The Toy Shop

Serving Toyota, Lexus, and Scion owners in Cypress, Buena Park, La Palma, and all of Orange County

The Toy Shop - Serving Toyota, Lexus, and Scion owners in Cypress, Buena Park, La Palma, and all of Orange County

Your Well Trained Technician At The Toy Shop

When your truck has a problem, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Cypress, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.

If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training The Toy Shop professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8’s. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty.

Your Well Trained Technician At The Toy Shop

Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Buena Park gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers at the leading auto manufacturers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern cars Buena Park car owners drive around CA highways are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.

Some trucks have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Buena Park motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It’s a real challenge for Cypress The Toy Shop technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technicians and the Buena Park service centers as well.

The Toy Shop technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at The Toy Shop by parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses and home study courses.

In addition to the expensive training, there’s the financial commitment for The Toy Shop to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.

There are many independent certifications available at The Toy Shop all the way up to Master Technician. The ability to repair your truck requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so Buena Park auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even on-line communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.

It’s like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what’s the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At The Toy Shop, we want everything to be simple, straightforward and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn’t.

The next time you bring us your truck, don’t worry. You’re in good hands at The Toy Shop.

On Board Diagnostics For Cypress Motorists

Some Cypress car owners wonder why The Toy Shop and other Cypress auto repair shops charge a fee for diagnostic services.

Think about it: When you hire a local Downey HVAC technician to check out a problem with your air conditioner you’ll probably pay a diagnostic fee. When you visit your Whittier doctor for a health problem, you pay the physician to diagnose the ailment and of course for the tests that go along with it.

On Board Diagnostics For Cypress Motorists

So receiving a diagnostic charge at The Toy Shop for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Downey area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your truck brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy CA interstate, you pull off the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you’re having an intermittent problem with your truck engine, however, The Toy Shop diagnosis may be much more involved.

Much of the Downey motorists’s confusion comes when the problem involves the check engine light. The check engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem.

There’s a common misconception among Whittier, Buena Park, and La Palma drivers that the trouble code tells the The Toy Shop technician exactly what’s wrong. They wonder why there is a diagnostic charge – because the scanner quickly gave the diagnosis.

In reality, it is not that easy and straightforward. The computer monitors many sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of these sensors has a reading that’s out of parameters, the computer will record a trouble code and turn on the check engine light.

The truck computer’s trouble code just tells the The Toy Shop technician what engine parameter is out of range – not what’s causing it. The technician needs to determine the underlying problem that’s causing the malfunction.

There are many problems that could cause a troublesome sensor reading for The Toy Shop customers. The The Toy Shop service advisor makes a list of the most likely causes and begins tracking down the source of the problem. This takes time.

Downey service centers subscribe to databases that document possible causes for all the possible trouble codes. The databases outline procedures for confirming a diagnosis and provide the documented repair. These vital databases are specific to each vehicle and engine combination.

Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved, time-consuming, and difficult. Of course The Toy Shop wants to figure out what’s wrong with your truck and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Tire Replacement: What Buena Park Drivers Need to Know

Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Buena Park tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Buena Park more than most? If so, some additional off-road traction would be nice.

Tire Replacement: What Buena Park Drivers Need to KnowMaybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there’s nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you’ve got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.

Let’s suppose you zip around Buena Park in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather’s good. When CA weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most Buena Park drivers, but since you have a choice, go for dedicated summer and winter tires.

When it’s time for new tires, visit with a knowledgeable The Toy Shop tire professional. Describe your needs and wants. He’ll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads.

Tires are one of the biggest purchases for Buena Park drivers. With so many choices, you’ll be able to get what’s best for you. Take their time. And don’t worry about what’s in stock. If you want something that isn’t here at The Toy Shop, manager Robert Singer can order it. Chances are you’ll be rolling on your new tires in a couple of days.

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring For Your Cypress Auto

Cypress auto owners may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Cypress come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Downey have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.

If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When Downey motorists see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires.

There are many benefits to Cypress motorists who drive with properly inflated tires around Cypress. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves gas mileage. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel efficiency. Cypress auto owners will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires’ll last longer.

Another important benefit of properly inflated tires is increased safety for Cypress car owners. Under-inflated tires become hotter and that heat can actually lead to tire failure – possibly resulting in an accident. Your car and the tires themselves will just perform better and more safely around Cypress with properly inflated tires.

Local Cypress consumer groups, law-makers and auto makers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can’t put a value on saving a life, Cypress auto owners should keep in mind that TPMS systems aren’t free.

The systems themselves are added into the price of the car. The batteries in the sensors will have to be replaced from time to time. Parts will break and need to be replaced. In colder climates around CA, ice and salt are frequent causes of failure.

In addition, there are other behind-the-scenes costs we want Cypress auto owners to be aware of. Every time a tire is replaced, repaired, rotated or balanced, the tire technician has to deal with the TPMS system.

Cypress service centers such as The Toy Shop must purchase pricey equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Downey service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.

Since there is no uniformity among auto makers, service specialists need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to Cypress service center managers like Robert Singer at The Toy Shop.

That’s why the team at The Toy Shop is anxious for Downey motorists to understand the essential financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services to car owners, and then pass the low cost on to Downey customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require expensive equipment.

Sensors will need to be removed and reinstalled. Even a tire rotation will require that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a car battery is disconnected, the TPMS system will need to be reprogrammed.

So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up in CA, please keep in mind that it’s because of this critical new safety equipment. The team at The Toy Shop just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we’re committed to doing it at a fair price.

It’s vital to remember that the TPMS warning only comes on when a tire is severely under-inflated. You’ll still want to check your tire pressure regularly. At every fill-up is best, but you should check pressure at least once a month. Here’s wishing you safe travels.

Contact The Toy Shop for more vital information about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.