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Summertime is Around the Corner: Time for Cooling System Repair

The last thing you want to happen is to be stuck on the side of the road in the heat of summer with a cooling system failure in your car. Proper maintenance and repair of your cooling system in your car before the heat of summer can help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Look to Big Jim’s Automotive for advice on repairing your cooling system in your car. A minor repair completed before the summer starts means you can avoid a major repair later.

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How Modern Diagnostic Equipment Helps Your Car Repair

Today’s car is a blend of computers and mechanical equipment. Repairing your car when it breaks down takes modern diagnostic equipment to interface with the computers in your car. Good diagnostic equipment shows the mechanic exactly what is wrong. Big Jim’s Automotive knows having proper diagnostic equipment helps with fast and accurate repair of your car.

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Your Car’s Differential: Helping You Cut the Corners

Your vehicle has a gearbox, called a differential, between the drive wheels of your car and is part of the system drivetrain. It takes power from the engine and delivers it to your axle turning your wheels. If you are experiencing problems with your differential, Big Jim’s Automotive has the answer. We offer top-notch auto services and differential maintenance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When your differential is breaking down, your gears will not work smoothly and costly repairs can add up. Let's look more deeply into this critical automotive component and how simple maintenance saves you money in the long run.

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4 Reasons You Should NEVER Try to Replace a Timing Belt

Your engine’s timing belt is extremely important to the basic functionality of your motor and is critical to the synchronization of the internal parts. You should replace your timing belt every 60,000 miles as part of a regular car maintenance schedule. Replacing your timing belt is a highly complicated process that leaves a lot of room for mistakes that cause massive engine damage. Big Jim’s Automotive can save you many headaches down the road with expert car maintenance and repairs. Call us for help if you suspect a timing belt failure or if it’s time to replace it. There are four very good reasons you should never replace a timing belt yourself.

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How do Pre-Purchase Evaluations Benefit Your Car?

A pre-purchase evaluation is a detailed professional review of a car you may be interested in purchasing. Our pre-purchase inspections assess cosmetic, mechanical, functional, and safety features of the vehicle. Our qualified inspectors will evaluate the condition of a car before you purchase it, which can potentially save you thousands of dollars. The paint may be shiny, but it is essential to know what it is that you are buying underneath the car’s surface. Here are some items we look for in a pre-purchase evaluation:

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5 Signs You Need New Suspension

Maybe you’ve been in a car accident, or maybe the car just doesn’t feel like it’s running the way it should. Suspension issues are difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the industry. You may ask yourself: “Do I need brake repair, or did I just missed my regular car maintenance at Big Jim’s Automotive?”

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How to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

As spring approaches you, like many other American will be hitting the road for spring and summer vacations. But is your car ready for the trip? Big Jim's Automotive can keep your car from breaking down on the road with a point-by-point inspection and maintenance service. Drop by or schedule an appointment and one of our ASE-certified car mechanics can get your car in tip-top shape. Below are some of the service we provide to get your vehicle ready for the road.

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5 Top Performance Upgrades You Can Give Your Car

Even if you're not driving in Talladega next week, you can still make some affordable and easy upgrades to your car to boost its performance. Big Jim's Automotive can help you raise the bar of your car's performance with ongoing preventative maintenance and repair as well as some of the upgrades we recommend below. If you have any questions, you can contact us or visit our service center in Cedar Rapids.

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Your Car Survived the Winter. Now It’s Time for Spring Maintenance.

Now that winter is almost over; it’s time to give your car a thorough inspection and maintenance to keep it running at peak performance. The time and money you spend on preventative maintenance is an investment that helps you avoid costly repairs or buying a new car. Big Jim’s Automotive provides complete car maintenance and auto repair for your vehicle. Schedule a check-up with one of our ASE-certified mechanics today.

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4 Things That Happen When You Neglect Your Engine

Although you may know the importance of car maintenance, you may not realize what happens under the hood when you neglect your vehicle over lengthy periods. Although many drivers don’t take their car in for maintenance until they hear or see a problem, you can get ahead of the curve with routine preventative maintenance. Otherwise, here’s what you can expect if you continue to neglect your car’s engine.

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