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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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What are the symptoms of a bad mass air flow sensor?

If your Mass Air Flow Sensor is bad, then it can show up as many different issues. It can cause your Check Engine Light to come on. It can also cause poor run-ability with an Engine Misfire. You may notice that your Fuel Mileage has gone down. You may also have a Lack of Power. It could be one of these symptoms. If your Mass Air Flow Sensor is not replaced, then it may cause damage to your Catalytic Converter. 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

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Sensor

Why does my tire pressure light turn on when it's cold

Your tire pressure light comes on when it's cold outside due to the air retracting. When it's warm air rises and expands. When it's cold outside air retracts or deflates. This will cause your tire pressure to change just a few degrees when it gets cold outside. Your tire pressure light has a small margin of where your tire pressure should be, if it drops or is overinflated then it will cause your light to come on. The best thing is to have your tire pressure checked to make sure you're safe when ever you are out and about.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My car started to shake. Why?

Your car might be shaking due to a faulty u-joint. Your u-joint is one piece of your drive lines components. This connects your transmission to your axles and/or differentials. Over time the joint will wear out and this will cause a shaking or vibration while driving. It typically is very minor and gets progressively worse overtime.  Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Shaking

My headlights are foggy

Overtime your headlight lenses can become foggy and it can become harder to see at night. Your headlight assemblies do not have to be replaced they can be cleaned and restored. This process involves using a compound to clean the lenses then a second compound to restore the lenses. This process takes a bit of time, but it saves you money from purchasing new headlight assemblies. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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headlights

The dash says service tire monitor

When your dash says that you need to service your tire monitor it means that something has happened to one of your tire pressure monitors (TPMS). Your tire pressure monitors monitor your tire pressure to make sure your tires are at the correct pressure. This ensures you are safe and that your vehicle is operating at optimal conditions. When you tire pressure is to low it can cause damage to your tires, and it will lessen your fuel mileage. When it is to high it can again damage your tires by over inflation.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Tire Light

What should I check on my car before winter?

Before it starts to get cold outside you should have a few things checked. Cold weather can be hard on your vehicle. You should have your battery checked, coolant, tires, wipers and defroster/heater. A cold snap can drain and shorten your battery life. Over time your coolant wears out and can stop cooling your engine properly. If you're not a frequent driver then over time your tires can become weather cracked due to heat and cold. The last part is the defroster/heater - you need to make sure it works properly to keep your windows defogged.  Give us a call to make your appointment for your winter checkup. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Fall/Winter

My low coolant light is coming on

Many cars are now equipped with a sensor in the coolant overflow tank to monitor the cooling system level. This sensor monitors the level of coolant in your vehicle. This has been a helpful addition to keep your engine full of the fluids that it depends on. When your engine is low on coolant then it can overheat which can damage the internal components and shorten the lifespan of your engine. If this light comes on you should pull over and check to make sure you're full of coolant, if you are low you should have it checked for leaks as soon as you can. If your vehicle starts to overheat then you should pull over and turn it off.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Coolant

My car shakes when I brake

If your car is shaking while braking it is most likely due to an issue with your brake rotors. Your brake rotors can get overheated when braking down long hills or when pulling heavy loads. When your rotors get overheated this can cause them to warp and then your car will shake while braking.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

I have a puddle of fluid in my driveway

This could be from any fluid that goes into your vehicle. If it's dark then it's most likely engine oil or gear oil, if it's a reddish color then it's probably transmission fluid, green or orange then it's probably coolant. All of these fluids are important and the leak needs to be addressed. When your vehicle is low on fluid it can not operate the way that it should and it can cause long term damage to the components.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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