CAR CARE NEWS :: OCTOBER 2014

2014 Camry ranks at top for sedan performance, value

New car

2014 Camry ranks at top for sedan performance, value

The 2014 Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling cars in the United States with one being sold every 60 seconds – and the 2014 model’s combination of drivability, fuel economy and power are key components to that success.

Toyota engineers equipped the 2014 Camry with two standard engine choices. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. When mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, it gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

>> Click to continue >>

A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

Dear Friends,

As a Toyota owner we wanted you to be the first to hear about your new neighbor, Livermore Toyota.

We invite you to drop by for a visit to our beautiful new facility and say “Hello” to the staff. Located on the corner of Highway 580 and North Vasco Road, Livermore Toyota is a full service dealership. We offer great deals on huge inventory of new and pre-owned Toyotas including the redesigned 2014 Rav4 and exceptional 2014 Prius.

>> Click to continue >>

Seasonal service

Tune-ups: Why your vehicle needs a semi-annual check-up

Tune-ups: Why your vehicle needs a semi-annual check-up

By Tony Molla

Just like a doctor checks your general health, a tune up ensures your vehicle performs its best.

If your ‘Check Engine’ light is on, the shop can plug in a scan tool and look for trouble codes to see where the problem is. This can also be a good opportunity to inspect belts, hoses and connections, as well as search for leaks or parts that need to be replaced.

>> Click to continue >>

Car care

Get a handle on dirty jobs with latest specialty brushes

Get a handle on dirty jobs with latest specialty brushes

A towel and elbow grease aren't always the best choices for shining your vehicle.

Sometimes a brush is the right answer.   

“Brushes are great when you need to gently agitate while letting particulates get washed away,” said Jim Dvorak of Mothers, a polish company based in Southern California.

>> Click to continue >>

Accessories

Simple tips to keep a clear view on the outside world

Simple tips to keep a clear view on the outside world

You wouldn't watch a movie through broken glasses, so why drive with a cracked windshield?

“Maintaining visibility is crucial for driving safety,” said Ron Fausnight, technology specialist at RainX.

>> Click to continue >>

Seasonal driving

Life-saving tips for traveling through school zones

Life-saving tips for traveling through school zones

School zones present special challenges for drivers of all ages, especially during the first few weeks of September.

“We want parents to make safety a top priority for their teens as they head back to school this fall,” said Ashley Sharaky, spokesperson for California’s Office of Traffic Safety. “Of course, these reminders apply not only to back-to-school season, but throughout the school year.”

>> Click to continue >>

Before you go

Don't let bad lenses lead you down a dark alley

Don't let bad lenses lead you down a dark alley

Those bright bulbs in your headlights don’t help much if the plastic guarding them is cloudy and stained. Hazy lenses can dramatically reduce visibility, making night driving potentially hazardous.

>> Click to continue >>

Unique air truck provides life-saving support for firefighters

Unique air truck provides life-saving support for firefighters

One of the most useful vehicles owned by fire departments nationwide doesn’t pump a gallon of water. Instead, the truck provides clean, breathable air to firefighters, an important commodity to someone charging into a searing building billowing with smoke.

“Firefighting is inherently dangerous and having a reliable supply of clean air allows us to perform in extremely hostile conditions,” said Capt. Ken Kuykendall of the Folsom Fire Department in California’s Central Valley.

>> Click to continue >>