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Why Regular Vehicle Inspections Are So Important

The average car owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the condition of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your vehicle, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At our shop, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it is actually a way that you can ensure you&rsqu ... read more

Signs of Car A/C Failure

Nobody wants to get stuck during the spring or summer warmth without working air conditioning. If you try to turn on your A/C and no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out and it never gets colder, there’s something wrong with an A/C component. The A/C system is actually very complex, and therefore there are a number of different reasons why the system can fail. Here are some of the top causes of A/C system failure:  Refrigerant leak Failed compressor Deteriorated refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The best way to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work properly throughout the spring and summer is to have your system inspected by one of our experts regularly. Routine A/C inspections will allow us to catch small problems early on before they turn into more expensive issues.  If there is a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you may notice one or more of the following sy ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

10 Emergency Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

If you own a vehicle, you most likely drive from one place to another multiple times a day. We rely on our cars to get us where we need to go, and never expect our vehicle’s to breakdown along the way. When it comes to driving, especially in the evening, many unexpected scenarios can occur - from bad weather to a flat tire. Since you never know what can happen when you’re on the road, it’s important to have an emergency kit packed in your trunk at all times to prepare you for and situation. Here are 10 emergency items to keep in your vehicle:  Spare Tire, Jack, and Lug Wrench - Having a spare tire is extremely important. You never know when you might need one. A tire can blow out unexpectedly just by driving over a nail or other sharp object, and a spare tire will definitely come in handy if you find yourself in this position. You’ll need a jack to lift up on end of your vehicle and a lug wrench to remove and replace bolts and nuts.   Flashlight - A ... read more

What to Expect on Winter Vacations

Winter time brings many fun activities and opportunities for vacations, including snowboarding and skiing getaways, snow tubing, and sight-seeing. If you’re planning on visiting a colder place for fun winter activities, you may be wondering how to properly prepare for your winter vacation. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you will be prepared for your winter vacation!  Get the right attire for where you are traveling. If you will be having fun in the snow, proper attire is going to be necessary to keep you safe and warm while traveling. In the freezing cold, a winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf, long pants, and water resistant boots will be needed. You may also need to dress in multiple layers depending on the temperature of your destination.  Check the weather forecast days in advance. The best way to prepare for a winter vacation is to check the weather forecast days in advance to be sure that you understand what weather to expect and what you will need. If ... read more

New Year's Resolutions for your Car!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Happy Holidays from John’s Auto Care!

We want to wish you happy holidays from everyone here at John’s Auto Care in Meridian, ID. This winter, we want to make sure that you and your family are kept safe on the road during your trips to visit family and friends, to work, school, or to the shopping centers. Due to the weather conditions during the winter, it is important more than ever to make sure that your vehicle is in top running condition to power through the season.   If it has been awhile since your last vehicle inspection, we invite you to come down to our shop for a quick check-up before embarking on any holiday road trips or driving in the rain or snow. Our experts will look over you vehicle to make sure that everything is working well and that your tires are ready to drive over wet terrain. Our goal is to keep you safe on the road this holiday season! If you suspect an issue with your vehicle, or you notice that a component isn’t working properly, such as the heater or defroster, don’t he ... read more

Seat Belt Safety - Why It’s Important

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 22,000 people in the United States died and over 2.5 million people were injured from car crashes in 2015. Here at John’s Auto Care Center, we promote and advocate seat belt use for all of our customers of any age. The old adage is definitely true – seat belts save lives. John’s Auto Care Center has been serving Meridian, ID and the greater Boise area for over 23 years. We are proud of our work and we truly want all of our customers to feel like part of our family. That’s why it’s so vitally important that all of our customers and their families wear their seat belts every time! Whether you are in the front or the back seats, it is absolutely necessary to your safety. According to the CDC, seat belts saved over 15,000 lives in 2016 alone! Seat belts save lives and prevent injury. Like a seatbelt to a passenger, routine maintenance can help save your vehicle by preventing breakdown ... read more

How Often Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

It is officially the fall season, which means it’s time to check your windshield wipers to see if they are due for a replacement. Typically, windshield wipers should be replaced every 6 months to a year, depending on the quality and condition of your wipers. We usually recommend a windshield wiper replacement after the hot summer, because the rubber can become extremely worn out due to the sweltering heat.  If it has been 6 months or more since your last windshield wiper replacement, inspect and test out your wipers to determine their condition. Some signs that your windshield wipers need to be replaced are: You notice streaking while your wipers are on, meaning that the entire surface of the wiper isn’t clearing The wiper is skipping or splitting on your windshield, leaving lines The wipers squeak loudly when on The rubber on the blades is splitting or separating The edges of the blades are fraying or folding over As soon as you notice an issue with your windshi ... read more

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