Auto Repair St. Louis, Brakes, Tires, Suspension, Alignment

THIS IS WHAT THE AUTO PARTS STORE SAYS I NEED……

Check engine

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 […]

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY RECOMMENDED TIRE PRESSURE SHOULD BE?

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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 […]

DOES ALIGNMENT REALLY MATTER?

worn tire

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 […]

WHAT KILLED THE CAT?

EGR

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. It is a […]

Dont ask us to do it wrong..

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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 […]

C’MON, I NEED MY FLAT FIXED CHEAPER AND FASTER!

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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 […]

SERIOUSLY, A BRAKE FLUID FLUSH?!?

brake fluid

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 […]

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY OIL?

engine sludge

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 […]

WHAT IS A TRANSMISSION FLUSH (AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?)

trans discs

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 […]

BEST TO CHECK THAT OIL!

engine damage

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 […]