Yearly Archives: 2022

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

When Should You Call For a Tow?

When Should You Call For a Tow?

Many drivers are apprehensive about calling a tow truck when their vehicle is clearly in trouble. Some may be concerned about the cost, while others have faith that their car will make it to the shop just in time. However, there are some instances where you should definitely call for a tow truck. If you're experiencing any of the following problems, feel free to call J&S Automotive today: Safety Problems One of the biggest motivations to call for a tow is when your car feels unsafe. If you feel like continuing to drive could put your health in harm's way, please give us a call. Some examples of this include: Brake problems Steering and suspension issues  Misaligned wheels Engine overheating Flashing check engine light & more. Car Accident Another reason why someone may need a tow is if they've gotten in a bad wreck. Even if your car has no significant physical damages, there may be hidden damages internally like a fluid leak or engine damage. Problems ... read more

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