Yearly Archives: 2021

Basic Ways to Take Care of Your Car

Basic Ways to Take Care of Your Car

If you love your car and want to protect its value and longevity, you'll want to take proper care of it. You might wonder, "how am I supposed to do that?" With preventative maintenance - of course! A trained, qualified technician with the expertise and high-quality equipment should perform most of the care on your car. However, you should still pay attention to what's going on under the hood from time to time. You can do some of the following simple checks and procedures at home: Change the oil and oil filter  The owner's manual for your vehicle will designate precisely how often you should get your oil changed. However, a good rule of thumb is to change it every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (conventional oil). Regardless, you should still inspect your oil using the dipstick under the hood. Some things to look for are level, color, and consistency. If any of these look unusual, you should take your vehicle to J&S Automotive ASAP. Check all the other fluids Yo ... read more

Safety Driving Advice for Senior Drivers

Safety Driving Advice for Senior Drivers

The older we get, the more challenging it becomes to drive. For seniors, you may have a hard time seeing or a #2lower reaction time. Whether you are a senior or have parents or grandparents, we should all do our part in keeping everyone in our community safe on the road. We've compiled a list of safe driving tips for seniors below. Feel free to share with your loved ones!   #1 - Always buckle up. We all know that wearing your seat belt is no longer an option, but it is the law. If you catch someone forgetting to buckle up, please always remind them to do so. If the seat belt is unbearable, you can adjust the shoulder mount. There is also seat belt padding that can make you more comfortable on your drive. #2 - Understand and read your medications. As health is a vital prioritization as you get older, medicines and vitamins become a norm. Some drugs can make you drowsy, less alert and can significantly reduce your response time. Most prescriptions will list on their label whe ... read more

How Many Oxygen Sensors Are There In a Vehicle?

How Many Oxygen Sensors Are There In a Vehicle?

The oxygen or (O2) sensor is a car part that you probably don't think much about. In fact, most people probably don't even know what it is or what it even does. However, you should know that it is essential for your vehicle to function normally or perform effectively.   An oxygen sensor or O2 sensor is the piece in your car that reads and detects the oxygen level within your exhaust system. It sends continuous data regarding the amount of unburnt oxygen in the exhaust system to the engine's computer to determine the proper air-to-fuel ratio. The O2 sensor is composed of ceramics and includes many porous holes, which are coated in platinum and enclosed by a threaded case.    All vehicles sold in the US are required to have catalytic converters in each exhaust pipe. These catalytic converters transform harmful fumes, such as carbon monoxide, and turn them into less safer gasses. Every catalytic converter needs to be paired with a couple of O2 sensors. There ... read more

What Are Drum Brakes?

What Are Drum Brakes?

Drum brakes play a pivotal role when it comes to stopping your vehicle. It is an intricate system made of components such as a brake drum, backing plate, brake shoe, and wheel cylinder. A drum brake uses the wheel cylinder to employ pressure on the brake shoes, pressing them against the cylinder-shaped brake drum. This results in the slowdown of the wheels and eventually stops your car. Drum brakes are exposed to an excessive amount of heat, ultimately wearing them out, calling for a replacement.   Self-Applying Features Drum brakes are equipped with a self-applying mechanism. The drum rotation and movement drive one or both brake shoes into the ground making the brakes grip harder, thereby improving your stopping power. This self-applying mechanism makes it easier for drivers to control their braking force.   The industry standard suggests that your drums should last you about 200,000 miles. This number can vary, especially if there are overworn components in your vehic ... read more

How Often to Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

How Often to Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

The cabin air filter is an integral component of your vehicle's ventilation system. It eliminates harmful air contaminants and pollutants, allowing only clean air into the cabin. Besides providing a clean and cool environment for you and your passengers, a working air filter goes a long way when it comes to reducing your vehicle's maintenance costs. Dirty and polluted air slows down the free flow of air, forcing the AC to work harder than it should. If neglected, a faulty cabin air filter will ultimately cause motor burnout, breaking down the entire system, translating to costly repairs. So, When Should You Replace Your Cabin Air Filter? As a rule of thumb, you should have your cabin replaced every 30,000 miles. All the same, you might want to consult your vehicle's manual or car manufacturer recommendations to be sure. You can also tell its time to replace your cabin air filter when you notice any of the following signs: Reduced Airflow from The Vents This is the most ... read more

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