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What Does A Tire Rotation Do?

You have probably heard the term "tire rotation", but do you know what exactly it is and what the benefits of it are? Well, for starters, a tire rotation is just that - it is the process of rotating your vehicle's tires or in other words, switching around your tires. The purpose of this process is to simply make sure that your vehicle's tires wear evenly in order to extend the overall life of your tires.  The weight of the front axles and the rear axles are different, which is why the front and back tires will wear differently from each other. The front tires will typically bear more weight, which is why having them rotated to the back will help reduce wear on those tires and make all of your car's tires wear more evenly as a whole.  A tire rotation will: Ensure that your tires wear evenly Move your front tires to the back and switch sides Extend the overall life of your tires Give our mechanics the chance to make sure your vehicle's alignment ... read more

Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

The warm weather brings different types of car troubles, especially when the heat is unbearable. Regular maintenance and proper servicing of your vehicle can help avoid these breakdowns, but we understand that sometimes life gets in the way and things happen.  Did you know that proper car maintenance can actually save you more than $1200/year? This is because minor services here and there actually help you prevent major issues and breakdowns, which is where the costs start to add up.  Here are some of the top causes of summer car breakdowns:  Driving on a check engine light - if you ever notice a check engine light turn on, it is important to bring your vehicle into D & J's Automotive as soon as possible. It's difficult to pinpoint the issue without running computer diagnostics, and continuing to drive your vehicle can make matters worse. A flat tire - this is a common occurrence during the summer due to more vehicles on the road and the increase in stree ... read more

What is that Strange Noise My Vehicle is Making?

We've all been there - driving on the road taking our usual route to work, and we hear a strange noise coming from under the hood, the brakes, or inside the air vents. A strange noise can be a cause for concern, especially when you aren't sure where the noise is coming from or why it is suddenly happening. If you do hear a noise, be sure to make a mental note of the exact sound and where it is coming from.  Often times, a strange noise can indicate a problem with your vehicle. If you do hear a strange noise, don’t ignore it. If the sound persists over a couple of days, you should bring your vehicle into the experts here at D & J's Automotive for an inspection. The problem causing the noise can vary depending on where the noise is coming from and when it happens. Some common strange noises and their sources include: Squealing, screeching, or grinding while braking Sputtering or rattling exhaust noises from underneath the car Chirpi ... read more

What To Do Next When Your Car Breaks Down

It is one of the most dreaded occurrences as a vehicle owner - a breakdown on the road. It always seems to happen at the worst time and at the worst location, and never when we expect it! Although it can be extremely stressful, the first thing it do is to stay calm and try to get to safety as soon as possible. Breakdowns can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some tips on what to do next:  Turn on your emergency lights as soon as you can! This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.  If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible, and if possible. Sometimes we can feel our car slowly coming to a stop, and this is when you should try to safely get over to the roadside and out of the way of moving traffic.  As soon as you are ... read more

Summer Road Trip CheckList

Spring and summer bring the warmer weather, and a lot of families will be planning road trips to enjoy the weather and have some fun during school breaks and vacations. If you’re planning a road trip soon, don’t forget to account for having your vehicle inspected before you hit the road. Many of us forget that our vehicles may not be in the best shape for a long drive, and the best way to protect yourself from unwanted breakdowns and stressful situations is to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip.    Before you embark on your road trip, be sure to go over our pre-road trip vehicle checklist to ensure that you’re vehicle stays reliable and dependable on your vacation or bring your vehicle into our shop for a check of the following:   Check Brakes and Battery - Brakes should be properly working and check that the battery doesn’t have any signs of excessive corrosion. It also doesn’t hurt to have the life of your battery tested.  ... read more

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