Articles:

The Importance of Checking Fluids

The Importance of Checking Fluids

If you have taken any type of driver’s education, shop class, or had a mechanic for a parent, no one needs to tell you how important fluid checks can be, but the average driver knows little about the fluids in their vehicle. Do you know… …what fluids are in your vehicle? …which fluids should be checked and when? …appropriate levels for all of your fluids? The average driver could make a costly mistake if they don’t know these items, but owners of imported cars have to be even more vigilant. Fluids may differ between an import vehicle and a similar domestic one.  It is always best to let one of our experienced mechanics check your fluids, change them when necessary, and make any repairs due to leaks, but you should still be checking your fluids frequently. It is a good idea to check all of the fluids in your car every time, just to be sure that nothing is missed. It is also a good idea to make this a habit whenever you fill your tank a ... read more

3 Signs Your Brakes Might Need Servicing

3 Signs Your Brakes Might Need Servicing

When you hear grinding or squealing when you brake, you know that you need to hurry up and get your car into the shop, but there are other signs that your brakes might need servicing that aren’t quite as obvious. Here are a few. Changes in how your brakes feel Sometimes there might be subtle changes to how your brakes feel, and that can tip you off that there is an issue. If you start feeling a pulsing or vibration when you brake, it could be an indicator of very worn brakes. If your brakes feel soft, it could mean that there is an issue with the brake fluid or other issues. Pulling to one side If your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake, your vehicle is likely not safe to drive. You should park it immediately or bring it to our mechanic’s shop. Pulling to one side could be a serious problem with the brakes, or it could be a bigger problem unrelated to braking. Odd sounds when braking Even if you don’t hear the telltale gri ... read more

How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Florida Winter

How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Florida Winter

This headline is probably the most laughable you’ll see all day. But the truth is that even in sunny Florida, there are some things you should keep in mind as winter approaches. Cooler temperatures, even when they don’t get that cold, can make a difference on the performance and mileage of your vehicle. Here’s what you need to know. Check your battery and try to conserve it. Even though it doesn’t really get cold in Florida, the drop in temperature is enough to make the starter on your vehicle work harder than normal. This can pull an additional drain on your battery; and if it’s not in good condition at the start of the winter, you’re more likely to run into issues before spring arrives. Keep an eye on tire pressure. Tire pressure changes when weather goes from cold to hot, but Florida winter days can take you all the way from low 50s to upper 70s within the same 12-hour period. That means your tires could chang ... read more

Are You Using the Correct Type of Oil?

Are You Using the Correct Type of Oil?

Did you know that not all motor oil is created equally? You may know that there are different types of motor oil used in vehicles, but not know the differences, or what will happen if you use the wrong type. Here is what you need to know. Take care with DIY oil changes If you plan to change your oil yourself, which is not recommended on European models, you need to make sure that you’re using the right type. If you don’t, your engine will not operate at peak performance, and you could cause lasting damage to your vehicle. If you don’t know for sure what type of oil to use, talk to your mechanic. Topping off the oil If you seem to have burned a little bit of oil, it might not mean that you need a major repair or even an oil change. Topping off the oil with a quart or so isn’t going to harm your vehicle—unless you use the wrong oil. Before adding any oil to the engine’s reservoir, check online for the right weight ... read more

Will Vehicle Service and Maintenance Void My Vehicle’s Warranty?

Will Vehicle Service and Maintenance Void My Vehicle’s Warranty?

What Is a Vehicle Warranty? A car warranty is an important component of your vehicle purchase. It offsets the cost of repairing or replacing parts of your vehicle. However, not all car warranties are the same, so it’s important to understand what type of warranty you have and what terms it requires.  Factory Warranty If you purchased your vehicle from a dealership, you probably have a factory or manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty is available for new, used, and certified pre-owned cars to cover any defective parts caused by poor craftsmanship or factory error.  These types of warranties are available for a certain number of miles or years, such as “up to 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.” Some automakers are more generous than others. For example, in 2020 Kia offered a 5-year or 60,000 mile basic warranty, while Ford only offered a 3-year or 36,000 mile basic warranty. These warranties are typical ... read more

JB Import Automotive Repair is committed to ensuring effective communication and digital accessibility to all users. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and apply the relevant accessibility standards to achieve these goals. We welcome your feedback. Please call JB Import Automotive Repair (727) 823-5951 if you have any issues in accessing any area of our website.