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Old Motor Oil Isn't a Car's Friend

Tales of drivers who never change their motor oil exist. Legends of owners who totaled their car after driving on the same engine oil for three years exist. Did you know that three-year-old oil could ruin and engine even if you don't drive the car? Engine oil breaks down over time. And the oil could create troubles long before its third anniversary arrives.

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Fuel Air Filters and Car Performance

Most modern vehicles are equipped with electronic sensors that monitor critical parameters in the engine block. The flow of oxygen into the powertrain is closely analyzed by multiple sensors that are linked to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) system. However, the condition of a fuel air filter is rarely monitored. Therefore, drivers should perform visual inspections of such a simple accessory that has a major impact on the overall performance of a vehicle.

A dirty air filtration unit limits the amount of oxygen that's available for combustion in the engine block. 
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Why Drivers in Santa Barbara Should Check Belts and Hoses

Your vehicle has an intricate network of hoses and belts for optimum performance under various driving conditions. A single serpentine belt is versatile enough to drive numerous systems under the hood of your car. For example, this installation provides mechanical energy for an alternator that directly generates electricity. The electrical supply is diverted to a battery pack, which typically has lead, water and acid solutions. A serpentine belt is also in charge of a powertrain's coolant system that resists erratic spikes in temperatures during the summer season. Under...

 

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Consider Vehicle Tire Replacement

All tires have an average lifespan. However, road conditions and driving habits may lengthen or shorten the life of your tires. There are a number of signs to look for, which indicate that tire replacement is necessary. If needing one or more new tires, or your vehicle has other maintenance needs, schedule an appointment with our capable auto service technicians.

To check the tread on each tire, invert a penny and place it between the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, there is an insufficient amount of tread remaining. Check the tread surface to see…

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Pets as Passengers: Traveling Safety with Furry Friends

At DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara, we value the safety of you and your family above all else. If your family happens to include one or more members of the four-legged variety, we want to offer these tips to ensure they are able to travel safely.

It is crucial that you utilize purpose-built restraints or carriers to keep your pets contained while you drive. This containment protects the pet in the event of an accident, and it protects you by preventing any unexpected distractions while driving.  

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Tips For Your Next Test Drive


DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara wants you to make an informed decision when buying a new car. That's why we felt it necessary to give you a few test drive tips for the next time you're in the market for a new set of wheels.

Our first tip to you is to never buy a car the same day you test drive. By stepping away from the salesmen in the show room, you are able to more critically think about what type of car is truly right for you instead of what car a dealership would like to…
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What Car Seat Works With My New Car?

If you're like most Santa Barbara parents, the safety of your most precious cargo is one of your top concerns when shopping for a new to you vehicle. No doubt you've already scoped out the IIHS safety ratings for the make and model you have in mind, but when it comes to car seats, you might find yourself at a loss.

In the United States, an estimated 3 out of every 4 child safety seats are incorrectly installed. That's why many auto manufacturers have started taking the guesswork out of car seat installation with the patented LATCH…

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Why Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

When you’re driving down the road in Santa Barbara, CA and you see the tire pressure light illuminate, what does it mean? It’s best to be in the know so you can have it checked out, if necessary. At DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara, we’ll tell you some of the reasons why it might be on.

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Effective Ways to Use a Dashboard Camera

A dashboard camera has become very popular. DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara wanted to inform you of a few ideas for using your dashboard camera and getting the most out of your accessories.

Drivers in Santa Barbara, CA often use a dashboard camera during traffic accidents. There isn't anything better than video evidence that shows exactly what occurred when there is a dispute.

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The Importance of Road Trip Safety

Road trip safety is important whether you’re driving across the country or taking a drive around the block. At DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara, we want you to be as informed and knowledgeable as possible when you make your next vehicle purchase. Road trip safety is something that should be practiced by drivers of all ages. Here are some ways you can be safer on the road when traveling.

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