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Auto Repair in San Marcos, California

Whether you have a car that’s been sitting a little too long or a fleet that needs a basic check, Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in the San Marcos, CA 92078 area can get your vehicle back on the road quickly, and we work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best repair job at a competitive price.

To schedule an appointment or find out more about what we can do for your vehicle, contact us at 760-471-7871.

Our expert auto repair services include:

Domestic General Repair

No matter how carefully you drive, your domestic car will need occasional general repairs. These general repairs may include engine diagnostics and repairs, alignments, brakes, front end and rear end diagnostic services and electronics service and repair. To have your domestic vehicle repaired and maintained, contact Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., we have experts who can handle even the most challenging domestic vehicles.

Fleet Repairs

As a fleet owner, you have to do all it takes to keep the fleet on the road. When any vehicle is out of service, both revenue and your reputation as a reliable business are at risk. To make sure your fleet of trucks/vehicles is always on the road, partner with a professional auto shop. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., we can manage your fleet repairs and maintenance. We make sure servicing is up to date and up to standards. We handle all aspects of fleet repairs and maintenance.

Import General Repair

Import vehicles can be an economical or stylish alternative to domestic cars. Obviously, they will require general repairs at some point. Additonally, maintenance and repair of these vehicles requires knowledge and tools not possessed by many auto shops. If you have issues with your import vehicle, contact or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today for professional import general repairs. We have the expertise required to get your vehicle running like new again.

Off-Road Vehicle Repairs

An off-road vehicle (also known as an off-highway vehicle) is a vehicle capable of driving on and off paved roads. An off-road vehicle can comfortably use any type of road. These vehicles are characterized by large tires. When an off-road vehicle develops problems, it should be serviced by a shop that has experience in off-road repair. For expert off-road vehicle repairs, contact or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Car Care: Auto Maintenance Services

Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA 92078 is a full-service preventative maintenance and auto repair center, providing comprehensive car care services for your domestic or import vehicle to keep it running at full power. For questions, contact us at 760-471-7871 or send us an email, and our experts will help determine what needs to be done.

Our basic auto maintenance services include:

Distributorless Ignition

The distributorless ignition enables a longer maintenance interval. We have witnessed cars that don’t need their first tune-up until 100,000 miles. Although the distrubutorless ignition requires less maintenance, they do still require it. For all your distributorless engine servicing needs, call or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Fuel Injection

Fuel injection is a system for admitting fuel into an engine. Since 1990, fuel injectors have completely replaced carburetors as the primary means of getting gasoline into the engine. A fuel injection atomizes the fuel by forcibly pumping it through a small nozzle (under high pressure). Failure of the fuel injection system means poor performance and ultimately destroys the vehicle. Make sure your vehicle’s fuel injection system is maintained properly. For all your fuel injection maintenance and replacement needs, call 760-471-7871 or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Ignition

An ignition system is a system for igniting (using an electric spark) a mixture of fuel and air in a gasoline engine. A properly working ignition system means a properly starting engine and high performance from your car. For all your ignition system maintenance and replacement needs, call or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Ignition Wires & Cables

Ignition cables also known as spark plug wires are an important part of your car’s ignition system. They transfer the spark from the ignition coil to spark plugs that ignite the mixture of fuel and air. The mixture starts the engine. Over time, ignition wires and cables get weak and break down. This makes it impossible for the spark to reach the engine cylinders. This results in the engine misfiring. The car will eventually fail to start. If it does start, it will run poorly. Common symptoms of faulty ignition cables and wires are: poor gas mileage, engine misfires, engine light is on, and engine may vibrate. If your car needs new ignition cables and wires, call or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA 92078. Here, you will have the wires and cables changed by a top-rated mechanic.

Spark Plugs

A spark plug delivers electric current to the combustion chamber from the ignition system. Spark plugs that haven’t been changed for a long time can cause ignition problems. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., we have automotive experts who will check and replace your spark plugs. For all your spark plug repair or replacement needs, call 760-471-7871 or visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Oil, Lube, and Filter

To keep running smoothly, your car highly relies on oil, lube, and oil filters. Oil helps in lubricating, cooling, and cleaning the internal engine components. With time, motor oil becomes contaminated. Your car needs an oil, lube, and filter change every three months (or 3,000 miles). When it is time for a lube, oil, or filter change, take your vehicle to Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA 92078.

Undercar Services: Maintenance & Repair

Rely on Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA 92078 to provide quality care for your vehicle’s undercarriage. Stop by our shop to see how we can help you or call 760-471-7871 for more information.

To keep your vehicle running at peak performance, we provide undercar services that include:

Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes prevent wheel lock-up by automatically modulating the brake pressure during an emergency stop. With this system, the wheels are able to maintain traction with the road while breaking. Failure of the anti-lock brakes could lead to an increase in the risks of multiple vehicle crashes and run-off road crashes. To avoid this, have your anti-lock brake system checked and repaired by experts. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., we have anti-lock brake experts who will examine and repair your faulty ABS – keeping you safe.

Brakes

A brake is a mechanical device for slowing or stopping a vehicle (usually by means of friction). In short, a brake inhibits your car’s motion. It lets you stop the car whenever and wherever you choose. Brakes are one of the most important parts of a motor vehicle. Without them, you would not be able to stop the car. If your vehicle’s brakes are having issues, consider having them worked on. Brakes experts at Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. can work on your car’s brakes to ensure you have a safe drive.

Chassis

A chassis is the car’s internal framework that supports the body and other parts like the wheels, engine, transmission, driveshaft, differential, and suspension. A weak or damaged chassis will translate to a weak car. To have a strong and properly working vehicle, have your car’s chassis checked for defects. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., there are experienced undercar service providers who can work on your chassis.

Driveline

A driveline is a part of your motor vehicle that connects the engine and the transmission to the wheel axles. The driveline consists of the parts of the powertrain less the engine and transmission. Failure of the driveline means that the car would not move since energy cannot be transmitted from the engine to the wheel axles. Therefore, make sure that your car’s driveline is regularly serviced. And, at Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., you can have the driveline serviced by experts.

Exhaust

In a motor vehicle, an exhaust system is a piping used to guide exhaust fumes away from the engine – usually to the rear of the vehicle. A properly functioning exhaust system not only sounds better, it is better – for you, your car, and the environment. Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. has expert technicians to service your car’s exhaust system.

Shocks

Shocks (or shock absorbers) are mechanical devices designed to smooth out impulse. The devices do this by converting kinetic energy to another form of energy. Properly working shocks reduce the effect of traveling over rough ground, leading to improved ride quality and vehicle handling. When shocks develop problems, driving on rough roads becomes unpleasant, and your vehicle may sway when turning. To have your vehicle’s shocks diagnosed and repaired, visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Auto A/C & Heating Services

If the breeze from those open windows just isn’t cutting it, come by our shop in San Marcos, CA 92078 to get an expert opinion on what we can do to fix your auto A/C or heating problems. We offer affordable prices and guaranteed workmanship. Contact us at 760-471-7871, so we can help you drive in comfort.

Why maintaining your AC System is very important:
Heating and A/C systems may break eventually with usage, hose pipes may clog and drip if not serviced, causing reduced efficiency heating and cooling capabilities. Regular maintenance will keep your AC system operating at peak performance!

Indications your A/C system may be having issues:

  • If your air conditioning blows only slightly cooler air compared to the exterior air
  • Air that blows in smells damp, musty, or like mildew and mold
  • Your cabin does not warm up in cold weather, or is just a little warmer than outside
  • The defroster takes longer than typical to operate, or does not operate
  • Your heater or A/C only functions when driving, not when idling, or quits blowing when the car is stationary
  • Your heating system blows cold air, or the air conditioning blows warm air
  • Low airflow even at the highest fan setting.

A comprehensive evaluation of heating and A/C system includes:

  • Examining the internal controls and blower
  • Checking radiator coolant operating temperature, hoses, pressure radiator cap and thermostat
  • Inspecting the compressor belt
  • Inspecting system and seals for leaks or various other damages.
  • A cooling system pressure test
  • Verifying the A/C pressure meets manufacturer specifications
  • Measuring the interior vent air temperature

Our repair and maintenance services include:

Air Conditioning

Have you been sweltering in your vehicle lately? Perhaps your car’s air conditioner isn’t functioning properly. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. we have qualified service professionals who can fix your air conditioner. To have an air conditioning system serviced, repaired, or replaced by experts consider visiting Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc.. You can also call us at 760-471-7871 with any questions relating to your vehicle’s air conditioner.

Belts & Hoses

A fan belt, also known as a drive belt, is a belt connecting your car’s engine to the front mounted accessories. The fan belt rotates the water pump and engine fan, which maintains a cool environment for the engine and its components. Hoses transfer coolant and antifreeze throughout the engine’s cooling system (including the radiator). Sooner or later, your vehicle’s fan belts and hoses will dry out and crack. When you are ready for a replacement you can count on Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. for all your vehicle’s repair needs.

You not only have to get the belts and hoses replaced with quality ones but you should have the work done by experts. To have the belts and hoses replaced by auto cooling and heating experts – and get your car driving right – visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today. The mechanics at Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. will thoroughly inspect your car’s belts and hoses; replace all worn belts and hoses; and adjust the installed belts and hoses.

Radiators

Radiators are heat exchangers for cooling your car’s internal combustion engine. A radiator cools the engine by circulating an engine coolant through the engine block – it then loses the heat to the atmosphere through radiation. A radiator has a set of tubes through which the engine coolant flows. Fins surround these tubes. When the radiator fails, the excess heat produced by the engine could damage the engine components. To prevent this from happening, have your radiator serviced regularly. To have your radiator needs handled by experts, visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Auto Electrical Repair & Maintenance

Have a dead battery? Misfiring starter or alternator? For all of your auto electrical repair and maintenance needs, come to Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA 92078. We service your vehicle with care, providing a high level of workmanship you can trust.

Our auto electrical repair and maintenance services include:

Batteries

The battery supplies electric energy which powers the ignition system, the starter motor, and the lights of an automotive. If you need to jump-start your vehicle in the morning, your battery is failing. When a battery starts deteriorating, it can either be replaced or repaired – this will depend on the severity of the damage. If you are having issues with your car battery, contact Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA. We provide a convenient battery testing and replacement service to get you back on the road. Battery replacement, charging, installation, testing, and recycling – we handle it all.

Starters & Alternators

A starter is a motor (electric, hydraulic or pneumatic) that rotates the internal combustion engine to initiate the engine’s operation. An alternator is an automotive device that converts mechanical energy to electric energy (ac). Both starters and alternators are important parts of your car’s engine and their failure would translate to your car’s failure. When your car’s alternator or starter develops problems, seek expert help. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., we have experts who can handle all your starter and alternator needs to get you back on the road – quickly. Visit Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. today.

Transmission Repair Services

From manual to automatic transmission repair, Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. in San Marcos, CA 92078 knows how to fix the problem. Our knowledgeable auto experts will diagnose the situation and help you make a decision. Leave the dirty work to us!

Our competitively priced transmission services include:

Automatic Transmission
Automatic Transmissions shift between gears automatically to optimize driving, and changes gears based on the driver’s throttle pedal, vehicle speed, engine speed, and vehicle load. Typical automatic transmissions have 4-5 forward gear ratios, a Reverse, Park, and Neutral gear. Shifting gears occur automatically once the car is in Drive and there is no need for a clutch pedal or gear shift like there is in a Manual Transmission. Automatic transmission repair is complicated based on all the components that make it up, and you need to have any automatic transmission issues properly assessed by auto mechanics. Call 760-471-7871 to talk to the mechanics of Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. about your transmission problems.

Clutches
There are clutches in both automatic and manual transmission cars, and different types of clutches. When shifting gears, the clutch engages and disengages from the flywheel and transfers the torque through the transmission. Clutches should help your vehicle start and shift gears smoothly. The clutch in your car receives a lot of wear and can eventually wear out. If your clutch begins slipping irregularly or is making noises that are raising suspicion, contact Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. to see if clutch replacement is necessary.

Four-wheel drive Transmision
A four-wheel (4×4) drive vehicle has differential gears, both front and rear axles, and a transfer case attached to the transmission. Four-wheel drive vehicles demand maintenance on the transfer case, front differentials, rear differentials, and transmission fluids. Visit us on 1288 W San Marcos Blvd # 117 for service on your four-wheel drive transmission services.

Front-wheel drive Transmission
If your vehicle has Front-wheel drive, the engine drives the front wheels only. The power is routed through the transmission to the final drive where it is split and sent to the two front wheels through the drive axles. The engine, transmission, and additional hardware is all located in the front of the car. If you are in need, Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc. of San Marcos, CA will gladly repair front-wheel drive transmission vehicles.

Manual Transmission
Driving a vehicle with a Manual Transmission requires using the clutch pedal and gear shift to manually shift gears based on the speed of the vehicle. Manual transmissions have been built with anywhere from two to eight gears. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are the two main configurations for manual transmissions. Typically, manual transmissions require less maintenance then automatic transmissions. At Paradise Auto and Truck Center, Inc., our auto mechanics can diagnose your vehicle and then recommend the transmission repair or transmission service you need to ensure safety and improve the lifetime of your vehicle.