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Electrochemical Society Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Winners Announced

2015-ECS-Toyota-Fellowship-SurendranathThe Electrochemical Society Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship winners have been selected! Professor Patrick Cappillino, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Professor Yogesh (Yogi) Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Professor David Go, University of Notre Dame, have been selected to receive $50,000 in grants to conduct the green technology-based research outlined in their proposals.

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) teamed up to launch the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship about six months ago. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage young researchers to look into green energy technology that can be applied to the auto industry. Over 100 young individuals sent in proposals. Read More…

Ask a San Francisco Toyota Technician: Why Is My Car Dripping Oil After an Oil Change?

Checking engine oilQ. I just got the oil changed in my car, and a couple of days later I noticed my car was dripping a little bit of oil. What’s going on? Is this related to the oil change? Is this normal?

San Francisco Toyota says: You shouldn’t have any drips after an oil change if it was done properly. A few things can go wrong and cause the drips you’re seeing. Read More…

5 Tips for Staying Sane with a Teenage Driver

father yelling at teenage sonFirst date, first job, first house: they’re all stressful experiences, but perhaps nothing compares to the first time your teen gets behind the wheel. And it doesn’t get any better once they’ve passed their test!

The statistics are well known: new drivers are at a much higher risk of getting into an accident. Some of this is down to inexperience, but it’s also because the teenage mind works a little differently to that of the older adult. Teens are impulsive, they don’t always take advice well, and often the last person they want to listen to is a parent, so how do you stay sane with a teenage driver? Here are five tips from San Francisco Toyota: Read More…

Too Cool for a Halloween Costume?

Baby boy wearing pea costumeWe get it; you’re so over dressing up for Halloween. You don’t want to wear a big goofy getup or wig that you have to tote around all night, but you don’t want to be a party pooper and show up to the festivities without a costume. No problem. Here’s what you do:

Pick a Pun

In a pinch, embrace your punny side and use it to create a costume that requires little to no energy. Here are a few examples to get you started: Read More…

The Importance of Keeping Your Car’s Tires Aligned and Balanced

Wheel alignment attachmentOne major cause of accidents, and financial distress, is not maintaining your vehicle properly. When it comes to driving, your vehicle’s tires are one of the most important parts to maintain. If you are looking to save money and increase your car’s safety, then you should consider regular tire balancing as well as alignment checkups. At San Francisco Toyota, these services are fast, affordable, and designed to meet your vehicle’s specific needs.

One of the biggest reasons that you should make sure your vehicle’s tires are aligned is safety. Misaligned tires can cause a number of problems including pulling to one side, less control over your vehicle, and an increased rate of wear on your tires’ tread. Not only is this dangerous, but you will have to replace your tires much more frequently if the alignment is off, which will put a big hole in your wallet. Another thing to consider is that misaligned tires will negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Balancing your vehicle’s tires is also very important. Think about everything your tires encounter on a day-to-day basis. Whether it is potholes, sticks or rocks, your tires go through a beating every day. Sometimes, certain tires will wear more than others, creating an imbalance in your vehicle. The result is often a slight shaking of the car, which will get worse with speed.

Even the slightest imbalance can cause big problems, which is why it is important to take your car into the shop and have its tires balanced every so often. The result is that no one tire will be worn to an exaggerated amount, and wear will occur more evenly on all four tires.

If you need your tires balanced, aligned or both, then don’t hesitate to contact the San Francisco Toyota service department for friendly assistance. You won’t regret it and your car will thank you by running better than ever!

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