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Discover The Latest Auto Repair Tips From J.S. Automotive

Repair Tips You Can Trust From J.S. Automotive

We have created a trustworthy resource that delivers monthly high caliber auto maintenance tips, superior fuel savings ideas and best in class auto repair guidance. For more help, ask one of our pros!

Are Oil Changes All I Need To Do For My Car?


Are oil changes all I need to do to my car

Keeping up with your Car's Oil Changes is an important step in keeping your Car's Engine running at peak performance. In addition to Oil Changes, there are Engine Performance Services that we offer. The technology of today's Vehicle Engines produces higher combustion temps, increased cylinder pressures and tighter tolerances. This can contribute to the thickening of the Engine Oil and deposit formation. But don't worry...we've got an Engine Performance Service designed to keep these things away!

Our BG Engine Performance Service is a three-part deep cleaning of your Car Engine's vital components. This Engine Service prevents sludge build-up, dissolved deposits and can restore Fuel Economy! Here's a quick overview of our Engine Performance Service:

First we add the BG Platinum 44K additive into the fuel tank. This will Clean The Fuel System: including the Fuel Injectors, Fuel Filters and the Combustion Chambers.

Next we add BG EPR (Engine Performance Restoration) to the Crankcase with the existing Oil that is in your Vehicle. Then we start The Engine and allow the Engine To Idle for a period of time. The EPR dissolves deposits from the Pistons and maintains the hydraulic function of the Engine Components. This will Restore Engine Power and Fuel Economy.

Lastly, we Perform the Oil Change. We drain the old Oil and change the Oil Filter and Add New Oil. With the new oil we add the BG Advanced Formula MOA. This Motor Oil Additive stabilizes Oil Viscosity, prevents sludge and increased Exhaust Emissions, and keeps Pistons From Sticking.

At your next Oil Change Service we'll chat with you about how the BG Engine Performance Service is beneficial to your Vehicle!

Learn More About Engine Maintenance Here!

Are Tires Covered Under Warranty?


Tire Warranty

Some Tires are Covered Under Warranty. However, not all Tire Warranties or Tire Protection Programs are the same. There are some key factors to know about Tire Warranty Programs and what they cover. Since we never tire of talking Tires, let's discuss!

Warranty Type: Most New Tires, at purchase, come with a Manufacturer's Tire Warranty. The manufacturer's warranty covers Tire Defects in the materials and workmanship when they are produced at the factory. They don't generally cover Tire Wear, Road Hazard or Tire Ware caused by Alignment issues. These Tire Warranties require proof of having a Wheel Alignment done at the time of installation. As Newport NH's Tire Professionals, we have the equipment to Mount & Balance your New Tires as well as Perform Wheel Alignments!

Tire Protection Programs:These types of Tire Protection Warranty Programs are sold by the Auto Repair Shop in conjunction with the purchase of the New Tires. Any Auto Repair Shop that offers a Tire Protection Program has their own program coverage so what you get will vary from shop to shop.

Let's breakdown the most common Manufacturer's Tire Warranty Coverage:

Tire Treadwear Warranty (Mileage Warranty): This guarantees you'll get a certain number of miles of use on the Tire before the tread wears out and the Tires Need Replacement. If your Tires Wear Prematurely, the manufacturer will generally give you a prorated refund.
Workmanship & Materials Warranty: This covers any defects caused during the manufacturing process or by defective materials.

Now let's discuss the highlights of Our JS Automotive Tire Protection Program!

As your Trusted Tire Shop in Newport NH, we do offer a Tire Protection Plan that will supplement some of what isn't covered by the manufacturer. Our Tire Plan comes with FREE Tire Rotations, FREE Flat Tire Repairs and FREE Tire Replacement in the first 20% of use: after which we give you a prorated credit. When you purchase New Tires with us, we will discuss our coverage and provide you with a detailed brochure of the benefits!

Contact Us for Tire Warranty Info

How Does My Car Know When I Need An Oil Change?


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Your Car has an Oil Change Monitor! Many moons ago the industry standard recommendation was to Change Your Oil every 3,000 miles. That rule of thumb kept us running for decades. Then, as the industry and technology grew, so did that of our Vehicles. Synthetic Blend Oil and Fully Synthetic Oil changed those recommendations. Then came the invention of the Oil Life Monitor. This made it easier for drivers to remember their Vehicle's Oil Change Maintenance Intervals. To some of us, the invention of the Oil Life Monitor became life changing!

The first Oil Life Monitors simply tracked your Car's Mileage. At a pre-set factory mileage setting your Car's Maintenance Reminder light would come on. That was your reminder that you'd hit the mileage recommended by the factory to Change The Engine Oil And Filter.

Now the Oil Change Monitors are much more sophisticated. They don't monitor the physical or chemical properties of the Engine Oil. They monitor several conditions that are known to Reduce Oil Life. Which is then entered into an algorithm. Your Vehicle's computer then accumulates data, while predicting driving habits, operating conditions, and other factors. The Oil Life Monitor takes that information and turns it into your customized Oil Change Reminder!

Learn More About Engine Maintenance Here!

Why do my tires feel wobbly when I'm driving?


Wobbly tires blog post

If you're driving along and the Steering Wheel feels shaky or you feel like the Tires are wobbling, don't ignore it! And don't guess at why your Tires feel shaky: have your Local Tire Professional assess the situation. There can be several reasons for this so let's dive into a few of the most common reasons Tires Shake.

Most Common Tire Vibration Reasons:

  • Imbalanced Tires: The most common reason is that your tires could be out of balance. A Tire can be slightly heavier on one side than the other. Then, as the Tire Spins, that uneven weight creates that wobbly, or vibration, you're feeling. Unbalanced Tires are also the simplest to fix! Our Tire Professionals have the proper Tire Equipment to get you riding smoothly. We use a Computerized Spin Balancing Tire Machine to assess each Tire's balance. Then we use the proper Wheel Weights to make them all equally balanced. Easy Peezy!
  • Uneven Tire Wear: As we pound the pavement to keep up with our busy lives, Tires Wear. Uneven Tire Wear can be caused by the road conditions in which we travel, our personal driving styles, or Factory Tire Defects. The best way to prevent Uneven Tire Wear is by having us perform Tire Rotations at set mileage intervals and an Alignment, or Alignment Check, annually. We recommend at least every 5,000 miles. The easiest way to remember is to have your Tires Rotated with every Oil Change. As your Tire and Auto Repair Shop professionals in Newport NH, we are happy to help keep your Vehicle Maintenance on track!
  • Bent Rim: Something as unsuspecting as a pothole can damage a rim causing that Tire Vibration you're feeling. A Bent Rim can cause Uneven Tire Wear. Generally, it's safest to have that rim replaced.
  • Loose Lug Nuts: This may seem obvious, but Loose Lug Nuts do happen! After every Tire Rotation or New Tire Install, we make sure to tighten your Lug Nuts to your Vehicle's Manufacturer's Specifications. Yes, each Vehicle Make and Model has its own Manufacturer's Specs and as your Trusted Tire Professionals in Newport NH we check that! We also recommend stopping by and have your Tires Retorqued 25 miles after a Tire Rotation or having New Tires Put On.
  • Worn Suspension Parts can also play a role in what feels like a Tire Vibration. Suspension Parts, like Shocks and Struts, wear out over time. Those parts are what connect your wheels to the car's frame. Worn Suspension Parts can cause what feels like a wobble. This should be addressed by us, your Local Auto Repair in Newport NH.

    What to Do:
    If you're experiencing a Wobbly Tire Vibration don't ignore it! Here's what to do:

    • Prioritize safety: Don't continue to drive a car that feels wobbly, especially at high speeds. Some things that cause a Tire Vibration can be serious and cause an accident if not tended to immediately.
    • Pull over safely: As soon as you notice a vibration, find a safe place to pull over. Turn on your hazard lights and safely get out and see if there is anything obvious. Check that your Lug Nuts are Tight and that the Wheel feels like it isn't loose. Once you've determined you're safe to continue driving, call your Repair Shop!
    • Get a professional inspection: Bring your car to a Mechanic to diagnose the problem. Our Mechanics in Newport NH will check for possible culprits like Tire Balance, Rim Damage, Worn Suspension Parts, and even Loose Lug Nuts.

      Learn More Here!

      Why do my brakes squeal?



      If you Hit The Brakes and noises hit your ears, we are here to help! Not all Brake Noises are major but should be assessed by one of our Certified Mechanics to ensure your safety. Some of the less major, usual suspects for Brake Noise are:

      • Moisture: You may hear some Brake Noise in the mornings or after rain or snow. Moisture will collect on the Brake Pads and Brake Rotors causing a temporary Brake Squeal. The moisture will evaporate after a bit of driving and Braking.
      • Road Debris: Debris from the roads, like rocks or sand, get wedged between the Brake Pad and Rotor. This creates a grinding or scraping sound. Our Brake Service may be the answer, and will prolong the life of the Brake Pads & Rotors. We love saving you money with our Automotive Maintenance Services!
      • Worn Brake Pads: Brake Pads have a wear indicator that scrapes against the Brake Rotor when they get worn down. This Brake Noise acts as a built-in safety mechanism to alert you it's time to Replace Brake Pads and Rotors.
      • Brake Calipers: Brake Calipers wear over time and road debris can cause them to stick. A Stuck Brake Caliper causes continuous friction between the Brake Pad & Rotor. This creates a Grinding Brake Noise and can cause damage when ignored.

      What to do when you hear Brake Noises: let us silence the symphony! When you start to hear Brake Noises it's time to be proactive. This ensures your safety and can save you money. Our Certified Technicians will inspect your Full Braking System, including Brake Pads, Rotors and Calipers.

      Brake Noises can be unsettling, but they're not always a reason to panic. Educating our customers helps them understand the causes, when to take action, and how we keep their Brakes healthy

      My Car Shakes


      My Car Shakes Blog

      When Your Car Shakes you should CALL US, Claremont's Most Trusted Auto Repair Shop!

      Your Car Shaking is not something to delay. Have your Trusted Auto Mechanic at J.S. Automotive in Newport NH assess the Vehicle Shake as soon as you can. Not all Vehicle Shaking or Car Vibrations are immediate Safety Concerns. But you won't know that until our Certified Technicians look your Vehicle over. It is always better to be safe, than sorry!

      Here are some potential Causes for Your Car Shaking:

      • Tires: Worn Tires and Out Of Balance Tires can Cause Vehicle Shaking
      • Wheels / Rims: When we say Wheels here, we are talking about what some refer to as Rims. If you Have a Bent Rim or a Damaged Rim you may feel your Car Shaking While Driving. Damaged Wheels are common. Even just a pot hole can damage a Wheel.
      • Alignment: If Your Vehicle Shakes there is a chance it is out of Alignment. A quick Wheel Alignment Check by a Reputable Mechanic Near You will show if you need a Wheel Alignment.
      • Brakes: Worn Brake Pads, Warped Brake Rotors or a Stuck Caliper may be the Cause of Car Shaking, especially if Your Car Shakes When Braking.
      • Driveline Issue: Your Car's Driveline handles the full force of your Vehicle on the road. Driveline Parts, such as the Axle and Driveshaft, will all be checked by one of our Certified Mechanics.

      Those are just a few Reasons for your Car Shaking. Some Vehicle Shakes and Car Vibrations are less severe than others. The safety of you and your family is our priority. If you Feel A Shake When Driving or a Shake When Braking give us a call and we will get your Vehicle looked at right away!

      Are Oil Changes All I Need To Do For My Car?


      Are oil changes all I need to do for my car

      Keeping up with your Car's Oil Changes is an important step in keeping your Car's Engine running at peak performance. In addition to Oil Changes, there are Engine Performance Services that we offer. The technology of today's Vehicle Engines produces higher combustion temps, increased cylinder pressures and tighter tolerances. This can contribute to the thickening of the Engine Oil and deposit formation. But don't worry...we've got an Engine Performance Service designed to keep these things away!

      As Your Local Auto Repair Shop in Newport NH, the JS Automotive Team will let you know when it's time to do these Oil Change Engine Services. Our BG Engine Performance Service is a three-part deep cleaning of your Car Engine's vital components. This Engine Service prevents sludge build-up, dissolved deposits and can restore Fuel Economy! Here's a quick overview of our Engine Performance Service:

      First we add the BG Platinum 44K additive into the fuel tank. This will Clean The Fuel System: including the Fuel Injectors, Fuel Filters and the Combustion Chambers.

      Next we add BG EPR (Engine Performance Restoration) to the Crankcase with the existing Oil that is in your Vehicle. Then we start The Engine and allow the Engine To Idle for a period of time. The EPR dissolves deposits from the Pistons and maintains the hydraulic function of the Engine Components. This will Restore Engine Power and Fuel Economy.

      Lastly, we Perform the Oil Change. We drain the old Oil and change the Oil Filter and Add New Oil. With the new oil we add the BG Advanced Formula MOA. This Motor Oil Additive stabilizes Oil Viscosity, prevents sludge and increased Exhaust Emissions, and keeps Pistons From Sticking.

      At your next Oil Change Service we'll chat with you about how the BG Engine Performance Service is beneficial to your Vehicle!

      Auto Repair Near Me?


      Auto Repair Near Me Blog Post

      Looking for Auto Repair In Newport NH area? Looking for an Auto Repair Shop you can trust in the 03773? How about an Automotive Repair Shop that is transparent? We're right here! J.S. Automotive offers Quality Auto Repair In Newport NH. Our Mechanics will explain the repairs in language you can understand. Sometimes seeing what we're talking about is better. We can take you into the shop where our Automotive Technicians can show you!

      At J.S. Automotive we can handle all your Auto Repairs and Automotive Maintenance Services. We have Certified Auto Mechanics ready to help keep your Car safe on the road. From Oil Changes, Brakes, and Exhaust Repairs to Engine Diagnostics, and everything in between: we've got you! As a Tire Shop In Newport NH we can find you the Best Tire Pricing and Tire Discounts in the 03773 area. Looking for some fun Tires For Off Road adventures? We've got those too! We will have your New Tires Mounted & Balanced with an Alignment at Affordable Tire Pricing.

      We do Car Inspections too! As a licensed NH State Inspection Station In Newport NH, J.S. Automotive is your one-stop-shop for all your Auto Repair and Automotive Maintenance needs. Our Skilled Mechanics look forward to Servicing Your Vehicle!

      As a NAPA Auto Care Center, we Warranty our Parts & Labor for 3 years or 36,000 miles. That coverage travels with you because it is Nationwide Warranty Coverage!

      Check out our full menu of Automotive Services we offer! In the Newport Area, we invite you to stop by to say HELLO. Enjoy a free cup of coffee and good conversation with some fantastic local folk!

      How Does My Car Air Conditioning Work?


      How does my car air conditioning work

      It's a hot summer day. You are stuck in traffic. The sun is beating down and the temperature starts to feel unbearable inside your car. Then, with the turn of a knob, cool air washes over you. Instant relief. Then you start to wonder... what is the magic behind this wonder we call your Car's AC System.

      Here's the basics of how your Vehicle's Air Conditioning System works:

      AC Refrigerant
      Your Vehicle AC System uses a specific substance that cools the air that circulates through the system. Many older vehicles used Freon. Newer cars use more environmentally friendly types of Automotive AC Refrigerant, such as R134 or R1234YF. Whatever AC Refrigerant your Automobile requires, we can accommodate!

      AC Compressor: The Heart of the AC System
      The AC System Compressor does just that: it compresses the refrigerant and circulates it through the system. Your Vehicle's AC Compressor is the heart of the AC System. If your AC Isn't Blowing Cold like it used to, we will check the compressor's performance.

      The Condenser: The Cool One
      A Car's AC Condenser is the part that removes heat from the refrigerant and expels it outside the car. If your Car's Air Conditioning Isn't as Cold as it should be, we'll want to check the condenser's functionality.

      The Evaporator: Moisture Eliminator
      The Auto AC System Evaporator is what pulls heat and moisture out of the air that circulates into the cabin of the vehicle. The evaporator then releases that condensation out of the car. Often times you'll notice this after parking and seeing water dripping from under your car. If you notice any wetness on your floormats in the front, that could indicate a clogged AC Evaporator.

      AC Belts, AC Hoses: Keeps the Flow
      The Air Conditioning Belts and Hoses keep the refrigerant moving through the system. These are inspected during any Vehicle AC Service.

      Cabin Air Filter: So you can Breathe Easy
      That is exactly what the Cabin Air Filter does. It filters the air that circulates into the cabin of your vehicle. It helps remove contaminants, dust and dirt from the air you and your passengers are breathing in.

      Keeping it Cool

      Routine Maintenance is key to keeping your Vehicle AC System working at peak performance. Our Certified Auto Mechanics will perform and AC System Service. They will inspect all the AC System Parts and Replace the Cabin Air Filter. Then they will perform a climate control service. That service restores heating & cooling efficiency. It also freshens the interior air. It removes debris, foul odors, mold & bacteria from the air blowing into the car that you're breathing. Then the system is vacuumed and recharged to your vehicle's manufacturer's specifications. Your Vehicle's manual will clarify if we'll be using the R134 Refrigerant or the newest type of Refrigerant R1234YF. Either way, we can keep you cool!

      Does My Car AC Need to Be Recharged?


      Spring is in full swing and the dog days of summer are around the comer. Let us prepare you for the hot, hazy days ahead with our AC System Service for your Car or Truck!

      Now, to answer your question: Does My Car AC Need to Be Recharged? In short, maybe! Whether your Vehicle uses R 134 Refrigerant, or the modern type of Refrigerant R1234YF, we've got you covered!

      Before we spend your money on Recharging your Vehicle AC System we will verify a few things. "Waste not, want not!"

      Your Car AC System is a closed system. The AC Refrigerant shouldn't be escaping, and you shouldn't need to frequently add AC Refrigerant. If you have to, then you have an AC System Leak or a broken AC Component. Here's some indications your Vehicle AC System needs attention from one of our Certified Auto Technicians:

      • Blowing Hot Air: This is the most obvious sign. If you turn on the AC and it's blowing warm or hot air. This could suggest a Refrigerant Leak or a problem with a part in the AC System.
      • Weak Airflow: If the AC System is blowing cool air, but the flow feels weak, this could indicate a failed part within the system.

      Those are a couple of indicators that your Car AC System might not be working properly, They are also the reasons that we don't assume there is a leak. Before we spend your money we will veri& the true cause of the issue!

      Before We Recharge we'll check a few things:

      • The Cabin Air Filter: A clogged Cabin Air Filter can significantly affect the airflow.
      • Faulty Components: A Vehicle AC System has many components that can wear out and break down over time. We will inspect those components, such as the AC Compressor, Condenser, Blower Motor, Hoses and Seals. Our Mechanics have the proper equipment to test and repair any of these things!
      • A Leak in the System: As mentioned earlier, recharging a leaky system is pointless. Our Skilled Mechanics can pinpoint any leaks in the AC System. Once a leak is verified and repaired, then we can perform the AC System Recharge!

      A message from your Qualified Vehicle AC System Technicians: Don't Try This at Home!

      A well-maintained Car AC System should hold its refrigerant for a long time. If your vehicle is still blowing cold air, then you're probably good. But Preventative Maintenance Services can help keep it that way and save you money in the long run. Contact us for more information about all our Automotive Air Conditioning Services. Keep it cool this summer!

      What are NH State Inspection Requirements?


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      The NH State Inspection rules are many, with 60+ safety items that our Mechanics must inspect on the average vehicle. However, this will vary depending on the vehicle type, age, and even what it is primarily used for. Certain commercial vehicles also have their own requirements. As do Vehicles for farm and agricultural use, classic Cars and antique Vehicles. Without putting you to sleep, we'll just go over the basics for NH State Inspection on your everyday Vehicle. First, be sure your Vehicle is registered in NH. A Licensed Mechanic will need to verify the registration during the process.

      The full list of NH State Inspection Requirements are available on their website if you are in need of some riveting reading material. Go to to tackle that novel and please let us know how far you got before dozing off!

      Let's cover the basics of those 60+ points of NH's Vehicle Inspection

      • NH registration must be valid
      • License plates need to be secured and readable
      • All Steering System components
      • All Suspension System components
      • The full Brake System, not just Brake Pads & Rotors and including the Parking Brake
      • Odometer and speedometer must be in working condition
      • Horn and defroster must work as designed
      • The electrical System
      • All Lights and reflectors, including Fog Lights and the headlight aim
      • All Glass: Windshields, mirrors, rear window, driver & passenger windows
      • Measurement of any Glass tinting
      • Windshield Wiper System
      • Exhaust System Components
      • On-board diagnostics system (OBD)
      • The overall condition of the Body and Frame
      • The Fuel System
      • Tires and Wheels

      All of these areas have many parts to their system. Each individual part must be inspected. All Licensed Inspection Stations have Mechanics that become NH State Inspection licensed. They go through training and testing provided by the State of NH Department of Safety and DMV. The State of NH takes the Inspection Requirements seriously, as do we! Everyone's goal is to keep vehicles safe for its passengers and the roads.

      Don't hesitate to ask! All our Licensed Mechanics are always happy to explain anything in detail. They will even go over the rules directly from the State's Guidelines. We love to share information and provide transparency in all our Automotive Repairs and Services!

      What is a Wheel Alignment? Your vehicle's alignment is important for your safety, fuel efficiency, and overall vehicle performance!


      Wheel Alignment Safety Blog Post

      What's involved in an alignment and why are they beneficial?

      Simply put: your Suspension is the connecting element between your Car and the road. If your Alignment is out, one of our trained Technicians will make adjustments to the Steering and Suspension system to get the system's components back in line with the Vehicle's Factory Specifications.

      That's the's the why!

      • Tire life: Uneven Tire Wear can shorten the lifespan of your Tires, causing you to have to replace them sooner. We want you to get the most out of your investment...and Tires are definitely an investment!
      • Safety: Your Vehicle's Alignment affects your car's handling. If it's out of whack it can make it harder to control in emergencies.
      • Fuel efficiency: When your Wheels aren't properly aligned, your Car needs to work harder to drive in a straight line, which reduces gas mileage.
      • Fewer auto repairs: YES! We actually WANT to help you save money! Even, a little jolt from something like a bump or pothole could cause way more damage to your Tires and Suspension system if the Alignment is off. Spending a small amount of money on a Wheel Alignment can prevent bigger repairs down the road (Pun intended!).
      • Comfort: When your Vehicle is out of Alignment, it can also cause vibrations and make for a bumpy ride.

      Here are some common signs that your car may need its Alignment Checked:

      • Your car pulls to one side or another while driving.
      • There is a Vibration In The Steering Wheel.
      • Your Tire Treads are wearing unevenly.
      • Your Steering wheel isn't centered while driving straight.

      How often should your Wheel Alignment be checked?
      It's recommended to have the Alignment checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles. A lot can happen in that span of time & mileage! However, if you hit a curb, pothole, or other road hazard, you'll want to call us sooner to have it checked.

      5 Indicators Your Suspension Requires a Check up


      A vehicle's suspension system comprises various components, including springs, shock absorbers, ball joints, and struts, among others. Ever wonder if your suspension needs an inspection? Here are five indicators to watch out for, helping you decide whether your suspension needs any work done:

      1. Noticeable Drifting or Pulling While Turning:

      • During turns, if you experience unusual pulling or drifting, it could signal potential suspension issues. A car with suspension problems can pull to one side or drift out of its lane, even when the steering wheel is held straight. This can be caused by worn or damaged suspension components affecting wheel alignment.

      2. Uneven Tire Tread Wear:

      • Uneven tire tread wear, characterized by sporadic bald spots instead of a uniform pattern, may indicate significant suspension problems. If you notice uneven wear patterns on your tires, particularly excessive wear on the inside or outside edges, it could indicate suspension issues. Misaligned wheels or worn suspension components can cause uneven tire wear in a vehicle.

      3. Sensation of Dips or Dives Upon Braking:

      • Experiencing lurching or dips and dives when braking may indicate worn-out shock absorbers, a vital component of your vehicle's suspension system. These symptoms suggest that your shock absorbers are no longer effectively dampening the movement of your vehicle's springs, affecting its stability and braking performance. To address this issue, it's crucial to have your shock absorbers inspected and replaced if necessary.

      4. Difficulty in Steering:

      • Experiencing difficulty in steering your vehicle could be a sign of underlying suspension issues. Proper steering functionality is essential for safe and effective maneuvering on the road. If the issue is left unaddressed, your ability to make turns will be severely impacted. Seeking assistance from a reputable car repair service is advisable to diagnose and address any suspension-related concerns promptly.

      5. Strange Noises:

      • This includes clunking, knocking, or creaking sounds when driving over bumps or during steering maneuvers. Noises such as these can indicate problems with suspension components like bushings, ball joints, or control arms. These noises may suggest loose or worn parts that need expert attention sooner rather than later.

      Require Suspension Work?

      At J.S. Automotive, we're your go-to specialists for suspension inspection and repairs. We understand how crucial a healthy suspension is for a smooth and safe driving experience. That's why we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and fix any suspension issues your car may have, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride on the road.

      Visit us today at 892 Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, NH or call at (603) 826-6874 for a complete suspension inspection and get back to enjoying your ride!

      Are Auto Repairs Tax Deductible?


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      Are your Auto Repairs Tax Deductible? That's a great question for your tax professional to guide you on. But here at J.S. Automotive we CAN guide you on how to Spend Those Tax Refunds Wisely!

      Investing your Tax Refund in your Car's Maintenance and Repairs could be the smartest move you make all year!

      Here's why putting your Tax Refund towards your Car is a wise decision: Learn more here!

      1. Preventative Maintenance Saves Money: Things like Routine Oil Changes, Tire Rotations, and other Vehicle Maintenance might seem like small expenses, but they do help prevent expensive issues from popping up.
      2. Avoid Breakdowns and Safety Risks: Neglected Auto Repairs can escalate into major breakdowns, leaving you stranded. Or worse, avoiding Vehicle Repairs could put you in a dangerous situation. Ensure your Car stays reliable and safe for you and your loved ones by keeping up with those Factory Recommended Maintenance Services and address necessary Auto Repairs when Your Local Mechanic advises you of concerns!
      3. Improve Fuel Efficiency: Properly Maintained Cars will run smoother and Use Less Fuel, Saving you Money at the pump.
      4. Boost Resale Value: A Well-Maintained Car with a documented Service History fetches a Better Price if you Sell or Trade it in.
      5. Peace of Mind: Keeping your Vehicle in tip-top shape will give you peace of mind on those Road Trip Adventures. No more sweating strange noises or dreading the next repair bill.

      Your Vehicle is one of your Biggest Investments in Life. Routine Automotive Maintenance and Services will Save You Money in the long run. So, this Tax Season, ditch the impulse purchases and Invest In Your Car! Your Car will be thankful and return the favor by keeping you Safe On The Road!

      Why does my car battery keep dying in the cold?


      Why does your Car Battery keep dying in the cold? Cold weather can really affect your Car Battery by reducing its power AND demanding more energy to crank the Engine. But, have no fear because WE ARE HERE to help you understand how the Cold Affects Batteries. By taking some simple precautions, you can help yourself avoid getting stranded on a frigid morning!

      The Struggle is REAL:

      • Power Loss: Car Batteries rely on chemical reactions to generate electricity. These reactions slow down in cold temperatures. This leaves the battery with less power to crank the Engine. At temps of 32 or lower, a fully charged battery loses about 30% of its cranking power!
      • Increased Demand: Cold weather thickens Engine Oil, making it harder for the Starter Motor to turn the Engine. This means your Car's Battery must work even harder and further drain its reserves.

      Winterizing Your Car's Battery:

      • Get a Battery Check-Up: Before winter hits, have your Car's Battery Tested at an Automotive Repair Shop. Their Automotive Technicians can assess its overall health and its Cold Cranking Amps. This helps them identify potential issues before leaving you stranded.
      • Keep it Charged: A fully Charged Battery is better equipped to handle the cold. Driving your Vehicle allows The Alternator to fully recharge the battery. If you will have extended periods of your Vehicle sitting, consider a battery maintainer to keep it charged up.
      • Minimize Drain: Avoid leaving interior lights or electronics on when the car is off. These items can slowly drain your Battery, more so in cold weather.
      • Upgrade Wisely: Your average Vehicle Battery has a typical life span of 3 - 5 years. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, consider replacing it before you're left stranded in the cold.

      Added Cold Weather Tips for Extra Preparedness:

      • Keep a set of Jumper Cables in your car just in case. Knowing how to use them is a bonus!
      • Park in a garage if you can: This helps shield your battery from the harsh temperatures.
      • Listen to your car! If your Engine Cranks Slowly at start up, it's probably an early sign of a Battery issue. Address it promptly by getting your Battery Tested!

      Remember, as the old adage goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of regret!
      Give us a call at (603) 826-6874 or Request an Appointment!

      5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring


      These past months haven't been kind to your trusty vehicle - snow and/or rain, chilly temperatures, harsh winds and salt can leave their mark. As Spring approaches, it's the perfect time to shake off the winter rust and give your car some much needed attention. Here are the top 5 things car owners should focus on to prepare for the warmer weather:

      1. Tire Tune-Up:

      Check & adjust air pressure:

      • Warmer temperatures cause tire pressure to fluctuate. Topping up the recommended PSI for your tires is an excellent idea. Underinflated tires are likely to wear unevenly and reduce fuel efficiency, while overinflated tires can make your ride harsher. Be sure not to forget about the spare tire!

      Inspect tread depth:

      • Worn tires pose a safety hazard, especially in spring showers. Check the tread wear indicators built into the tire or use the penny test. Take a penny and place it with Lincoln's head upside down between two ribs on your tire. If part of the head is covered, your tires are still in good shape. If you can see his entire head, your tread is worn and it's time for new tires.

      Balance and rotate:

      • Uneven wear not only impacts handling and fuel economy but can also pose safety risks. Proper tire balancing addresses weight distribution issues, while regular rotation ensures a more uniform tread wear pattern, ultimately extending the overall life of your tires and promoting a safer driving experience.

      2. Fluid & Filter Check:

      Oil change:

      • Winter residue accumulates in oil, diluting its effectiveness. A fresh oil change ensures smooth engine operation, protects against wear and tear, and improves fuel efficiency. Don't wait for the warm weather to hit - schedule your oil change now to avoid the spring rush and ensure your car is ready for the season!

      Top up other fluids:

      • Check and refill brake fluid, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and power steering fluid as needed. Low fluid levels can affect performance and compromise important safety systems.

      Replace air and cabin filters:

      • Dirty air filters restrict airflow to the engine, reducing performance and fuel economy. Cabin filters block dust and pollen, improving air quality and your breathing experience. Replacing them regularly keeps your engine running smoothly and protects your health.

      3. Check the Battery:

      Test battery voltage:

      • Cold weather can drain batteries. Get your battery tested to ensure enough cranking power for spring mornings. A weak battery can leave you stranded, so proactive testing prevents headaches.

      Clean terminals:

      • Corroded terminals reduce conductivity and hinder starting. Clean them with a wire brush and apply protective coating to prevent future corrosion. Simple maintenance keeps your battery functioning optimally.

      Consider a replacement:

      • If your battery is more than 3-5 years old, consider replacing it preemptively. Batteries have limited lifespans, and proactive replacement avoids unexpected breakdowns and delays.

      4. Spring Clean the Interior:

      Tackle the clutter:

      • Winter gear, crumbs, and dust accumulate. Remove everything from the interior, vacuum thoroughly, and consider shampooing carpets and upholstery for a deep clean. A clutter-free and clean interior feels more inviting and reduces allergens.

      Wipe down surfaces:

      • Disinfect high-touch areas like dashboards, door handles, and steering wheels with a suitable cleaner. Don't forget cup holders, air vents, and window switches. Regular cleaning keeps germs at bay and maintains the interior's quality.

      Freshen the air:

      • Replace old cabin air filters (usually behind the glove compartment). They trap dust and pollen, improving air quality and reducing allergies. A fresh filter eliminates musty odors and makes your car's interior more enjoyable.

      5. Schedule Maintenance Checkup:

      Manufacturer-recommended service:

      • Follow your car's maintenance schedule (found in the manual) and address any overdue services like tune-ups or brake inspections. Regular maintenance prevents problems down the road, saving you money on repairs and ensuring your car runs safely and efficiently.

      Visual inspection:

      • Check for visible signs of wear and tear, leaks, or rust around the car. Look for fluid leaks under the engine, or suspicious rust spots. Early detection of issues allows for timely repairs and prevents further damage.

      By focusing on these key areas, you can ensure your car is in tip-top shape for a safe and enjoyable spring season! Remember, it's always best to consult your car's owner manual for specific recommendations and maintenance schedules.

      Don't wait any longer to get your car ready for spring. Visit our Charlestown location at 892 Old Claremont Road. For more information, call (603) 826-6874.

      Who checks Engine Lights for free?


      Many people think that just having someone pull the codes with a generic code reader will tell them what is wrong with their car. So, they go to BigBoxStoreAuto and get the codes read for free. Then then bring the vehicle to an Auto Repair Shop for the repairs. That is when this question comes up: "BigBoxStoreAuto read the codes for free so I know it needs XYZ part. Why are you going to charge me to Diagnose the Check Engine Light when I already know?"

      Gosh, if only it was that easy! We know BigBoxStoreAuto made it feel like they were doing you a favor, AND they conveniently had that part available to buy. However: bet they didn't offer to do the repair!

      Why is that? Why doesn't BigBoxStoreAuto do those repairs? Because they are not Auto Repair Facilities. They want to sell parts! And yes, the code they gave you may say a specific part has failed. And yes, you could buy & replace said part. But... your Check Engine Light will most likely come back on in a short period of time. Why? Because BigBoxStoreAuto did not take the time to find out WHY the code(s) indicated the part failed. That is where the true diagnostics, tools and Technician Knowledge comes in!

      Put simply: the codes to your vehicle are like a zip code to a city.
      It tells you what area you are in, but not which house you're supposed to be at.

      Our Certified Technicians will spend the proper amount of time finding the root cause of your Engine Light. They will start by using the industry's most sophisticated scan tools with the most current software. They will connect the software to your vehicle, which communicates with your vehicle's computer system. From there, they will follow diagnostic flow charts & processes to pinpoint exactly what has caused the failure. This process ensures that only the actual failed part is replaced: ultimately saving you money in the long run!

      Learn more here.

      Why should I Change My Transmission fluid?


      Your Transmission is the second most expensive part of your vehicle and it works under high operating temperatures. This causes the fluid to breakdown over time. The Transmission Fluid can become compromised with gunk and metal shavings from the inner workings of all the moving parts, like Shifting Gears. Regular Preventative Maintenance will help keep your Transmission working smoothly.

      Transmission Maintenance is not something to ignore!

      Your Transmission is connected to key parts of your vehicle and must be working properly for your safety. Our Transmission Services include Replacing Filters, Draining Old Fluids and Replacing with Fresh Fluid to Prevent Transmission Damage.

      Common Transmission issues that can lead to Repairs may include Shifting Problems, Slipping Gears, Stalling, and Fluid Leaking. Don't wait for the Service Transmission light to pop up! Check out our Transmission Services and contact us today for a Transmission Health Check!

      Click here to learn more!

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      Your Car's AC System


      There are many components to your Car's Air Conditioning System. When we service your car's AC System we will inspect and test those components. We have the most current and up to date equipment to verify your AC System's pressures, AC Refrigerant levels, and cooling vent temperature. If your AC System has a leak, we'll find it using a specialized leak detection dye. Once your Vehicle's AC System is in proper working condition, we'll charge the AC System and refill with the proper Refrigerant type and capacity your vehicle needs. Click here to learn more!

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      Preventive Auto Maintenance For Severe Driving


      Reduce the Effects of Severe Driving On Your Car

      Are you an "aggressive" driver? Everyone answers "no" to this question because "aggressive" has become associated with road rage incidents. Today we replace "aggressive" with the word "severe." Severe driving is often unavoidable.

      8 Types of Severe Driving

      1. Moving quickly through curvy roads in and around Charlestown
      2. Traversing gravel or sandy roads
      3. Driving in extreme heat, on icy roads or roads with a deep snowpack
      4. Executing multiple lane changes in stop-and-go traffic
      5. Consistently driving 10 mph or more over the speed limit
      6. Short time dependent commutes around Charlestown
      7. Truncating a safe following distance resulting in frequent braking
      8. Driving with heavier loads such as a cargo or passenger van or towing a trailer

      While most motorists have experienced "severe" driving on occasion, for other drivers it is an unavoidable part of their daily commute. If you are a severe driver, take extra care to avoid excessive wear and tear on your car, SUV or truck. Severe drivers are more likely to experience an inconvenient breakdown.

      Increase Your Preventive Maintenance Intervals On These Six Important Items:

      1. Replace your motor oil and oil filters
      2. Top off or replace your coolant
      3. Have your brake pad thickness and brake fluid inspected regularly
      4. Check your tire tread depth
      5. Replace your windshield wipers
      6. Monitor your transmission and steering fluid

      Other ways to avoid excess wear and tear on your car from severe driving involve slowing down, avoiding quick starts and stops, and removing heavy items left in your car's trunk or truck bed. Remember gas mileage decreases rapidly when you drive above 60 mph.

      Stop by J.S. Automotive in Charlestown and let our pro mechanics help you develop a preventive maintenance plan that matches your driving style. Call today at (603) 826-6874 or come by the service center at 892 Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, NH, 03603.

      5 Regular Auto Maintenance Items That Save Real Money


      Save Money And Time With Simple Preventative Maintenance From J.S. Automotive

      A little auto maintenance goes a long way toward protecting your wallet from high-cost auto repairs in the future.

      Schedule regular auto maintenance for these five essential systems

      1. Brakes, including brake pads, brake fluid, calipers and rotors
      2. Tires, including tread wear, proper inflation, front end alignment and balancing
      3. Belts, including serpentine, starter and timing belts
      4. Hoses, including cooling and radiator hoses
      5. Fluids, including oil, transmission, steering, brake, antifreeze and wiper fluids

      At J.S. Automotive in Charlestown we keep your car running smoothly and efficiently to save you both time and money in and out of the repair shop. Many drivers overlook how services such as a simple oil change can increase fuel efficiency and save you money at the gas pump.

      Come by J.S. Automotive at 892 Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, NH, 03603 and discuss an annual vehicle maintenance plan with us today. Spreading maintenance items out over the course of the year can help make auto maintenance expenses more affordable. Ask us about J.S. Automotive coupons and rebates on items such as tires for additional savings.

      Call J.S. Automotive today at (603) 826-6874.

      Why do I need a wheel alignment?


      There are more benefits to a properly aligned vehicle than just a smooth ride! A wheel alignment will also keep your tires wearing evenly. This will help prolong the life of your tires and protect your investment. It is also another factor in helping you get the best gas mileage out of your vehicle!

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      Every day driving and road conditions can contribute to throwing your vehicle's alignment out of whack. At J.S. Automotive, we recommend performing an alignment at least every year and always when putting a new set of tires on. FUN FACT: most tire companies will not honor their mileage warranty on a set of tires if an alignment was not done at the time of install. Another factor in protecting your investment! Click here to learn more!

      Should I Replace My Car's Spark Plugs?


      The Two Instances When You Should Always Replace Your Spark Plugs

      Let's talk spark plugs. A common question we hear at J.S. Automotive is, "Should I replace my spark plugs?"

      A spark plug performs a critical task for your vehicle's engine. Without a spark plug your car or truck's engine cannot work. Properly working spark plugs also deliver added fuel efficiency. Most owners manuals say to replace the spark plugs every 80,000 to 100,000 miles. In many cases spark plugs last longer than the driver's ownership of the car.

      So, when should you replace your spark plugs?

      1. If you just purchased a used vehicle
      2. At least every 80,000 miles

      Spark plugs are one of the hardest working parts of a vehicle. If you just purchased a used car, it is best to go ahead and replace the spark plugs. You have no idea if the previous owners were "severe" drivers. A spark plug can fire 400 times per minute per cylinder or 1,600 times a minute on a four-cylinder engine. Severe driving can place even higher demands on the spark plugs and engine.

      Many used car dealers boast an extensive multi-point inspection plan prior to the sale of any car but many of these plans don't cover spark plug integrity. Because a failed spark plug can mean disaster for your new purchase it is best to get them replaced by the qualified technicians at J.S. Automotive in Charlestown.

      At J.S. Automotive we recommend replacing spark plugs before they reach the 80,000-mile mark. Many car owners delay spark plug replacement until the engine starts "missing." An engine that is "missing" will typically result in a jerking feeling when accelerating. Spark plugs that are severely worn out will create a pinging or knocking sound. These fouled, worn-out spark plugs can lead to extensive engine damage that is expensive to fix. Therefore, replacing spark plugs before they reach the 80,000-mile mark is very important.
      Three Indicators Your Spark Plugs Need To Be Replaced

      1. Rattling, pinging or knocking noises when accelerating
      2. Missing, hesitating or jerky feeling when driving
      3. Slow acceleration or chugging

      Sluggish and reduced performance also causes poor fuel economy. Save money at the pump by taking care of your vehicle's spark plugs.

      Come by J.S. Automotive in Charlestown if you just bought a used car or your vehicle is approaching the 80,000-mile mark to have your spark plugs replaced by one of our qualified pro mechanics. Call today at (603) 826-6874 or stop by our service center at 892 Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, NH, 03603.

      Don't Forget to Replace Your Car or Truck's Belts


      Remember to Change Your Belts

      Drivers in Charlestown are busy and it is easy to forget that belts are tirelessly working to keep your engine running. A worn-out belt is a break down waiting to happen. Avoid being stranded on the side of the road and get your belts inspected each time you get an oil change at J.S. Automotive in Charlestown.

      Your car or truck's belts are essential for many of the vehicle's critical components such as water cooling, air conditioning and the alternator. Serpentine belts are used to turn the alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Often when serpentine belts brake your vehicle will stop working completely.

      Come to J.S. Automotive to get worn or frayed serpentine belts replaced. Replacing belts when cracked, frayed or showing signs of excessive wear is very inexpensive when compared to having your car or truck towed to our repair shop.

      Listen for signs of belt problems. Noise like rattling or slipping in the belt system is a sign of wear. Use your nose to tell you if a belt problem is imminent. The smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt.

      At J.S. Automotive when we replace a worn serpentine belt, we check all the components in the serpentine system such as tensioners and pulleys. A typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

      Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance? Get J.S. Automotive to replace your car or truck's serpentine belts as directed by your owner's manual and avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown.

      Call J.S. Automotive in Charlestown today at (603) 826-6874 to schedule regular maintenance such as belt inspection.

      Owning A Car Is A Hidden Cost For College Students


      Car Ownership - A Hidden Cost for College Students in Charlestown

      Public transportation, Uber or Lyft may be an option for students attending college in large cities but for students attending colleges in small towns the only option may be owning a car. This is particularly true for students attending community colleges where commuting to campus is the only option.

      College is expensive and owning a car while attending school is an added expense. Here are the top six expense categories college students should plan for:

      1. Fuel
      2. Financing
      3. Parking permit, annual taxes and registration
      4. Insurance
      5. Maintenance
      6. Tires

      Parking permits, licensing, registration and taxes are unavoidable. However here are some recommendations for managing other costs.

      • Consider using a gas app that helps you track down the best price in town for gas. Many local gas and convenience stores offer a reward card just for gas.
      • Revisit your auto loan. College may be a good time to consider a less expensive car. Call your local credit union and ask them about financing. Some financial institutions offer lower interest rates for car owners who sign up to have their monthly payments deducted directly from their bank account each month.
      • Shopping for car insurance may also create a significant savings. If you switch to a less expensive car you may need less coverage. If you are driving less on average this may also lower your insurance costs. Keeping a clean driving record while you are in college can help keep your insurance rates low.
      • Come by J.S. Automotive in Charlestown and let us help you create a solid auto maintenance plan. No one wants to miss class because their car wouldn't start. Regular maintenance on your car will help prevent high-cost car repairs in the future. Maintenance items such as oil changes can also increase fuel efficiency saving you additional money at the gas pump.
      • The cost of tires can be a jolt to a college student's budget. Plan to buy tires by setting aside a little money each month. Save on tires by taking advantage of manufacturer rebates.

      Call J.S. Automotive in Charlestown today at (603) 826-6874 or stop by our service center for preventive auto maintenance services at 892 Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, NH, 03603.

      J.S. Automotive Knows What Older Cars and Trucks Need


      Take Your Older Car or Truck To J.S. Automotive in Charlestown For Preventative Maintenance

      The consumer price index for used cars and trucks jumped up by 40.5% from January 2021 to January 2022. As a result, the average age of vehicles on the road is rising as many owners of older cars decide it is cheaper to hang on to them than to buy one today.

      As cars get older, they need more maintenance and repair. Drivers in Charlestown must be more diligent about preventative maintenance. Replacing a bad O2 Sensor costs $250.00 on average. This may increase or decrease based on the make and model of your car or truck. However, performing recommended auto maintenance such as air filter replacement and spark plug replacement can extend the life of your O2 sensor.

      Kelly Blue Book reports the average vehicle age in the US is 13.5 years. After five years of ownership the chances of a breakdown or service issue increases dramatically unless drivers are vigilant about preventative maintenance. Come by J.S. Automotive in Charlestown and let us help you set up a preventative maintenance plan for your car or truck. Sticking to a maintenance plan will minimize the chances of breakdowns, increase fuel efficiency and decrease any future repair costs.

      The Top 6 Auto Preventative Maintenance Items to Plan for Today

      1. oil change
      2. oil and fuel filters
      3. belts and hoses
      4. brake system components
      5. brake and transmission fluid flushes
      6. tires and alignment

      J.S. Automotive in Charlestown is dedicated to helping busy car owners prioritize preventative maintenance. We make it easy with convenient, affordable and friendly service. Call today at (603) 826-6874 or stop by our service center at 892 Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, NH, 03603 and speak to one of our technicians.


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