Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Winterization Special $89

  • Lube oil and filter (up to 5 quarts of conventional oil) or upgrade to synthetic
  • Windshield washer fluid and check freeze point
  • 2 new wiper blades (or upgrade to the Rain-X Latitude for $10 per blade)
  • Check engine coolant level, condition, and freeze point
  • Check transmission fluid
  • Check power steering fluid
  • Check transfer case fluid (if applicable)
  • Check front and rear differential fluid and condition (where applicable)
  • Check air filter
  • Check cabin air filter
  • Check tire wear
  • Check tire pressure and fill to proper psi rating
  • Check for proper defroster operation
  • Check heater output temperature
  • Check battery starting and charging systems
  • 4 wheel brake inspection
  • Check brake fluid level
  • Check all exterior lights and signals
  • Check belts and hoses
Expires 12/31/16

Winter Driving Series: Snow Tires

As the weather cools off, you may be asking yourself, "Are snow tires really necessary?" or "What is the big deal with snow tires?"

In the climate we live in, rain and snow can be replaced with sunshine in a matter of 5 minutes. Even though the precipitation may change, the winter months generally have some pretty cold temperatures.  This is where snow tires or winter tires (as they are also called) are helpful.

Winter tires are just that, for the winter.  They are made of softer rubber that is better able to grip the road and be more flexible.  The tread patterns are made to dig down deep into the snow and ice.  They also get better traction on cold, wet roads.

Winter tires provide better traction, stability, and breaking. Tires are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle, so wouldn't you want the safest tire for the conditions out there?

Your next question might be, "Can I just purchase 2 or do I really need 4 winter tires?"  Since winter tires are unique in the type of rubber and design used, they will function differently than an all season or other tire.  Because of this, having 4 winter tires on your vehicle will be safer.

Finally, when do you install winter tires, and when is the time to take them off?  For most average Utah winters, you will want to have your winter tires put on around Thanksgiving.  The time to take them off is usually around tax time, as the roads begin warming up.

Stay safe this winter and ensure your tires are in good condition!

Thanksgiving Driving Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of year to travel.  Whether you are flying or driving somewhere, or staying home, you are probably hoping for a safe holiday weekend.  We've put together a few ideas to help you have a happy Thanksgiving, while you are out on the road.
  1. Be Safe.  Buckle up and double check that your kids are buckled safely, and riding in the correct car/booster seat.  Follow speed limits.  The roads may be wet, and driving too fast will be more dangerous.  Never drive under the influence, and keep other distractions at a distance.
  2. Pack Smart. Don't overload your vehicle and pack everything safely so that you do not have luggage or other items moving around as you drive.  Don't forget to pack snacks and beverages (nonalcoholic, since you'll be driving) for you and the kids.  Bring activities for your kids to work on, so they don't become your distractions.
  3. Be Prepared. Bring your car in for a pre-trip check to ensure every system is performing correctly.  Fuel up before you leave and check the weather and traffic routes.  Carry an emergency kit that is stocked with a cell phone charger, a few tools, jumper cables, a space blanket, a flashlight, a glow-stick, extra snacks, and water.
We hope you and your family have a safe holiday weekend!

New Car Maintenance

Is your car under a manufacturer warranty?

Jake's Auto & Truck Repair can help protect your new car or truck warranty. Our technicians can perform all of your repair and service needs while keeping your warranty in effect.

Why service and maintain your new car with us? 
  • You can choose where to have your car serviced.The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 prohibits automakers from specifying the use of a certain brand or parts or forcing a car owner to return to the new-car dealership in order to maintain the factory warranty.
  • Our relationships is with you not the automaker.  Talk with us about how to protect and extend the life and performance of your new car in the most cost effective way
  • Technician Training. All of our technicians receive ongoing training throughout the year on a variety of automotive subjects to keep pace with technology. Employee training at Jake's Auto & Truck Repair is a requirement and is considered an essential part in maintaining quality service and customer satisfaction.
  • Cost. Jake's Auto & Truck Repair does the same work a new-car dealership service center would, for a fraction of the cost. The best part is it does not void your warranty!

Automotive Technician Appreciation Day

We love our technicians and November 15 is Automotive Technician Appreciation Day!  We couldn't do what we do without our amazing technicians.  Just like a doctor, a well trained technician reviews the problem your vehicle may be having, diagnoses the problem, problem solves, and implements a solution so that once again,your vehicle is reliable and running well.

Every great technician should have experience.  It can take up to 5 years for a technician to become fully qualified.  Some of the training needed is math, physics, general chemistry, engine diagnosis, suspension and steering, automotive emissions, and computer knowledge.  Also continuing their education is a must as vehicles are always changing.

Some great qualities that our technicians at Jake's Auto have are:

  • Good diagnostic skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Training/certification
  • Tools and technology
  • Good work ethic
  • Technical knowledge and understanding.
We are grateful for our technicians.  They work hard to ensure that your vehicle is safe and ready for you each time your bring it in to Jake's Auto.

Summer Driving Series: Don't Leave Your Kids in the Car!

Summer is here!  You are hopefully enjoying your air conditioner as you drive through town. (If not, make sure you call Jake's Auto to h...