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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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Car Maintenance You Should Leave to the Professionals

What is underneath the hood of a modern vehicle is a twisted network of complex components that somehow all miraculously work together to keep your car moving. Due to the complexity of today’s auto parts and systems, you should leave car maintenance up to the professionals. Big Jim’s Automotive technicians are ASE certified and have extensive experience working on all types of vehicles. Before you starting working on your car, bring it to our auto repair center for the following maintenance:

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4 Ways to Make Your Engine Last

The good news is today’s average vehicle can hit the 200k-mile mark with greater ease than its predecessor. Manufacturers now build cars that have higher performance and extended life. Regardless of the superiority of modern auto engineering, you still have to take care of your car once you drive it away from the dealership. But ‘maintenance’ doesn’t have to be a bad word if your car is in the right hands. Big Jim’s Automotive specializes in car maintenance and auto repair. We can help your car get closer to the 200k-mile mark and still perform relatively well.

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