Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

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You’re driving down the highway going about 55 mph, and you step on the brake, and your car starts vibrating. You take your foot off the brake pad, and the vibration disappears. That is until you try and use the brakes again, and the same thing happens again. You may also feel a pulsation on the brake pedal pushing against your foot. Here are some of the reasons why your car is exhibiting these disconcerting symptoms.

The Tires Could Be the Culprit
Before we blame the brakes, it is essential to rule out tires. Tires commonly cause shaking when braking, especially when driving at high speeds or going downhill. Poor wheel alignment is usually behind the shaking.
If this is the cause, you may need to replace your tires or even invest in wheel alignment, which requires specialized equipment found in repair shops. Check whether your tires have a warranty before paying out of pocket.

How To Maintain Tire Pressure In The Winter

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Now that we are nearing the end of November, drivers in Springfield, MO and surrounding areas should focus on transitioning their vehicles from fall to winter. One of the biggest concerns that you should have as the temperatures drop is tire pressure. Driving with under-inflated tires can loom dangers larger than you think. Read on to learn more about how your tires are affected during this time of year.

If you know a thing or two about cars, you probably know that your tires’ air pressure never really stays the same throughout the year. As the weather increases and decreases, the air can expand or contract. It’s simple physics. With that being said, our car tires are likely to be underinflated during the winter unless we make adjustments to them.

What Is A Catalytic Converter?

Catalytic converter of a modern car bottom view.

A modern car has an exhaust system that helps control emissions. The catalytic converter is among the essential parts of this emission system. Car manufacturers install the catalytic converter for the car to comply with state and federal vehicle emission standards. We have compiled everything you must know about a catalytic converter and an auto shop with experienced experts to help you replace a stolen or defective one.

How Does A Catalytic Converter Work?
A catalytic converter’s interior has a honeycomb structure coated with a catalyst that changes harmful gases into less toxic substances. Car emissions contain harmful gases such as hydrocarbons that contribute to global warming.
The catalytic coating includes metals such as platinum with an intrinsic value that makes the catalytic converters the most stolen exhaust system part today. Other common catalysts include valuable platinum and rhodium. These substances break the chemical structure of harmful emissions. A vehicle with a functioning catalytic converter emits water vapor and environment-friendly carbon dioxide. The most common types of catalytic converters include:

When Should You Get A Timing Belt Replacement?

Car mechanic replacing timing belt at camshaft of modern engine

Most people know the frequency of their oil changes and tire rotations, but they don’t give much thought when it comes to their timing belt replacement. When drivers forget about these components, it can break when you least expect it. Unfortunately, it can be as worse as it sounds, causing expensive repairs and irreversible engine damage. Let the team at J&S Automotive take care of your vehicle and replace your vehicle’s timing belt at an appropriate time.

To understand the extent of the service, you should understand the role of the timing belt. This engine component connects the crankshaft and camshafts. The belt keeps these parts synchronized so that your car engine can run seamlessly. The belt controls the movement with its ridges or “teeth”. When these teeth wear out, the movements will become more jagged.

What Does The Check Engine Light Mean?

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The infamous yellow warning light, the check engine light, is a signal that comes from the car’s computer. When a sensor detects an error with the combustion process, it will trigger this dashboard warning signal to come on.

How Urgent Are Check Engine Light Problems?

The answer is: it depends! You can typically get a clue on the severity of the problem from the behavior of the dashboard light itself. There are three ways that light can show up on your vehicle.

What Does Coolant/antifreeze Actually Do?

Asian girl's hand checking level of coolant car engine.

We all know that engine coolant is important. But what does coolant do? This blog post will take a closer look at engine coolant and how it benefits your vehicle.

What is Coolant?

Coolant is a fluid that helps regulate the temperature of your engine. It absorbs heat from the engine and transfers it to the air. Coolant also prevents your engine from freezing in cold weather.

Are Tire Rotations Necessary?

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When you bring your car to J&S for an oil change, you may be asked whether you would like to pair it with a tire rotation. You may consider the service and wonder whether it is necessary. Read on to learn more about tire rotations and how important it is to your automobile’s health.

5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Car Enthusiasts

Father and daughter buying a new car at the car showroom.

When Father’s Day comes around every year, spouses and children may struggle to get the fathers in their lives the perfect gift. They may seem like they have everything they need or simply don’t have any items on their wish list. If you’re shopping for a father who has a love for automobiles, below are some great gift ideas for Father’s Day.

April Is Spring Car Care Month!

Car with bicycles in the forest road at sunset

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to look over your car to see if it needs to be maintained. April is national car care month, so it’s a great time to do some TLC for your car so that it’s ready for the road this spring and summer. Even if you feel your car is in great shape, you’ll still want to get it serviced to avoid costly repairs in the future. Check out the checklist below on what needs to be done to get your car ready.

What Is A Wheel Alignment? And Faqs

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A wheel alignment is one of the several tire services that are essential for your vehicle’s safety and preserving the longevity of your tires. This service is typically done by a professional technician where they adjust your wheels’ angle to ensure they are parallel to one another. When you bring your car in for an alignment, we will first take measurements to see what adjustments need to be made.

Below are some FAQs we often get at our auto repair shop regarding alignment: