• 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?

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    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.