Easter is approaching, and while it doesn’t compare to November and December, we know many of you might be traveling. For anyone visiting Sunnyvale, we’ve got a lot of fun to offer! Here are some suggestions for visitors to check out while they’re in town.
Las Palmas Park: If you’re looking to get out and enjoy a leisurely stroll, have a picnic, and maybe toss a Frisbee around, Las Palmas park is one of the area’s best parks. There are play structures for children as well, making this a great location for a family outing.
Heritage Park Museum: For an excellent walk through the area’s local history, look no further. There was in fact a time when the area was not known as Silicon Valley! If history interests you at all, Heritage Park Museum is well worth a visit.
Sunnyvale Bay Trail: Step out onto the trail from the parking lot, and you’ve got gorgeous scenery for a walk or a bike ride. There are also plenty of seabirds to be seen here. If you’re looking to visit somewhere that makes you feel away from the bustle of the city, this is a great spot that isn’t far away.
Rabbit's Foot Meadery: If you’re thirsty and like trying new things, then there will be plenty for you to enjoy here. Locally crafted mead, cider, beer, and plenty more await you. Depending on how long you plan on staying, consider not driving yourself to and from here.
Sunnyvale Golf Course: If hitting the links if your idea of a good time, Sunnyvale has you covered. If you want new fairway to test your game on, we hope you packed your clubs for your trip to Sunnyvale! It’s a municipal course, so don’t expect an opulent country club. The course does feature a driving range and putting green.
European Auto Works is here to help if you happen to need any service during your trip. We hope you enjoy your visit to Sunnyvale, and look forward to your next visit!
Have you been neglecting your car’s cleanliness due to the colder weather? It starts with washing less frequently, and before you know it, the interior is a rat’s nest too. Make your car smile again, with our quick guide to getting your car to look welcoming.
Empty it out. Anything that’s been living in your trunk, glove box, on top of your seats, and underneath your seats. Take it all out. Then take out the floor mats, too.
With everything out of your vehicle, give the inside a good look, and see if any repairs are required, whether its the floor of your vehicle (leaks in particular), upholstery, or anything else.
Beat, vacuum, and/or wash your floor mats as needed while they’re out of the vehicle. Consider wearing a mask while you’re doing this if it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned them, lest the resulting dust cloud sends you into a coughing fit.
Vacuum inside your vehicle, and spot clean as necessary.
Wash your windows, both on the exterior and interior of your vehicle. Use a car window cleaner, and make sure it doesn’t contain ammonia. Fog will not stick as well to clean windows, and you can also add an anti-fogging agent to your windows.
Put your floor mats back in, then go through everything else you took out of your vehicle, and decide whether it really belongs in your vehicle. Even if everything you took out goes back in, at least this gives you a good opportunity to make sure everything is where you want it to be.
Wash the exterior of your vehicle, and if you’re feeling up to it, give it a good wax.
Check under the hood and look at your instrument console. Does anything jump out at to you as a sign that your car needs maintenance? Get it out of the way, so you can enjoy your clean car on the road with peace of mind.
To expand on the previous point, here are some maintenance considerations for you to think about as you’re going over your vehicle. Does it need a new air filter or an oil change? Are your windshield wipers still in good shape after this wet winter, and do you need wiper fluid? Do your tires have good tread and pressure? Don’t forget to check your spare tire, too. Imagine going to the trouble of jacking your car and pulling the wheel off, only to pop the spare on and watch it flatten as you lower the jack. And of course, if you’ve got any of the issues we discussed in our February blog, you need to make time to get your car fixed while it’s still worth fixing.
As always, if there’s any way our crew here can be of assistance to you while you’re getting your car back in shape, just let us know. We hope that we’ve helped get you set for a good Spring cleaning, and that it goes very well for you!
If you can hear, smell, feel, or see something unusual, it’s a safe bet that something is wrong, with your vehicle. As we alluded to in an earlier blog, you shouldn’t put off something that you know to or suspect to be minor. In particular, if you’re not 100% certain that something is minor, we’d especially encourage you to get your car looked at. With that in mind, we’d like to go over five issues that should motivate you to schedule an appointment with European Auto Works right away.
Noise or difficulty steering that’s prevalent during turns.
Common signs to look for here are grinding, clicking, popping, or howling noises that become more exaggerated as you turn. Left or right turns might sound better or worse than the other. If your steering wheel is wandering, feeling clunky, loose or in any way difficult, that’s another sign that something serious could be wrong. These are signs of several different far-reaching problems. One problem might be a wheel bearing that needs grease or has accumulated debris from the road. Left unattended, this can cause the affected wheel to completely lock up and stop. If you have a failing ball joint, you’re in danger of a wheel coming off completely.
Colored smoke from your exhaust.
Many people think smoke coming from their exhaust is entirely normal, but if that smoke has color, that’s a problem. Exhaust should be clear, and only barely visible. There are some limited exceptions, but in general, white, black, blue, gray, or any other color of smoke coming from your exhaust means something is wrong.
Colored fluid is leaking from your vehicle.
Depending on the shade, this could be a brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, or transmission fluid leak. All of them should be taken care of right away. While there are multiple different potential causes of the leak itself, none of them are anything to scoff at. A brake fluid leak can cause your brakes not to work, and a power steering fluid leak can cause your power steering not to work. Both of these types of leaks have been that cause of deadly accidents when the system failed during vehicle operation. Unless you keep adding coolant to compensate for a leak, a coolant leak can cause your vehicle to overheat and die. While the underlying causes of transmission fluid leaks are many, they all carry an urgency level that should get you in for service as soon as possible, before serious damage occurs.
The oil light comes on.
This is an indicator that your car might be leaking or burning oil, but we’ve got it as a separate entry from other fluid leaks because many think it means their car needs an oil change and will put it off. The light itself doesn’t indicate a leak or mean your car needs its oil changed; it means your car is low on oil. Driving your car with low oil can do so much damage that it might destroy your engine. Put oil in your car, immediately. Whatever the underlying cause, get your car into the shop, and get it fixed.
Noisy, mushy, or rough brakes.
Bad breaks are, for obvious reasons, another part of your car that needs to be in good working order, or else disaster can result. If they don’t feel or sound right, you need to have them looked at. The longer you wait, the more there will be to repair, and the greater your odds of them failing during operation altogether. If your brakes become very hard, very soft, sound like they are grinding, or anything else, don’t wait, especially if you also notice a fluid leak.
You don’t need to be a hobbyist or mechanic that knows all the fine details of every kind of problem with every kind of Porsche, Volkswagen, or Audi - leave that to us! Cars can have many, many different kinds of problems. The number of visible symptoms that can lead to all those problems, conveniently for you, is much shorter. If you see fluid or smoke or something that feels or sounds unusual, you don’t need to put any more thought into it than that. Contact European Auto Works, and we’ll expertly handle your vehicle’s repair.
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