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What are the symptoms of a bad transmission mount?

What are the symptoms of a bad transmission mount?

If you have a transmission mount that is going bad you will probably feel more vibration, perhaps hear some clunking in your vehicle. If your car is making starting to have a vibration where it didn't before you should have it checked to make sure you stay safe on the road.  Happy Adventures Heather

Do I need to change my brake fluid?

Do I need to change my brake fluid?

The answer is yes, really that shouldn't surprise you much. When your brake fluid becomes contaminated with water - it draws moisture out of the air - it can cause your brake components to rust from the inside out. It will break down your seals, master cylinder, calipers and wheel cylinders then you will have a leak or a seized caliper. Along with the rust issue the fluid also has a lower boiling point so when you're doing a lot of braking it can cause your brakes to not work as well as they should.  When you live in high humidity or an area that gets a lot of rain you can expect to need to change your brake fluid more often than if you lived in a drier climate.  You can make your appointment here and we will see if you are in need of a brake fluid service.  www.jhautomotiveinc.com/appointments/ Happy Adventures Heather

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Why shouldn't I get my oil changed at a quick lube?

Why shouldn't I get my oil changed at a quick lube?

In a moments notice when you are traveling or even perhaps in an emergency that is fine. The biggest problem is that they are not all properly trained and they are not always looking out for your best interest. We had a gentleman decide to get a discounted oil change at a quick lube.  It was anything but a deal. They broke his oil pan and it had to be replaced. The person who changed his oil had no idea what they were doing and instead of a $25 oil change he got to purchase an oil pan. I know the difference was more than the extra $15 he would have spent here, and no they did not repay him for his loss of time and the repair. Yes it is oil and filter, the difference is the level of training and expertise that goes into it. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures Heather

My Steering Wheel is Not Straight

My Steering Wheel is Not Straight

When your steering wheel is not straight it can be an issue with your alignment. Not all roads are maintained the same and some can have pot holes. If you hit one of those just right it can cause the tire alignment to be off making your steering wheel off center and your steering and suspension could be misaligned causing uneven tire wear and poor handling.  Give us a call to set up an appointment and we will do an alignment check for you. We recommend that you have an alignment performed on your vehicle every 12 months and each time you purchase new tires.  Happy Adventures Heather

Your hometown mechanic

We know you have many choices for who you take your vehicle to for service, and we appreciate that you put your trust in us and letting us take care of you and your vehicle. We realize that we may not always be the most convenient choice, but we promise that you will not get better service and attention to detail anywhere else.  We take care of all years, makes and models. We can service your gas, diesel, hybrid and electric. Jason and the team make sure they are up to date on technology and they are able to diagnose your electrical problems along with engine and transmission issues. We can take care of all your engine, transmission, brakes, air conditioning, suspension and everything in between too.  The next time you are looking to service your vehicle give us a call and we will take care of you.  Happy Adventures Heather

Why do I have a tire pressure light?

Why do I have a tire pressure light?

Your tire pressure light lets you know when your tire pressure is low to prevent a blow out when you're driving down the highway. It also prevents tire damage from driving on tires that do not have enough pressure in them.  If that light comes on it's best to have it checked as soon as you can. Happy Adventures Heather

What is the ABS light for?

What is the ABS light for?

An ABS warning light indicates that there is something wrong with the ABS system. Your brakes will still work with this light on, but your ABS will not and that could be handy in an emergency situation.  Give us a call and we will take care of you.  Happy Adventures Heather

There is a battery light on? What is it?

There is a battery light on? What is it?

That is your battery warning light and it should be a picture of a batter and it should be red. This sign is an indication that the battery in your car is having an issue, and may not be charging anymore.  If you spot this while driving, the first thing to do is to turn off all electrical components in your car. This includes the air conditioning, heating, stereo, interior lighting, seat heaters/coolers. Don't switch off the headlights if you are driving at night, but if you are driving during the day turn off the day time running lights.  If at all possible stop by and we will help you resolve this issue before it causes more trouble.  Happy Adventures Heather

What is the oil can icon on the dash for?

What is the oil can icon on the dash for?

  That is your engine oil pressure light, it should look like an oil pitcher and it will be red. If that ever comes on when you are driving please pull over, it can mean that your engine is low on oil and if you were to keep driving it could cause major damage to your engine. It doesn't always mean that it is low on oil or that there is an issue, but it is best to treat it that way just to be safe.  So, if you spot that light on your dash while you are driving, pull over, turn off the engine and call for a professional to help. Happy Adventures Heather

My left turn signal is blinking faster than the right. Why?

My left turn signal is blinking faster than the right. Why?

Typically when one side is blinking faster than the other it means that you have a bulb that has gone bad and needs to be replaced. If the bulb has been replaced recently then it is probably the socket which the bulb goes into that has an issue.  We always have the most common bulbs on had for just a time like this, stop by and we can make sure you're safe on the road. Happy Adventures Heather

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