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How Often Should You Change Your Brakes?

If you haven’t had your brakes inspected by a Big Jim’s Automotive technician, then it may be time. Good brakes keep your entire tire and suspension system working well. They also keep you and your family safe during cringe moments on the road. But how often should have your brakes inspected? Even more important, how often should you have them replaced. Our guide below explains.

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Understanding the Different Types of Automotive Oil

As automotive engines became more advanced, so did the need to accommodate them by developing different types of oil to lubricate the components. What type of oil is right for your car depends on several different variables. At Big Jim’s Automotive, we ensure that the highest quality oil and lubricants are used on your specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of oil that we may use on your vehicle when you stop by:

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How Often Should I?: A General Guide to Auto Maintenance Schedules

Ongoing maintenance is crucial for your car’s performance throughout every season and every year. In fact, you should start scheduling routine care for your car the moment you drive it off the dealership lot. The number one reason why cars do not last as long as they should, however, is because they do not receive proper maintenance on a regular basis. Consider the following stats from a recent study:

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The Big Jim's Auto Services You Can't Do Without

The best service providers create comprehensive solutions. Big Jim’s isn’t new to the world of auto repair and maintenance. We’ve seen it all, and we’re ready to provide the services you need. Whether it’s a big repair, a small touch-up or ongoing maintenance, our technicians are outfitted to help. From under the hood to AC replacement, we’ve got you covered. Below are our big-time services—the ones you need—to keep your vehicle running in tip-top shape.

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Need Help with a Classic Car? We've Got You Covered

When it comes to classic cars, we’ve got you covered. At Big Jim’s, no fix is too big—and no car is too old. We’re family-owned, and we respect the need for in-depth vehicle care. Committed to the highest standards around, and a personal lover of classic car collections, Big Jim’s has the expertise needed to maintain your vehicle’s glory days.

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Vacation Checklist for Your Vehicle

Summer means vacations of all types and durations. Whether you're packing up the family for a long weekend camping trip or you are headed out of town for a week-long adventure, there are some steps you should take first to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the job. The following vacation checklist can help ensure that your vehicle is in great working condition to get you where you want to go.

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Get Your Regular Maintenance Done at Big Jim's Auto

Whether you need an oil change or tires rotated, you can get fast, friendly, family-oriented service at Big Jim's Auto. Big Jim's Auto provides complete auto service and repairs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With an expert team of professionals, Big Jim's prides itself on the quality and affordability of their services.

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Big Jim's Automotive makes the Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — When Jim Reiner opened his southwest Cedar Rapids shop, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was among the most popular new cars. You can’t buy a new Cutlass — or any Oldsmobile — anymore, but Reiner and his four employees will still fix your car — even if it’s an Olds.

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Need Repairs to a Classic Car? What to Look For in a Mechanic

When your classic car needs repairs or restoration work done, you need to be careful who you entrust it to. Not every mechanic has the experience and skill level to make repairs or restore it properly. If repairs are not done correctly, it can affect the value of your car. Here are three factors you need to consider when hiring a mechanic to repair or restore your classic automobile.

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Fixing Your European Vehicle

If you have a European car, you may find repairing any damage or updating your car will be a bit more of a challenge than with any other type of car. European cars may cost more in maintenance as parts need to be located and shipped from a variety of places. If this is your first time owning a European vehicle, you may find yourself wondering where you should bring it. Here are a few reasons why you should bring your vehicle to an experienced mechanic!

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Our clientele can speak for our service at Big Jim’s:

" I make it a rule to never trust a mechanic. Jim & Sarge have earned my trust. We have given them repeated business over the years and we will continue to go back. The work they do is top notch. Jim ALWAYS stands by his work and charges a fair price. Big Jim's is the exception to the rule!! "

Jacob (Cedar Rapids, IA)

" My first experience at a Big Jim's was pulling in with a flat tire and needing help. He got me in immediately which was nice considering I had an appointment in 45mins. I was out of there in about 8-10 minutes. Tire patched up and on the road. I was very grateful and happy with the fast service !!! Thanks again !!! "

Jennifer Dvorak

" Brought my truck in yesterday not knowing just how big a problem I had. Already fixed with approximately 7 hours labor. Quick, friendly, and helpful. Thank you Vanessa and Sarg. "

Lora Holland-McArtor