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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

What is Factory Recommended Maintenance?

What is Factory Recommended Maintenance?

While most vehicle drivers are familiar with the common vehicle maintenance items such as oil changes and brake repair, not everyone is as familiar with what factory recommended services are and if they are important to follow.  When your vehicle is manufactured, the vehicle maker will create a maintenance list for you to follow. This maintenance list is based on the estimated lifespan of certain components, such as brake pads or transmission fluid. Based on how long these parts usually last on average, the manufacturer will recommend at what mileage or time interval to get certain parts inspected or replaced.  Is it important to follow your vehicle's factory-recommended maintenance exactly? Well, the answer is that while it isn't necessarily required, it is still beneficial to the integrity of your vehicle. One thing to keep in mind if you have a new vehicle is the warranty. Often times, a warranty issued by your vehicle's manufacturer can be voided i ... read more

Save Money on Fuel This Summer

Save Money on Fuel This Summer

Summer typically means much more driving due to summer break road trips and visiting family and friends. Although this time is fun and exciting, it can be costly depending on how often and how far you take your vehicle. When you want to actually go out and do things, it can be helpful to learn how to save money when buying gas to help fund other adventures.  When it comes to buying gas during the summer months, try to get your gas either at night or early morning when the weather is cooler. When the weather is hot, gas will expand and you’ll end up getting less use out of your tank. Getting gas during the cooler times will get you a more condensed, more fuel efficient tank.  Try to scope out gas stations before you head out on your trip. Avoid gas stations that are right off the highway - these tend to be more expensive because of necessity. Gas stations that are in your city away from traffic will be less expensive and you’ll be able to save money on gas.  ... read more

What Can Cause a Car Not to Start?

What Can Cause a Car Not to Start?

We understand how frustrating it is to get into your vehicle, try to crank it up, and find that your car won't start. Plus, it always tends to happen at the worst possible times, like when you have somewhere that you need to be. Most drivers will right away think that the issue is with our car battery and desperately try to find those jumper cables and a friend to help. However, a car not starting doesn't always point to the battery. Let's look at some of the potential causes for why a car won't start.  Dead battery - yes, often times the case is due to a dead battery. You may have left a light on all night or you haven't replaced your battery in years. This can easily be determined by testing the battery for charge.   Battery corrosion - corrosion on the outside of the battery terminal can prevent your engine from getting the correct charge in order to start up. A good battery cleaning (make sure to do it safely) can do the trick.    Bad s ... read more

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