• 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.