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5 Ways to Make Towing Your Car Easier

Are you stuck on the side of the interstate and need a tow? Contact Big Jim’s Automotive in Cedar Rapids. We can pick you up and take your car anywhere you want to go. We provide full service for all recreational and commercial vehicles. We hope your experience with us goes smoothly from the time we arrive until we drop your car off. To make your towing experience hassle-free we recommend following these helpful guidelines.

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Understanding Your Car’s Fuel Injection System

Although many fuel injection systems improve a car’s performance, you may not know exactly how they work or why you need to bring them to Big Jim’s Auto for a cleaning. Below we provide a brief description of the system and why you need to have it periodically cleaned.

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Our Guide to Understanding Auto Leaks

Auto leaks can be costly. If they are not fixed, then your car’s transmission, engine, or cooling system can become severely damaged. This can result in spending hundreds of dollars to get these components fixed. Below we explore some of the most common leaks in your vehicle and what you can do to get them fixed.

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What are Pre-Purchase Evaluations and How Do They Benefit You?

These days, there are dozens of resources available to let you know a car’s history and how it has possibly affected its current condition. But even with all the information available to you, there’s only one way to truly find out if the car you're purchasing is legit or a lemon. And that is with a complete inspection from front to back, top to bottom. Big Jim’s Automotive provides a comprehensive assessment of your vehicle to determine if it’s in good shape and if the asking price is fair. Read below to find out more about our service and how it benefits you.

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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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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