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The Money-Saving Trap: How Your Oil Filter Does Its Job

How Do Oil Filters Work? When something is described as a “trap,” that’s often not a good sign. In the case of your vehicle’s oil filter, however, that description is not only fitting, it’s exactly what you need. In fact, an oil filter’s function is so important that it actually saves you lots of money […]

The Fifth Wheel: Wheel Alignment and Vehicle Steering Ability

Car Steering and Wheel Alignment In order for your auto to operate, all five wheels need to work together properly. That is, the four wheels that make contact with the road must not only work well with each other, but also with the steering wheel. Since 1993, West Automotive Group in El Cajon, California, has […]

What Is A Car Radiator?

Radiating Information About Your Car’s Radiator — West Automotive Group Many drivers dream of someday owning a “hot” car, one that is powerful and sporty. But in reality, every vehicle is a hot car–just not necessarily of the desirable sort. To help control the heat, your auto has a cooling system whose star is the […]

What is Engine Sludge?

You Put Mud In Your Engine? — West Automotive Group In general, cars aren’t cheap. You likely paid a hefty sum to get that cute sports car for an exciting drive. Or a four-wheel drive truck for off-roading or towing a load. You wanted a perfect sedan for the commute or minivan to haul half […]

What Are Oxygen Sensors?

Oxygen Sensor FAQ’s — West Automotive Group Your car has something called an oxygen sensor. You may have also discovered that if an oxygen sensor goes bad, it can trigger a check engine warning. But perhaps you still have some additional questions about the O2 sensor. We’ll be glad to answer the most frequently asked […]

How Are Wheels Aligned?

How Are Wheel Alignments Performed? — West Automotive Group Proper wheel alignment is crucial to how well your car handles, the quality and comfort of your ride, and the usable life of your tires. Therefore, it’s important to have your alignment checked and corrected if necessary. The certified technicians at West Automotive Group in Miramar, […]

Car Suspension: Explained

Can You Please Explain What Is Meant By The Suspension System? — West Automotive Group The suspension system is underneath your vehicle, so it isn’t as easily visible as the gear shift, the headlights, or the radio. It may feel just as challenging for some drivers to understand it as it is to see it. […]

Vehicle Diagnostics: Explained

Diagnosing the Source of Your Car Trouble — West Automotive Group Nearly every driver will see a dashboard warning light illuminate at some point, and all drivers know that this is their car’s way of telling them it needs some attention. Few vehicle owners, however, are equipped to diagnose the exact nature of the root […]

How Do Engines Work?

How Does It Do That? Engine Operation Basics — West Automotive Group Your car’s engine is a sizable collection of parts that somehow work together to make the vehicle go, but how does it do that? For many drivers, it’s a mystery. While there’s no need for most auto owners to know all the minute […]

Brake Pads: Explained

Brake Pads Explained: What Are They, And Why Do They Need Replacing? — West Automotive Group Even though there’s nothing soft about the metal components of your braking system, one of the most important parts is the brake pad. Considered wearable items that are used for a time and then replaced, the pads need to […]