Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicles braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered and the brake pads will become ruined.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. (Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.
Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer.Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their cars make and model. Every car comes with a “check oil” light and an oil filler under the hood. These components allow car owners to monitor their oil levels and add oil as needed, without having to hire a mechanic.
Changing the Oil
An important part of routine car maintenance is changing the oil regularly. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The Engine Oil Bible maintains that engine oil can’t be changed often enough, but Nordic group insists that, with the advent of detergent oils and multi-weight oils, some vehicles can go as far as 6,000 miles before needing an oil change. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
An obvious benefit of changing one’s own oil is saving money, but oil change services frequently advertize bargains. If the “check engine oil” light comes on while driving, this is a strong indication that the car is running low on oil. A driver does not need a mechanic to add oil. However, if the oil light stays on or lights up shortly after adding oil, there may be a leak and a mechanic should look at the car.
Cooling System Service
If your car runs hot, you may need to have your cooling system serviced. The most important and effective way to ensure your vehicle’s cooling system stays in top shape is to make sure the system is clean. Here at Jones’ Automotive Service located in East Hartford, CT, we can clean your vehicle’s cooling system to help it run cool.
Over time, your vehicle’s radiator can build solid deposits which can result in clogged pipes and lines within the cooling system. A quick radiator flush at Jones’ Automotive Service can solve this problem and keep your cooling system in shape.
Another component within your cooling system is antifreeze. It is important to remember to change your antifreeze seasonally. Our auto technicians at Jones’ Automotive Service can help you change your antifreeze to ensure your vehicle’s system does not freeze up with cold weather strikes.
If a problem with your cooling system extends beyond a simple flush or replacement, our automotive team can diagnose the problem. We can perform a pressure test to determine if your radiator’s pressure is correct. If the pressure test determines that it is not correct, we will check your cooling system’s caps, hoses and connections to determine if any of these components need to be replaced or repaired. If we determine that they do need to be replaced or repaired, we can give you a fair, honest quote on parts and labor.
From simple pressure tests to full radiator replacements, you can trust the team at Jones’ Automotive Service for excellent cooling system service.
Air Conditioning and Heating Repair (HVAC)
Jones’ Automotive specializes in A/C and Heater Repair. We also install customer A/C-Heater units in Vintage vehicles as well as Street Rods.
We have the latest technology as well as years of experience to service & repair your car & light or medium trucks A/C or Heater. We also have the ability to fabricate and repair most A/C hose assemblies.
We have the latest Recycling Equipment including R1234YF (the New Refrigerant) at Jones’. We have been installing and servicing A/C since before “Factory Installed” A/C became available.
The importance of performing scheduled maintenance on time cannot be overstated. First, the Auto Manufacturers have created the schedule (time & mileage) to keep the vehicles safe and reliable. Items such as: transmission maintenance (fluid and filter changes), timing belt, spark plugs, air & cabin air filter changes along with the obvious oil changes that help keep your car on the road and reliable. Second, the Auto Manufactures also have the vehicle checked for wear of parts that aren’t regularly changed. Items such as: tires, brakes, suspension and other engine parts. We use the latest maintenance schedule published by the manufacturers to keep you on the road.