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Things to Keep in Mind When Planning A Winter Roadtrip

You still have a couple months before the winter holidays roll around, but you may have begun to start planning a roadtrip for the upcoming months. The winter holidays are usually a time to get together with friends and family, and whether you are planning on visiting for some together or looking to hit the slopes during the winter snow, planning your roadtrip ahead can give you peace of mind and save you money when it comes time to hit the road.  When it comes to planning out your next winter roadtrip, safety should be your number one priority. Here are some of our most important tips to keep in mind when making plans for your winter roadtrip: Plan to have your vehicle inspected at John's Auto Care. We can perform a pre-trip inspection to ensure that your vehicle will stay reliable during your trip.  Check the route to get your destination have your directions ready to go. Don't rely on your phone maps - if you're driving through mountains, you could use inter ... read more

Ways to Avoid a Dead Car Battery

A dead car battery is something that most of us hope to avoid as much as possible. Getting into your vehicle to find that your car won't start can be super stressful, especially when it happens on your way to work or when you need to be somewhere important. Luckily, there are ways that you can help avoid a dead battery.  A car battery life typically runs from 3 to 5 years, depending on the make and model of your vehicle and the manufacturer of your car battery. Many car owners will actually wait until their car battery dies unexpectedly to change it, and being proactive about testing your battery charge and knowing when it is soon to die is the best way to better maintain your car battery.  Here are some ways to avoid a dead car battery before it happens:  Have your vehicle regularly inspected here at John's Auto Care. We can test your car battery to ensure that it has life left and let you know when it needs to be replaced.  Know your car's battery ... read more

End of Summer Vehicle Inspection

It's nearing the end of the summer season, and kids are going back to school and parents returning to their jobs after vacation. Although we don't realize it, the summer can have a large effect on our cars, especially if they have been used for road trips and driving to activities. The heat can take a toll on our vehicle's overall, which is why an end of summer vehicle inspection is the best way to ensure your vehicle stays reliable through the upcoming fall season.  An end of summer vehicle inspection is a great way to refresh your vehicle and get it ready for the season changing soon. The heat tends to break down fluids and can cause other temperature related issues, so we recommend a thorough check of your vehicle to make sure that its in top working condition.  Some important points of an inspection include:  Vital fluids for levels and dirt buildup Air filters Tires Wheel alignment Spark plugs Engine Transmission A/C and heating Belts & ho ... read more

What is A Repair Warranty?

We understand that warranties can be confusing - you've probably heard that term before many times, but not necessarily just in regards to auto repair. Many things you have purchased have probably offered a warranty, such as an appliance or household item. Warranties in auto repair are very common, especially when it comes to major repairs and parts. You may be wondering however, what does it all mean and how do I qualify?  There can be many different types of warranties on repairs. If the warranty is in-house at the auto repair shop, that means that more than likely any qualifying repair will come with a warranty of some kind. Smaller repairs typically will have a shorter warranty and repairs such as transmission or engine will be longer. These warranties typically cover both parts and labor and you will have to visit the same shop to receive the warranty.  There are also warranties that are associated with certain parts used in a repair. For instance, NAPA AutoCare pa ... read more

When to Replace your Vehicle’s Tires

New tires are definitely a big expense, but luckily aren’t needed too often with good care of your vehicle. The best way to know when your vehicle needs new tires is to keep track of when the last time you had your tires replaced was and to understand the signs that can indicate its time for new tires. Here are some of the signs that it is time to get new tires:  Check the tread on your vehicle. If the tread is very bald, meaning that your tires look smooth rather than rigid, this is a good indication that you need a new set of tires. Tread is what helps your tires make friction with the ground in any weather, which is why a bald tire should be replaced as soon as possible.    When’s the last time you had your tires replaced? Knowing when your tires were last replaced is important when understanding when you may need a new set. Tires usually need to be replaced every 6 years, but other factors can be at play that can require tires more frequently.  ... read more

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

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