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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

5 Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

Driving over uneven pavement or potholes can cause your vehicle's wheels to become misaligned. Assuring proper wheel alignment is one of the essential components of vehicle and tire maintenance. A car that's misaligned will unevenly wear your tires at an alarming rate. Additionally, wheel alignment does not just affect wheels or tires; it also involves a vehicle's suspension system. If the road becomes bumpy or uneven, a balanced wheel alignment may be your saving grace when you need to make a fast turn. Wheel alignment problems can be caused by several factors such as road conditions, hitting potholes, and driving over snow. Excessive braking can cause alignment issues, especially if your brakes are gripping on one rotor more over the other. Sometimes the wear and tear of suspension parts such as the shocks, struts, or springs can lead to wheel misalignment. Additionally, any height modifications such as "lifting" may result in a future problem. Here are a few ... read more

Why Good Vehicle Handling is Important

Good vehicle handling is basically your ability to properly steer and control your vehicle. Your vehicle will react accordingly when you turn and keep straight while on the road. There are many different mechanic systems that work together to ensure the right handling, including the wheels, tires, suspension system, and the steering system. The suspension system is typically the most important when it comes to overall handling capability, and depending on the vehicle you own, the suspension system can be supported by your vehicle's computer system for optimal performance.  Proper suspension system maintenance is vital to overall vehicle handling. Here are some of the reasons why good vehicle handling is so important:  Good suspension makes driving through certain areas safer and more sturdy, such as winding roads or mountainous areas  Your vehicle's safety is greatly affected by handling; a vehicle will poor handling puts you at greater risk for accidents A w ... read more

John's Auto Care Remains Open to Serve You During COVID-19 Outbreak

John's Auto Care Remains Open to Serve You During COVID-19 Outbreak

We here at John's Auto Care are going to great lengths to ensure our staff and our customers stay safe during these uncertain times by utilizing every protective measure possible.  We are also taking steps to help our customers keep their vehicles as healthy and reliable as possible by reminding them of past due services and repairs that left neglected, may lead to future break down or costly repairs.   We recognize that you are being bombarded with information about COVID-19 through many different channels and I want to briefly let you know how we are responding at our auto repair facility. First and foremost, the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and customers is our number one priority. At the top of our list of preventative measures, are reinforcing proper and frequent hand washing, and requiring employees to stay home if they are ill. While we are always diligent when it comes to cleaning, disinfecting, and workplace safety, we have implemented ... read more

Why are my Power Windows Moving Slowly?

Gone are the days when you need to crank your window up and down using the level next to your seat. Hey, if you still drive a vehicle with manual windows, more power to you. However, most car drivers today are accustomed with power windows which makes manual windows looks archaic. While driving, you go to put down your window for some fresh air and notice that the window takes forever just to go down a couple inches. Is something wrong? A slow moving power window is usually an indication of something not working right. The power window system itself works pretty simply - there is a motor that powers the window, which is regulated through a fuse. When you press down or pull up on your power window switch, you cause the motor to run and move your window up or down.  The common reasons for a slow power window include:  The window motor isn't working properly, usually due to wear.  The window regulator is failing An issue with wiring or the fuse A broken windo ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Brake Rotor/Disc?

The disc brake rotors of your vehicle are metal components that work with the brake pads and calipers to slow or stop your vehicle when you apply pressure on the brake pedal. The brake rotors are attached to the wheel hub so that when the brake pad squeezes against the rotors, it causes the wheels to stop turning. The rotors basically work from the friction of the brake pads, which is why they do tend to wear down or warp over time. They can either be replaced or resurfaced, depending on how worn down they are.  The following symptoms can indicate that the rotors are bad:  You hear squealing or squeaking noises while braking The brakes are vibrating or pulsing when you step on the brake pedal The rotors show grooves or score marks It takes you longer than normal to slow down or stop As soon as you notice an issue with your brakes, don't ignore it. Bring your vehicle into the experts here at John's Auto Care. Faulty brakes can be scary, and you never want to be fa ... read more

Holiday Season Safety Tips

The holidays are always a special time of year when most of us will be spending time with friends and family. However, the holidays are also peak times when it comes to crime and theft which can take away the holiday magic and leave you stressed during the season.  In order to combat holiday theft and crime, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to take measures which can help protect you and your family both on the road and at home.  Here are some of our top holiday safety tips to combat seasonal crime and theft:  Always lock your home doors and windows while at home or when you leave. If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to watch over your home for you and be sure not to leave any valuables in the view of outsiders. Also, try not to spread the word that your house will be empty.  Ensure that your vehicle is ready for any type of drive or travel this season by having it inspected by the exper ... read more

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