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Did you know? J & H Automotive Inc

We decided to start a series that we will continue each Friday called did you know. It will talk about everything from getting to know us a bit better to random and important facts about your vehicle. Today's did you know will be about J & H Automotive, Inc. Did you know? Did you know that we opened on July 5, 2004. That when we first opened it was just Jason and a dream for him to do this own thing the way he wanted to. Since then we've grown to two more technicians and a fantastic service writer. We call them "The Crew" they're all part of our extended family and we appreciate them so much. In 14 years we've seen a lot of changes in the automotive industry and we do our best to keep up on technology. Last year we started to provide a digital inspection of your vehicle. It's just one more layer of transparency for you to know what's happening. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Did you know

My car is making a weird noise. Why?

Anytime that your vehicle starts to do something or make a different noise than normal then we're going to say it needs to be checked. Sometimes it super easy and we can give you some piece of mind just by listening to your car and other times it may take a bit of time to figure out where it's coming from. We know just how weird it can be to try and describe a noise that's coming from your vehicle, we've all been there. The best is when I'm driving and my car makes a noise and I call jason and tell him it's doing XYZ and then try to do it again when he's riding with me.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

Why is my pickup shaking

This depends on when your pickup is shaking. Is it at an idle? Driving down the road? Town speed? Freeway speed? When cornering? I know, so many questions. In order to properly diagnose the issue you're having it's best to be as descriptive as possible as to when it does it, where it does it, how you're driving when it does it. Now to answer at least one of those. When you're driving down the road at any speed and your pickup starts shaking it could be a U-Joint on your driveline. U-Joints wear out over a period of time and it this goes un-repaired it can lead to further damage of your driveline components and could in the worst case scenario cause an accident.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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U-Joint

Why is my car squeaking?

Your car might be squeaking due to your sway bar bushings being worn out. The sway bar bushings are just one component of your front suspension. These bushings are important as they increase your vehicles stability when you are cornering and turning. Being safe on your travels is important, whether to work, the grocery store or across the mountains.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

2002 Honda Civic - part 1

Today I'm going to tell you a little story about a car. This car is a 2002 Honda Civic and it currently has 580,116 miles on the odometer - yes you read that correctly 580,116 miles. The owners goal is to make it to the 1,000,000 mile mark. How neat is that, and really unheard of. So many people are just ready to scrap a car because it's at 100,000 miles and this one is 580,116 miles. To get to this point has taken some effort from the owner and from us to listen to her needs and concerns. She loves her car and it's been the perfect fit for her. She commutes to work each day and this gets her to where she needs to be.  Do you know how this happened? Well it's all due to regular maintenance on the car. From tune ups, fluid services, timing belts and replacing worn out parts when it's time. She is vigilant, so when something is off she calls and makes an appointment to make sure everything is running properly.  We made this car a custom maintenan ... read more

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Honda Civic

When should I plug my diesel truck in?

You should plug in your diesel engine block heater when the temperatures start to drop below 40 degrees. This helps to keep your engine oil and coolant warmer to allow your engine to start more efficiently and much smoother.  This can also extend the life of your engine and starting system.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Diesel Engine

When should I have an oil change?

This depends on the type of oil that your engine requires. If your engine requires conventional or synthetic blend then you should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. If your engine requires a full synthetic oil then you should have your oil changed every 5,000 miles. Now for every rule there is always an exception, and that will depend on your individual vehicle.  We also suggest for all diesel's no matter if it is our synthetic blend or full synthetic that you have the oil changed every 5,000 miles.  We service all makes and models. Domestic, Asian or European we can take care of them all. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Oil Change

Fall travels

Now that summer break is over it's probably time to get your car in to have it serviced from all of your adventures. The next adventure is fall sports with the kids and I am sure it's our busiest time of the year with the most driving. We have an extra week this year before games start so I have just a little extra time to get my oil change and inspection done before the season really gets underway.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Fall service

First day of School 2019

Today is the first day of school for the kids. Please keep an eye out for them as they are crossing the street and trying to get to school. Leave just a few minutes early to make sure you're not running late with all the buses picking up kids.  I know one of mine is ready for sure the other two not so much. It's a big year for us as our first is a senior and will be graduating in June. I'm not sure where the time has gone, it's been a blur.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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School

My pickup is running rough and at a stop it dies

This could be due to a bad sensor or a faulty engine component. The best way to know is for it to be diagnosed. I wouldn't want to be driving around and have my pickup die and not be able to get it restarted again. We work on gas and diesel, along with hybrids and electrics. We would be happy to take a look at your vehicle to make sure you're safe on all your adventures.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Dying
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