• Why Is Antifreeze Important During the Winter?

    Check your antifreeze before the weather changes

    Antifreeze, also known as engine coolant, is not just for cars driven in climates that experience freezing-cold temperatures. Found in the radiators of all cars, antifreeze performs a number of important functions. Antifreeze prevents the car from overheating in the summer and from freezing in the winter. It even helps prevent corrosion, which would otherwise develop inside of the metal confines of the vehicle’s radiator. When antifreeze is added to the water inside of a radiator, it raises the boiling point and lowers the cooling point significantly. Adding too much antifreeze is dangerous, because it increases the likelihood of a leak. But not adding enough antifreeze can lead to an overheated engine, no mater what season it is. In winter low antifreeze levels can even lead to a frozen and cracked radiator or radiator hose.

    To ensure that the antifreeze levels in your car are adjusted correctly for the winter, call Michael J’s Body Shop today at (408) 279-2070. We have provided the San Jose area with high-quality auto body repair and car maintenance services for more than 20 years. Visit our website to see our two locations in San Jose and to find out what services we offer.

  • Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving

    woman car winter

    San Jose enjoys mild winter weather relative to other American cities in the north. But that doesn’t mean San Jose drivers do not have to worry about slippery streets and near-freezing temperatures. To prepare your car for winter weather and ensure your safety behind the wheel, stop by your local car repair shop to have these winter service items performed .

    Battery Test

    Cold weather reduces battery life, which makes it much harder for the engine to start. Have the mechanic check and clean the battery, terminal, and cables to ensure that they are free of damage and corrosion. The battery should also be tested to see if it can hold a strong charge or if it needs to be replaced.

    Brake Inspection

    The braking system is essential for safe winter driving , so it should be inspected before winter. This is especially true if you are hearing strange noises during braking or if you notice that braking power has decreased.

    Antifreeze Check

    Coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents your radiator from freezing and corroding. The radiator should be flushed, cleaned, and re-filled with antifreeze and water at least once every two years.

    Heater and Defroster Examination

    Anyone who has ever driven a car with a broken heater or defroster will readily tell you how distracting and unsafe it is. Have your heater and defroster professionally inspected before winter to make sure it is functioning as it should.

    Windshield Wiper Replacement

    To prepare for San Jose’s rainy winters, invest in a good pair of windshield wipers. For optimal safety and visibility, replace the windshield wipers every 6-12 months and refill the windshield wiper fluid before winter.

    Michael J’s Body Shop is San Jose’s preferred auto body shop and auto repair shop . With more than two decades of auto repair and maintenance experience, we have the advanced technology and expertise to prepare your car for safe winter driving. Call us at (408) 279-2070 or visit us online if you have any questions.

  • Simple Parking Tips

    Millions of drivers struggle with parking on the side of the road—especially when it involves squeezing into tight spaces. If you have trouble with getting in and out of tight parking spots, you should heed the advice in this video.     

    The best way to get in and out of a parking spot is to turn the wheel as far as it will go in one direction or the other. This video illustrates how turning the wheel all the way allows you to maneuver your vehicle in less space than if you only rotate the wheel 2.5 times. The information in this video can help you avoid minutes of aggravation and an unsightly dent. 

    The next time your vehicle suffers a dent or scratch, bring it to Michael J’s Body Shop of San Jose. You can call our auto body shop at (408) 279-2070 or visit our website to learn more about our collision repair services

  • Micheal J’s Body Shop Spreading the Holiday Cheer


    To all our valued agents, friends and customers, we at Michael J’s Body shop want to wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons. During this time of year we ask you to reflect on all your blessings and remember those who are less fortunate. 

    We at Michael J’s would like to help those in need with articles that help keep them warm this year. If you would like to donate jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, tents or anything of the like, please contact Rich at 408-410-5590 and he will make arrangements to pick the items up and distribute them to the needy.

    Times are tough for us all but for some, a simple jacket can make all the difference in the world.

  • What Is Paintless Dent Removal?

    Car accident

    When dented, modern cars can be restored to virtually the same condition, thanks to paintless dent removal. Offered by cutting-edge auto body repair shops , PDR services greatly reduce the cost and time involved in repairing a dent. If your car has recently incurred a dent or ding, read this article to learn about paintless dent removal and its numerous advantages over traditional dent removal.

    Specialized Tools and Techniques

    The instruments and methods that enable paintless dent removal (PDR) are designed to remove dents of many different sizes from the body panel of a car. PDR is just as effective at removing tiny door dents as it removing massive dents the size of a football.

    Cost-Efficient Design

    PDR does not require repainting, sanding, or the application of body filler. Because it requires less labor and fewer products than traditional dent removal methods, PDR is one of the most affordable ways to fix a dent. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most effective methods; after a PDR service, many car owners cannot even find where the damage used to be.

    Rapid Service

    No one wants to drop the car off at the auto body shop only to find out that one dent will take a week to repair. An experienced shop will be able to use PDR techniques to fix a car in less than one day in most cases.

    Original Paint

    With PDR, there is no risk of an incorrect color match or paint overspray—two mistakes that will lower the resale value of a car. Instead, vehicles repaired with paintless dent repair retain the original paint, metal, and inner panel.

    To learn more about the benefits of paintless dent removal, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070. With more than 20 years of experience and two leading-edge collision repair shops in the San Jose area , we are proud to offer you unbeatable value and quality. Call us or visit our website if you have any questions, or to make an appointment with us Monday through Saturday.

  • How to Check Your Tire Tread Wear

    Bald Tire

    Tire tread level has a profound effect on the vehicle’s handling, braking, and susceptibility to hydroplaning and even tire failure. It’s recommended that you check your vehicle’s tire tread wear every week, as well as before a long trip, to ensure your safety and optimal performance of your vehicle. To check tire tread wear at home, put a quarter, face down, into several grooves of your tires. The tire grooves should always cover at least part of Washington’s head. If they don’t, then your tires have less than 4/32 inches of tread depth. Although 2/32 inches is the legal minimum, experts recommend at least 4/32 inches to reduce the risk of hydroplaning on wet roads.

    For more information about how to check your tire tread wear, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070 or visit one of our auto repair shops . We can check your tires for tread wear and replace them if they are running low. Visit our website to see where our stores are located in San Jose.

  • Steps to Take Immediately Following a Collision

    Being in a collision can be a very stressful event, but if you are ever in an accident, it can be comforting to know the steps to take. Read this article for more information about the proper steps to take after a collision to ensure that you and your passengers are safe, that the accident is adequately documented, and that your vehicle receives quality auto body repair .

    Right of Way

    Assess the Safety of Yourself and Your Passengers

    After a  car accident , assess your injuries and the injuries of your passengers. Call 911 immediately if anyone needs medical attention. If you are waiting for medical personnel to arrive, you and your passengers should remain in the vehicle with the seatbelt fastened. If the vehicles are in the middle of the road, however, they should be moved to the side to prevent further accidents.

    Access Your Emergency Kit

    You can make or purchase an emergency kit that contains a disposable camera, accident documentation instructions, a cell phone, and a set of warning triangles and cones. In the event of a collision, you can set the cones up so that the scene of the accident is visible to other vehicles.

    Thoroughly Document the Accident

    Exchange your name, phone number, address, driver license number, insurance company, and insurance policy number with the other driver, and get contact information from any witnesses. Gather the name and address of the person to whom the vehicle is insured, if that person is not the driver. Take notes on how the accident happened and the location of the vehicles before and after the accident. Finally, take pictures of the accident, including one of the other driver’s license plate.

    After everyone is safe and an accident report is filed with the police and with your insurance company, it’s time to get your car repaired. At Michael J’s Body Shop of San Jose, we have provided the San Francisco Bay Area with top-notch  collision repair  for more than 20 years. You can learn more about what we have to offer you by visiting our website or giving us a call at (408) 279-2070.

  • Staying Safe While Driving In the Rain

    A downpour can greatly limit your visibility while driving, and even cause your vehicle to lose traction. To make sure that you are safe on wet roads, watch this video for some important safety tips.

    First, make sure that your windshield wipers are free of wear and are no more than one year old. Inspect your tires for wear, and use the “quarter test” or a tire pressure gauge to determine if your tires have at least 4/32 inches of tread. As you are driving in the rain, avoid speeding, because this can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Always leave at least three seconds between your car and the car in front of you so that you have plenty of time to slow down or stop. Avoid sudden braking, acceleration, or steering, because these things often cause a skid in the rain.

    Does your vehicle need maintenance before the winter rain arrives? If so, come to Michael J’s Body Shop, where we have more than 20 years of experience serving the San Francisco Bay Area with vehicle maintenance and  auto body repair . Browse our website or call (408) 279-2070 for more information.

  • Essential Safety Tips for Driving In the Rain

    The wettest time of year in Northern California is fast approaching. To protect yourself and your passengers from a car accident when it’s raining, you must know how to drive safely in the rain. From knowing how to avoid a skid to handling hydroplaning, the following safety tips will keep you safe when you have to drive in the rain.

    Rainy Day

    Prevent Skidding

    Driving slowly, especially around curves, will prevent most skids from occurring. Whenever you move the steering wheel or apply the brakes, do so only with a gentle touch. Stepping on the brakes suddenly can lock up the wheels and cause the vehicle to skid. If you need to slow or stop the car, apply mild pressure on the brake pedal.

    Handling a Skid

    To handle a skidding vehicle, keep calm, gently take your foot off of the gas, and steer the vehicle slowly in the direction that you want the vehicle’s front end to go. If your car does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS), don’t use the brakes, as this will make the skid worse. But if your car has ABS, keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal as you steer.

    Avert Hydroplaning

    Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle is driving quickly over a wet road so that water pressure lifts the car off of the pavement and onto the thin layer of water under the vehicle’s tires. Driving slowly, avoiding puddles, and keeping your tires properly inflated are all important and effective methods of reducing the risk of hydroplaning,

    Manage Hydroplaning

    If your vehicle ever begins to hydroplane, avoid sudden braking and steering, as this can result in a skid. Take your foot off of the accelerator until you feel the car lowering onto the road again. If you need to apply the brakes, do so gently.

    To have your vehicle’s tires inspected and properly inflated, come to Michael J’s Body Shop, where we are open Monday through Saturday. We also offer state-of-the-art  auto body repair  services. Visit our website to see our locations, and call us at (408) 279-2070 if you have any questions.

  • A Look at the Process Behind Paintless Dent Repair

    Car with dent

    Paintless dent repair is a revolutionary method for removing dents from the body of a vehicle. With this quick and easy dent repair method, a technician is able to repair a dent with only minor services.  During the paintless dent repair process, the technician pinpoints the precise area of the vehicle that has been dented. Using a series of specialized tools, the technician will gently push the dent back into place. A suction device is then used to make sure that each auto body panel is in perfect alignment.

    If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of paintless dent repair, contact Michael J’s Body Shop. At our San Jose auto body and collision repair center , we offer a full range of top quality services for your vehicle. To make a repair appointment for your vehicle today, give our service center a call at (408) 279-2070. For more information about our services, visit our website.