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ENGINE MAINTENANCE

Working Hours
  • Mon 7AM - 6PM
    Tue 7AM - 6PM
  • Wed 7AM - 6PM
    Thu 7AM - 6PM
  • Fri 7AM - 6PM
    Sat 8AM - 12PM
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ENGINE MAINTENANCE

Your engine is one of, if not the most important major component of your car. Without it working in good order, it's impossible for you to go anywhere. If it runs inefficiently, you may face a whole host of problems that can be avoided with relatively simple maintenance. At Joy Automotive we provide all of the expertise and parts needed to keep your engine running happily and at peak efficiency.




Oil Changes
One of the simplest ways to determine the condition of your engine is to examine the oil that drains out during an oil change. The oil circulates through much of your engine, so it's a great way to determine the overall health of your car's power plant. Ideally, we want your oil to be darker than when it went in with uniform viscosity and no solid particles. Solid particles are a major concern because they mean that something inside the engine, be it a seal or anything else, is breaking apart. Engines contain a lot of finely balanced mechanisms with only a few micrometers of space for moving parts to clear each other. Any solid particles moving through your engine can cause a massive amount of damage very quickly. At Joy Automotive we perform expert analysis on your oil to make sure that everything is working perfectly within your engine's internals, and we carry the best oils to replace that fluid in your vehicle.


Engine Coolant
Another simple item that can save your engine untold misery, is the coolant fluid, which keeps everything running at the correct temperature. The many moving parts inside your engine, as well as the explosions taking place within its combustion chambers, generate a significant amount of heat. As with any machine, your engine has temperature tolerances at which it happily operates. Once those tolerances are exceeded, things can start to go wrong. A common side effect of overheating can be radiator failure. The water that cools the engine becomes heated and pressurizes the radiator past a safe level causing the scalding water to spray out. This dangerous problem can be avoided with the engine coolants used by Joy Automotive.


Filters
To work efficiently, your car's engine needs the ingredients for combustion to be delivered in the purest form possible. To this end your engine contains a number of filters which keep everything nice and clean. Joy Automotive's engine thorough maintenance keeps checks on your air, oil, and fuel filters, replacing them as needed to keep your car running at its highest efficiency.


Fuel Injector Cleaning
Working alongside your spark plugs are the injectors that shoot a precise amount of fuel into the combustion chamber. Over time these injectors can become clogged with contaminants from fuel. Joy Automotive carries a line of specially developed injector cleaning solutions which open the injector tubing back up and get your car back to making the most power that it can.


Accessory Belts
Engine accessories such as the alternator and air conditioning compressor rely on belts that take power from the engine to run them. Over time, these belts can become frayed and damaged. If your alternator belt snaps, for example, your engine won't be able to generate the electricity it needs to charge the battery and keep itself running. Joy Automotive can keep a close eye on the health of your accessory belts and ensure that all your engine's pulleys are lined up perfectly to allow for the maximum amount of use from your belts.


Diesel
Although diesel engines don't require tune-ups and tend to last longer than gasoline engines, they do require regular maintenance. Typical maintenance tasks include:

  • Changing the oil & filter
  • Changing the air filter
  • Changing the fuel filter
  • Bleeding the fuel system
  • Draining the water separators
  • Refilling the urea injection system

You can count on the experts at Joy Automotive to help your diesel engine last a long time.

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 injector 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 engine. Make sure your vehicle's fuel injection system is maintained properly. For all your fuel injection maintenance and replacement needs, call 310-450-1712 or visit Joy Automotive 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 Joy Automotive 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 Joy Automotive in Santa Monica, CA 90405. 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 Joy Automotive, we have automotive experts who will check and replace your spark plugs. For all your spark plug repair or replacement needs, call 310-450-1712 or visit Joy Automotive 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 Joy Automotive in Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Check Engine Light
No one likes to see their car's "Check Engine" light come on. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. At Joy Automotive, we can pull the code and diagnose the problem for you. Give us a call at 310-450-1712 or stop by the shop for our expert assistance.

Whether you're in need of simple oil service, or more significant engine maintenance, call Joy Automotive at 310-450-1712 to learn how we can help you get back on the road quickly!

What People Say About Us


  • -Amy Y.

    I feel very confident about Joy Automotive keeping my car in tip top shape. I appreciate that they alert me about up coming concerns to watch for as I have a very old car that I rely on.


  • -Linda S.

    We take all our cars to Joy Auto. They always provide a clear explanation of the work that needs to be done. The team is respectful and great to work with.


  • -Dolores G.

    I was referred by a friend to take my car to Joy?s. Since relocating to Santa Monica I was searching for a good mechanic. I found them!


  • -Manny P.

    Joy Automotive Service has always provide the best and the fastest service in our company vehicle. Staff is knowledgeable and they are ready to answer any question you may have.


  • -Mary Ellen F.

    Sergio at Joy Automotive is so great to work with. He responds quickly and very upfront with the repairs and costs of repainting your vehicle. I trust Joy Automotive and will keep bringing my car back for service.


  • -Felicia C.

    The best! I recommend them to everyone I know. So honest, always do a great job, thanks Joy!


  • -Amy S.

    I?ve been taking our cars to Joy Auto since I moved here 12 years ago. I trust them to advise the right thing to do. They always back up their work with a guarantee that they stand behind ? I can confirm that. And you won?t find nicer people to work with. They even help out local kids with their bikes (I saw that). Love local businesses that take care of their community. I recommend Joy to all my friends and acquaintances and anyone that has been there has also been satisfied with the experience. I actually enjoy taking my car in (except when it?s sick:)


  • -MaryAnne B.

    My experience every time I go to Joy Automotive, is what you would always want it to be. From the beginning in dealing with the guys in the front office (which I would say, they are the nicest, most accomodating, that I have EVER dealt with. The mechanics really think out side the box about how to best repair your car. They really go to bat and beyond at Joy Automotive. I will NEVER go anywhere else


  • -Eagan G.

    We have been taking our Prius to Joy Auto for years now. The team is great, reliable, affordable and honest. Unlike the Toyota dealership that we initially used for the 2 years "free" maintenance, Joy Auto never finds things that need to be fixed. Sometimes they have suggestions for things we should consider, but I have literally never felt like I'm being hoodwinked in their care. It's the best place for car maintenance on the Westside!!!


  • -Karin C.

    Joy came to me highly recommended by a picky friend who has been their client for years. By now Joy Automotie Service and Repair has done 2 major apparently successful services on my old but great car. Beside the technical, their customer service has been tops in every way from clear communication, clean work environment, accurate time prediction, and reliable estimates. I have recommended JOY to all my friends.


  • -Marissa G.

    Joy Automotive has always done an excellent job with repairs to my car. I have used them for years and highly recommend them as they are honest, stand by their repairs, are AAA recommended, and do great work!


  • -Wendy O.

    Staff thoughtful, helpful, knowledgeable. Repair was explained and work done at a fair price. Staff always follows up after service to make sure all is okay. And car is always returned freshly washed. Highly recommend.


  • -Monica C.

    I love taking my car into Joy Automotive! Everyone there is super helpful, friendly and most of all honest. They are always upfront about what your car needs, their service is prompt and they usually throw in a car wash. So glad I found this gem in Santa Monica!!


  • -Brian G.

    Took my car for an oil change. They took a while but because they had a load of cars to take care of first! Great service. Definitely coming back to fix my other car. I liked their car wash service too!! It needed a wash so badly.


  • -Audra M.

    The guys here are super helpful, they always explain things thoroughly, and provide different options based on your needs. Also, its usually possible to get work done same day if you drop your car off early enough. So easy and convenient!


  • -Allison M.

    I won?t go anywhere else besides to get my car serviced. Joy has the best, most knowledgeable and honest guys in the auto business. I recently took my car to another auto shop in the Valley, who did an inspection and failed to figure out that my break padding was dangerously low. Thank goodness I went to Joy for a random oil change shortly thereafter, and they let me know about the breaks. I called 6 different shops for a quote to get my breaks redone, and Joy had the best pricing!


  • -Rob J.

    I began taking my vehicles to Joy Automotive on a recommendation after moving to the area a number of years ago. From my very first visit, they have consistently treated me better than anywhere else I have ever gone. First and foremost, they know their stuff - top notch mechanical work is all they do. But, you'll also find them to be extremely polite, professional and NO ONE will ever take more time to discuss the issues and offer options that get you back on the road anywhere near their price. To say I am extremely satisfied with their work and what they charge would be an understatement. If you have issues with your vehicle, take it to Joy and ask for Jessie. You will not be disappointed. These guys ROCK!


  • -Amy Y.

    I feel very confident about Joy Automotive keeping my car in tip top shape. I appreciate that they alert me about up coming concerns to watch for as I have a very old car that I rely on.

Call us for service: 310-450-1712

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