Thursday, May 14, 2020

Suspension…Important for Window Washers and Cars.

For many people who motor around Topeka in their beautiful foreign cars, maintenance can be overwhelming with so many different things to look after as well as understand.  Your vehicle’s suspension system is one of the things you should be looking out for when performing automotive maintenance.

What is your car’s suspension system, anyway?  Simply put, the suspension system consists of springs, shock absorbers, tires, the air that is in them, and parts that connect your vehicle to its wheels and allows for motion between the two.  Think of it this way…the suspension is what connects the car’s body to its wheels.

It’s one of those things that you just know when you feel it.  Your foreign auto is a finely-tuned beauty and the suspension system is one of the things that need to be checked as well as maintained.  For that service…and all others in the Topeka area rely on A.J.’s Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison.  Call ahead (785) 233-1000.0

Friday, May 1, 2020

Yes, Timing is Everything.

The world lives by that mantra…including your German-owned car.  The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt that turns the camshaft which opens and closes the engine valves.  Timing belts have replaced the antiquated metal timing chain which was commonly used in the past.  The advantage in all of this is a quieter engine and lower manufacturing cost.

How important is it to have your timing belt replaced?  Timing belts become worn over time.  They crack, delaminate, and eventually break if they are neglected.  Distance driven, vehicle age, and oil contamination all contribute to timing belt breakdown.  If your engine has timing belt noise don't ignore it!

Now that you know a little bit more, here is the last piece of the puzzle.  When your prized German-owned vehicle needs a timing belt replacement (or any other service, for that matter) trust the professional techs at A.J.’s Import Garage.  The people of Topeka have spoken…it’s A.J.’s Import Garage at 501 S.W. Harrison.  Call ahead at (785) 233-1000.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Did Mother Nature Skip a Season or Two?

How many years have we gone right from Winter to Summer in Topeka?  I mean, what happened to 3 months of spring?  One of these days, sooner than later, you will reach for the A/C on your dashboard.  Will it work as well as it did last August?  Here is a little information about your vehicle’s air conditioning system.

The A/C is a closed system, which comprises a low and a high pressure side.  At the high-pressure side the coolant is operated by an engine compressor.  At the low-pressure side, the high pressure cooling liquid passes through an expansion valve and comes to the evaporator.  The evaporator, which is located somewhere behind the dashboard, cools the surrounding air.

Those are the very basics.  To make sure that your vehicle’s air conditioner works the first time (and EVERY time) you turn it on this upcoming summer stop by A.J.’s Import Garage.  Whether your car is imported or domestic A.J.’s will make sure that the a/c is performing properly.  They are located at 501 S.W. Harrison.  Call ahead for an appointment at (785) 233-1000.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Some Info about your Diesel-Powered Vehicle.

It’s known as the common-rail fuel injection system.  In diesel engines, it features a high-pressure fuel rail which feeds the solenoid valves.  This is the direct opposite to the low-pressure pump feeding unit injectors.  Late model common rail diesels are now featuring something called piezoelectric injectors for greater precision. 

What is the benefit?  Well, high pressure injection delivers power and fuel consumption benefits as opposed to the earlier lower pressure fuel injection.  By injecting fuel in a larger number of smaller droplets, it gives a much higher ratio of surface area to volume.  This combines atmospheric oxygen with vaporized fuel delivering more complete combustion.

It all may sound a bit complicated, but keeping your finely tuned foreign vehicle on the road by having the tools and expertise to repair fuel injection systems is essential.   At A.J.’s Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison they have just what it takes to keep your car running smoothly on the roads around Topeka.  Make an appointment today at (785) 233-1000.

Monday, March 16, 2020

You Made it Through the Winter.

Well, at least your car battery did.  Another tough Topeka area winter and it (as well as you) survived it…congratulations!  So, what shape is your car’s battery in now?  It seems painfully obvious that the best time to replace your battery is before you need to, but how do you know it’s time to replace the battery if it’s not dead?

Here are a few common warning signs –

1.  The engine cranks slowly when you start it.
2.  A misshapen battery case.
3.  Battery fluid is leaking.
4.  Of course, that good old check engine light.

There is little that is more triumphant than replacing your vehicle’s battery just before it conks out on you.  To make that happen, stop in at A.J.’s Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison.  A.J.’s has been taking care of foreign and domestic car batteries around the capitol city for many years.  Call for an appointment if you wish at (785) 233-1000.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

St. Patrick's Day 2020 Who Was St. Patrick? Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

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"Saint Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday, March 17, this year! Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history, legends, and lore."

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Japanese Imports and Their Challenges.

Japanese cars are renowned world-wide for their reliability, and many owners of Japanese automobiles report being able to drive 200,000 or even 300,000 miles before any major repairs are needed.  This is a testament to Japanese engineering and is evidence that Japanese vehicles are among the most reliable on the road.

On the flip side, here are some common problems in maintaining Japanese automobiles –

1.  Rust…not unique, but very real.
2.  Cracked or chipped paint.
3.  The suspension systems…keep a close eye on that.
4.  Brakes…replace them often as need be.

Here is a suggestion.  If you drive a Japanese import in the Topeka KS area you can always count on A.J.’s Import Garage…a premier location for fixing and maintaining your prized possession.  A.J.’s Import Garage specializes in German and Japanese vehicles at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka.  Make an appointment at (785) 233-1000.