Costa Mesa Auto Service Center

Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center - Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

ICE – In Case Of Emergency In COSTA MESA CA


When accidents occur in COSTA MESA, CA, the victims’ emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren’t able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and critical medical information.

When CA police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories they waste precious time.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the COSTA MESA, CA area who you’ll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, and inform Irvine paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.

A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading through Irvine and around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency, is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.

Simply put ‘ICE’ before a contact name in your cell phone, like ‘ICE – Dad’, ‘ICE – Nancy’, or ‘ICE – Doctor Roberts’. Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuable time.

Bob Brotchie, a Cambridge, England paramedic came up with the idea and designed a promotional campaign in England in 2005. This effective idea is gaining attention in COSTA MESA, CA and in other countries. COSTA MESA rescue workers all know of how many times they are unable to find a wallet or purse on an accident victim, yet most Irvine area folks over fourteen years of age are seldom without their cell phone.

There are national and worldwide disaster databases, but participation can cost up to two hundred dollars a year. ‘ICE’ is free to the 276 million cell phone users in the U.S.

It is easy for COSTA MESA auto owners and their families to designate some ICE contacts in their cell phone. Remember to keep the listings current.

Please join Costa Mesa Auto Service Center in getting the word out. Help us put COSTA MESA, CA on ICE!

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring For Your COSTA MESA Auto

COSTA MESA motorists may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in COSTA MESA come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Irvine 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 Irvine auto owners see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires.

There are many benefits to COSTA MESA car owners who drive with properly inflated tires around COSTA MESA. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel economy. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel efficiency. COSTA MESA motorists 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 COSTA MESA auto 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 COSTA MESA with properly inflated tires.

Local COSTA MESA consumer groups, law-makers and vehicle manufacturers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can’t put a value on saving a life, COSTA MESA 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 COSTA MESA 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.

COSTA MESA service centers such as Costa Mesa Auto Service Center must purchase expensive equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Irvine service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.

Since there is no uniformity among automobile manufacturers, service specialists need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to COSTA MESA service center managers like Anthony Betts at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center.

That’s why the team at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center is anxious for Irvine auto owners to understand the essential financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services to motorists, and then pass the low cost on to Irvine customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require costly 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 vital new safety equipment. The team at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we’re committed to doing it at a fair price.

It’s key 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 Costa Mesa Auto Service Center for more important information about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.