How do you jump start your car?

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If you drive a luxury or performance vehicle, you’re an owner of a reliable machine. Still, occasionally problems do arise. On vehicles like these, with so many electronics, a dead battery is a common issue. At Melvin's Auto & Truck Repair we want to keep our customers informed, here’s how to jump-start your vehicle safely. 

Have you checked your battery? If it looks like this - It's bad!

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When you are having trouble with your car or truck starting and you open the hood up to take a peek to see this....you'll see what an overly corroded battery looks like. This happens naturally over time on vehicle battery terminals.  If you are like 99% of normal St Augustine drivers, you don't check your oil or your battery so you don't keep an eye on the amount of corrosion that's building up on your car or truck battery.  Here at Melvin's Auto & Truck Repair, we do and there are solvents that we can use here in the shop during a battery maintenance service that will help slow the corrosion process but nothing that can prevent it 100%. Way before it gets to this point, we will be suggesting you consider replacing the battery. 

Simple Steps to Save Fleet Downtime - Tranmissions!

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Our fleet truck customers do not need to spend valuable time in the shop with transmission issues due that could have been avoided by servicing their fleet vehicles based on their owner's manual recommendations!  Especially if it is simply changing a clogged filter, changing fluids or clutch issues!  Our transmission technicians here at Melvin's Auto & Truck Repair in St Augustine believe that service = saving high repair bills!   Therefore, we believe in a proactive approach!

ECU problems and reprogramming

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If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, Porsche, etc., you’re probably no stranger to state of the art electronics, sensors, and control systems. At Melvin's Auto & Truck Repair, our technicians have the right knowledge, ability, and equipment necessary to keep your car or SUV in top-notch condition.

Sometimes it is obvious, others we have to hunt for it!

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Here at Melvin's Auto & Truck Repair in St Augustine we often do diagnostics and sometimes the problem is obvious after hooking the car up to the computer and reading the codes.  However, sometimes it isn't obvious during a test drive or after hooking it up to all those computer programs!  You know there is a problem and a Check Engine Light is on with the fleet customer telling you the car has been having issues starting and the light has been going off and on depending on several factors.  No pattern, no simple answer but the problem becomes obvious when you start following the "threads of the issue" thanks to all that ASE Technician training.

Melvin's Auto & Truck Repair

location small1625 Old Moultrie Rd
St Augustine, FL 32084

CALL:  (904) 829-8137

 

Shop Hours

Weekdays:   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturdays: CLOSED

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