When is it time for an Engine Tune-Up?

Today’s vehicles differ significantly from those of decades past that required a tune-up every 20,000-30,000 miles. Vehicles on the road today have moving parts and components that are built to last much longer (100,000 miles+) before requiring service. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore telltale signs of engine trouble.

Sluggish. Squealing. Vibrating. Shaking. If any of these describe your vehicle’s recent behavior, it might be time for a tune-up.

If your vehicle’s engine misfires, stalls, gets poor gas mileage, or simply doesn’t feel right, our automotive technicians have the experience and skill to diagnose your problem and repair it.

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How to Choose the Right Oil for Your Vehicle

One of the most crucial ingredients to making your engine run is motor oil, your car can’t live without it. Making sure you get regular oil changes, maintain the proper oil level, and of course, using the right type of oil are mandatory steps to maintaining the performance of your car. Without it, all the moving parts in your engine would lose lubrication, overheat, and eventually weld to each other, completely ruining your engine.

Not all drivers know what type of oil their car needs, even though it is so vital to your engine’s health.

Sometimes your car’s owners manual will list the proper motor oil to use, but it is important to know the ins and outs of motor oil in case you ever find yourself needing some.

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Common Car Repairs

Beyond Oil Changes and Tire Rotations

Owning a car can be one of the more rewarding life milestones, but we all know that with car ownership comes inevitable car repairs. Car repairs are not only frustrating, they can be expensive. Newer cars are being built to last longer, but with that innovation, repairs are more difficult than they used to be.

Some built-in systems are being designed to be harder for repair technicians to get into, so it sometimes becomes necessary to have it maintained by the dealership or manufacturer.

There are several routine problems that have been cited as being the most commonly seen, and repaired, car issues throughout the U.S.

Below are some problems to keep an eye out for, and what to expect with them:

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We No Longer Offer Smog Testing

We decided to discontinue smog testing so that we could focus purely on automotive repair services, and deliver a higher quality of service to our wonderful clients. If you need a smog check we can recommend a reputable test-only center.

– Saddleback Mgmt


At Saddleback Auto Repair & Smog, we’re certified to smog all vehicles, including vehicles that require regular smog checks, and gross polluters. The State of California requires new and current residents to have their vehicle smog-checked in order for it to earn or maintain registration. These tests are used to hopefully improve the quality of air we breathe, to monitor potentially dangerous emissions from vehicles, and to reduce the air pollution caused by the millions of cars driven in the State.

For current residents, this means that you must take your vehicle to a smog-check inspection center every two years in order to renew your registration.

For those who have recently moved to California, you must get your vehicle tested at a smog-check center within 90 days of establishing residency, even if your car has passed a similar emissions test in another state. There are some exceptions to these requirements, depending on the vehicle.

Smogging your car in Southern California

You will typically receive a notice with your registration renewal if your car is due for a smog test, but there are some general guidelines for what cars are subject to the biennial tests. Most California vehicles (gasoline-powered, alternative fuel, hybrid) that are model-year 1976 and newer, are required to be smogged every two years. But it does not stop there, vehicles that are diesel-powered, weigh 14,000 pounds and less, and are model-year 1998 and newer also require testing.

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Repairing Classic Cars in Newport Beach

Not all auto repair shops take on the task of repairing and maintaining older, classic cars, and it’s understandable why. There are several reasons why a dealership or mechanic may avoid older cars, it requires the stocking of older, more unusual parts, it can take specialty training that not all employees have, and the jobs can take longer than servicing newer cars, taking up time and space in a shop.

Classic Car Mechanics in Los Angeles & Orange County

Many dealerships focus on selling and servicing newer cars simply for the fact that it’s more financially feasible. But for a shop to specialize in classic car service, the rewards can outweigh the costs.

Even in a market where new cars provide the most business, there are some classic brands, and franchised dealerships associated with them, that have found the value in classic car work. Auto manufacturers and dealerships have noted a growing number of luxury classic and collectible cars being purchased and restored, obviously these cars will need maintenance, maybe more so than their newer counterparts, and unless their owners are trained in auto repair, they will need a place that can accommodate their older car.

Technicians who are specially trained for classic car work, and shops that supply classic parts play an important role for those who own or collect these vehicles.

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