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Car Care Tips - GC Automotive & Performance | Jamesburg and Marlboro Township, NJ

3 Minutes a Month Can Save Your Transmission

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When it comes to transmissions, your fluid level is essential. Too much or too little fluid can affect pressure, cooling abilities, and lubrication. In order to best care for your vehicle, it's important to know what to look for, so from our shop here at GC Automotive & Performance here are a few tips. 

9 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Tune-Up

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Sluggish. Squealing. Unreliable. Vibrating. If any of these descriptors fit your vehicle’s recent behavior, it just might be trying to tell you something – like it’s time for a tune-up.

Today’s vehicles differ significantly from their decades-old brethren that required a tune-up every 10,000 or 20,000 miles. With newer vehicles, it’s increasingly common for manufacturer-recommended service intervals to stretch to 100,000 miles before certain maintenance items, such as replacing the spark plugs, should be completed. 

A Tire For All Seasons Can Be Overwhelming

Winter/Summer tires

To some drivers, picking out the right tire is just as important – and just as much fun – as finding the right shoes is to a runner. For many people, they have found that shopping for tires is overwhelming because there are just so many choices. AT GC Automotive & Performance IN Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, our technicians are ready to help you make that decision.

Are oil changes getting more expensive?

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At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Attention: Ford Recall

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If you own a Ford vehicle you may be affected by this recall. According to CBS News, Ford recently announced a recall that affects over 1.3 million vehicles that are primarily located in North America. The recall was issued mainly due to problems with rear suspension and transmission control software.

Balancing, mounting, and what you need to know about both.

Tire being serviced in a shop

There are a few things that matter when mounting new tires on your vehicle. First, you want it done right. Second, you want it done fast. For both, GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ has you covered.

Battery Dead? Here Is How You Jump Start Your Vehicle!

At some point or another, we’ve pretty much all dealt with a dead car battery. There’s a good chance you already know how to jump-start your car - if not, don’t worry! Here’s everything you need to know, from GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ.

Best Questions to Ask A Mechanic

A good technician will give your vehicle a quick inspection whenever you have maintenance performed. Fluid levels, tire condition, dashboard lights, and a variety of other items typically are briefly explored whenever you bring your vehicle in for maintenance. At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, we're good at noticing things that need repair, but the fact of the matter is that only you know your vehicle. You know when your vehicle feels off when its been serviced last (or that it hasn't been serviced at all,) and have at least some vague idea of what’s going on with your vehicle day to day. Here are some questions you can ask us next time you come by the shop:

Brake For Great Service

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Brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle. You need the confidence of knowing that when you press your foot to the brake, your vehicle is going to stop. That's why it's important to keep these tips in mind to help keep your brakes functioning properly. Schedule an appointment with us at GC Automotive & Performance for a brake service checkup today!

Brakes…One of the Most Important Parts of Your Vehicle

mechanic working on the brakes of a car

Obviously, your brakes are pretty important. Your brake system is made of many components that all have to work correctly for your brakes to operate seamlessly. If one thing needs to be repaired, the whole system is compromised. Brake pads, rotors, hoses, calipers, and metal lines all play a part in stopping your car. At GC Automotive & Performance in GC Automotive & Performance, we’re here to make sure your car, truck, or SUV stops as it should.

Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

car parts At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

Checking Your Fluid Levels - How 3 Minutes Once A Month Can Save Your Vehicle

At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, we know how easy it is to overlook vehicle maintenance when everything is working as it should - we also know firsthand the toll neglected maintenance takes on a vehicle. Here’s an easy thing you can do yourself, that might save you an engine, transmission, or avoid numerous other problems.

Common Heater/AC Fan Switch Issues

hand over aircondition

At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, we know how important climate control is to your driving experience. Not only does a fully functional heat and AC system keep you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, it is vital to defrosting windows and keeping the air in your car circulating.

Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

battery warning light

It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

headlight on on vehicle

Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ.

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

Do You Know How Your AC Works?

hand on car air conditioning vent

When you get in your car, truck, SUV, or minivan to drive and the A/C does not work what could be wrong? Here at GC Automotive & Performance, we have some simple answers to help you understand how your vehicle A/C system works. The first question we are asked is "Why isn't my air conditioner blowing cold air?" Let's talk about what could be happening. 

Do You Know The Difference Between Gasoline Grades?

At some point, while waiting for your tank to fill up, you’ve probably wondered what the difference is between the choices of gasoline at the pump. Typically, you see three buttons, with a number between 85 and 98, in ascending order and ascending prices. These numbers are octane ratings, which you probably know; but what is an octane rating, really?

Do You Smell One Of These Smells? It's Time To Bring Your Car In.

girl smelling vents

If you’ve owned a vehicle long, particularly one with a few miles on it, you have probably encountered a peculiar smell that grabbed your attention. Scents that you encounter while driving (emanating from your vehicle, not the horse farm down the road) are indicators of your vehicle's health and often the first warning that something may be wrong. GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township has assembled this list to prepare for you for the next time you smell something odd, so you’ll know what’s going on next time you notice a funny smell.

Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

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At GC Automotive & Performance in Jamesburg & Marlboro Township, NJ, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

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