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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.



Engine and Drivetrain Problems

Let's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at J M & H Automotive.



Vibration While Driving

This issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.



Poor Braking Performance

Your brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at J M & H Automotive.



There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. J M & H Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us

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    , 12/17/2019

    Integrity and competence are the two words that come to mind regarding the business. You can trust them!

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    , 11/12/2019

    Most honest place I've ever taken any vehicle

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    Hands down best place to get your vehicle worked on! Friendly staff fast efficiant honest men. Your vehicle is in good hands with these guys. The only people I will let work on my vehicle!

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    Honest and fair mechanics! I've worked with Steve both times I took my far it. Good prices. He doesn't fix things that don't need fixed! Awesome place!

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    I was recommended by a friend and was very happy with the service I received. They stand behind their work.

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    Steve is fantastic. Couldn't get my headlight bulbs unscrewed myself, he told me to come by and he got them both done. Even though I'd never been a customer before, he charged me zero! Definately a new place to take my cars for maintenance & repairs. As stated in other reviews this is a shop that has integrity and is not out to overcharge you. I'll be back.

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    Steve helped me out in a pinch. I just returned from a 2 week road trip and needed to get a new alternator before hitting the road again. I didn't have much time on my hands, but Steve worked with me. I was pleased with the service, timeliness, and honesty. Thanks Steve!

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    Outstanding! They saved my life because I was driving with loose ball joints from MT. They were able to help me and I am back on the road. Thank you so much Mike and Erik! Terrific people and very helpful.

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    Great shop. I was referred to JM&H by some friends and was it worth it. I called and spoke with Stephen, got an appointment set, on the day of my appointment I get there describe what I think is wrong and supply eric the Mechanic who worked on my car, with the parts that I brought. An hour later I was all fixed up and back out on the road!! Big shout out to Stephen, Mike and Eric! Thanks guys!

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    I've been a customer for over 30 years when Joe, Mike and Hans first started. What has kept me here is that tradition of quality service, honesty and fairness that Steve is maintaining. Big "thumbs up" for J, M & H!

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    I have brought multiple vehicles to J M & H and they have always been able to get me in quickly, give me an honest quote on what needs to be done and get the work done in a timely manner. The staff is very friendly and I've never felt like I was paying to much for anything done.

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    I went for the first time this past week and I have to say that I had amazing service. Stephen the owner, is a stand-up guy and runs a great business. He goes out of his way to make sure you're well taken care of and that you leave happy with the work. The service was quick and well done. I would HIGHLY recommend this shop!

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    Good service and took my vehicle in on a late afternoon. Got the A/C repair done in under an hour. Half the price of Jiffy Lube for the same repair. Best place!

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    I can definitely say that they are honest, trustworthy and very friendly there! Being a single female, it's always scary going somewhere to have your car worked on because you never know what to expect or what some company may try to con you into buying. With this company, that is the last thing you need to worry about...I 100% trust them and the advice they give! The service was phenomenal and they take care of you immediately. I'm definitely going back to them for my car needs!!

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