We repair all kinds
Did you know that The Dyno Shop is a full service shop? We perform all types of repairs: oil changes, brakes, fan belts, hoses, timing belts, valve jobs, air conditioning, engine repair, oil leaks, exhaust, mufflers, cooling systems, radiators, electrical, and many more. I know you are familiar with the high quality tune-ups we perform, this same high quality, special care and attention is taken on all the work we perform. Our highly trained technicians are eager to take care of your needs. Make The Dyno Shop your choice for all your repair needs.
We treat your vehicle as if it's our own!!
Did You Know…
It is best to follow the Severe Service maintenance schedules found in most new car owner’s manuals, with a few exceptions:
Two weeks left!!!Christmas is fast approaching, just two weeks away! Are you still searching for the perfect gifts for your special people? Look no further, we've got some great ideas for you!
Flashlights!!! Seriously, everyone needs a flashlight. Everyone could use multiple flashlights! One in the house, in the garage, in their vehicle... There are some great LED flashlights available now ranging in size from pocket to spotlight style. Male, female, child or adult, flashlights are a great gift!
BBQ Tools! Most people love to bbq, and they probably already have the tools. But how old are their tools? Do they have a set for camping? How about a nice case for them to be stored in?
Movie Tickets!! I don't know about you, but I love movies! Going to the movie theater
used to be a cheap date, not so much anymore. A pair of movie tickets fit perfect in a stocking and are a great excuse to take a date night!
Small Tool Kit! I've used my tool kit in my vehicle multiple times. It's great to have in case of emergencies. Many are sold with orange reflectors for safety if the driver gets stuck on the side of the road.
Car Care Club Card!!! A gift that keeps giving all year?? Yes, please! Our Car Care Club Card includes 4 FREE oil changes, and a variety of discounts for other services that should be done annually to bi-annually. Take the stress out of maintaining your loved ones vehicle! Remember, we rely on our cars EVERY day to get us to important appointments, work, school drop offs and pick ups, etc... Let us help you take great care of your vehicles!
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Most of us receive our DMV registration renewal with a bullet point stating that our vehicle needs a smog inspection certificate. Why do we need to pass this inspection and what does it do??? Well, in the State of California, the Smog Inspection program is part of the State's effort to improve the air we breathe. These inspections are designed to identify vehicles that have excess emissions according to the standard posted by the State of California. If your vehicle is performing with excess emissions, it will fail the smog inspection and need to be repaired before a re-test. Most vehicles six years or older in California will need a smog inspection every two years. Unless your vehicle is labeled as a high polluting vehicle, then it will need to pass a smog inspection every year.
So what happens during this inspection? Here's the break down:
Our licensed technician will attach measuring equipment to your vehicle and perform the following inspections:
California requires the smog inspection stations (Us!) to perform the test in the order listed. Vehicles newer than 2000 are exempt from the emissions test. Instead they will undergo the visual and functional inspection for OBD II trouble codes and readiness monitors.
If you are in need of a smog inspection, look no further, we can help!!! Our licensed technicians will perform the test and make repairs if necessary. Give us a call today 619-562-3933
October is officially here and with it bring National Car Care Month! Two months out of the year are dedicated to bring attention to the importance of car care and preventative maintenance. In conjunction with the Car Care Council and the ASE we've put together a list of "to-do's" for you or your trusty mechanic (aka The Dyno Shop!) to complete while the weather is mild.
In our previous blog post we touched on few areas of your vehicle that should be inspected for proper condition. We listed tire condition, wipers & washer fluid, and antifreeze. Below is the rest of the list that we find very important to give attention to:
Inspection of Hoses & Belts: Make sure that they are not cracked, loose, frayed, brittle, or showing signs of excessive wear.
Inspect ALL Fluids: In addition to the condition of antifreeze, the oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids should all be checked for level and condition.
Inspect Exhaust System: Visually look for any leaks, damaged or broken supports or hangers. Exhaust leaks are bit trickier to detect, but that's why you have us! These can be dangerous and should be addressed immediately.
Check the Battery: Ensure that the connections are clean, tight and corrosion free. Check the date to make sure it's not expired.
Brake System Inspection: This should be done annually. So if you didn't have it done in April, now is the time.
Inspect the Steering and Suspension System: This includes shock absorbers, struts, ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
Check the HVAC system: This is the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. Proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety (hello foggy window!).
Engine Performance Inspection: We want your vehicle to be performing at it's best. This includes having the proper balance between power and fuel economy.
Many of these you will be able to do at home. The Dyno Shop is here for the rest (or all!). Give us a call if you would like our trained technicians to inspect 1 or all of the checklist above!
The cooler season is finally upon us! Although here in San Diego we do not feel the drastic weather changes like other states, but there are still a few road conditions that your vehicle should be ready for. While safety is important year round, there are certainly come maintenance jobs and safety checks that are specific to chilled air and winter driving conditions.
To prevent turning into a participant on the road slip-n-slide or having your holiday budget blown on unexpected repairs, we suggest inspecting your vehicle to make sure that parts are in proper condition.
Below are our suggestions:
Visually Inspect Tires: check for tread depth using the penny test and proper inflation for the cooler temperatures. You'll find the factory recommended inflation on a sticker on your driver's door or door frame.
Inspect antifreeze: Your antifreeze (coolant) is an essential part of your vehicle's cold weather protection. Check the level is full (when the engine is cold!)
Inspect/replace windshield wipers: Having a clean, rain drop free windshield is essential to your safety! The summer sun and warm temperatures can wreck havoc on wiper blades. Check their condition and replace with new one's if they are torn, cracked or just not doing their job!
Check the washer fluid: Driving behind lifted trucks or 18 wheelers will leave your windshield a total mess. If the rain has stopped for the day your wiper blades are going to need the liquid to get your windshield clean.
Scheduled maintenance: It's a good time to have your oil changed, and a more in depth check over if you've gone all summer without having it done. If you have us complete our 55-pt inspection with a lube, oil and filter change now, you could save that much more $$$ for the holidays that are just a few months away!
We are here to help. Our qualified technicians can check all of this for you! Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!
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We love laboring over the vehicles of our clients (you!). It is both an honor and privilege to serve our clients with outstanding automotive repair services.
This Labor Day we are celebrating a new labor to offer all of you. The Dyno Shop is now offering DMV registration services! Your time is valuable and the DMV lines are long. We can handle all of your registration needs right from our office for a nominal fee. Need a smog and want to pay your DMV fees? No problem, we can do both the same day! Plus you'll receive your sticker right away!
On Labor Day, we honor the American worker who has contributed so much to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. At The Dyno Shop, we're grateful to earn a living doing what we LOVE — taking care of you and keeping your vehicle running in tip-top shape.
It's that time of year again! Summer has come to an end and the start of school is around the corner. Do you have a son or daughter headed off to college? Driving to and from high school? Is your carpool schedule filling up, with your kids in the car and a few extra? Complete our Back-To-School checklist to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape! It is always our recommendation to make sure all maintenance and safety items are checked and ready to go, as to not leave you stranded or late to school.
We know that you are very busy and getting to everyone's daily driver can sometimes get pushed to the side. The Dyno Shop is here for you! Our 55-pt inspection will cover everything on the list above and more! We are here Monday through Saturday to help you with your needs. Give us a call today 619-562-3933!!
An ABS warning light means the ABS system has been deactivated because of a self-diagnosed fault. Normal braking should remain. The vehicle should be safe to drive provided the driver does not have to call on his ABS system when panic braking on a wet or slick surface.
An ABS warning light may also indicate a loss of power-assist if the vehicle has an ABS system relying on an electric pump and pressure accumulator pump rather than a conventional vacuum booster.
The car will still brake, but will not have the usual power assist. This could create an unsafe situation for drivers who have difficulty braking without the power assist.
An antilock warning lamp that comes on when the car starts moving, or antilock braking operation or valve cycling that occurs during normal stops on dry pavement often indicates a problem with one of the wheel speed sensors.
When both warning lamps are on and power assist is present, it may indicate a low brake fluid or loss of hydraulic pressure in one of the brake circuits.
ABS is essentially an add-onto the existing brake system. It only comes into play when traction conditions are marginal or during sudden panic stops. The rest of the time, it has no effect on normal driving or braking.
If brakes are pulling or rubbing during normal braking, it is not an ABS problem. The vehicle has a conventional brake problem needing attention.
A brake warning lamp (not ABS lamp) that remains on or comes on while driving usually signals a problem with the hydraulic system, not the ABS system. There may be a fluid leak or loss of pressure, either of which pose a danger to safe braking. The cause of the brake warning light should be investigated immediately.
We are always here to help! Give us a call today!