Yearly Archives: 2022

How to Maintain Tire Pressure in the Winter

How to Maintain Tire Pressure in the Winter

Now that we are nearing the end of November, drivers in Springfield, MO and surrounding areas should focus on transitioning their vehicles from fall to winter. One of the biggest concerns that you should have as the temperatures drop is tire pressure. Driving with under-inflated tires can loom dangers larger than you think. Read on to learn more about how your tires are affected during this time of year. If you know a thing or two about cars, you probably know that your tires’ air pressure never really stays the same throughout the year. As the weather increases and decreases, the air can expand or contract. It’s simple physics. With that being said, our car tires are likely to be underinflated during the winter unless we make adjustments to them.  One way your vehicle may warn you of this is with the tire pressure warning light. When you see this light, you should check your tires’ pressure and make adjustments to meet your automaker’s specifications.&n ... read more

What is a Catalytic Converter?

What is a Catalytic Converter?

A modern car has an exhaust system that helps control emissions. The catalytic converter is among the essential parts of this emission system. Car manufacturers install the catalytic converter for the car to comply with state and federal vehicle emission standards. We have compiled everything you must know about a catalytic converter and an auto shop with experienced experts to help you replace a stolen or defective one. How Does A Catalytic Converter Work? A catalytic converter's interior has a honeycomb structure coated with a catalyst that changes harmful gases into less toxic substances. Car emissions contain harmful gases such as hydrocarbons that contribute to global warming. The catalytic coating includes metals such as platinum with an intrinsic value that makes the catalytic converters the most stolen exhaust system part today. Other common catalysts include valuable platinum and rhodium. These substances break the chemical structure of harmful emissions. A vehicle with ... read more

When Should You Get a Timing Belt Replacement?

When Should You Get a Timing Belt Replacement?

Most people know the frequency of their oil changes and tire rotations, but they don’t give much thought when it comes to their timing belt replacement. When drivers forget about these components, it can break when you least expect it. Unfortunately, it can be as worse as it sounds, causing expensive repairs and irreversible engine damage. Let the team at J&S Automotive take care of your vehicle and replace your vehicle’s timing belt at an appropriate time.   To understand the extent of the service, you should understand the role of the timing belt. This engine component connects the crankshaft and camshafts. The belt keeps these parts synchronized so that your car engine can run seamlessly. The belt controls the movement with its ridges or “teeth”. When these teeth wear out, the movements will become more jagged.    Depending on what your vehicle’s make and model and the quality of your timing belt, you should plan to replace your t ... read more

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

The infamous yellow warning light, the check engine light, is a signal that comes from the car’s computer. When a sensor detects an error with the combustion process, it will trigger this dashboard warning signal to come on.    How Urgent Are Check Engine Light Problems? The answer is: it depends! You can typically get a clue on the severity of the problem from the behavior of the dashboard light itself. There are three ways that light can show up on your vehicle. Continuous - If the yellow light stays on, it means there’s not a huge problem going on with your car. However, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong with your car either. You can continue driving but only for a little while. You should get your car to a trusted auto repair shop for diagnostics soon. Intermittent - This means that the check engine light blinks or flashes and turns off by itself. Sometimes, this simply is an error within the car’s computer. However, it can behave th ... read more

What Does Coolant/Antifreeze Actually Do?

What Does Coolant/Antifreeze Actually Do?

We all know that engine coolant is important. But what does coolant do? This blog post will take a closer look at engine coolant and how it benefits your vehicle. What is Coolant? Coolant is a fluid that helps regulate the temperature of your engine. It absorbs heat from the engine and transfers it to the air. Coolant also prevents your engine from freezing in cold weather. Types of Coolant There are two types of coolant: organic acid technology (OAT) and conventional. OAT coolant is designed for long-term use and can last up to five years or 150,000 miles. Conventional coolant needs to be replaced every two years or 30,000 miles. How Does Coolant Work? Coolant flows through your engine constantly, absorbing heat from the engine block and cylinder heads. It then flows through the radiator, transferring the heat to the air. As the coolant circulates, it picks up more heat from the engine and transfers it to the air until the engin ... read more

Are Tire Rotations Necessary?

Are Tire Rotations Necessary?

When you bring your car to J&S for an oil change, you may be asked whether you would like to pair it with a tire rotation. You may consider the service and wonder whether it is necessary. Read on to learn more about tire rotations and how important it is to your automobile’s health. A tire rotation is a simple service – it involves switching the positions of your tires. For instance, your mechanic may move the front passenger side tire to the back left. Naturally, front tires wear faster than rear tires. Changing the positioning of the tires allows each tire to wear down at even rates. Regular tire rotations can save you money on tires over time. When you rotate your tires, you can have confidence that your tire wear life is extended. Most experts recommend a tire rotation service every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or at every oil change to make things easy. Sometimes, your technician will also recommend a wheel balancing service with it. If you neglect tire rotations, you r ... read more

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

When Father’s Day comes around every year, spouses and children may struggle to get the fathers in their lives the perfect gift. They may seem like they have everything they need or simply don't have any items on their wish list. If you're shopping for a father who has a love for automobiles, below are some great gift ideas for Father's Day. Car Brand Merch While it may seem corny, most dads who obsess over their cars have a favorite vehicle brand. Believe it or not, every automotive manufacturer sells comfortable and stylish clothing. They even have branded accessories, like car mats, mugs, stickers, seat covers, etc., if you'd rather opt for non-clothing items. If you think your father would rock a BMW driving jacket or Ford hat, these will be a great gift. Vehicle Gadgets & Upgrades If your dad loves tech-y things, perhaps you can give him a makeover with a new infotainment system or sound system. There are also nifty gadgets like phone mounts, wireless ... read more

April is Spring Car Care Month!

April is Spring Car Care Month!

  Spring is finally here, and that means it's time to look over your car to see if it needs to be maintained. April is national car care month, so it's a great time to do some TLC for your car so that it's ready for the road this spring and summer. Even if you feel your car is in great shape, you'll still want to get it serviced to avoid costly repairs in the future. Check out the checklist below on what needs to be done to get your car ready. Spring Car Care Checklist You'll want to use this checklist to make sure that your car is in good shape. It'll help you identify problems now and help you avoid large expenses in the future: Check all fluids Ideally, check your oil every time you fill up your car with gas. But if you don't, you'll want to get it checked now to see if it needs a change. You don't want to go on the highway if you're low on oil. You'll also want to check the windshield wiper fluids and the coolant, brake and tran ... read more

What Is A Wheel Alignment? and FAQs

What Is A Wheel Alignment? and FAQs

A wheel alignment is one of the several tire services that are essential for your vehicle's safety and preserving the longevity of your tires. This service is typically done by a professional technician where they adjust your wheels' angle to ensure they are parallel to one another. When you bring your car in for an alignment, we will first take measurements to see what adjustments need to be made.  Below are some FAQs we often get at our auto repair shop regarding alignment: How Do I Know If I Need One? When your wheels become misaligned, your car will exemplify the following signs:  Your vehicle pulls to the side when driving straight Your steering wheel is stuck crooked  There is a shaking or vibration in the steering wheel that worsens as you accelerate Your tires are wearing unevenly Your steering feels unstable What Causes Misalignment? Misalignment can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Some cars naturally lose their alignment over time. You ca ... read more

​​How to Solve Your Winter Driving Problems

​​How to Solve Your Winter Driving Problems

Winter driving can be cumbersome and a headache, especially if you have vehicle problems. From dead car batteries to frozen windshields and doors, it can turn your day upside down. To ensure your driving is smooth and safe this season, we will go over five common winter car problems and how to tackle them. Dead Battery One of the most annoying things to deal with this season is a drained car battery. The average lifespan of a vehicle battery is between three to five years. Therefore if you haven't replaced it in a while, it would be wise to test it. Our technicians can perform a test to determine your condition. Furthermore, it would be best if you physically inspected your battery for signs of corrosion. If you notice green, white, or blue substance around the terminals, it is likely corrosion, and you should have your battery tested. Iced Over Windshield You might've heard plenty of crazy tricks to quickly defroster your windshield before. Here are some to try this winter ... read more

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