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    Posted on 07, January, 2016
    Presented by Kevin & Sue Anne Donohoe

    When families and friends go for rides, it is a time-honored tradition to stake an early claim on the “shotgun” position (the front passenger seat). However, if you find yourself relegated to the middle of the backseat, you can take consolation in the knowledge that it is the safest seat in the vehicle. According to researchers from the University of Buffalo, people riding in the middle of the back seat are 25 percent safer than other backseat passengers. They are also 59 percent to 86 percent safer than front-seat passengers. The reason for this is that the backseat middle is surrounded by the largest crush zone, which is the area of the vehicle that absorbs shock during an impact.

    This column on safety is brought to you by our entire staff. We take safety very seriously, always treating your vehicle with the utmost care because we know how much you and your passengers rely on your vehicle. We appreciate your business, and provide personal service to each and every customer. Let us perform preventative maintenance on a regular basis before that happens. Here at Pacific Motor Service, we are committed to excellent customer service, and quality work. That’s a promise.

    P.S. Failure to use a seatbelt in the backseat reduces your chances of surviving a crash by a factor of three.


    Kevin and Sue Anne are the owners of Pacific Motor Service

    Located at 500 E. Frainklin St. here in Monterey

  • Your Auto Column - Presented by Kevin and Sue Anne Donohoe

    Posted on 20, November, 2015

    Having a leaking sunroof in your vehicle is enough of a nuisance to pose a safty hazard. This kind of problem should be addressed right away. In most cases, a clogged sunroof drain is directly responsible for the steady stream of water entering the cabin. If the hose that runs from the sunroof's drainage trough down through the windshield pillars is plugged or kinked, water will overflow the trough. In some cases, the auto technician can remove a blockage with a blast of compressed air. If not, running a "snake" down the hose may dislodge any problematic matter. If the track is lost at the upper end of the original hose, replacement may involve removing the headliner.

    If you have any issue with your vehicle, whether a leaky sunroof or engine problems, we want to help! We have the knowledge and skills to handle all your automotive needs. At the first sign of an automobile problem, it is a good idea to have it looked at by a professional. Call us at (831) 357-9571 or click here to make an appointment. We are located at the corner of Figueroa and Franklin, just west of Jack's Park in Downtown Monterey.

    P.S. If a sunroof becomes stuck during operation, do not try to fix the problem yourself. You may only make a bad situation worse.

    Kevin and Sue Anne are the owners of Pacific Motor Service

    Located at 500 E. Frainklin St. here in Monterey