How do you know when your brakes are going out ?

Winter weather is right around the corner. With proper working brakes, you’ll be safer and avoid costly damage. Here is a list of common symptoms that should should be addressed by a professional:

  • Squeaking, Squealing or Grinding Noises
  • Soft or Spongy Pedal
  • Vibration When Braking
  • Brake Light Is Illuminated
  • While Braking, Car Pulls to One Side
  • Burning Smell
  • Brake Fluid Leaks

At JUST SMOGS®, our team of technicians can diagnose and repair your brakes at a competitive price. To avoid squeaking and insure repair longevity, we only install the highest quality parts.

Right now we’re offering a 15% Off Brake Special! (Through Dec 31, 2017). Please remind us of the discount at the time of write up.

Smog Check: Toyota Prius Hybrid (STAR Certified)

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This 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid passed its change-of-ownership smog check inspection today at JUST SMOGS® in Huntington Beach. Hybrid emission inspections are essentially the same as most 2000 and newer gasoline powered vehicles.

The inspections consists of a comprehensive visual inspection of the emission systems as well as an OBD computer scan.

STAR Smog Check: Airstream Sprinter Diesel

smog-check-diesel-sprinter.JPGAt JUST SMOGS® (STAR Certified), we are licensed to inspect and certified ALL makes and models for the California DMV. This fantastic Airstream motorhome passed with flying colors. These diesel Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans are an excellent fuel efficient RV option.

Smog Check OBD II (OBD 2) : What are Readiness Monitors ?

check engine lightOBD II, “CHECK-ENGINE” LIGHTS,  and READINESS MONITORS..WHAT ARE THEY?

OBD II is a system that has been installed in most 1996 and later cars and light trucks, intended to inform the driver of problems in the components that control the engine and transmission. The primary reason OBD II was invented is to reduce smog emissions caused by malfunctions, but it is also valuable as an alert to the driver that something is wrong…something that can affect gas mileage and drivability, or actually cause further damage to the vehicle.

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Star Smog Check: Aston Martin Vanquish & 1978 VW Bus

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Our smog technicians are inspecting two very different vehicles. The Aston Martin Vanquish passes it’s star smog check. Unfortunately, the 1977 Volkswagen Bus does not. It is sometimes difficult for older vehicles to conform to the strict smog standards set out by the State of California. On the bright side, California offers subsidized smog repairs for low-income motorists. There is also a vehicle retirement program that will give you cash for your “clunker.”