Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather

Although San Jose is not exactly known for harsh winter weather, it’s still a good idea to prepare yourself and your car for winter weather should you head out of town for a winter vacation. Your local car repair shop can ensure that your vehicle is in good shape for winter driving, but you should also know what is included when winterizing a vehicle.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Change Your Engine Oil

In cold climates, your vehicle’s  engine oil  is likely to freeze and clump up, effectively preventing it from circulating throughout the engine. To prevent difficulties with starting your car when you head out of town this winter, replace your old engine oil with low viscosity oil that can handle below-freezing temperatures.

Check Your Car’s Engine Coolant

Your vehicle’s cooling system does more than just cool the engine—it is also responsible for heating your car. To ensure that your cooling system can function in a cold climate, head to your car repair shop and have the coolant fluid inspected. The experts at the repair shop will check your fluid and adjust the coolant/water ratio to ensure that your coolant system works strong all winter long.

Make Sure Your Battery Has Enough Juice

Because winter weather is harsh on car batteries, it’s vital that you get your battery inspected and cleaned at your local car repair shop before heading out of town. It only takes a few minutes, but servicing your battery will greatly lower your chances of becoming stranded on the side of the road.

If you have any questions about preparing your car for winter, come to  Michael J’s Body Shop  of San Jose. You can also call (408) 279-2070 to speak with a car expert. With over 20 years of experience, we are the shop to visit if you require high quality automotive maintenance or service.

A Look at How Seatbelts are Made

Although a collision may cost you a trip to the car repair shop , wearing a seatbelt can oftentimes prevent you and any passengers from being seriously injured. Find out how seatbelts are made by watching the video clip.

First, a seatbelt engineer must fit the belt to your specific car. When the seatbelt is being produced, the locking mechanism is installed first. This mechanism ensures that your seatbelt stays tight when a hard deceleration is detected. After this, the woven polyester webbing is attached to the aluminum spool, and then the seatbelt is tested to ensure it is safe.

If you are ever in a collision in the San Jose area, take your car to a Michael J’s Body Shop. We are a  high quality auto body repair shop with two locations in the Bay area  and over 20 years of experience. To get in touch with a collision repair expert, call our shop at (408) 279-2070.

Examining Common Airbag Myths and Facts

Next to the seatbelt, airbags are the most important safety feature found inside your vehicle. Airbags prevent a countless number of deaths each year. Unfortunately, there is a lot of speculation surrounding airbags. Discover more about how your car’s airbags work to help reduce bodily harm during a car collision by reading these airbag myths and facts.

Airbag Deployment

Myth: You Must Wear a Seatbelt for the Airbag to Function

Though you should always wear a seatbelt to give yourself the best protection in the event of a collision, airbags will work even if your seatbelt isn’t connected.  Airbag sensors  sense sudden deceleration and impact before telling the airbags to deploy.

Fact: The Airbag Light Lets You Know when the Airbag Isn’t Working

Pay close attention to the airbag light on your car’s instrument panel. Your car is equipped with an airbag sensor that continually monitors the airbag system while the vehicle is running. If the airbag light on your dashboard flashes after you start your car, or if you don’t see the light come on at all, you should visit a car repair shop as soon as possible to make sure your airbag system is in good working condition.

Myth: Side Airbags Are Mandatory on Today’s Cars

There are a number of types of airbags that you can get on a new car, including side airbags, curtain airbags, and knee airbags. However, these safety features are not yet required by U.S. law. So before you purchase a new or used car, make sure that it comes with functioning airbags by bringing it to a body shop for an inspection.

Fact: The Dust That Comes Out of an Airbag Is Not Toxic

After the airbags are deployed, your car will probably be filled with smoke. Though irritating, this smoke isn’t toxic; it’s just a mixture of corn-based powder and harmless nitrogen gas that is designed to help the airbag to deploy rapidly.

If you find yourself needing an  expert car repair shop for service or collision repair  in the San Jose area, come to Michael J’s Body Shop. If you have any questions about your airbags or collision repair in general, call us at (408) 279-2070.

Why Proper Tire Maintenance Is Vital to Your Vehicle’s Safety

Going to a car repair shop for regular tire care is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your vehicle’s overall safety and drivability. Proper tire maintenance can also help to ensure that your gas mileage is not being robbed by worn or underinflated tires. Read on to explore three aspects of tire maintenance and how they affect your car’s overall safety.

Tire pressure check

Tire Pressure

Low tire pressure  increases the amount of heat in your tires, reducing your vehicle’s traction and decreasing your ability to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Underinflated tires are also not as stiff as properly inflated tires, so they are less effective at cornering. Low tire inflation also increases the chances of experiencing a tire blowout or a flat tire, both of which can be extremely unsafe, especially if you are driving at highway speeds.

Age

Older tires, even if they haven’t been driven more than a few thousand miles per year, are more likely to fall apart than tires with new rubber. This is because tires begin to crack as the result of sun damage and other weathering effects, revealing exposed wire and steel belts and causing sidewall separation. If your tires are approaching six years old, it’s time to replace them no matter how much tread they have left.

Uneven or Excessive Tread Wear

Tires with low tread or uneven tread provide dangerously low traction on slippery road surfaces and increase your chances of hydroplaning. Additionally, tires with uneven or low wear are more likely to blow out. As well as being a major safety hazard, a tire blow out can damage your wheels and require expensive repair service before you can get back on the road.

To get the tire maintenance that your car needs, head to  Michael J’s Body Shop  in San Jose. We’ve been serving the Bay Area for over 20 years and are happy to answer your questions about automotive maintenance or auto body repair. Call us at (408) 279-2070 or visit our website to learn more about our services.