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Yearly Archives: 2022

Why is my diesel blowing white smoke?

Why is my diesel blowing white smoke? Your engine may be blowing white smoke due to unburnt fuel. Your engine may have unburnt fuel due to a fuel injector O-ring. If one of the O-rings is damaged it will allow fuel to go past and then it will go into the cylinder and this will cause the white smoke. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc Want to know more … About Us - J & H Automotive, Inc Would you like to join our merry band of misfits? Care ... read more

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Diesel

Free Brake Pads In October

Free Brake Pads In October

We are gearing up for Brakes for Breasts again this year. We were fortunate to participate for the first time last year and we are excited to bring this opportunity back to you next month. We have partnered with Napa Auto Parts in Albany. What is brakes for breasts? It is about bringing awareness of breast cancer and the research to create a vaccine to prevent breast cancer. Free brake pads! Tell me more. The details – if you need brake pads or shoes for the month of October, we will supply you with the brake pads or shoes for free. You just pay for the labor and any additional parts needed. The brake pads or shoes are free to you. Questions? Give us a call and we will be happy to answer them for you. Happy Adventures, Heather

Manufacturer’s warranty vs extended warranty

We’ve had a lot of questions recently about the difference between your factory or manufacturer’s warranty and an aftermarket extended warranty or protection plan.  Here are a few things you should know. Your factory or manufacturer’s warranty is the warranty that comes with the vehicle when it is new. Depending on the manufacturer your vehicle could have a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and some go to 5 years/100,000 miles. When you purchase your vehicle, you need to ask when the in-service date of your warranty is. This date is the day that the warranty started, and it is not always the day that you purchase your vehicle. It could change how much time you have left. For items to be covered only a dealership can perform the work. The warranty is transferable if you sell your vehicle while it is still covered. For your aftermarket extended warranty or protection plan a dealership or independent shop may perform the work. This coverage depends on which package you ... read more

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WARRANTY

My car overheated. Why?

Why did my car overheat? Your car could have overheated due to your coolant being low. When your vehicle does not have enough coolant then it will not keep your engine at the correct temperature. When this happens it can damage your engine. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc Want to know more … About Us - J & H Automotive, Inc Would you like to join our merry band of misfits? Careers - J & H Automotive, Inc     ... read more

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Overheating

Why did my car stall while driving?

When did it happen? How long were you driving? Were you driving in stop-and-go traffic or on the highway? What was the weather like? Heatwave? Freezing cold?   These are a few of the questions you should expect when you call the shop. It could be something as simple as dirty fuel injectors or a clogged air filter. It could be a more serious issue like a failing fuel pump or engine sensor.   The only way for us to know for sure is to run tests and then go from there. Our goal is to get you back on the road to where your travels take you. Give us a call and let us take care of you.   Happy Adventures, Heather

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Diagnostic

My diesel is losing power, Why?

When does your diesel lose power? If it is losing power while accelerating then it could be that your fuel filter is plugged. Your fuel filter catches debris in your fuel. This allows your fuel system to work properly and more efficiently. When your fuel filter is restricted then it caused the other components to work harder. We recommend your fuel filter be changed every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you're unsure of the quality of the fuel you're getting then it's better to change it more often. If you're having issues with lack of power with your diesel give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather   Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc ... read more

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Diesel

Why Does My Diesel Crank and Not Start?

The good news is that it cranks. Now to find out why it doesn't start. I know it's frustrating when you go out to your vehicle, and it will not start. It happened to me recently too. Let's chat about a few things that you can troubleshoot before you call the tow truck.   First, let's make sure that you have fuel. Check the fuel gauge to see how much fuel is in the tank. If it's on empty, then fill her up and try again. If the problem persists, then move on to the next step. Diesel engines do not like to run low on fuel and this could be one culprit.   Next, check all of your fuses and make sure they are not blown. A blown fuse can cause all sorts of problems, including a vehicle that won't start. If you find a blown fuse, replace it with a new one and see if that fixes the problem.   With a diesel that cranks and does not start that is about all you can do before you need to have it towed in. It could be a fuel delivery issue, where it is n ... read more

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Diesel

Car Engine Knocking: What Does It Mean?

If you've ever been driving and heard a knocking sound coming from your engine, you may have wondered what was wrong. Don't worry, you're not alone! A lot of people have this same question. In this blog post, we will explain what engine knocking is and what it means for your car. Engine knocking is a knocking or pinging sound that can occur when the air/fuel mixture in the engine's cylinders is detonating in more than one place at a time. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as low octane fuel, deposits on the piston or valves, or incorrect ignition timing. If you hear an engine knocking, it's important to take action right away. If left unaddressed, engine knocking can lead to serious engine damage. We recommend for you to make an appointment and we can properly diagnose the reason your engine is knocking. We hope this blog post has helped you understand a little bit more about engine knocking and what it means for your car. If you have any further ques ... read more

My car is smoking, Why?

If your car started smoking, you probably have a lot of questions. What could have gone wrong? Why did this happen? Is my car ruined?   One possible reason why your car started smoking is that the oil level is low. When the oil level gets too low, it can cause the engine to overheat and start smoking. To fix this, you will need to add more oil to your car. Another possibility is that there is something caught in your exhaust system. This could be a build-up of grease or debris. If this is the case, you will need to have your exhaust system cleaned out by a professional.   If your car started smoking, don't panic! There are a few things that you can do to fix the problem. Be sure to check the oil level and make sure that there is nothing caught in the exhaust system. If you are still unsure of what is causing the problem, be sure to take your car to a mechanic or automotive specialist for further diagnosis. With a little bit of investigation, you should be able to get ... read more

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Smoking

Why Did My Car's A/C Stop Blowing Cold? The Top Reasons

Summer is in full swing and that means one thing for many people - air conditioning! If you're having trouble getting your A/C to blow cold air, don't worry - you're not alone. In this blog post, we will discuss the top reasons why your A/C might not be working properly. We'll also provide some tips on how to fix the issue. Keep reading to learn more!   One of the most common reasons why your car's A/C might stop blowing cold air is because the Freon levels are low. Freon is a refrigerant that helps to cool the air as it passes through the A/C unit. If the levels are low, it can cause the air to not be as cool as it should be.   Another reason why your A/C might not be working properly is that there is a problem with the compressor. The compressor is responsible for circulating the refrigerant through the A/C unit. If it's not working properly, it can cause the air to not be as cool as it should be.   You could have a leak in your A/C system ... read more

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