Yearly Archives: 2021

What Are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What Are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What Is a Head Gasket? The head gasket is one of the most important gaskets in your engine. It is designed to seal the firing pressure of the cylinders and to prevent the engine oil and the coolant from leaking into and out of the cylinders. The head gasket is built to withstand the pressure and stress caused by two surfaces that expand, shrink, warp and rub, while sealing in cylinder pressure, engine oil and coolant that run through the casting ports. What Causes Head Gasket Failure? The engine operates at extreme temperatures. If the heat exceeds the normal engine operating temperatures, the engine overheats and may cause a blown head gasket. The excess heat is due to the engine block and cylinder head expanding excessively, leading to failure in the head gasket. Also, detonation can cause head gasket failure as it damages the fire rings or armors and allows the cylinder pressure to leak past the armors. Blown Head Gasket Symptoms Coolant in the Cylinders A blown head gasket al ... read more

5 Ways to Make a Your Holiday Road Trip Fun

5 Ways to Make a Your Holiday Road Trip Fun

We bet many of you will be traveling long distances to see your loved ones with the upcoming holidays ahead. But with any road trip, the journey there can be tedious, dreadful, and even stressful. To make your trip bearable and more entertaining, here are some of our activity suggestions: Play a Road Trip Game Anyone can enjoy a good road trip game no matter what age you are! Consider playing some of these classics: I Spy, 20 Questions, & the License Plate Game.  Sing-Along to Your Favorite Holiday Music Before you embark on your long journey to see relatives, have some playlists of your favorite holiday music set aside to jam out to. It'll be fun to belt out the words with everyone in the car. Listen to a Podcast or Audiobook If you want a more experiential listening experience, consider playing a podcast or audiobook to get your mind thinking as you sit in the holiday traffic. It'll surely pass the time a lot quicker. Watch Your Favorite Movies While this may ... read more

Do This Before You Buy a Used Car!

Do This Before You Buy a Used Car!

It's maybe a little nerve-wracking buying a used car. Whether you are doing it through a dealership or a private seller, it can be challenging to know what the vehicle has been through and how much wear you can get out of it. Before you make the investment decision, you should get a pre-purchase inspection to ensure you are making the right decision for yourself.   A 3rd Party Opinion A pre-purchase inspection done by our team at JB Import Automotive Repair will get you the peace of mind you need. As a buyer, you have every right to an opinion from auto specialists and professionals. At JB Import Automotive, our experts can perform a comprehensive vehicle inspection and provide you with accurate, unbiased feedback based on what we can uncover. We will let you know if the car is in good shape or if there are problems you should be concerned about. You'll walk away knowing precisely what you need to know. If we discover any problems, we can even provide you with an analy ... read more

The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure

The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure

When it comes to car maintenance and car repair, tires are usually the last things on people’s minds. Instead, they count on their auto repair techs to inspect the tires whenever the vehicle is in for service and let them know when they need repair or replacement. While this is fine with regular maintenance visits, driving with improper tire pressure can cause tire replacement to be a necessity more often than it should. If you have been driving around on tires that are either over- or underinflated, you’re taking a big risk to your vehicle and your safety. Some of the most common tire-related incidents that bring cars in for auto repair include: Poor Fuel Economy— This can take a big bite out of your fuel budget and bring cars into the shop with owners thinking there may be another problem with the vehicle, such as bad O2 sensors, dirty filters, bad fuel injectors and more. Having your auto repair shop try to diagnose a problem that isn’t the ... read more

Why Do Automobile Transmissions Go Bad?

Transmissions are one of the most important parts of your car. They take a lot of abuse over the years, so if you suspect a problem, it’s time for a trip to your local auto shop. However, why do transmissions go bad? Here are some of the signs you may have transmission trouble on your hands:   Fluid leaks – If you see a lot of transmission fluid leaking from your car, that’s a key sign of potential problems. A transmission should work seamlessly when it shifts into different gears, so when it’s guzzling fluid, that could mean a critical part is broken. This fluid is usually red and not cloudy as long as things are working properly. If it looks dark when you examine it, it’s probably time to get it changed. Burning smell – The smell of something burning when you’re driving should have you hitting the gas to your nearest mechanic. If transmission fluid is burning, then the part could actually be ... read more

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