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Why did a rodent chew my wiring?

With all the rain lately, it has brought many animals closer and some into our garages. They are looking for a warm place and your engine is just what they are looking for. The wiring that connects your electrical components is coated to protect the wire from damage. The coating that is applied to the wiring is attractive to them and they think it is tasty too. Unfortunately, when they start chewing on the coating many times, they will damage the wire under the coating. This will cause electrical issues and run ability issues for your vehicle. The wiring will need to be repaired to fix the electrical issues. To help keep them away, I would try a couple of dryer sheets. They do not like the smell and it should help to keep them away from your wiring. 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 &hell ... read more

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Wiring

Why is my diesel engine losing power?

Why is my diesel engine losing power? Your diesel may be losing power due to a plugged fuel filter. Your fuel filter filters out dirt and debris that is in your fuel tank. It is also a water separator. The debris can come from the filler nozzle when filling your tank. The water in your tank comes from condensation from moisture in the air. Both debris and water are damaging to your fuel system components. This can cause a lack of power, damage to your fuel injectors and your high-pressure fuel pump. It is best practice to change your fuel filter every 15,000 miles. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/JHAutomotiveInchttps://www.pinterest.com/jhautoincJ & H Automotive (@jhautoinc) • Instagram photos and videos ... read more

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Diesel

My headlights are dim can they be fixed?

My headlights are dim can they be fixed? The short answer is yes, they can be fixed. When your headlights get dim it is mostly likely due to the Headlight Lenses getting cloudy. Overtime your Headlight Lenses will become cloudy due to age and oxidation.  This can be fixed by buffing out your Headlight Lenses. To do this we apply a compound to the lenses which removes the oxidation from the lenses that comes from UV light. We then polish the headlight lenses which brings them back to a crystal-clear finish. When this service is performed it will last for several years before it needs to be done again. With winter driving and it getting dark so early it is important that you can see where you are headed. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/JHAutomotiveInchttps://www.pinterest.com ... read more

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Head Lights

Should I replace my tires?

When should I replace my tires? Tires are an investment in your vehicle. They keep you on the road and they keep you safe. Having plenty of tread on your tires will keep you and your family safe. Typically, it is recommended that you replace your tires when they are between 6 and 10 years old. This is due to the rubber deteriorating. This makes it more likely to experience a failure even when they look like they have plenty of tread. If you drive a lot, then you will probably never reach that 6-year mark. The other indicator that you need new tires is low tread depth. Industry standard is 3/32 which is the edge of a penny to Ab Lincolns head. 3/32 is at the end of the useable tread. It is also where the wear bars are. These are in between the grooves and are a tread depth indicator. If you are concerned about if your tires are safe, then stop by and we will do a quick check of your tires for you. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Check us ... read more

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Tires

Why does my diesel have a long crank when starting?

Why does my diesel have a long crank when starting? Your long crank while starting your diesel could be from a couple of different reasons. If your diesel has glow plugs, then this could be the issue. Your glow plugs over time will wear out and stop working properly. Glow plugs unlike spark plugs do not have a maintenance interval. They do not have a maintenance interval because they are only used when starting the vehicle. When they start to fail you will have a longer than normal crank or your check engine light may come on. When you have a long crank, it is hard on your batteries and your starter. Over time it will shorten the life span of your batteries and starter. This will cause them to need to be replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/JHAutomotiveInchttps://www ... read more

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Diesel

Why are my brakes pulling hard when I brake?

Why are my brakes pulling hard when I brake? When braking and your vehicle starts to pull hard to one side it can be in indication that one of your disc brake calipers is sticking or dragging. This can happen when the disc brake caliper piston does not release after applying the brake and is grabbing harder than the other brakes. This is like always having your brakes on and will cause your disc brake pads to wear prematurely. It will also affect your fuel mileage. One of the reasons that your disc brake caliper may fail is from your brake fluid being contaminated. When your brake fluid has a high moisture content then it will cause your brake hydraulics to fail. If you are concerned about your brakes give us a call. We will do a brake inspection for free* and make sure that you are safe on all your adventures. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Check us out at https://www ... read more

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Brakes

How do I improve my fuel mileage?

How do I improve my fuel mileage?

How do I improve my fuel mileage? I am sure you are aware that fuel prices are going up daily. If your car gets poor fuel economy, then that can start to add up quickly. We hope you have been enjoying this summer of the great American road trip. Some of us have been able to explore more than others. Are you planning your next trip? Have you decided where you are going to adventure to next summer? The last thing any of us want is to have to worry about the cost of fuel while we are planning our road trip. We can all make a few changes that will help save us when we get to the pump. Make sure your tires are at the proper air pressure. If your tires are under inflated, then it will create drag and that will lessen your fuel economy. Engine air filter – if your Engine Air Filter is dusty, dirty, or clogged then it is restricting air flow to your engine. This makes your engine work harder and it uses more fuel. We all like to breathe clean air. Fuel Filter – not all vehicle ... read more

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Fuel Mileage

New Driver

New Driver

New driver in the house? Do you have a new driver? Do they know about maintaining a vehicle? With a new driver we go through the maintenance requirements and best practices with them and the vehicle they are driving. It’s no charge, but you do need to schedule an appointment with Heather. Even if it is Grandmas old car or borrowing Mom or Dad’s car. It is important for them to know what it takes to properly maintain a vehicle. This keeps them and the vehicle safe on the road and gives them the knowledge to know what is important. Give us a call to schedule your appointment. Happy Adventures, Heather   Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHAutomotiveInc Instagram J & H Automotive (@jhautoinc) • Instagram photos and videos https://www.pinterest.com/jhautoinc

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New Driver

Why did my car’s check engine light come on?

This is one of the biggest questions that we get. To be honest I do not know until one of my technicians’ scans and diagnoses the issue. Your check engine light will come on due to low oil, faulty sensors, issues with wheel bearings, transmission troubles, fuel issues and more. The only way to know is to scan it and then test components to see if you have a failure. Once it is diagnosed then we can advise you of the best route to make sure you and your car are both safe on the road. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHAutomotiveInc Instagram too at J & H Automotive (@jhautoinc) • Instagram photos and videos

Back to school 2021 is almost here

Back to school 2021 is almost here

Back to school is almost here The last thing my kid wants to hear is that back to school is coming. We have just over a month here in the Willamette Valley before the kids get to go back to school. The last two years have been rough on them, and we are hopeful this school year is better. Fall sports are getting ready to start back up again as well and this means a lot of running around for all those games. I know I never wanted to miss a game.  Especially due to an issue with my vehicle. Every August I would make sure I had my oil changed and my vehicle checked to make sure I did not have any issues. I did not want to worry about not having my vehicle when I should be at a game.  The kids only have so many games. Now is that time. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Back to school
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