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Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

All new cars and light trucks since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or 'TPMS'. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflatedand lights up a warning light on the dash. So what's the big deal for Winston Salem drivers? Well, underinflated #tires can be a real safety concern. First of all, they don't handle properly and that can lead to an accident. Second, underinflated tires can overheat and cause the tire to come apart, which can also lead to an accident. Government regulations requiring TPMS systems aim to reduce accidents in North Carolina and save lives, a very worthy goal. There are also positive #environmental effects because underinflated tires are fuel wasters – lose 1 percent of their fuel economy for every 3 pounds of pressure below ideal. So proper tire inflation can save you a ... read more

Check Tires During Hot Weather

Check Tires During Hot Weather

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today cautioned motorists that hot weather and under-inflated tires are a dangerous combination. In the summer months, while vehicles are being driven at highway speeds, the heat and hot roadways contribute to the breakdown of tires and a greater likelihood for tire failure.  NHTSA estimates that tire failure causes approximately 11,000 crashes a year. The most common cause of failure includes tread separations, blowouts, bald tires and under-inflated tires.  Under inflated tires or worn down treads are a major cause of failure. Under-inflation also leads to poor fuel economy, sluggish handling, longer stopping distances and increased stress on tire components.  Proper pressure is the most important part of maintaining a vehicle's tires. Properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction and load carrying capability of vehicle's and can improve gas ... read more

Keeping Children Safe In and Around Vehicles

Parents in increasing numbers know that keeping a child safe in a vehicle means using child car seats and always being sure that everyone is buckled up correctly for every ride. But there are other dangers in and around vehicles that parents and caregivers need to be aware of to keep children protected. Many children are killed or injured in backover incidents, or due to heatstroke when left unattended in a hot car, and to other dangers that can occur when children are left unattended around vehicles. Many newer vehicles come equipped with technologies to help parents and children avoid some of these dangerous situations. However, there will never be a substitute for an attentive parent or caregiver. The best defense against many of these dangers is to never allow children in and around vehicles when unattended and always keep vehicles locked and the keys out of the reach of children. For more information, visit ... read more

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Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

People generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance: their teeth, clothes, yards and so on, but drivers often don’t apply the idea of maintenance to their vehicles. If you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our vital lesson and start to take better care of things. Unfortunately, people too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they bring their vehicle to J-Medic on a tow truck. So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented an expensive breakdown. So how do drivers get into the habit of taking care of their Jeep Chrysler or Dodge? It’s so easy to forget; not like cutting the grass which you see it every time you pull in the driveway. Here’s something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil ... read more

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‘Why Is My Check Engine Light On?’

‘Why Is My Check Engine Light On?’

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most drivers even. Let’s get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your Jeep, Chrysler or Dodge check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe engine damage. Naturally, drivers should get that taken care of right away at Jmedit. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at highway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to Jmedic. If the light is glowing steadily, auto owners should keep an eye on it should it start flashing. If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with Jmedic to get it checked out. An explanation on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative. Most of your vehicle engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called an engine control computer. The computer is able to ad ... read more

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Fresh Wipers for a New Season

Fresh Wipers for a New Season

Let’s talk about your windshield wiper blades. Why that topic may not be as interesting as others, think about how important your vision is. We work so hard to protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we typically purchase the products that allow us to see. Well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when we drive. Wiper Blades are a safety item. We need to maintain that safety and not just respond when our wiper blades fail. How many times have you been caught off-guard by the first storm of the season with a streaky windshield you can barely see out of? Or with no washer fluid. Wiper blades live outside the vehicle, exposed to ice and cold in the winter and sun and heat in the summer. It’s no wonder why they get dry, brittle and torn. And did you know that torn wipers can scratch a windshield! We recommend changing wiper blades twice a year – before they’re so damaged that they don’t work. Maybe consider replacing them during one of your sp ... read more

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Tracking True In NC; Wheel Alignment 2

Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure. The results can range from inconvenient to extremely expensive. You can head off most cooling system problems with regular coolant replacement and cooling system inspections. If you see green, amber or yellow fluid under your vehicle, bring it in for an inspection. At J-Medic we install quality replacement parts. Give us a call and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road

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Tracking True In NC; Wheel Alignment

Tracking True In NC; Wheel Alignment

Tracking True In NC Wheel Alignment Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge owners until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment from the rest by hitting a curb or pothole on some roads. The tires will wear out very quickly and will need to be replaced prematurely. It could also lead to suspension damage. Conversely, worn suspension or steering components can lead to alignment problems for motorists. But the big issue for you is safety. When your Cherokee, Wrangler or Minivan wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you’re out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at J-Medic. Signs of alignment problems are: Your car pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you’re going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down, you should have your technicia ... read more

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Drive-Line Fluid Service Is it necessary?

Drive-Line Fluid Service Is it necessary?

It’s easy for motorists to forget about servicing their transmission and drive-train fluids because it doesn’t need it very often, but proper drive-train service keeps your Jeep – Chrysler – or Dodge running smoothly and helps you avoid costly repairs down the road. The transmission, along with axles and the transfer case undergo a lot of stress. The grit you see in used fluid is actually bits of clutch material, internal component wear and bearings. This grit flowing through your transmission – axles and transfer case under pressure eats away at seals and gaskets which can lead to leaks. This especially crucial for transmissions as they operate at very high temperatures – about a hundred degrees higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency. At best, your Jeep – Chrysler – Dodge transmission won’t operate as smoothly. At worse, it could lead to costly damage ... read more

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Winston Salem – Jmedic talks Suspension Integrity

Winston Salem – Jmedic talks Suspension Integrity

Hello WINSTON SALEM motorists – 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 Jeep’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, Jeep 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 Jeep 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. T ... read more

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