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Heat is on the way!

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Blog by Jeff Shinner (Jones Technician)


The heat is coming soon to the Midwest just like it always does!

As you probably have learned the main purpose of a vehicle air conditioning system is to remove the humidity from and lower the temperature of the ambient air before that air enters your vehicle cabin.

Here are a few things to think about as you get your vehicles ready:

Check your cabin air filter! It filters the outside air as it enters the temperature control system. If it is dirty, it will reduce the air flow that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Is one side of your vehicle’s air conditioning blowing colder air than the other side?
Your system may be low on refrigerant or you may have a blend door issue. Low refrigerant can also cause your front A/C unit to blow colder than the rear unit.

Are you missing a fan speed on your blower system? That can be caused by a faulty blower motor resistor.

Beware of the “Do-it-yourself” A/C charging kits found in the auto parts stores: Refrigerant charge quantities are very critical in most vehicles today and it is impossible to know exactly how many ounces are needed to bring your system to the specified level of refrigerant. In addition, the “Do-it-yourself” charging kits can contain leak stop sealers and/or additional refrigerant oil which can reduce the efficiency of your A/C system and even damage the compressor.

Have you noticed a bad smell coming from your dash vents? That could be caused by: a mouse nest in your evaporator/heater case. Yes, that happens. They can get into the smallest opening. Or that smell may be caused by a leak in the heater core or evaporator coil which eventually will cause dirt and debris to collect on the coils producing mold and mildew.

Now is the time to take your vehicle to an experienced shop to have a spring check-up.

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“The Tale of Two Old Green Ford Trucks”


Jones Automotive repairs and equips many newer trucks but we also love bringing old trucks back to life!

Truck owners love their trucks “new and old alike”!

The Jones Automotive repair shop sees all ages and conditions of trucks eventually.
At the time of this writing we have two old Ford Trucks in our repair shop. (See pictures above)

The Old Light Green Ford Truck is a 1966 and the
Old Dark Green Ford Truck is a 1977.

The1966 Truck and the 1977 Truck were both towed into our shop due to “no start”.
Both of them had been sitting in storage for several years.

Both trucks originally were equipped with 6 cylinder engines. The 1966 has been converted to a 289 cubic inch V-8.

Both owners just want their truck to be SAFE AND RELIABLE.

Our shop managers consider both trucks a welcome challenge:
A challenge to guide our technicians through diagnosing and correcting:

  • fuel system problems
  • cooling system problems
  • braking system problems
  • suspension problems
  • electrical and lighting problems
  • sound system replacement
  • drive train problems
  • missing and obsolete parts problems

All of these challenges have been met with the tenacity and persistence of our technicians to find the least costly way to complete the repairs and the resourcefulness and persistence of our service advisers to find parts and components necessary to make everything work. From small obsolete fittings and a tailgate in a salvage yard to obsolete leaf springs on Craig’s list to special ordering mechanical fuel pumps or fabricating new brake lines.

Jones Automotive personnel never back down from a challenge! They meet it head on with ingenuity and tenacity!

We love old resurrected trucks as well as refurbished classics!

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What can you do to help keep your vehicle's Air Conditioning system healthy?

  • Right now
    Have a reputable repair shop check your system for proper pressures, good air flow over the condenser & radiator, are the coils clean, are the radiator cooling fans working properly and vent air temperatures below 50 degrees.


  • Try not to idle any longer than necessary
    Always select MAX COOL" to keep outside air from coming into the cabin (some model vehicles call it “RECIR" or recirculation.) When outside or (ambient) air is allowed to enter the passenger compartment the A/C must work harder to remove the additional heat and humidity!


  • This Fall & Winter
    Turn the Air Conditioning on in your vehicle for a few minutes at least once per week. This helps to insure that seal and gaskets receive proper lubrication. The oil in the system is carried by the refrigerant in the system turning the A/C will get the oil to all seals and gaskets to prevent them from becoming dry and unable to seal properly, thus allowing the refrigerant and the oil to leak out.

Always keep your Air Conditioning system charged in all seasons. This is another application for the old adage “USE IT OR LOSE IT".

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Spring Into Vehicle Maintenance With This Checklist

Spring Into Vehicle Maintenance With This Checklist

Now that winter is just a memory, millions of Americans will take to the roads to enjoy the warmer weather. Spring is the perfect time of year to make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming travel season. Whether you’re driving across the country or driving across town, Jones Automotive recommends checking the following vehicle components before embarking on your next trip:


  • Wiper blades play an extremely important role in increasing visibility. Replace every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.
  • Check the tires. A simple test to check tire tread depth is to insert a penny into the tread of the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head sticks out, your tires are starting to show signs of wear and should be replaced. Also check the tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, which could indicate the need for a wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.
  • Give your car a good washing from top to bottom. Use a product specifically made for automobiles. Always clean the tires and wheels before washing the body, and don't use the same mitt for both.
    If you find minor paint damage, cover the paint chips as quickly as possible. For a quick fix until you can get some touchup supplies, dab a little clear nail polish on the scratch.
  • Spring is an excellent time for waxing, which not only protects the finish but also makes subsequent washing easier. Before proceeding, make sure there are no foreign particles on the paint.
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