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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

Transmission Fluid Change: When Do I Need to Change It?

Transmission Fluid Change: When Do I Need to Change It?

If you're like most drivers, you probably don't think about your transmission fluid until there's a problem. And that's completely understandable—after all, it's not exactly something that's easy to check on a regular basis. But just because it's out of sight doesn't mean it can be ignored. In fact, if you don't change your transmission fluid when it needs to be changed, you could end up with some expensive repairs down the road. So when is the right time for a transmission fluid change? The answer, unfortunately, isn't a simple one. The frequency with which you need to change your transmission fluid will depend on a number of factors, including the type of vehicle you drive and the conditions in which you drive it. That said, there are some general guidelines that can help you determine when it's time for a change. If you drive a manual transmission, it's generally recommended that you change your fluid every 30,000 miles or so ... read more

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Do all cars leak water when AC is on?

Most do. The water is coming from your evaporator core inside your dash. While using your air conditioner the evaporator core will create condensation. This condensation drains out the bottom of your vehicle through a drain tube. This is completely normal and how the system is designed to work. If you see water on the inside of your vehicle you may have a plugged drain tube or other problem. 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 m ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Why does my car smell?

Why does my car smell? What does it smell like? Is it a sweet smell or a stinky smell? A sweet smell could be from your cooling system. Coolant or antifreeze has a sweet smell. This could come from any of your cooling system components. If you have a stinky smell then it could be a mouse that went for a ride along. They will crawl inside your dash and make a nest. The good news is the nest is removable, and once it is removed the smell will go away. 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 Automo ... read more

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What does a rack and pinion do?

What is a rack and pinion? Your rack and pinion is one of your steering components. Inside the rack and pinon, it has a pinion gear that is round. This connects to the steering column shaft. It also has a rack gear which is flat. The pinion gear stays stationary. It moves the rack gear back and forth as you turn your steering wheel. From there it connects to the tie rods that are connected to the knuckle at your wheel. This allows you to turn your vehicle. 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 ... read more

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Steering

17 years serving you

Our 17th Anniversary We want to take a moment to stop and thank you for letting us into your lives and letting us take care of you. When we opened the shop on July 5th, 2005, we never imagined all the amazing people we would meet. The ones who would become lifelong friends and the wonderful employees that we have worked with us each day. The road has not always been smooth, and we’ve had some hard lessons. We have taken those to heart and learned and grown with each one. We started off with just Jason and a dream. The boys were just little and now here we are 17 years later. Conner – our oldest – is now out of college and working at the shop. He wants to continue the legacy and run the shop in the future.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to take care of you and for trusting us with everything that is important to you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Anniversary

Why does my a/c only blow on high?

If your air conditioning is only blowing on high then it could be due to a faulty blower motor resistor. The blower motor resistor could go out due to a terminal getting burnt due to the blower motor drawing too much current. When the blower motor is drawing too much current it will overload the circuits on the resistor. This will cause them to burn out and stop working. 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 m ... read more

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Air Conditioning
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