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Top Reasons to Get Your Car Windows Tinted

Top Reasons to Get Your Car Windows Tinted

Many people attribute tinted windows as an aesthetic add-on, but adding tint to your windows offers various functional benefits. Here are the top reasons to get your windows tinted:   Added Privacy The most common reason people want this service done is because it adds an additional layer of protection against vandalism. Depending on the level of tint selected, it can prevent people on the outside from peeking in. For example, say you left an exposed wallet, cell phone, or computer on your seat. Doing so might tempt some thieves to steal it. By tinting your windows, you’ll feel a little bit more secure, knowing that any valuables in your car are hidden.   Block Harmful UV Rays We all know that constant exposure to direct sunlight is never good, especially for certain people who spend a large majority of their day driving in the sun. If you are concerned about UV rays’ effect on your skin’s health, get tinted windows. Tinted car windows can block up to ... read more

What is An Engine Misfire?

What is An Engine Misfire?

For those who may not be too familiar with the inner workings of cars to understand what an engine misfire is, it is best to describe how an engine works first. The Workings of an Engine An easy way of doing this is by remembering the phrase "Suck, squeeze, bang, blow.", a classic expression to help simplify the process that powers an engine. Simply put, fuel is injected into the cylinder by the fuel injector, where the combustible combines with O2. This mixture then gets compressed inside the cylinders, a spark occurs and blows out of the exhaust as burnt gas. In this process, a force is created, moving the pistons downwards into the cylinders and generating power that makes your car drivable. How Misfires Happen & What Causes Them An engine misfire is what happens when one or more of these elements (fuel, oxygen, and the spark) fails to work in proper order. When this takes place, the cylinders will not fire, giving you the term engine misfire. It is hard to determ ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive with Your Check Engine Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive with Your Check Engine Light On?

We've all done it. Ignored that little illuminated outline of an engine on the dashboard, possibly even putting some electrical tape over it. Out of sight out of mind right? Well, only until that check engine light turns your amazing transportation machine into the world's largest paperweight. Get to know your check engine light by name. By this, we mean understanding that the check engine light triggers for specific reasons. Thankfully there's no one behind a curtain just flipping the switch when they feel like the vehicle is running poorly. Diagnostic tools use standardized error codes, over 5,000 of them, to read your vehicle's computer output and pinpoint the issue. These issues can be anything from an unbalance air/fuel mixture to more pressing issues such as multiple engine misfires. Because of this, it is recommended to take your vehicle in immediately for a diagnostics scan. Driving with a check engine light on can lead to much more serious problems than an a ... read more

What is an ASE Certified Mechanic?

What is an ASE Certified Mechanic?

You have invested a great deal of money in your vehicle, so you want to make sure that the right people are tasked with the job of properly repairing and maintaining it. It is important to have a technician you can rely on to get the job done right with each and every visit. This is how you can gain the confidence you need that your car or truck will provide you with the reliable transportation that you need for years to come. Why is ASE Certification Important? In short, ASE Certification is the gold standard when it comes to the field of auto mechanics. If you want to know that the technician who is caring for your vehicle is among the very best in the industry, then you will want to look for a professional who has gone through the ASE Certification process. ASE Certification is the brainchild of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. This is a non-profit organization whose primary aim is to provide car owners with the confidence they need to know their vehicle i ... read more

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

If you are curious about what the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) is, it is essentially a tool that makes it possible for you to monitor your tire pressure using your dashboard. You will see the warning light turning on when you need to take your car to the mechanic for a checkup. The TPMS is very important because it keeps track of your tire pressure. When the warning light appears on your dashboard, it means that your tires do not have enough air, and you will need to have them refilled so that they are back at the recommended PSI. You may not think that low tire pressure is a big problem, but it can come with many unwanted effects, including decreased towing capability and payload, more of a risk of a blowout or flat tire, lower fuel economy and poor traction, and tire wear that happens at a faster pace. Your TPMS warning light could also come on when your tires have been overinflated. Putting too much air in your tires can be just as bad as having too little air in them wh ... read more

Benefits of Transmission Flush

Benefits of Transmission Flush

Whether you know a little or a lot about cars, you're aware that transmission repairs can be astronomically expensive. Here's one way you can keep your transmission properly functioning and avoid expensive repairs. What Are the Benefits of a Transmission Flush? A transmission flush removes used, dirty transmission fluid and replaced with clean, high-quality transmission fluid. Once the fluid is replaced, your car's transmission will have a lesser chance of overheating, and your car's bearings, clutches, and gears will have additional protection against wear and tear. After the fluid is flushed from the transmission, your car should provide a smoother ride due to effective frictional properties. A transmission flush also helps cleanse the transmission. Extreme heat breaks down the transmission fluid, which causes sludge to form. Sludge is contaminants and other debris that can accumulate and decrease your car's performance. Transmission flushes should be performed ... read more

What is an oxygen sensor replacement?

What is an oxygen sensor replacement?

Regular checks on engine performances for any vehicle is critical to avoid inconveniences driving errands and responsibilities. Modern vehicle engine control systems are fitted with essential sensors that regulate engine performance, vehicle emissions, and other essential performances in a vehicle. Importance of Oxygen Sensors The oxygen sensor is among the most important sensors that monitor unburned oxygen present in the exhaust as the exhaust leaves the engine. The sensors have been present since the 1960s, but they were standardized in the 1990s. They are also referred to as lambda sensors. Information from oxygen sensors helps in calibrating fuel injection and emission. It ensures that precise amounts of fuel and air are burned in the vehicle's combustion chamber and ensures that the vehicle burns fuel optimally. O2 sensors are thus an integral part of how a car operates. Any failure of the sensor should be repaired soonest possible to prevent damage to the engine and the c ... read more

Signs of a Bad Muffler

Signs of a Bad Muffler

Mufflers serve an important purpose when it comes to your vehicle's emissions system. The primary job of the muffler is to reduce exhaust system noise that is directed from the exhaust ports to the exhaust pipes and also to help direct exhaust gases out of the engine.  The typical muffler lasts anywhere between five to seven years, but rust and other factors can cause muffler issues to happen. If there is a problem with your vehicle's muffler, you will start to notice some telling symptoms.  How do I know if my car's muffler is bad? Engine is misfiring Exhaust is very loud You notice condensation coming from exhaust pipes You hear a rattling noise coming from the exhaust Any of these signs can indicate that your muffler is bad and you may need a repair. If you suspect that your vehicle needs a muffler repair, don't hesitate to give us call here at John's Auto Care today and we will help determine the right service for your ... read more

What Can Cause a Faulty Car Heater?

What Can Cause a Faulty Car Heater?

We rely on our vehicle's heating system to keep us warm during cold days or nights. We also need it to defrost our windshield when the outside temperature doesn't match the inside. A proper heating system isn't just about comfort, but also is necessary for your safety. If you can't defrost your windshields and your vision is obstructed, you are risking your ability to drive carefully.  You go to turn on your heater and nothing happens - what could be the cause? Here are some of the most common reasons why a car heater might fail:  Low coolant can prevent your vehicle from producing warm air into your cabin. This is a problem that you want to take care of as soon as possible. If you have a leak or are low in coolant, you risk serious engine damage.    A blown fuse somewhere in your vehicle can cause electrical problems which can affect your vehicles' ability to produce heat.    A failing heater core or air pockets ... read more

What Does the Engine Temperature Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Engine Temperature Warning Light Mean?

Your vehicle's engine is extremely complex and goes through a series of various processes in order to get your vehicle to move. During the combustion process, the engine creates a high amount of heat, which needs to be regulated in order to prevent the engine from overheating completely.  In order to prevent your engine from overheating, the cooling system in your vehicle circulates coolant which absorbs heat and moves it away from critical engine parts. If there is an issue with the cooling system, the engine is at risk of overheating.  So, if you see the engine temperature warning light come on, what does it mean and what do you do next? If this light turns on, it means that your vehicle has detected that the coolant temperature is too high. This indicates that your engine is likely overheating.  If your engine is overheating, it is recommended to pull your vehicle over to a safe place and turn off the engine for at least 20 minutes. Afterward, drive your vehicl ... read more

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