Monday, November 30, 2020

What Constitutes Regular Maintenance.

As it pertains to your finely tuned foreign vehicle in the Topeka area, it involves a number of different things. Owning a vehicle is definitely not cheap. If you look beyond the price tag on any new or used foreign car to what is required to keep your vehicle operating safely it may make you gasp!

Here are some common maintenance tips to follow –


1.  Always the oil…the lifeblood of your car.

2.  The tire pressure…safety first.

3.  Your braking system…safety second.

4.  The antifreeze level.

5.  The air filter…it must not be clogged.

6.  The transmission fluid.

7.  Your car’s lights.

If you remain diligent with these things and more, you may extend the life of your foreign or domestic vehicle by years! A.J.’s Import Garage will assist you in that endeavor. Just schedule a routine maintenance check late in the year and be fully prepared for winter driving in the Topeka area in 2021. They are located at 501 S.W. Harrison. See them on the internet at Call (785) 233-1000 to schedule your check-up.   

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Give Yourself a Brake.

Notice the spelling above…the brake in this case refers to your vehicle’s braking system. Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and a harsh winter is probably on its way. Extreme weather in and around Topeka comes in the form of ice, snow, sleet, and heavy rain. It is often encountered while driving during these upcoming winter months.

Before the onset of winter, it may very well be the best time to arrange to have your vehicle professionally serviced. It’s best to explain to your mechanic that you want a ‘winter check’, and you should especially mention a brake safety check which will involve the system components meaning the brake discs, pads, and brake fluid levels.

There is no better place to have your foreign or domestic vehicle’s brakes checked in the Topeka area than A.J.’s Import Garage. A.J.’s located at 501 S.W. Harrison in the capital city is the home of Master ASE certified mechanics. Go ahead, check them out on Google at then call for an appointment at (785) 233-1000.

Monday, November 2, 2020

It Is About to Get Cold Out Here.

No doubt about it, Topeka is about to go into winter mode with temperatures well below freezing. Is your vehicle’s heating system ready for that? For most of us in the area we may not have really cranked up the heat in our vehicle yet this fall, but we certainly will be soon enough! Be sure you are ready with a few easy steps.

Here are some of them –


1.  Have your cooling system thoroughly checked.

2.  Listen for noise coming from the blower.

3.  Is your A/C working? It seems odd, but your heating system relies on that.

To be sure that you are not stranded for even one minute on a freezing Topeka morning please visit A.J.’s Import Garage first. They will check your car’s heating system and keep it comfortable throughout the upcoming winter. A.J.’s is found on the web at and locally at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka. Call ahead at (785) 233-1000.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Do You Pay Attention to your Car’s Temperature Gauge?

Many of us probably give it little or no consideration. A car’s temperature gauge measures how cold or hot the engine is. Did the needle in the gauge suddenly move into the red? We probably do not have to tell you your car is overheating! At this point, the question is obvious…what should you do as the driver?

Here is a very strong suggestion…if the needle is in the red zone, do not continue to drive. Pull over and turn off the engine. It may seem as if you could drive your vehicle for a short distance, but that may well cause damage to the engine cylinder block. Pull over when safe to do so and call a tow truck to haul your vehicle to us.

We are A.J.’s Import Garage at 501 S.W. Harrison in the beautiful capital city of Topeka, KS. A.J.’s mechanics know exactly what to do whether you drive an import around Topeka or a domestic make and model. Routine maintenance is also our specialty. Check us out on the web at When you need us just call (785) 233-1000.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

What is the Conversion Rate?

This is not about high finance, but rather pertains to your vehicle’s catalytic converter. Most of us have heard of this device, but exactly what is it?  Catalytic converters are used in exhaust systems to provide a site for the oxidation and reduction of toxic by-products. These are noxious gases such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons.


For example, a three-way catalytic converter has three functions –

1.  Reducing nitrogen oxides into elemental nitrogen and oxygen

2.  Turning carbon MONoxide to carbon DIoxide

3.  Oxidizing hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water

That all sounds environmentally friendly as well as necessary, doesn’t it? What about where to go in Topeka KS to get a fair estimate when your car’s catalytic converter needs to be replaced? The answer is A.J.’s Import Garage at 501 S.W. Harrison. Visit us on the web at and call for an appointment at (785) 233-1000.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Timing Belt vs. Timing Chain…How Important is it?

Fundamentally, a timing belt and timing chain serve the same purpose. If you drive a Porsche, Mercedes Benz or BMW with an internal timing chain or an Audi or Volkswagen with an external timing belt, these devices are designed to keep the relative position of the valves opening and closing to the position of the piston as the engine is running.

Here is the rub…opening a valve at the wrong time can cause it to contact the piston, causing catastrophic engine failure! A properly timing engine will allow the piston to rise and the valves to open precisely, allowing air and fuel to enter the combustion chamber and exhaust to exit within 1000th of a second.

Proper maintenance of timing belts in foreign cars are one of the specialties of the mechanics at A.J.’s Import Garage in Topeka. If you drive a Benz, a BMW, Audi, or VW among others you can count on A.J.’s Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison in the capital city. Just give A.J.’s a call for an appointment at (785) 233-1000.

Monday, August 31, 2020

ABS Warning Sign.

ABS stands for antilock braking system. If the ABS warning light is illuminated on your car’s cluster of gauges that means the antilock system has been deactivated because of a malfunction. 

While your car’s regular brakes could be working fine, the antilock feature that prevents wheels from locking up during braking will not work.

Here is what may be happening to your ABS system –

  1. There is simply a blown fuse in the system.
  2. A wheel-speed sensor has been damaged.
  3. There is a broken wire.
  4. The ABS controller has, for whatever reason, stopped working.

Don’t waste time waiting for it to heal! Make an appointment with ABS brake experts A.J.’s Import Garage. They are the guardians of your car’s health in Topeka regardless if it is foreign or domestic. At the first sign of a light on your dashboard call A.J.’s Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka. Just call (785) 233-1000.