It is quite easy to cause serious and expensive damage to a computer-controlled vehicle. Please consult your owner’s manual because jumping vehicles has changed a lot in the last 20 years. NEVER touch or remove the battery cables while the engine is running. Battery Vapor is Explosive – Keep all sparks away from the Battery. It is important to re
With the introduction of so much technology, it isn't easy to conceive what our future has in store. Consider this, in 1908, Ford Motors started rolling the first affordable automobile with two gears, and one had to check the fuel by dipping a stick inside the tank. Hundred years later, and the introduction of self-driving cars in upon us, and lite
Please note that this advice does not take the place of taking any used vehicle to a trusted repair shop and having the vehicle physically inspected by an experienced Automotive Technician. Whether the vehicle is being offered for sale through a dealership or a private party.. The goal is to keep a customer from buying someone else’s problem. If
If you ask about who is the leading auto repair company in St. Louis, the answer would definitely be Jammin J St. Louis Auto Repair, a small family owned business that is rapidly growing. They offer a variety of services for car owners who are willing to upgrade, repair and replace everything related to their car. Although they offer more than 10 s
Prepping Your Car For The Upcoming Winter With Jammin’ J Auto Winter can be an extremely testing time for cars and drivers alike. A lot of common winter-specific problems, such as frozen doors, dead batteries, corrosion caused by increased humidity, lower air pressure in your tires, unresponsive spark plugs, etc., are forgotten about throughout the
Knowing how your car’s exhaust system works can actually help you attain maximum performance while helping to maintain your vehicle in top shape over the years. So, let’s talk about what an exhaust system is, what it does, and how an exhaust tune-up from a professional repair shop can save you money down the line. First Things First - What Is Exhau
No matter what season it is now, if you live in St. Louis we all know it is cold one day, hot the next and if it isn’t leaves, it is flowers or gumballs – always something falling on your vehicle. I wanted to touch base with you on a problem we see that can damage vehicles that no one really spends much time thinking about. All of our vehicles ar
It is indisputable that the brake system is one of the most critical safety systems, if not the most important, of all of the integral systems in a motor vehicle. Brakes are essential to user integrity and safety and are the primary means of protection that we have on the road when we go behind the wheel of a car. The brake system helps us to slow
Let's talk about air conditioning . Most of us in St. Louis don't give our air conditioning a second thought as long as it works when we turn it on. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should spend time thinking about before it starts blowing hot air. The air conditioning system in your vehicle performs four basic functions: cooling,
Signs that you need to find a brake service repair shop for your vehicle often fall into one of two categories: you brakes are making noise or you are feeling a pulsation in the brake pedal when braking. Let's start with the noise. Some brake pads have a built in brake wear indicator that will make a chirp or soft squeal (ok, sometimes it is more o...
I wanted to make you aware of an epidemic we are seeing in the Automotive Repair Industry and it has to do with oil consumption and parts breaking down on newer cars. Let me back up and start with what is responsible for this. The Federal Government is holding the vehicle manufacturers accountable for fuel economy standards that they are working ha...
Let me start off by telling you the old way of replacing Transmission Fluid and then the new… We used to and sometimes still do (for leaking pan gasket) a transmission filter and pan drop. We take the oil pan off the unit and replace the filter and then put it back together including a new gasket for the pan. The problem is that you usually only ge
The big debate on oil changes is how often do I change my oil: 3,000 miles? 5,000 miles? 7,500 miles or even more? Back in the day the recommended mileage interval was every 3,000 miles and/or 3 months. Today vehicle manufacturers are pushing back the intervals to 5K and some are going as far as 10K with the advertisement of vehicles with low main
Brake fluid attracts moisture, over time moisture creeps into the brake hydraulic system and can cause serious problems (especially on today's cars with anti-lock brakes). What happens is the moisture gets into the system and not only causes rust and corrosion in the lines, but it can also reduce the boiling point of the brake fluid and this can ca
On this picture, you are seeing a rubber plug that has been crammed into the side wall of a tire. There is so many things wrong with this that I don’t know where to start, but I’ll attempt to hit the high (or low) points. #1 At Jammin’ J Automotive, we will not install a plug on a passenger car tire, it's not a good fix for any tire! (A tire
We have had customers come in wanting us to do what we call a pad slap. A pad slap is when you just put new brake pads on and do nothing to resurface the rotor surface. When I get asked to do a pad slap I always hear my Automotive Tech School instructor’s voice in my head saying “Never, never, never put new pads on an old rotor surface!” While a
Today I would like to talk about Cadillac Converters, or Catalytic Converters! A Catalytic Converter is an emissions control device that runs the pollutants from the internal combustion of your engine through a honey comb which contains Platinum that converts these emissions byproducts into less toxic substances before being released as exhaust.
Yes I'm sorry to say it came off my car! I have an old 1969 Mach 1 Mustang that talks to me in my sleep, it says things like… “pssssst - the kids don’t need braces, I need a new performance radiator” or “buy me the latest Ricky Racer go fast part don’t worry about the kids needing school supplies, it's OK. “ Well, as you can imagine, the car sits f
How do I know what my recommended tire pressure should be? If you are unsure what your tire pressure should be – rest easy – you are not alone. It is a subject that many people are unsure about. With recommendations coming from all directions, including well-meaning family members, it is hard sometimes to know exactly what to do. Tire Manufactu
Recently we had a customer call on the phone requesting a quote to put an EGR Valve on his car. When someone calls our shop with a specific quote request like that, my first question is always, "why do you think it needs an EGR Valve?" He said what many customers say, "My Check Engine Light is on and I got a diagnostic from the local Retail Auto