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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

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

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