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J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC Tech Question On Your Drive Shaft

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC Tech Question:
I’m Doug. A few years ago I was driving my ’85 powder blue Dodge Ramcharger with about 80,000 miles on it. I was going up a hill in Powhatan and heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my drive shaft bouncing down the hill. I put it in four wheel drive and drove to my Powhatan mechanic to get it fixed.

What could I have done to prevent that?

J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC Tech Answer:
Now that’s quite a story. Doug was fortunate that his vehicle had a part-time four wheel drive system that would let him get home without a rear drive shaft.

This “case of the missing drive shaft” highlights the need for regular inspections. Now most Powhatan car owners are familiar with recommendations for preventive maintenance services like oil changes and coolant replacement. What you may not know is that there are also recommendations for inspections at various intervals.

By the time a vehicle gets 80,000 miles on it like Doug had, the owner’s manual would have called for an inspection of things like the suspension, brakes – and the drive line. Chances are that such an inspection at J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC would have revealed early signs of a worn u-joint and Doug could have had it fixed before his drive shaft went rattling down the road.

Ask your friendly J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC tech about the inspections your vehicle should have.

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J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC
2416 New Dorset Terrace
Powhatan, VA 23139
804.640.8886
http://jkheavytruckequipmentrepairllc.mynapatools.com/

At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA (23139) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 804.640.8886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Suspension Integrity In Powhatan

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Hello 
Powhatan car owners – today we’re talking about suspension integrity. Your skeleton provides the structure to hold up your weight. Your joints cushion you as you walk and allow you to change direction. Your sedan’s suspension system is similar: It bears the weight of your vehicle, absorbs bumps in the road and controls the body as you steer.

Like the bones in your body, sedan suspension parts are connected by joints that allow all the components to move as they should. Over time and miles, the joints start to wear and your suspension gets loose and doesn’t operate as precisely as before, reducing proper tire contact with the road. An accident, pothole or hitting a curb or rock can also damage or break sedan suspension components.

If you’ve ever hurt your foot, you know you’ve had to walk differently to keep it from hurting as bad. Do that long enough and your ankle, knee, hip and even your back will start to hurt from the strain of not moving normally. The same thing happens in your sedan when one joint or part is worn or damaged: it stresses everything else and causes premature wear to the whole system.

Signs of suspension problems include uneven tire wear, vibration, rattles or clunks when you hit a bump or turn on a windy Beaumont road, or the vehicle pulls to one side.

If you suspect a suspension problem, ask your friendly J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC tech for an automotive analysis of your suspension system. They can also check your alignment while they’re at it. Taking care of a worn or damaged suspension component early, will head off future damage and costly repairs down the road.

Give us a call

J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC
804.640.8886
2416 New Dorset Terrace
Powhatan, VA 23139

At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA (23139) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 804.640.8886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Need A Suspension Inspection At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC In Powhatan?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Your suspension system keeps your car up off the road. From there, it’s responsible for a smooth and comfortable ride around Beaumont. It also keeps your sedan wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves on Powhatan roads and freeways.

Your suspension system has many essential parts that do a big job. They should be inspected for damage and excessive wear at least once a year. A good time would be when you get your alignment check in Powhatan.

Here are some warning signs of suspension problems: the sedan pulls to one side, wandering, erratic steering, uneven tire wear, leaning, shocks bottom out, poor ride or handling, oil leaking from shocks, and excessive bouncing.

Now sedan suspension parts just wear out over time. Shocks and struts eventually lose their ability to control your ride. If you’re in an accident, your sedan suspension can be damaged or knocked out of alignment. Even a minor accident, like hitting a curb, pothole or large rock can mess things up.

If you suspect suspension problems, ask for an automotive analysis and let the friendly service professionals at J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan set things right.

Give us a call

J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC
804.640.8886
2416 New Dorset Terrace
Powhatan, VA 23139

At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA (23139) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 804.640.8886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Today’s Macon car care article focuses on your suspension system. After many years and tens of thousands of miles, your sedan suspension system components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive. As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Macon highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads.

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLCIn addition to just wearing out, J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC customers need to know that suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road.

Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your sedan manufacturer and J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC recommend periodic inspections. During an inspection, your Macon service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Signs that shocks or struts are wearing out: The tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly as you drive around Macon. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your sedan dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come into J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC for a suspension inspection.
Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels. Worn or broken shocks can cause premature wear or failure on other sedan suspension parts such as ball joints and other steering components as well. If your suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so let us take care of your suspension components at J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC.

When you replace your shocks, it’s usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That’ll give you more even handling. Talk with your service advisor at J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet.

At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA (23139) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 804.640.8886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Suspension

Monday, July 9th, 2012

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Let’s talk about your suspension – you know, the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling and delivers a good ride as you cruise around Powhatan VA. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability.

Hey, it’s a rough world out there in VA – every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an object in the road, your suspension system has to absorb the impact and maintain control.

As you can imagine, your suspension has a lot of joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, the pitman, idler arms and the control arm bushing. They simply wear out over time.

When a joint or other part is worn the suspension parts don’t fit together as tightly as they should. Handling and steering has a loose feel and you may hear strange noises. Your tires will wear unevenly because they’re bouncing down the Powhatan VA road a little off kilter.

Powhatan VA Suspension A loose joint has the effect of stressing other suspension components so they wear out faster than they should. Sometimes a suspension part can be bent from hitting a rock or curb or by slamming into a big pothole.

When your Powhatan VA service advisor at J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC inspects your vehicle, he’ll look for signs of suspension problems: things like uneven tire wear, excessive play in suspension components and other visible damage. He can replace the worn or damaged parts and restore safe handling.

It’s a great idea to take care of these problems right away before they become more expensive to repair. And nobody in Powhatan likes to see a tire that should last for several years get worn out in a matter of months because of a bad suspension part.

Let us help you keep your vehicle operating safely. And saving some money on repairs and tire replacement is a good thing too.

At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA, 23139 we install quality NAPA replacement parts. You can reach us locally at 804.640.8886.

At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA (23139) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 804.640.8886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.