• Why It Isn’t Safe to Drive with Suspension Damage

    Your suspension system is the part of your car responsible for keeping it from dragging on the ground. It includes many components, including wheels, tires, springs, shocks, and steering. Something can go wrong with each of these parts, making it difficult or even dangerous to drive your car. Suspension damage is possible during a collision, so when you take your car into an auto body shop for repairs, ask them to check your suspension system to make sure no hidden damage has occurred. Driving with a suspension problem can be dangerous, depending on the type and severity of the damage. Here are some of the risks you could face if you have suspension damage.


    Broken springs make cars difficult to control.

    One kind of suspension damage that can occur during an accident is a broken spring. If your car has a broken spring, driving will feel rough and bumpy, and the car will be difficult to control. The spring can also allow the car to rest on one or more of the tires, which can cause the tire to become separated from the car. Even if you are able to drive your car with a broken spring, you will be doing further damage to the car that will eventually require costly repairs to be made.


    Cracked wheels stop cars from moving.

    A cracked wheel may prevent a car from moving at all, but in other cases, you will be able to drive with a cracked wheel without knowing there is a problem. However, driving with a cracked wheel will allow the damage to become increasingly worse until a catastrophic failure occurs while you’re driving. Your auto body shop should also inspect your wheels after an accident to make sure there are no cracks.


    Broken steerage linkages prevent cars from turning.

    A broken steering linkage is an extremely dangerous problem. It will prevent your car from turning and will otherwise make it unsafe to drive. If there is damage to your steering linkage, you should not attempt to drive your car.


    Let the experienced technicians at Michael J’s Body Shop help you get your car back on the road safely after an accident. Make an appointment for collision repairs by calling (408) 279-2070.

  • What Are Sway Bars?

    If you are interested in car modifications, then chances are you have encountered sway bars. Sway bars can make suspension systems function more smoothly, without major changes to the feel of how your car drives. Suspension fixes are often part of the collision repair process, so your auto body shop will need to know if you have a sway bar in place.


    Watch this video to learn how sway bars work. They are commonly used in racing cars to allow the suspension to operate more efficiently, thanks to some flexion in the wheels.


    Michael J’s Body Shop offers collision repairs in San Jose, including paintless dent repairs. For more information or to make a service appointment, call (408) 279-2070.

  • A Look at Post-Collision Safety Problems

    Most people feel very lucky when they come through an auto accident unharmed, but safety problems can persist after the collision. One of the reasons that collision repairs are so important is they ensure that your car is safe to take back out on the road. By choosing an experienced, qualified auto body shop, you can be sure that your car is road-ready both inside and out after an accident.


    There are several kinds of issues that can cause post-collision safety problems. One is that the brakes may be damaged during the accident, reducing your ability to stop as anticipated. Damage to your engines and fluid lines can also occur. One of the biggest safety risks post-collision is frame damage. A damaged frame will leave you with alignment problems that make it difficult to control your car’s steering.


    Michael J’s Body Shop is committed to ensuring that you get your car back in top condition after an accident. Make an appointment for collision repairs in San Jose by calling our auto body shop at (408) 279-2070.

  • How Can You Tell If Your Car Has Frame Damage?

    After an auto accident, your car may look like it has only minor damage, but more serious problems could be lurking beneath the surface. Frame damage is not always easy to see from the outside, but failing to get it repaired could lead to significant problems with your car in the future. An experienced auto body shop will check your car for frame damage as part of the collision repair process. You can identify the signs of frame damage by being alert to these symptoms.


    Your car is pulling in one direction.

    Does it feel like you are fighting your car in order to keep it in a straight line? If your car is pulling to one side or the other, then there is a good chance that you have an issue with alignment, which could be caused by frame damage. When you have a bent frame, your car can’t drive in a straight line and you’ve had an alignment, then frame damage is likely.


    Your tires are wearing unevenly.

    Uneven tire wear is another sign of a bent frame. It occurs when the bent frame doesn’t allow the tires to run evenly on the road, which causes the tread on one or more of the tires to wear away faster than the others. You can see this kind of wear and tear for yourself if you periodically check your tires’ tread. For some people, the first sign of this kind of uneven wear is a flat tire.


    Your car makes strange noises.

    When you have a bent frame, your car is likely to creak and squeak while you’re driving in response to parts bumping into the unaligned frame. The sound is likely to come from the part of the car where the bend is located.


    Bent frames are common during accidents, but Michael J’s Body Shop can deliver expert frame straightening services to get your car back to normal. For more information about our auto body shop in San Jose, call (408) 279-2070.

  • Spotlight on Our Auto Detailing Services

    If you want your car to stay in the condition it was when you drove it off the lot, then you need auto detailing. Auto detailing goes beyond the basic wash that you’re used to giving your car to restore it to a like-new condition inside and out. We offer interior and exterior auto detailing at our body shop, performed by a team of experienced technicians. Here’s a look at what you can expect from our services.


    Auto detailing includes thorough cleaning inside and outside of your car, including hand washing and vacuuming of even the smallest components, nooks, and crannies of your vehicle. During our detailing service, we will also wax, glaze, and polish your car. Detailing is a great way to get your car back to normal after collision repairs or any time your car simply needs to be refreshed.


    To schedule an appointment for auto detailing, contact Michael J’s Body Shop. You can learn more about all of the services at our auto body shop in San Jose by calling (408) 279-2070.

  • How Do Turbos Work in Cars?

    If you appreciate the way your car takes off when you hit the gas, then you appreciate turbos. Turbos in cars pressurize air to make it possible for fuel to combust, giving your engine power. Without turbos, cars would have enormous, heavy engines that take extended periods of time to rev.


    Watch this video to see how turbos work. They take in air and pressurize it, increasing the oxygen levels, so that it creates greater combustion when it encounters fuel in the engine, giving your car power to move fast.


    At Michael J’s Body Shop, we’ll make your car look as good as it drives. From collision repairs to auto body paint, we can fix damage and restore your car to a like-new condition. Call our body shop in San Jose today at (408) 279-2070 to get started.

  • A Look at How We Work with Your Insurance Company

    After all of the immediate concerns are addressed in the aftermath of a car accident, including dealing with injuries and getting the damaged cars out of the roadway, the issue of dealing with insurance enters the picture. For most people, the process of filing an insurance claim for car collision repairs is trying, but at Michael J’s Body Shop, we’re committed to making the process as hassle-free as possible for you by working with your insurance company on your behalf.


    Provide Us with Information About the Accident

    The first step is providing us with information about the accident and your insurance. This includes information about your insurance company was well as the insurance company that will be paying for your repairs, if the other drive was at fault for the collision. We will also need the claim number and claim representative assigned to you for your case, if you have already talked to your insurance company, as well as your policy number.


    Allow Us to Work with Your Insurance Company for You

    Once we have your permission as well as the requested information, we can be the liaison between you and your insurance company. This includes handling the paperwork and the direct communications. We can do this for your insurance company as well as the insurance company that is responsible for paying for your damages. This takes one thing off your plate when you’re dealing with the aftermath of a collision. We can also handle supplemental billing and deal with appraisers and adjusters on your behalf. Our experts are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and can facilitate every part of the process on your behalf. We have so much experience in dealing with insurance companies that we even offer insurance continuing education training.


    Accidents are frustrating, but at Michael J’s Body Shop, we’re committed to making the process as smooth as possible for you. If you are involved in an accident and need collision repairs or car dent removal, call our auto body shop in San Jose at (408) 279-2070.

  • How Rust Can Damage Your Car

    Rust is more than unsightly. It can also cause serious damage to your car. That is why you need to go to your auto body shop any time a scratch or dent happens to your car, even if it looks minor. Minor damage can turn into major issues that require costly repairs or even turn your car into a write-off. Here’s what you need to know about rust and how it can impact your car.


    What exactly is rust?

    Rust occurs when iron comes into contact with water and air. The carbon dioxide combines with the water, forming an acid that partially breaks down the iron. The oxygen atoms in water bond with the iron atoms and create iron oxide. Iron oxide is very brittle, which is why rust flakes so easily when you touch it. That kind of brittleness is not ideal for a car, which has to be able to withstand wear and tear in environmental conditions and the potential of collisions with other vehicles.


    What are the effects of rust on a car?

    The impact of rust on a car depends on whether the rust is on the surface or if it is underneath. Surface rust can happen fairly easily. If your paint is dinged by a piece of gravel when you’re driving or if you drive somewhere that deicing agents are used on the road, then surface rust can occur. If the rust is in one surface location, it can be fixed at your body shop by sanding off and resealing the effective area. But if rust is allowed to eat through the metal, it can cause structural damage. A crack in your car’s outer structure is all that is needed to allow rust to invade below the surface and weaken the frame of your car.


    Don’t let rust put your car at risk. Michael J’s Body Shop offers collision repairs and other auto body work that not only makes your car look like new but also prevents further damage from occurring. For more information about auto body repairs in San Jose, call (408) 279-2070.

  • Understanding the Basics About Car Suspension Systems

    You may not think about your car’s suspension system very often, but it is one of the most important components of your car—and it can easily be damaged in an accident. That’s why you should take your car to a body shop that specializes in fixing alignment and suspension issues in the wake of a collision.


    Watch this video to learn more about how car suspension systems work. Because suspension issues might not be immediately apparent after an accident, your system should always be inspected after a collision.


    Michael J’s Body Shop provides expert auto body repair and alignment and suspension service to help you get back on the road safely after an accident. Contact our auto body shop in San Jose by calling (408) 279-2070.

  • FAQs About Structural Damage to Cars

    After a collision, sometimes the damage to your car may not appear in the form of dents and scratches. Your car may look fine on the outside but be hiding structure damage underneath the surface. This kind of structural damage may not be obvious at first, but it could compromise the safety of your vehicle and cause problems with your car in the future. When you choose an auto body shop for collision repairs, be sure to pick one that knows how to look for more than external damage and that can provide fixes to structure damage, such as frame straightening. Here are the answers to some of the questions that car owners often have about structural damage.


    What exactly is structural damage?

    Your car’s structure is the frame and underpinnings of the car found underneath the external surface. In the past, this structure was in two pieces, but today’s cars are built as so-called unibody structures, in which the panels of the body and the chassis are built as a single unit. This design allows vehicles to weigh less, which improves fuel efficiency. Structure damage refers to damage that occurs to this unibody structure, usually during a collision.


    How do I know if I have structural damage?

    In some cases, structural damage will be obvious, but in other instances, you may not know you have structural damage until someone inspects your car and finds it. An auto body shop can detect structural damage during collision repairs by disassembling your car and inspecting it for signs of damage.


    Why is it important to repair structural damage?

    Structural damage can impact your ability to control your car while driving, and it could leave you more vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident. It can also cause excessive wear and tear on components and lower the value of your vehicle.


    Michael J’s Body Shop inspects every vehicle externally and internally as part of our auto body repair process and can perform challenging frame straightening repairs. To find out more about our auto body shop in San Jose, call (408) 279-2070.