Yearly Archives: 2021

Summer Road Trip Checkup: How To Prepare Your Car For Your Next Adventure

Summer Road Trip Checkup: How To Prepare Your Car For Your Next Adventure

We can’t believe how quickly the year is passing by -- it is practically summer! We thought it would be the perfect time to start thinking of your next adventure with summer almost here. With the pandemic coming to a close, we thought a summer road trip would be an excellent way to kick off the warm season.  The team here at Jeff's Automotive is here to help your adventures go safely and smoothly by making sure your vehicle is up to the task. We have compiled a few tips and tricks to ensure your road trip is one for the books:  Pack smart -- When packing your vehicle, think about how to pack most effectively. If your car has too much weight on it, it can be challenging to maneuver in an emergency, and you might be at a greater risk of rolling over. Also, when your car is heavier, your fuel economy is reduced.  Pack an emergency kit -- Your emergency kit should include flashlights, blankets, a first-aid kit, snacks, and water. When it comes to road trips, it ... read more

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What Is the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What Is the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

Engines use combustion to burn fuel and produce energy to allow your vehicle to move. While this is a safe and necessary process when handled properly, it does release toxic gases as a byproduct. The exhaust and muffler are both involved in cleaning this pollution but they perform different roles and work together to help your vehicle's engine run efficiently and cleanly. Exhaust The exhaust system of your vehicle helps to minimize the presence of harmful gases in the air that passes out of the engine. It does this by passing air from the engine through a device called a catalytic converter that reacts with pollutants like carbon monoxide in the exhaust. Most of these pollutants are safely removed and only carbon dioxide and water are released into the environment. Without a functioning exhaust system, your vehicle would produce a lot of pollution and be an environmental hazard. The pipe running out the back of your vehicle is actually the exhaust pipe tip or tailpipe which is t ... read more

3 Signs Your Cabin Filter Needs To Be Changed?

Spring is officially here! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and allergens are in the air. Your cabin air filter is directly responsible for protecting you and your passengers against airborne contaminants. Your cabin air filter is located behind your glove box and filters our harmful particles, including pollen and dust, from entering your vehicle.  Over time, your cabin air filters will become clogged with dirt and other grime, and your filter will start to fail. A failing cabin air filter means lower quality air. Your air conditioning system might require more power to operate. It is common to drive around with a bad cabin air filter. However, the team at Jeff’s Automotive is here to help. If you notice any of these three signs, your cabin air filter most likely needs to be replaced:    Poor airflow: If you are noticing poor airflow at the vents, your cabin air filter most likely needs to be changed. Your cabin should be able to g ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

Getting your car ready for spring is vital to preparing for the warmer months. There are several items that should make it on your to-do list, which can get your vehicle ready for the summer. Anything from oil changes to other preventive maintenance tasks should be a top priority, and below are some of the highlights. The first order of business is getting your oil changed. This is something that should be done at least once every 3,000 miles for the sake of your engine. Clean motor oil is healthy for your engine in that it cools it down while lubricating all of its individual parts. Plus, when it comes to the removal of grime and environmental toxins, nothing does it like a fresh batch, along with a brand new filter. Wintertime wear and tear makes an impact on your battery and can cause problems of its own. During the winter months, your battery typically works extra hard just to keep your vehicle going. Cold weather can slow down the normal chemical reactions of your battery, which ... read more

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5 Reasons Why Good Visibility Helps You Stay Safe

5 Reasons Why Good Visibility Helps You Stay Safe

Welcome to Jeff’s Automotive and our April blog! Visibility is desperately important to a driver. Good visibility keeps you safe on your travels and can be the difference between an accident and a safe trip. Dirty window glass, cracked windshields, obstructing objects, tinted glass at night-- these things make seeing through your window difficult. Here are some of the critical reasons why good visibility keeps you safe: It allows other drivers to see you. We can take clues from another driver by their eyes, what direction they are looking at, and what we see them doing in a crisis If you can’t see another driver due to visibility being poor.  It allows you to see other drivers. The reverse is true; you are picking up body language in other drivers. When these clues are removed, the road becomes even more unpredictable. It allows you to see the road itself. Broken furniture, unannounced speed bumps, potholes, oil slicks-- these are things that you can avoid with en ... read more

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