without a trailer) in pleasant California summer weather causes your engine and transmission to run at higher temperatures and with more stress. The fluids will break down more quickly. Additives that clean and prevent corrosion will be depleted sooner. Air pollution and dust cause fluids to get dirty faster. Ditto for filters. All of these things can lead to premature wear and eventual repairs, not to mention your fuel economy. If you want some expert advice, talk with your helpful Taskers Automotive advisor. We can help you restore your sedan to good working order and help you know the best schedule to follow.

To learn more, watch our informative AutoNetTV auto video tips at the top of this post.

Taskers Automotive, Your Vista Auto Repair Specialist
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084

760.724.2184

Hey Vista Drivers; What Is The Most Distracting Food?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Vista?

Is it:

  1. A Hamburger;
  2. Coffee;
  3. A Soft Drink, or
  4. Gummy Bears?

Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving, but if you chose ‘coffee’, then give yourself an extra two points; coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Vista and around the country.

Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!

You’ll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the type of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You’ll thank yourself later for two reasons, one being that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and the other is that you won’t have to worry about getting that cinnamon roll frosting out of your dashboard after that near miss.

Keep drinks in spill-proof containers, too, so you can keep your eyes on the Vista road without worrying about where that spill is headed.

So; taking a food break… Or filling out accident reports. We don’t have to ask you which you prefer: It’s a no brainer.

Taskers Automotive, along with AutoNetTV, wants you to keep both eyes on the road. Please eat safely and keep your eyes on the road.

Taskers Automotive
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084
Give us a call at: 760.724.2184