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We're Expanding

We're Expanding

We're adding on and doing a remodel. After a very long time and what seemed like would never happen we are finally under way. We have had our share of hiccups and road blocks. They broke ground back in September and then things got delayed. We received our permits from the county in December and they pour concrete a few weeks later. Two weeks ago they started framing and now we have two walls up. I am sure we will have more hiccups and it will take time.  The new portion of the shop will house 4 new bays with 20ft ceilings. We will be able to accommodate those larger and taller vehicles as well as some medium duty pickups. We will still service all makes and models cars, pickups, and vans.      We are so excited for this opportunity to serve our clients and our community. We have a women's clinic and a new drivers clinic in the works. We believe that everyone should be well informed on how to take care of their car. The clinics will cover how to ... read more

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Construction

How do I take care of my turbocharger?

How do I take care of my turbocharger?

A turbocharger loves clean engine oil and coolant. Having your engine oil changed at the recommended interval will keep your turbocharger working properly. Your engine oil should be changed every 5,000 miles and we always recommend using full synthetic engine oil. This will help to prevent the breakdown of the engine oil due to the higher temperatures. We also recommend a cooling system fluid service every 36 months. Over time your coolant stops protecting your engine due to electrolysis and corrosion. The corrosion-inhibiting components in your coolant break down and stop protecting your engine from damage. Some engines may need a corrosion and anti-cavitation additive. 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 … ... read more

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Diesel

What does a turbocharger do?

What does a turbocharger do?

A turbo charger compresses the air and forces it into the engine. When done properly this can dramatically increase the amount of power that a small engine can produce. Smaller engines are often more fuel efficient, this give you the benefit of more power and still having great fuel economy. Along with a turbocharger a few other components are needed to make it as efficient and powerful as possible. Including an intercooler, hoses, and pipes. Rapidly compressed air gets very hot, decreasing the temperature of the air through the intercooler before it goes into the engine increasing density and giving the engine more power. 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 … Ap ... read more

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Diesel

How often should I change my diesel fuel filter?

How often should I change my diesel fuel filter?

We typically recommend that you change your fuel filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you think you have gotten a bad tank of fuel then we recommend that is changed again to prevent issues with your fuel system. Your fuel filter is sometimes a water separator on certain makes and models. Keeping water out of your fuel system is important. If your fuel is contaminated it can cause your fuel injectors to fail, high-pressure pump failure, low-pressure pump failure, fuel pump failure and possible engine damage. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Diesel

Can I run bio-diesel instead of regular diesel

Can I run bio-diesel instead of regular diesel

Can I run bio-diesel instead of regular diesel This depends on the age of your engine and fuel system. Many of the newer diesels that were made after 2000 do not tolerate bio-diesel. The decreased lubrication caused by bio-diesel fuels can lead to high pressure pump failure, fuel injector failure and possible damage to your engine. Every engine is different and it’s best to ask if it’s right for your engine before using it. 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 ... read more

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Diesel

Why does my diesel have a misfire?

Why does my diesel have a misfire?

Your diesel could have a misfire due to a faulty fuel injector. Your fuel injector can fail due to do contaminated or bad fuel. Dirty engine oil on certain models, electrical failure or a mechanical failure of the injector. To know why we need to run tests to determine why you have a misfire and to prevent potential engine damage.  We start with scanning the ECM for diagnostic trouble codes this tells us if the ECM recognizes the issue as a misfire or as an electrical issue. From there we then will either check electrical connections or take a fuel sample. The wiring harnesses for some fuel injectors can come unplugged causing a misfire. The wiring harness can also become damaged due to rubbing or other damage such as rodents. Sometimes this can be repaired, other times it will need to be replaced.    When we take a fuel sample, we check for water contamination and other possible contaminates. To determine if the low-pressure fuel system is working properly, we test to ... read more

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Diesel

Why do I need to have my transmission fluid changed?

The same reason that you need to change your engine oil. Over time the fluid breaks down and stops protecting the transmission. This can cause your transmission to fail. How often is typically answered with a question of the type of vehicle you drive. How you drive and where you drive. 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. If you have an automatic transmission, the interval is usually a bit longer—somewhere between 30,000 to 60,000.  Even if you fall within these ranges, there are other factors that can affect how often you need to change your fluid, including the way you drive and the conditions in which you drive. If you do a lot of stop-and-go driving you may need to change your fluid more often than someone who drives mostly on highways. Another consideration is if&nbs ... read more

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Transmission

My heater stopped working, why?

Have you ever noticed that your heater does not get hot until your engine is warm? This could be due to a leak within your cooling system. I know that sounds strange, but coolant that flows through your engine to keep it cool also flows through your heater core to warm up the inside of your vehicle. The coolant gets pumped from your radiator into your engine through radiator hoses. From your engine, it makes its way to your heater hoses. The heater hoses take the coolant to your heater core. Another hose takes it back out to your engine and another radiator hose takes it back to the radiator. All of this is happening because of the water pump. If your water pump is not working properly or leaking, then it will cause your heater to not work properly. If you have a coolant leak, then your engine will not have enough coolant to go around and cause your heater to not work properly.   To know for sure why your heater is not working we would need to check it out. There are quite a few ... read more

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Heater

My car is shaking when I brake. Why?

Why does my car shake when I brake? If your car starts shaking when you brake, it could be a sign of brake problems. There are several things that can cause this issue, and it's important to have your brakes checked out as soon as possible if you're experiencing this problem. In this blog post, we will discuss the different causes of car shaking and what you can do to fix them. When a car is shaking when braking, it's typically caused by one of three things: worn-out pads, warped rotors, or misaligned wheels. Worn-out pads are the most common issue, as they can cause excessive vibration when applied. Warped rotors are another common issue that causes shaking, and this occurs when the rotors become uneven due to excessive heat and wear. Lastly, misaligned wheels can also cause cars to shake when braking, as they can cause the brakes to be applied unevenly or sporadically. The best way to address these issues is by having a professional inspect your bra ... read more

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Brakes

Why did my heater stop working?

Why did my heater stop working?

Why did my heater shop working? Have you ever noticed that your heater does not get hot until your engine is warm? This could be due to a leak within your cooling system. I know that sounds strange, but coolant that flows through your engine to keep it cool also flows through your heater core to warm up the inside of your vehicle.     The coolant gets pumped from your radiator into your engine through radiator hoses. From your engine, it makes its way to your heater hoses. The heater hoses take the coolant to your heater core. Another hose takes it back out to your engine and another radiator hose takes it back to the radiator. All of this is happening because of the water pump. If your water pump is not working properly or leaking, then it will cause your heater to not work properly. If you have a coolant leak, then your engine will not have enough coolant to go around and cause your heater to not work properly.   To know for sure why your heater is not working we w ... read more

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Heating
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