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Why does my diesel need special coolant?

Why does my diesel need special coolant?

Why does my diesel need special coolant? Your diesel engine does not need a special coolant, but it does need to have a special additive added to the coolant to protect your engine.  This additive may already be built into your coolant, you need to check the label. This additive protects your engine from cavitation. The short answer is cavitation is when bubbles get forced against the cylinder wall and over time while it is minor can cause a hole in your cylinder wall. The additive helps to prevent cavitation and adheres to your cylinder walls to protect them. All diesel engines have this in common. Some are more prone to the issue than others. One of the best ways to protect your engine is by having the cooling system serviced regularly. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Diesel

What should I check before a road trip

What should I check before a road trip

What should I check before a road trip? I love road tripping. It so great to get out and explore. Seeing new things and exploring new places is so exciting. Oregon is a beautiful state with so many places to go see and visit. You name it and we probably have it. I still have a few places on my list that I have not visited yet and I was born here. My list includes the tree houses in southern Oregon and Wallowa Lake near Joseph. Before embarking on any trip no matter if it is just a day trip to the beach or true adventure you should make sure you have all the items on your list checked off. It is best to have this list gone through the week or so before you trip to make sure you are ready. Check your tires. You need to check for a bulge, tire wear or other damage. Tire pressure. Nothing ruins a good start than a flat tire or needing a new tire. Check your oil. If you are almost due for an oil change you might as well get it done so it is one less thing to worry about. Coolant &ndash ... read more

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Travel

Why does my pickup overheat?

Why does my pickup overheat?

Why does my car overheat? Your car can overheat from numerous reasons. The first thing I ask when someone calls saying that they have an overheating issue is how hot did it get. The next is what happened. I almost always think maybe it has a coolant leak. When your coolant leaks out of your Radiator it will cause your engine to overheat. Your coolant flows in and out of your radiator and through hoses by the water pump. This keeps your engine to keep it operating at the optimal temperatures. When any of these components stop functioning properly then you can have an overheating issue. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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overheating

Why is my car making a ticking noise?

Why is my car making a ticking noise?

Why is my car making a ticking noise? Your engine could be making a ticking noise due to a stuck lifter. When your lifter is not working properly then it will make a ticking noise. When the lifter sticks it causes the rocker arm to move freely and this will cause the noise. If the lifter does not unstick then it can cause damage to the rocker arm and other valve train components. Any time that your car starts to make a noise that is not within its normal range then it should be checked. Early detection can prevent damage to your engine and the many components. This goes for any noise that is coming from your car. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Noise

Do I change my cabin air filter?

Do I change my cabin air filter?

Why should I change my cabin air filter? The easy answer is to keep you healthy. Your Cabin Air Filter filters the air that you and your breathe inside your car.  It Filters out smoke, pollen, mold, dirt and other pollutants. Over time your Cabin Air Filter will become dirty and clogged. When it becomes dirty and clogged then it will no longer keep the air in your car clean. This can cause your Cabin Air Filter to grow bacteria. Your Cabin Air Filter should be changed every 15,000 miles or once a year. Last year after the forest fires and smoke in the valley we recommended to have your cabin air filter changed due to all the smoke. If you have not had it changed yet, then we would recommend having it changed soon. If you drive on dirt roads, then we would recommend having your Cabin Air Filter changed more frequently. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

What services does my car need for spring?

What services does my car need for spring?

What services does my car need for spring? Spring has finally arrived in the Willamette Valley. The weather is getting warmer, and it is so nice the sun is still out when I get off work. Every season has its own requirements and challenges. Spring in Oregon typically means rain and more rain. This could mean a new set of wipers. Possibly a tire alignment and/or rotation. All the rain is what makes Oregon green and beautiful. If you have lived here for a bit, you find you do not mind the rain to much. Spring means day trips to go fishing and hiking. It also means spring cleaning and organizing. Spring is a great time to get your car on the schedule for an oil change. It is also a good time to have your car checked out to make sure those day trips are good family fun. It gives you piece of mind and one less thing to worry about. It is a good time to get caught up on maintenance before summer comes and you are ready to go play. Give us a call and let us take care of you.   Find us ... read more

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Maintenance

Why is my car shaking more than normal?

Why is my car shaking more than normal?

Why does my car shake? Your car could be shaking from a worn-out Engine/Motor/Transmission Mount. Your Engine and Transmission Mounts take a lot of stress. Every time you turn on your Engine your Engine vibrates, and all those vibrations are absorbed through your Engine and Transmission Mounts. Over time the components of the Engine and Transmission Mount will wear out. It is when they start to wear out that it is time for them to be replaced. Some newer vehicles have Engine Mounts that are filled with hydraulic fluid. If this start to leak, then they will need to be replaced. There is no maintenance schedule to tell you when they are due. Fortunately, they typically last for a long time. Any time that your vehicle is doing something that it not its normal then it should be checked. For your safety and those around you. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Shaking

My car does not want to start

My car does not want to start

Modern vehicles have many sensors that can fail causing your vehicle to not start. This can happen at any time. It can be an intermittent issue. It can also happen suddenly.  No matter when it happens it causes a situation where you are stuck.  If you are having starting issues with your vehicle then it needs to be diagnosed and repaired before it leaves you stranded. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Starting

Shop Dog - Ashley Update

Update on Ashley We get questions every day about Ashley and we love that you are so worried about her. We wanted to give everyone an update since it has been a while. Unfortunately, we received some bad news in February. The cancer has spread to one of her lungs. It is small, and it is not causing her any discomfort now. It should not until it gets to be large. Three legs have not slowed her down. She loves to run and play and do all the things that Labradors love to do. She still comes to the shop with us every day and her hair is growing back. We knew the cancer would spread but we were hopeful for a little more time. They were not able to give us a timeline but did give us symptoms to watch for. Right now, she is happy and pain free, so we will take it.  Stop by and say hi, she loves her ears scratched and her belly rubbed. Give us a call and let us take care of you. You can also find us on Facebook at h ... read more

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Labrador

My car is overheating at a stop

My car is overheating at a stop

Why is my car overheating? When your vehicle overheats it can cause engine damage. An overheating issue can be caused by multiple reasons. The most common is a lack of coolant in the cooling system. When your cooling system is low on coolant then you do not have enough to circulate through all the components. This will cause your engine to overheat. Water is not the solution. Water does not have the cooling ability that your engine needs to operate at the proper temperatures. When you are in an emergency where you have no other option then yes add water. Water is better than nothing, but it needs to be drained and refilled with the proper coolant for your engine as soon as possible. Give us a call and let us take care of you.   Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHAutomotiveInc Instagram J & H Automotive (@jhautoinc) • Instagram photos and videos   Happy Adventures, Heather ... read more

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Overheating
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