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  • fall-car-care-tips

    October is fall car care month and we would like to share with you some steps to keep your car up and running. Why not take a little time to be car care aware and make sure your vehicle is ready for the change of weather ahead? Take a few simple and important steps now so that you can save the cost of a possible emergency breakdown later.

    Make sure your car is ready for fall. Where should you start from?

    1. Battery – First of all, always keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. It’s wise to check the battery and charging system, as colder weather is hard on the battery. The weather in Los Angeles is not harsh at all but the problem is that there is a substantial temperature change between the afternoon and the night. Temperature fluctuations affect things like batteries and their chemical content. As you are probably aware, batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, so it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.  You can do it yourself or drop in to PristineAutobody and we would be more than happy to help you.

    2. Tires – Remember, there is a high chance that Southern California will face El Nino this summer. If that happens, we are going to have a lot of rain in L.A. So don’t forget to check the tires, also the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven tire wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. In addition, the tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. As a general rule, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop not really in the fall but for sure during the winter.

    3. Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades – Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is the time to check your air filters; if wiper blades are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield, they should be immediately replaced. In general, keep in mind that wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir. Again, be ready for the El Nino season!

    4. Brakes – Get the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical for vehicle safety especially driving under rain. A combination of new tires and new brakes are a safety must in driving on a slippery road.

    To ensure that you have taken care of all the above steps, you need to be dealing with auto repair shops or auto body shops that are near you. If you can find an honest mechanic or auto body-mechanic, it can make your life easy and make the driving experience more enjoyable.

    Take your car to Pristine Automotive, auto body shop in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and stay out of stress while enjoying the special discounts with quality car repairs and competitive prices.

  • 15 Sep

    prisitne-automotive

    Keeping your car in good condition means that you need to be dealing with auto repair shops or auto body shops that are near you. If you can find an honest mechanic or auto body-man, it can make your life easy and make the driving experience more enjoyable. Otherwise, this experience will be very stressful. Imagine every time sitting in your car and starting the engine, you remember about the last job your mechanic did that angered you because you were overcharged and the problem was not completely fixed. In fact, if you still hear the hissing sound from the engine which was promised to be have gone away, it will get under your skin and stress you out like nothing else. Since you are driving every day, you will be stressed out every day. This you do not need in your everyday life.

    As a car owner you should get an experienced, honest, and reliable mechanic and an auto repair shop that services its customers with complete ethics. If you live in the neighborhood within Los Angeles, then you are in luck because Pristine Automotive Center is a high quality auto body repair shop based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. At Pristine Automotive Center, the staff is trained to be committed to excellence and to serve customers like superstars.

    Established in 1994, Pristine Automotive Center Inc. is a family-owned business specializing in providing comprehensive auto body and repair services. Quite simply, when you turn to the team at Pristine Auto, you’re treated like family!

    At Pristine, we offer a complete host of services, including, but not limited to:

    • auto body repairs
    • collision repairs
    • tires, breaks, oil changes
    • suspension work
    • 24-hour towing services
    • car upholstery repairs and replacement
    • auto glass replacement and window tinting
    • auto detailing services
    • car rental services

    Why you should choose Pristine Automotive Center?

    • Fast, easy, and awesome customer service
    • Prices are the best among the other body shops or auto repair shops
    • High level of service and are committed to excellence
    • The goal is to exceed your expectations of excellence
    • The reviews speak for themselves! Check out our glowing reviews on Yelp

    Repair your car at Pristine Automotive, auto body shop in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and stay out of stress while enjoying the special discounts with quality car repairs and competitive prices.  You have the legal right to take your car to the body shop of your choice, and we hope Pristine Automotive Services meets your expectations.

    Come check us out and be treated like family! We’re at your service.

  • 13 Aug
    Tips for Driving After Dark Posted by admin Comments Off

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    Night driving is not just annoying, it is dangerous. Driving at night is actually the most dangerous time to drive.

    What makes driving at night dangerous? Obviously it’s dark and we tend to be more tired at night. However, sometimes driving at night is unavoidable.

    How does one make their nocturnal travels safer and better?

    Here are some easy-to-follow tips for driving after dark;  All you have to do is follow these steps and make sure your vehicle is ready for a drive at night:

    1. Your headlights should be in a very good condition: Point your headlights perfectly, making sure they are not blinding to oncoming traffic. You don’t have to be a mechanic to do this, just follow the instructions of the manual. Clean the road grime from your headlights on a frequent basis. This is especially necessary if your car is an older model with plastic lens covers. This can be very dangerous as covers tend to yellow and fade over the years. Finally, to make sure nothing blocks the light and your headlights shine through brightly, remove the haze with the headlight polish kit.

    2. Your windshield should be perfectly clean: If your windshield is dirty, it might cause glare at night. Clean it with a newspaper to remove residue. Do not touch the windshield with hands as you might leave handprints. Also, aim your exterior mirrors by cleaning and adjusting them properly.

    3. Dim your dash lights and instrument panel: To avoid stray reflections dim your dash lights. Also, do not leave your map lights on as they might disperse lights all over the interior and shine into driver’s eyes.

    4. Never stare at oncoming lights: Turn your gaze away from other lights on the road. Bright lights can disrupt your concentration. We recommend you take the night driving very seriously and avoid any type of distraction.

    I hope these tips were helpful.

  • 3 Aug
    General Car Care Tips to Follow Posted by admin Comments Off

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    Taking good care of your car definitely makes the difference between being a proud owner of a good looking, long lasting, reliable automobile, as opposed to being a resentful owner to a rusty, faded-paint jalopy that fell apart or broke down long before it was destined to.

    How could one take care of a car? Here are some basic tips every car owner should know.

    Tip 1. First of all, car care is about checking and changing oil regularly. Regular oil and filter changes will make an engine last longer, while neglecting oil-level checks or timely oil changes will destroy it faster.
    This goes for both the engine oil and transmission oil.

    Tip 2. The next step is to flush the cooling system and change coolant annually.
    This will prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system and will keep it in a good shape.

    Tip 3. Keep your car clean, both interior and exterior, since anything you run over can also become stuck on the inside of the vehicle.

    Tip 4. It is important to apply grease to moving parts. Poor lubrication can cause early retirement of the car parts such as ball joint, etc.

    Tip 5. Apply wax once every six months. With a coat of quality wax, your car paint will look good, fresh, and the car will be protected.

    Tip 6. Park your vehicle in a shaded area to protect the interior plastic and use a window deflector screen.
    Additionally, apply a UV protectant to prevent the interior plastic and vinyl from drying out.

    Tip 7. Brake fluid easily attracts moisture and later causes car components to corrode and fail.
    To avoid this, replace fluid and bleed system once a year. Brake fluid is cheaper than calipers, hoses, and sensors.

    Tip 8. Finally, inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals.

    Be a proud car owner! With diligent care, your car will serve you long.

  • 22 Jul
    3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Vehicle Clean Posted by admin Comments Off

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    Keeping your vehicle clean has many advantages. Some of the key ones are keeping you and your passengers safe, prolonging value to allow to sell at higher price and allowing you to take pride in your ownership.

    • As with all things, safety is first and foremost. Loose garbage or bottles can collect and find their way under the floorboard, preventing you from being able to stop safely in an emergency. Also, should you leave food in the car for an extended amount of time, it can invite unwelcome guests like flies and other insects. But the worst of spoiled food and spilled drinks is mold which can lead to a bad odor and possibly health issues.
    • If you wash your car, take special attention to both the tires and the area between the tires and the car, called a wheel well. By keeping the tires and wheel well clean of any pebbles or debris, your car will continue to get good traction on the road and maximize the life of the tire. Keep a close eye on the tire pressure as this is a very serious component in driving safely at freeway speeds. Uneven tire pressure between tires may be dangerous. All of the tires should have the same pressure as recommended by manufacturer and also labeled on the tires.
    • Lastly, if you are planning to or have to drive on the snow, make it a good practice to wash thoroughly not only the body of the car, but underneath it to ensure there is no salt buildup that would otherwise be a staging ground for rust to form. This is often the case with many cars losing their values due to excessive wear and tear caused by weather conditions and lack of maintenance. You need to get best buck when it the time to trade-in or sell comes.

    By taking these tips under consideration, you will keep yourself and your passengers safe, keep your car in good condition while making it possible to get top dollar for it!

  • 13 May
    Car Care Tips: Summer Maintenance Posted by admin Comments Off

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    Summer can be a brutally hot time of a year that will make your car work harder through some challenging conditions where it will need to function properly while keeping you cool. Here are three ways to keep your car in tip top shape as summer approaches.

    • First thing to keep in mind is that there are many moving parts in an engine and clean motor oil is essential to keeping them run cool. Make sure that you stay on schedule for your oil and oil filter change. Are you unsure of how often you need to change your oil? Check with your mechanic to see what kind of oil is best suited for your car and the intervals of how often to change it. This is a very important piece of information as wrong oil may damage your car’s engine. Don’t have a mechanic? Give Pristine a call and we will gladly assist you. Some motor oils such as “synthetic”, may allow you to drive your car without changing the oil as often, saving you money. Whereas other oil can be specifically designed for older cars and needs changing more frequently.
    • Check your car’s radiator fluid. This fluid may be a combination of antifreeze and water which is the best combination. Often times, people just pour water or just antifreeze; however, it is a best practice to mix water and antifreeze together equally for Los Angeles, California climate. If the radiator water level keeps on dropping, you may have a leak in the radiator. Immediately check with your mechanic as this may cause serious damage to the car and may be dangerous as it will also cause sudden stops with dangerously overheated engine.
    • And lastly, check your tire pressure. Winter can put a beating on tires and it’s a good practice to ensure your tires’ pressure is equal and that there is enough tread. There will be an article discussing more about tires and how to maintain them throughout the year.

    P.S. As an additional maintenance, check your windshield wiper fluid reservoir and your windshield wipers. Your mechanic will be able to tell you the size wipers you need and show you the different kinds of fluids you can use that will help keep your vision clear through the thick summer storms that sometimes bring armies of bugs crashing on the glass. An easy way to check is by feeling the wiper to feel them smooth and not rough. Also, they should be able to clean a windshield without issue. There are a variety of windshield wiper manufacturers, price typically is a sign of quality and longevity but ask your shop to hear what they say is the best.

  • 29 Apr
    Safety Check – Tires Posted by admin Comments Off

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    Tires are the only part of the car that make direct contact with the road, making them a vital part of driving safely. Regular monthly maintenance and attention is important to keep you, your passengers and the people on the road around you safe and sound. There are some things you can do to ensure a safe ride but some that a certified shop will need to help with. Let’s start with what you can do yourself.

    • First, check the tire pressure monthly – especially during colder months. To find out the correct pressure, consult your car’s owner’s manual if it is a factory tire or the tire manufacturer directly. This is not only to ensure your tires are maintaining the correct pressure to ensure a smooth ride but it also plays an important factor in keeping good gas mileage.
    • Next, when checking the pressure of each tire, inspect the surface of the tire. Ensure there are no bubbles or foreign objects lodged into the tire. If there is a bubble in the tire, immediately have the tire replaced. If there is a foreign object in the tire, there is a chance it can be removed and the tire can be patched at a shop.
    • Lastly, check your tires’ tread. This is the part of the tire that is making the direct contact with the ground and typically has grooves and different patterns. To measure tire tread, use a small ruler that has 1/16th graduations. Measure the outer, center and inside edge to ensure they are all above 3/32s of an inch. If the depth is less than that, it’s time for new tires.

    Proper maintenance does however go beyond what we can do at home and it is strongly recommended to have your tires rotated by a certified technician every 6,000 miles to prevent uneven wear. Every 12,000 miles an alignment may need to be performed.

  • 25 Nov
    How to paint it right! Posted by Marina Dumanyan Comments Off

    Auto Paint Shop

    What color, paint and materials should I use to paint my vehicle? If you ask this question to 20 different painters you may get 50 different answers. There are lots of auto paint shops in Los Angeles; each of them offers hundreds of different colors, brands and effects: synthetic colors, candy colors, metallic colors, shiny colors… This is not helping!

     Well let’s start with the easiest possible way:

    • The color

    Ask yourself what color you want to get? Don’t research on how that color will look on your car or is it fancy this year… just think simple. For example, you want your car to be green, well here we go: the first step is done. Everything else will fly around this concept.

    But keep in mind one thing: there are so-called “safe” and “risky” colors. You don’t need to be an artist to assume that red, for example, is a risky color while grey is rather safe. It doesn’t mean that a red car is an accident magnet; however, some statistics show that red cars are caught up in more accidents than others.

    • You can mix colors, but not brands

    Use the same company’s products, don’t mix. First of all, mixing two different brands of auto paint may result in some strange color variation that will not represent what you initially wanted. And secondly, this mixture may have chemical reaction going on inside it since different companies use different chemical ingredients in the paint; as a result the paint may get cracks, flake off the car or fade very soon.

    So make a small research on auto paint shops and brands. Don’t rely simply on price, go for its durability, find the best price-quality mixture for you, select the one you like and stick to it from the basic till the top coat.

    • Even the primer defines the final coat’s shine

    If you start painting from the bare metal surface you will definitely need a primer coat. Here we have two options: etching primer or epoxy primer. What does the primer do? It adds corrosion resistance option to the metal surface and creates bond with upcoming paint coat, so the paint won’t go off soon. Use one of these primers, but never both (remember no mixing).

    • How many stages of coloring will you need?

    Single-stage painting, this is mostly done with enamel auto paint: it’s thick, durable and affordable, and it will give your car 70’s retro look.

    Urethane: it’s the first choice of many today’s painters; it gives UV protection, is strong and has a large range of colors. It requires base coat/clear coat two stage application.

    Both application methods have their pluses and minuses. For instance, single stage application is quicker, while two coats give deeper color to the vehicle and it looks fresh a lot longer.

    • Keep it classy or go wild?

    This is completely up to you. Whether you want your car to be classic, genuine one-color vehicle or a crazy Star Wars’ inter galaxy space racer, keep in mind that your car is not just a part of your image or others’ perception of who you are, it is a place where you should feel yourself comfortable and safe.

  • 14 Oct
    What are Common Mechanical Problems

    Common Mechanical Problems

    What are Common Electrical Problems and How to Avoid Them?

    Electrical issues are the most common problems that can happen to your car.

    Alternator

    The alternator provides electrical power to your vehicle when the engine runs. It also makes sure that the battery is charged after the car has been started. If the alternator fails, the car will not start. In addition, stalling at spotlights, dimming of headlights, and a battery that won’t charge is a sign that your car alternator has failed completely.

    If you’re suspecting that your charging system has given out, you can test it to be certain. Get your voltmeter and touch its probes to the plus (+) and minus (-) terminal clams of the engine when running. If the electrical current registers from 12.8 V or 14.7 V or in between, your vehicle charging system is good. However, there can be a problem in your alternator if the voltage is below 12V.

    Fusible Link

    The fusible link is a connector with high capacity that protects accessories directly wired from the battery, which include the starter. The fusible link can fail suddenly or gradually. Signs of faulty fusible link include odd behavior of accessories, unusual pause before the starter turns on and sluggish electrical accessories. Basically, a fusible link must be replaced when damaged.

    This can be pretty expensive, so you need to check for other possible issues in your car electrical system before you install another fusible link. Also, avoid jump starting your car when the clamps are revered as you may actually damage the fusible link.

    Stop by Pristine Automotive Center in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, voted best auto repair in Los Angeles, and let them inspect your car for any and all problems, leaving you with a piece of mind.

  • 14 Sep
    How Outside Conditions Affect the Brakes Posted by admin Comments Off
    Weather Conditions Affecting Brakes

    Conditions Affecting Brakes

    How Outside Conditions Affect the Brakes

    You may not be aware of it, but the brakes of your car are affected by outside conditions such as temperature and water or winter chill.

    Temperature

    Although the effect is very minimal, the outside temperature actually affects the brake system of your car. Because of the friction produced between the rotors and the brake pads, the brake system of your vehicle stays warm for a certain amount of time after being parked or driven even in a short distance. The cold weather does not stop the heat of the vehicle’s brake system. Therefore, heavy braking can make the brakes to overheat, decreasing its efficiency.

    Winter Chill/ Water

    Winter chill or water can result in moisture in the brake fluid or the entire brake system. If water in the braking system especially in the brake fluid freezes, the brake system’s proper function will decrease.  Under these circumstances, you may experience dragging. In addition, if the moisture in the brake fluid begins to boil as a result of increasing friction, the performance of your brake system could decrease taking a longer distance and time for your car to stop.

    In order to prevent the outside conditions from affecting your brake system, brake maintenance is one of the most important things that must be included in your vehicle service every year. Taking your vehicle to a service shop allows you to ensure that your vehicle’s brake system intricate parts are working properly and efficiently. This can help you prevent risks that can cost lives.