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Service & Repair Shop at Kurt Johnson Auto

Service Specialit

Come to Kurt Johnson Auto Sales for all of your vehicle repair needs! With years of experience, our service technicians are ready to do the work to keep your car or truck in top shape. To schedule an appointment:

Routine maintenance is essential to save money, increase gas mileage, and in general to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Visit our Service Tips page for tips to increase your vehicle’s performance and lifespan.

Car Mate Trailers: Dubois, PA Certified Dealer

Kurt Johnson Auto Sales is a Car Mate Trailer certified dealer! Check out our inventory for our currently available trailers for sale. Our trailers come in all varieties and styles including: 

  • Contractor trailers
  • Cargo trailers
  • Car trailers
  • Hydraulic dump trailers
  • Iron flat trailers
  • Steel-sided trailers
  • More!!

About Carmate Trailers

Car Mate manufactures the highest quality trailers in the industry. Manufactured in the United States in Leeper, PA, and sold in DuBois, PA at Kurt Johnson Auto Sales, you won’t have to go far to see the dozens of trailers we have in stock. 

Check out our inventory to browse our up-to-date listings of Car Mate Trailers before visiting our dealership to see our selection in person! And of course for any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Car Mate Trailer experts and sales people.

A Look at Causes of Engine Overheating

If you’re facing an overheating car engine, there can be a number of underlying causes. There is also a prime strategy to employ to reduce significantly the odds of experiencing an overheating engine.

The most frequent cause of an overheating engine is low coolant. In addition, some coolant products requiring blending with H2O. When not properly blended, a coolant becomes ineffective. Another of the common reasons why an engine overheats is a faulty thermostat. An engine thermostat is a valve that controls the flow of vital coolant. When it malfunctions, coolant does not properly make its way through an engine, resulting in overheating.

As a precautionary measure, you should always keep additional coolant in your trunk. In addition, you need to obtain routine, regular service for your engine. The team at Kurt Johnson Auto Sales stands ready to provide you the service you need.

Overview of the Workings of a Timing Belt

The timing belt is an important component of your engine. The timing belt has been a feature in vehicle engines since the 1970s. The timing belt replaced the timing chain in that time period. The timing belt was preferred because it is lighted and less cumbersome than a timing chain.

The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the camshaft and the crankshaft. The camshaft closes and opens the engine valves. At the same time, and in a coordinated manner, the crankshaft manages the operation of the engine pistons.

The timing belt needs to be replaced over time. The owner’s manual sets forth the recommended time for replacement, usually between 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

If you need assistance with your timing belt, or require some other type of service, visit our service pros at Kurt Johnson Auto Sales. We’re located in DuBois, PA and can schedule a service appointment at your convenience.

Here is Some Basic Information About Brake Fluid

Whenever you step behind the wheel, you expect your brakes to be fully functioning. There is a certain assumption that you make, and part of that involves having enough brake fluid. You might not realize just how important this is. You could have a new set of brakes, only for them to be inoperable because your brake fluid has drained out.

If brake fluid goes dry, your brakes will immediately stop working. There is no grace period. You will need to make sure that you have enough fluid each time to decide to drive a car or truck. This is what you need to stop when needed.

You will not want to depend on your emergency brake until you can get to a mechanic. This brake is designed for slow speeds and when you have plenty of notice before needing to stop. If you need any help with your vehicle, just stop by Kurt Johnson Auto Sales.

What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

Have you ever wondered why cars move the way that they do? What’s the difference between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive? If you have seen this specification on a car profile, it’s referring to the way that the drivetrain is designed. Front-wheel drive vehicles are designed for fuel efficiency and lower costs. Rear-wheel drive vehicles are designed for horsepower and towing capacity. This is why so many sports cars have “RWD” next to their names. It means they can go extremely fast.

However, FWD vehicles can still get decent horsepower. It’s just the difference between fast-starting acceleration and building acceleration. RWD vehicles tend to jump forward because the wheels push the car forward from the back. Front-wheel drive vehicles pull the car forward, which means you can build on speed. Still, an FWD vehicle will never compete in a drag race.

Want to see what we mean? You can test drive the latest FWD and RWD vehicles when you stop by Kurt Johnson Auto Sales. We can show you the performance differences and find a car that matches your needs perfectly. Our DuBois location offers you the red carpet experience, so stop by today!

The Truth About Motor Oil

At Kurt Johnson Auto Sales, we understand that there is a lot of misinformation about the motor oil in your vehicle. Therefore, we want to take some time to set the record straight about how to best keep your engine lubricated. For instance, you may have heard that you can’t go back to conventional oil after using a synthetic blend.

However, it is generally safe to switch between conventional and synthetic blends based on your needs and preferences. You may have also heard that you need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. The truth is that you may be able to go up to 10,000 miles between oil changes depending on your driving habits.

Regular oil changes can help your vehicle run for 100,000 miles or more without any major problems. To learn more about motor oil, feel free to contact us in DuBois, PA online or by phone.

Washing Your Car Preserves Its Value

Some vehicle owners are proud of their rides and keep it shiny and detailed. Others beg someone to write “wash me” in the dirt. If you are in the latter class of owners, you might want to reconsider your vehicle washing habits.

Of course, you know that washing your car makes it look nice, but it can also help protect its working parts and make it last longer. Allowing dirt to accumulate on the outside of the car can promote rust and exterior damage. It can also help remove road salts from underneath the vehicle, which can preserve its mechanical parts.

Washing your car is a good investment that will make your car last longer and maintain its new look. Once a week is the recommended frequency by most manufacturers. Kurt Johnson Auto Sales in DuBois, PA recommends making car washing a part of your maintenance routine. This will keep your vehicle in top shape and ready for your next adventure.

How to Present Yourself At a Dealer

If you want to get a really good price from a vehicle, one thing you want to do is be mindful of your approach. For one thing, if you approach from a position of weakness, then you are less likely to get the dealer to consider your offer.

One of the ways to show that you are someone who is respectable is by giving the impression that you are ready to walk. You also have to be strong and rooted in your approach. You don’t want to be swayed by the sales or the type of vehicle you are trying to buy until you get a deal that you are satisfied with.

One thing that helps with this approach is having the knowledge that this is not the only vehicle of its type that you are trying to buy and that other dealers have this vehicle as well.

Don’t Be a Victim of Auto Theft

Our vehicles are often one of our most prized possessions and something we don’t want stolen from us. Every year hundreds of thousands of vehicles are stolen from owners who thought this would never happen to them. They followed all the rules like keeping the doors and windows locked, parking in brightly-lit areas and not leaving valuables where they can be easily seen. At Kurt Johnson Auto Sales, we want to give you some additional tips on devices that can offer extra security.

  •  Vehicle recovery systems use electronic transmission technology to inform law enforcement of the whereabouts of a stolen vehicle.
  •  Immobilizing devices won’t allow auto thieves from hot-wiring a vehicle and even disable the flow of gas or electricity to the engine.
  •  Visible and audible devices create a visual or audible warning such as alarms, horns or flashing lights.

Give us a call or stop at our dealership in DuBois. We can offer additional safety tips and even set you up for a test drive in one of our vehicles.

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