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5 Essential Car Services You Shouldn’t Delay – Auto Repair Shop Santa Cruz CA

5 Essential Car Services You Shouldn’t Delay – Auto Repair Shop Santa Cruz CA

Your vehicle is a prized investment and, at Water Star Motors, we share your desire to maintain its performance and resale value for a long time. Whether yours is a sedan, SUV, truck, or an entire commercial fleet, the last things you’d want are the costs and hassle of an unplanned repair. Expert’s Advice about Your Auto Repair Schedule How often do you visit an auto repair shop in Santa Cruz? We recommend having an appointment with a mechanic every 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on the vehicle’s brand. However, you should do it sooner if you notice performance issues or hear unusual engine sounds. A proactive approach to car care is the key! Services You Should Prioritize – Auto Repair Shop Santa Cruz CA Some repair services are more urgent than others. These deal with automotive issues that significantly affect your driving experience and safety on the road. Moreover, ignoring these five services can r ... read more

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4 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change Santa Cruz CA

4 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change Santa Cruz CA

4 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change Santa Cruz CA Because relying on mileage alone for an oil change is not enough. Having an oil change in Santa Cruz, CA, is a quick procedure when handled by expert mechanics. You have to do this regularly since a lubricated engine is essential for the well-being of your vehicle. Otherwise, you are putting yourself at risk of expensive, unplanned repairs. Many drivers think that their automotive oil is still alright and, to their surprise, their cars give up on them in the middle of California traffic. Watch out for signs and performance hiccups on your vehicle to avoid starring in the same horror story. Oil Change Santa Cruz CA – Why is it often neglected by drivers? Most car owners just rely on mileage to determine whether it’s time to replace t ... read more

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6 Benefits of an Oil Change Santa Cruz, CA

6 Benefits of an Oil Change Santa Cruz, CA

Having an oil change Santa Cruz, CA is one of the most vital routine vehicle maintenance tasks a car owner should have. Scheduled oil changes keep your car’s engine running smoothly, and while your mechanics are at it, you can also have other parts of your vehicle inspected as well. At Water Star Motors, we offer oil change services that are quick and simple. We also provide a free vehicle inspection as part of the service. Our auto technicians will go over your vehicle to check hoses, belts, filters, tire pressure, and fluid levels, to name a few. We will also look for parts that show abnormal wear and tear so that you can deal with them early and avoid major repairs down the road. Here are the benefits you get with regular oil changes.   Take Care of Your Engine with an Oil Change Santa Cruz, CA Keeps Your Engine Clean As your oil flows throughout your engine, dirt will start to accumulate within it. Failure to change the oil regularly will allow sludge to build up in y ... read more

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Friendly to the Environment Auto Repair - Water Star Motors

Friendly to the Environment Auto Repair - Water Star Motors

Some people scoff at the environmentally friendly movement, thinking it's just a fad or something that is "hippie." However, that's quite the contrary. Globally there has been an insurgence of consumers who are seeking out sustainable companies and products. There's also a misconception about the automotive repair world that shops are dirty. However, we know that's not always the case. Embracing an environmentally-friendly movement may not only be good for the Earth but for your shop aesthetics, as well. We feel the green practices are the right thing to do for our business, our community, and the environment. Green from the Start From the very beginning, Water Star Motors, Serene Green Auto Repair Team has been focused on green initiatives. In 1993 Henry and Lisa Carter opened up water Star Motors. Being green, was always something that was at the forefront. It is just the way that we handle our personal lives, and by default, that's ... read more

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Green Business

Top Daytime Road Trips From Santa Cruz

Top Daytime Road Trips From Santa Cruz Think of Santa Cruz as the gateway to the charm, beauty and relaxed living of California’s central coast. The customers, staff and auto mechanics who provide “green” auto repair at Water Star Motors know the serenity this area offers and are willing to share their insights with you. To get to know the area, here are a few suggestions from Water Star Motors on how to spend your time with us: Check out Santa Cruz — Visiting Santa Cruz for the first time? Then begin by setting aside a day to spend at the Main Beach and the 150-year-old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day), the biggest old-fashioned boardwalk and amusement park on the California coast. And take the time to check out the city itself. Watch this drone video tour to get a lay of the land and sights to see:   Scenic Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz — If you drive north of S ... read more

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Best Music Playlists For Road Trips

Best Music Playlists For Road Trips

Best Music Playlists For Road Trips   If you’re on a road trip, do you pack the music that moves you, like the customers at Water Star Motors in Santa Cruz CA do? When your car’s good to go, its maintenance and necessary auto repairs are taken care of by auto mechanics who provide the care motorists expect and deserve, how do you decide on the playlists for the road you’re traveling? Some songs move you, some songs don’t, but when you’re road-tripping, it’s the playlists you choose that matter most. Awesome music playlists help take the stress out of driving, but it’s the choosing that avoids the bruising. Fortunately, there’s plenty of options, especially as vehicles and music have become more connected. These include:   Packing Your Favorite CDs - It’s the traditional way. You know the music that moves you. After all, you even bought it. Google Your Travel Playlist - Albums and top songs by the performers you like are ... read more

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Green Business

How Meditation Can Help You While Driving

How Meditation Can Help You While Driving

  Meditation Can Improve Driving Focus “When there is harmony in your car, there is peace on your path. Creating world peace one car at a time.” Imagine, for a moment, the owners of a well-running auto repair shop starting their day with meditation. That is how Henry and Lisa of Water Star Motors start their days. “We have been meditating for over 30 years,” Lisa mentions in an interview. “It’s the best way I know to improve one’s focusing powers.”   Taking the stress out of driving, routine maintenance, and auto repair is what Water Star Motors customers seek from the shop’s staff and highly skilled auto mechanics. People are much like the vehicles they drive — It’s all about harmony and balance.   The experience of customers who trust their vehicle care and auto repair to Water Star Motors is one of happiness. They love how their vehicle sounds and runs so smoothly. In contrast, there are owners of ... read more

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What Does It Mean To Be a Green Business?

What Does It Mean To Be a Green Business?

What Does It Mean To Be a Green Business? Contrary to what Kermit the Frog says, it’s easy being green for Water Star Motors, the first Green Certified auto repair business in the County of Santa Cruz, and its team of like-minded auto mechanics. Long before opening Water Star Motors in 1993, our owners, Lisa and Henry Carter, were dedicated to protecting the planet through “green” practices. Integrating those practices into the auto repair world was a natural extension of the “being green” way of life. Our motto, “Your Serene Green Auto Repair Team”, speaks for itself. Living and working green at Water Star Motors is a lasting commitment for us; not the latest business marketing fad or change of fashion. We were already green well before the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program began in 2003. When the opportunity to officially become a Green Certified Business via the Program arose, it allowed us to meaningfully help participate with and mo ... read more

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Green Business

Running Like New

Running Like New

From Residue to Running Like NewHow a Fuel System Cleaning Can Restore Your Engine Whether you put too much food down the garbage disposal (we prefer composting), too many leaves fall into the gutters or grandma's famous tuna casserole left your oven covered in an unknown greasy substance, things stop performing at their optimal level unless they're cleaned. The same is true for your car's engine. Residue gets left behind in your engine every time you turn off your car. Any time an engine shuts down, it goes through a 'hot soak'. A hot soak is when your engine is still producing heat and there is no air flowing through it to cool it down. During the 'hot soak' period, fuel residues become thin deposits called gum and varnish. with time, these this residues accumulate and bake into rock-hard carbon deposits, which can be very difficult to remove. The hard car ... read more

Being "Cool" Again

Being "Cool" Again

Coolant System Explained (Part two of two)Last week we discovered a pool of ‘green blood’ under the car…Is it an Alien’s? As we learned in Coolant System Part 1, that "green stuff" is not some weird alien blood (although to some, a car may seem like an alien)! It is anti-freeze – also known as coolant. What does Coolant do? Coolant performs a number of important roles in keeping your vehicle on the road. Its primary function is to cool engine parts around the cylinder walls and cylinder head where your car’s fuel is burned; that is, where combustion takes place. The engine needs coolant circulating through it continually; without it, the combustion chambers reaches temperatures over 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (RED HOT, in other words). Its secondary responsibilities are to heat the inside of your car (via the heater) and to keep corrosion from forming in the radiator, engine, and heater core. How does the coolant circulate? C ... read more

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