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Car Overheating Problems

Posted on 06/04/2014

Car overheating, no matter what the reason, is cause for concern. And for many people, sends a wave of panic through their body.

Why Is My Car Overheating?


There are many things that could cause car overheating, and if you're the one who's having problems, you probably want answers - fast. Therefore, our Sherman Oaks Auto Repair has put together some of the reasons your car may be overheating:

  • low coolant level
  • a leak in the engine's cooling systems
  • it has a bad thermostat
  • the water pump is broken
  • there is trapped air inside the cooling system
  • the radiator fan isn't working
  • it has a clogged radiator core
  • you need to replace the radiator cap
  • it has a blown gasket

Car overheating isn't something to be taken lightly, nor should you procrastinate on getting it checked and repaired.

If your car is overheating, please contact our Sherman Oaks Auto Repair immediately! We are the largest independently owned Land Rover and Jaguar service center in the US, and we have been servicing vehicles in the LA area since 1977.

Our Sherman Oaks mechanics have been factory trained in the latest Auto Logic computer diagnostic technology and equipment. Therefore, we have the experience and the technology to quickly assess your vehicle and provide you with a quote for your repair.

Contact us today to make an appointment or stop by our conveniently located service center on Van Nuys Boulevard between the 101 Ventura Freeway and Ventura Boulevard on the northwest corner.

Battery Service; Plugs, Ignition Coils & Wires Maintenance

Posted on 03/04/2014

The ignition is key to an engine’s performance and relies on important components like the batteries,plugs, ignition coils and wires. The goal is to produce a high-voltage spark from the battery to ensure combustion of the fuel mixture. The process of charging low voltage to high voltage occurs in the ignition coil and travels through wires. When all the parts work in sync, a high voltage spark is delivered to the spark plugs.

Ignition Maintenance and Battery Service


Regular ignition maintenance and battery service are effective ways to keep your car running smoothly, prevent roadside breakdowns and to avoid a battery repair. The most common problem with car batteries is incomplete charging. A battery repair specialist can help pinpoint the problem. When a battery repair is not feasible, the battery will need to be replaced. Battery service includes:

  • Visual inspection of batteries cable terminals.
  • Test to check cranking amp capacity of the battery.
  • Cleaning of the cable terminals and battery posts.
  • Coating of battery posts and cable terminals with a protective spray.

Ignition systems require maintenance due to wear and tear and extreme weather conditions. Over time, spark plugs can lose resistance, and the rotor tip wears down. An auto service specialist can inspect all of the components of the ignition systems and make any adjustments or repairs.

Let our Land Rover and Jaguar experts take care of this vital component of your vehicle at our Sherman Oaks full service auto repair.

When Should I Replace My Air Filter?

Posted on 02/10/2014

Vehicle maintenance intervals are determined by the auto manufacturer after much testing. Each vehicle varies, including the interval for replacing the air filter. Most Jaguar and Land Rover engines require that you change the air filter as part of the scheduled maintenance at 30,000 miles. However, if you drive in severe conditions, you may want to change the air filter more frequently. Severe conditions include:

  • Driving in the desert
  • Driving on gravel roads, particularly in mountainous terrain
  • Driving through construction zones on a daily basis where during times that dust is created.

While most people tend to bring in their vehicles for service, you may want to check the air filter yourself if you drive in severe conditions. You can usually tell when you need to replace the air filter – you’ll see black areas on area where the outside air is filtered into the filter.

Replacing the air filter is usually a simple enough job as the filter housing near the top of the engine. If you can’t figure it out, your owner’s manual will tell you how to access the filter. It will also tell you which part number to purchase in the event you can’t read the part number on the old filter.

If you can’t tell whether your filter needs to be changed and you know it hasn’t been changed for at least 30,000 miles, you should change the air filter. If you regularly bring your vehicle into the dealership for maintenance, the dealership follows the auto manufacturer’s recommended service intervals and will change the filter at the appropriate times.