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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

Happy Thanksgiving from John's Auto Care!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at John's Auto Care! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at John's Auto Care before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, an ... read more

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

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