Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Routine Maintenance 101.

It is simply THE most important thing that you can do for your vehicle.  Stay on top of its health as you would your own!  Routine maintenance is the way to do that.  Oil changes, battery checks, tires, windshield wipers, the cabin filter, and other filters as well.  It all adds up to peace of mind and a greater trade-in value.

Here are some routine maintenance tips –

1.  Know your owner’s manual.
2.  Always change your oil and filter on time.
3.  Check your tires every month.
4.  Have all other fluids checked.
5.  Examine your belts and hoses.

That is why we are here.  A.J.’s Import Garage checks all of the boxes.  Routine maintenance should be considered mandatory regular maintenance if you are serious about keeping your car for many years.  Don’t get lazy!  Schedule your vehicle’s maintenance appointments with us.  That’s A.J.’s Import Garage at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka.  Call (784) 233-1000.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

That Was A Beautiful Drive.

You might hear a golf commentator say this.  In this particular case, we want you to have a beautiful and safe summer vacation by car as you head out of Topeka.  So many of us in the area are planning long drives this summer (after all, we are right in the middle of America, so every drive is pretty much a long one!).

Here are some tips for long-distance vehicle travel –

1.  Get plenty of sleep before you travel.
2.  You need plenty of fuel…just like your car.
3.  Always remain hydrated.
4.  Plan your stops ahead of time.
5.  Sit up straight (OK, mom!).
6.  Have your vehicle thoroughly checked.

We’ve got that one.  Before you head out for a memorable summer vacation make an appointment at A.J.’s Import Garage.  Here at A.J.’s we check and repair any possible impediments to your driving safety on your long trip from Topeka to points in any direction.  Make an appointment at 501 S.W. Harrison.  Just call (784) 233-1000.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Light that No One Wants to See.

We are referring to that dreaded Check Engine Light.  It is part of your car’s so-called onboard diagnostics system.  Over time, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing.  These days a computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift.

If you haven’t experienced it yet, when it finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it can’t correct, a computer turns on a yellow warning indicator labeled “check engine,” or “service engine soon”.  The light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, perhaps with the word “check”.  Consider yourself lucky if you have never seen it in your vehicle!

A.J.’s Auto Import Garage knows all about the check engine light and what to look for when it goes off on the dashboard of your domestic or foreign car.  You see, A.J’s Import Garage may have import cars in their name, but they service all makes and models.  Make an appointment at their location 501 S.W. Harrison by calling (784) 233-1000.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

What is a Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter converts (duh!) the harmful exhaust gases produced by the engine into much less harmful emissions before they leave the vehicle's exhaust system.  It looks similar to a muffler and it typically consists of a stainless steel housing with a ceramic honeycomb inside that is full of platinum, palladium and rhodium.

How does a catalytic converter work?  The catalytic converter has multiple sections, commonly referred to as beds.  Each one of these “beds” contains specific catalyst elements that work at a temperature of at least 400 degrees F to promote specific chemical reactions.  That makes less noxious gasses expel from your exhaust pipe.

Repairing a catalytic converter is often done as part of a larger project.  Whatever the case may be, if you own an import car and are driving around the Topeka area you should call on the expertise of A.J.’s Auto Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka Kansas.  For catalytic converter repair, or any other maintenance call them at (784) 233-1000.  

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Timing May be Right.

Or it may be wrong…the timing belt in your Mercedes, we mean.  Mercedes Benz equips their many different vehicles with something called a timing chain for added durability and reliability.  A timing chain links the revolutions of the block with that of the heads to ensure a synchronized opening and closing of your valve train.

Timing chain issues can creep up slowly.  Here is what to look (listen) for –

1.  A harsh noise when you start up your Mercedes
2.  Heavily worn and discolored chain guides
3.  A squealing tensioner
4.  The engine is running roughly

These are all signs that it may be time to check your timing…your Mercedes timing belt.  The best place for that in the Topeka area is A.J.’s Auto Import Garage.  They treat your Mercedes as if it were their own.  Trust your prized possession to A.J.’s Auto Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka.  Just call for an appointment at (784) 233-1000.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This is NOT the Time to Suspend Belief.

That’s rather cryptic, isn’t it?  In this case it refers to your German car’s suspension system especially after driving over those many Topeka area rough roads.  For this tutorial we will concentrate on the ever-popular Audi that so many Americans have fallen in love with.  What about the suspension in your Audi?

Over time and high mileage, your Audi’s key suspension components such as control arm bushings, tie rods, ball joints, sway bar links and wheel bearings begin to wear and lose their effectiveness.  If you are an Audi owner, you may begin to notice front-end vibrations or shimmying.  Watch out for that pothole!

A.J.’s Auto Import Garage understands your German car (especially your Audi) as well as anyone.  The master mechanics at A.J.’s know exactly what to look for when troubleshooting and repairing your vehicle’s suspension system.  Trust the maintenance and repair of your German car to A.J.’s Auto Import Garage at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka.  Just call ahead for an appointment at (784) 233-1000.      

Monday, April 15, 2019

Hot Weather is Coming.

I know it seems a long way away after a long winter, but soon temperatures in the Topeka area will top 80 and even 90 degrees.  It’s no fun being stuck without air conditioning on a hot summer day.  A/C is more than just comfort; it’s a safety issue too. In fact, one of the most dangerous places for someone to be during a heat wave is inside of their car without A/C.

Here are some common issues with your car’s air conditioning system –

1.  The refrigerant is leaking
2.  The condenser is clogged
3.  Electrical issues
4.  The cooling fans are faulty
5.  The compressor is going bad

It does not matter to A.J.’s Import Garage if your vehicle is foreign or domestic.  They are Topeka area experts at troubleshooting and repairing your car’s air conditioning system.  Get ahead of the game and have your a/c checked by the experts before the weather changes.  Call A.J’s Import Garage at (784) 233-1000 or stop by 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka.