These routine maintenance suggestions will keep you safe on the road.

Every vehicle - whether new or old - must receive regular maintenance to keep running at peak performance. Check to see if your vehicle may be over-due for a 3,500-mile, 7,500-mile, 15,000-mile, 30,000-mile, 60,000-mile or 90,000-mile service. Jim Van Dyke in Washington CH would like to share with you the following suggested guidleines for routine maintenance. If you have any questions, or would like us to give you a hand, call or come by Jim Van Dyke today.

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WARNING - Light is on, what do you do?

A light on the dash that doesn't say - washer fluid is low immediately panics you right?  It can happen when you don't keep up with standard maintenance and with older vehicles you see it due to the age of the vehicle, however here at Jim Van Dyke in Washington CH we like to keep you driving happy and listening to your favorite songs or talking to friends and family worry-free!  Here are some quick tips and hard lines in the sand that you do not need to ignore.

FIRST TIP:  Do not ignore a warning light.  However, first line of defense is to stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe and then turn the engine off - wait a few minutes then turn it back on.  If the light is still there - get your manual out to see what the light means (or Google it).

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Hot Car - Suggestions to Cool it Down

We all love the sunshine but getting into that HOT car isn't always so wonderful even when you have remote start it will take the breathe out of you when the temperatures are soaring.  Makes you want to pack your lunch instead of meeting friends for lunch!  We decided that you should meet friends for lunch!   So we got together and found some quick ideas for you.  It isn't much but enjoy the sunshine on us here at Jim Van Dyke here in Washington CH!  Call it our fun day fact! 

Easiest Fix By Far......Sunshade.  Buy one for the front window and they how have them available for the sides and back windows!  It reflects the sun's rays away from the interior of your car or truck keeping the heat level down and bonus feature is that it will help keep your interior looking great longer so you will stay in love with your car or truck longer "plus" it is easy to pack away in seconds out of sight!

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Now Available: Toyota 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 Engines

We are pleased to announce that our shop is able to provide re manufactured engines for the Toyota 1GR-FE gas engine line through our JASPER Engine partnership!   This 4.0L, Dual OHC, Single VVT, V6 engine, is available for the following Toyota applications: 2003-2015 (4Runner | Tacoma | FJ Cruiser | Tundra). 

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Thank you again for taking care of me during a time when I felt helpless!

I was traveling to Dayton for the Hamvention and had the misfortune of a flashing check engine light and misfiring. While staying in Jeffersonville, I searched for auto service places and saw Jim Van Dyke's Automotive & Tire Center had great reviews, so I decided to give them a shot. My experience was as follows: I arrived around 8:00 AM. Mr and Mrs Van Dyke were very welcoming to me and this was the first time they ever saw me. I explained my issue while on the road and said I am not the mechanic, but think it's a bad coil. Shawn, who was behind the counter and very friendly, took all the needed information so that Brad could fix my vehicle. Mrs. Van Dyke offered me a Pepsi while I waited for my vehicle to get fixed, which took the awful taste out of my mouth from the hotel's continental breakfast watered down orange juice. Within a relatively short period of time, Brad sat down with me and explained he figured out the issue was a bad spark plug. I was very delighted to hear the repair would end up costing much less than replacing a coil. Brad even advised me about the inferior brand of spark plugs currently in my vehicle. Keep in mind, readers, that this shop could easily have replaced the bad spark plug and said you were right John, it was a bad coil and charged me hundreds of dollars. Instead, they took the honest route and charged me for the work they actually performed. I will be telling all of my Ham Radio friends and posting on other Ham radio sites that if they are driving to Hamvention next year and run into car trouble to contact Jim Van Dyke's Automotive &Tire Center as they provided this stranger from Pittsburgh with Superior Service! Thank you again for taking care of me during a time when I felt helpless. - John H.

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Jim Van Dyke's Automotive Center, LLC

2247 U.S. Route 22 Southwest
Washington Court House, OH 43160

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