5 Things to Check When Your Car Won’t Start Before Calling an Auto Mechanic

An automobile is an incredibly complicated piece of machinery. Today, there are thousands of models out there and with each one of those models requires different parts and experience to service properly.  Even if you have some car repair experience you can often times find yourself confused when you have a car problem. However, when your car won’t start, check these 5 things before you call the auto mechanic.  These common auto problems may require nothing more than minor maintenance.

Your Alternator

The alternator is what powers your vehicle’s engine. Thus, if the alternator stops working, so does your car. But you should be able to determine when your alternator is going ‘bad’. Look for an alternator bulb that comes on when the engine starts. If that light doesn’t come on, you may need to replace the alternator altogether. Of course, check to make sure the light is working also.

Worn Belts

It may not be your alternator that’s the problem. It may be that the alternator belt has cracks or glazing from repeatedly being heated and cooled. This can cause looseness in the belt, which causes low output on the part of the alternator and that prevents the battery from fully charging.

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How Tires & Brakes Work Together for Your Safety

Let’s talk today about what makes your car or truck come safely to a stop.

Many people don’t realize the relationship between their tires and their brakes and it should be emphasized that no other system in your car is as important for your own, or your family’s safety and protecting your automobile investment.

Keeping your brake system in tip-top shape should be a top priority but it’s just as important to know that your brakes can not function properly, and stop you safely if your tires aren’t in good condition.

Let’s discuss your brakes first…

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Lowcounty VW Club Oktoberfest Car Show


Lowcountry Volkswagen Club and JK Automotive present the 23rd annual Oktoberfest Car show. All water cooled and air cooled welcomed, if it’s a VW or Audi, bring it! Fun filled family event, cars, food, and raffle. All proceeds donated to Pet Helpers of Charleston.

Saturday September 26th, 2015

10am – 4pm (Show set up begins at 9:00 a.m.)flyer oKtoberfest (1)
Registration 10am – 1pm
Car show 10am – 4pm
Awards 3pm

FREE admission for spectators

Entry Fee: $10 per vehicle

Event Shirts $10

Donations accepted for Pet Helpers

50/50 Raffle Tickets
Door Prizes

Event T-shirts for sale


Food and drinks on site from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Big Changes for JK Automotive in 2015!

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A new year… a new shop… a new location for JK Automotive beginning February 2, 2015!

We won’t be leaving Summerville or moving very far, but we will be packing up our auto repair shop and moving it just down the road to a new, larger, and more convenient location over the next few weeks.JKAuto repair new summerville shop1

Formally the home of Lawhorn’s, and located about a half of a mile away from our current location, the new shop is located at 1626 N. Main Street.  We’ll be near the corner of the new intersection of Brighton Parkway and 17A/ Main Street in Summerville right across from Bi-Lo.

The new expanded shop will enable us to grow!  Of course we’ll continue to provide you, our current valued customers, with the same quality services we’ve been offering you over the past few years, but the size of this shop will provide us the ability to offer you more services and  opportunities for us to attract new customers going forward. We’ll be more visible, easier to see from the road, and be able to continue to grow our business in 2015.

We hope you’re going to like the changes as much as we are and continue to visit us for all your car care needs.

We thank you for your business, strive to work even harder to offer you the best auto repair in Summerville and  look forward to seeing you at the new shop!

James Hutto

Oktoberfest car show at JK Automotive

oktoberfestLowcountry Volkswagen Club and JK Automotive present the 21st annual Oktoberfest Car show. All water cooled and air cooled welcomed, if it’s a VW bring it! Fun filled family event, cars, food, jump castle, and raffle. Vendors WELCOME (no vendor fee). All proceeds donated to Pet Helpers of Charleston.

Saturday September 28th, 2013

9am – 2pm (Show set up begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Registration 9am – 11am
Car show 9am – 2pm
Participant judging from 12pm to 1pm
Awards 2pm

FREE admission for spectators

Entry Fee: $10 per vehicle

Event Shirts $10

Donations accepted from Wishlist

50/50 Raffle Tickets
Door Prizes & Jump Castle
Event T-shirts for sale

Food and drinks on site from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Car Stereo Installation And Sales Now Available

stereo2With over 12 years in mobile audio experience and the best brands in the industry, JK Automotive is the place to go for all of your car audio and video needs. Everything from installing a new head unit to a fully customized system we can help meet your audio needs! With our extremely competitive pricing, there is no need to take a chance at a fly-by night stereo shop. For the same price or less you will get a quality professional installation, done right the first time. To discuss what your vehicle needs to make it sounds great, call or come in and our experts will help design a system that is right for you and your car or truck!

 JK Automotive is also an Addictive Audio Dealer.

Founded in 1999, Addictive Audio strives to bring consumers quality audio products at affordable prices. Addictive Audio is only sold through Authorized Dealers with retail locations. This ensures that our products will be installed professionally to back the performance and quality we engineer into every product. The goal is for you and everyone that hears your sound system to get HOOKED.

Addictive Audio is Passionate about car audio. Many manufacturers see their products as items that have a certain percent of return. We see them as woofers, amplifiers, speakers, etc. that once people get to experience them, they too will become passionate. If you look real close at our products you will see fine details and features that are often overlooked due to cost, mass production, or simply a lack of passion.  We engineer our amplifiers to match our speaker and woofer power ratings to make it easy to match products to one another.  We constantly search for the best components for all of our products and keep an eye out for better components. If there is a way to make it better, Addictive Audio is on it.  Our products are even tested in real world scenarios before final production. When a new product is in the engineering stage we often give prototypes to our dealers to test in the environment for which they were designed.

At this point you may be asking, “Why after this many years have I not heard of Addictive Audio until now?” We put a majority of our efforts into the build quality of our products. This in turn leaves little to go into fancy marketing programs. We feel it is much more important that our products are superior in performance and reliability, than to have a fancy marketing program that takes the majority of our budget and leaves little to go into the products.  Once you have the opportunity to hear our products you will become HOOKED.  This is the Addictive Audio recipe for steady and consistent growth two ears at a time.

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Come see us at Southern Worthersee 2013

For the second year in a row, JK Automotive will be a sponsor of the 2013 Southern Worthersee.

The Wörthersee, held in Reifnitz, Austria is the largest gathering of VAG enthusiasts in the world. For more than two decades, this charming lakeside village has hosted millions of enthusiasts, who come to appreciate the most innovative and trendsetting VWs and Audis in Europe. Wörthersee, as this event is most commonly known, derives its name from the beautiful lake that dominates this popular vacation area.Southern Worthersee

“Southern Worthersee”, is the biggest Volkswagen VW and Audi car show on the east coast.  Southern Worthersee’s inspiration for the show is to bring together cars and fans of these beloved marques in a truly authentic European atmosphere and  it has been successfully doing that since the first show in 2007.

Located in Helen, GA, the three day car show is May 17th through May 19th.

You can find the schedule for the show below and for more information on where to stay and what to expect, and plenty of photos of previous shows visit the Southern Worthersee website by clicking  here.

If you’re coming out, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi.

James Hutto



Free Admission to all Event Activities !

Friday, May 17th

5:00pm-10:00pm   Main gates open for Pre-Registered vehicles.

5:00pm-7:00pm     APR Fan Appreciation BBQ and EXPO. FREE while supplies last
(at the APR display)

8:00pm-10:00pm   SOWO Shuttle service begins. ($5.00 wristband for entire weekend)

8:00pm-10:00pm   FORGE Motorsports “Lowdown Showdown” and Blowoff Soundoff at
Bigg Daddy’s American Tavern

10:30pm-8:00am   Main gates closed

Saturday, May 18th

8:00am-10:00 am   Open registration and parking for Edelweiss display areas.
(available on a first come, first served basis, while space lasts)

8:00am-10:00 am   SOWO Shuttle service resumes. The shuttle driver may reserve the
right to consolidate pick ups due to time and traffic.

1:30pm-2:45 pm     Live performance by Detroit Mutant Radio on the Main Stage.

3:00pm-3:30 pm     Announcements and presentation of SOWO Top 50

4:00pm-5:00 pm     Exit property. Clean up begins. Volunteers are welcomed!

7:00pm-12:30 am   Club SOWO. (Last call at 12:15, doors close at 1:00am sharp!) Must
be 18 to enter, 21 to drink. No one under 21 admitted after 10:00pm.

Sunday, May 19th

9:00am-10:00 am    SOWO Top 50 Winners reassemble at Main Event area.

11:00am-12:00 pm   Lunch served sponsored by FORGE Motorsports. (FREE while supplies last)

12:00pm-1:00 pm     People’s Choice balloting and “Best Of” selections.

1:00pm-2:00 pm      Awards and Trophy presentation.

3:00pm-4:00 pm      Exit property, clean up begins. Make your reservations for next year!


Now Offering Free 24 Hour Roadside Assistance

 JK Automotive now offers free 24 hour roadside assistance!  You will automatically be enrolled in this free 12 month program just by spending a minimum of $25.00 with us.  We are extremely excited about our ability to offer you access to this incredibly beneficial program.  Being stranded on the side of the road can be very frustrating and stressful.  However, with this free service available to you, you will have peace of mind knowing immediate roadside assitance is only a phone call away.  This program not only includes free towing service but also includes free key lock out service, flat tire changing assistance, fuel and oil delivery service along with jump start service.   Continue your travels with ease knowing you always have a trusted travel companion in your free roadside assistance program.

Come See Us at the 1st Annual Charleston AutoExpo

We are proud to be a sponsor of the 1st annual Charleston AutoExpo being held on Sunday, September 25, 2011, from 12-noon to 5:00pm, at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant.

We would love to have you come out and support J & K Automotive as we support the many local vendors who will be part of this great event!  There will be much to enjoy both inside and outside the facility. A wide variety of things to see and do are planned!  Demonstrations  in wheel Repair, upholstery repair, paintless dent repair, vinyl wraps, window tinting, and paint touch up, just to name a few.  There will be vendors, sponsors, and car enthusiasts alike  will all be in attendance.  Don’t miss the meets for car clubs and look over all the restorations and modifications up close!

There’s something of interest to everyone so come on out, bring the whole family,  and be sure to stop by our booth.

Admission is just 5 bucks and includes a free goodie bag PLUS an automatic entry into the drawing for thousands of dollars in FREE PRODUCTS!!



Event Details:

Sunday September 25, 2011
Omar Shrine Temple
176 Patriots Point street
Mt Pleasant SC 29464
12noon- 5pm

Hope to see you there!

James & Kevin

Your New Car & Manufacturer Automotive Maintenance Service Schedule

service-engine-soonA new car owner might not be familiar with what a Car Maintenance Schedule is or knowledgeable about what is recommended by their automobile manufacturer’s Car Maintenance & Service Schedule.  Many new car owners are also misinformed about who can perform the scheduled maintenance and services.  They may be under the impression that they must take their car back to the place of purchase or to a dealer of the car’s manufacturer.  This could not be further from the truth.   As a matter of fact, the law protects you from being forced to take your car to the dealer for routine scheduled maintenance work.

Whether you own a Toyota, a Honda, a Ford, or a VW, your car has a manufacturer’s automotive maintenance schedule and recommendations as to what has to be done at each mileage milestone.  Your vehicle needs to be serviced at regular intervals as scheduled maintenance is essential to keeping your car road worthy.  The scheduled services will save you time and money in the long run by keeping your car from breaking down when you aren’t expecting it.  JK Automotive can provide you with a maintenance service schedule that will keep your vehicle running longer and healthier. 

Car Maintenance schedules are usually referred to as your car’s regular maintenance schedule.  These are checks and services that need to be done every 3 months, every 6 months, and every 12 months.Warranty Work Laws

Every three months, or 3,000 – 5,000 miles there are things like oil changes that need to be done as well as coolant, power steering, and brake fluid levels to check.

At six months, or 6,000-10,000 miles, in addition to everything in the 3 month schedule, you need to rotate your car’s tires, do a tire depth check, inspect the brakes, check the spark plug wires, and replace the wiper blades.

At 12 months, or around 15,000 – 20,000 miles, it’s time to replace the air filter and balance the tires. In addition to all of the above 3 and 6 month maintenance procedures, it’s time to service the battery, check the A/C & heater operation and, if equipped, replace the A/C pollen filter.

You may also have heard of the Manufacturer’s Recommended Service & Maintenance Schedule.  This schedule lists things that need to be done over longer periods of time but are just as vital to your car’s maintenance.

For example at 40,000 miles one of my customer’s Volkswagen Jetta requires all of the 1 year maintenance plus replacing the spark plugs, inspecting the brake linings, the CV Joints, exhaust system, front suspension, tie rod ends and boot seals for cracks or leaks and all parts for damage, wear, improper looseness or end play and to do necessary repairs or replacements based on those inspections.

Two year warranty on parts and service

Parts & Labor on most repairs

There are procedures and checks that your car needs at varying intervals as your vehicle ages. 20K, 30k, 40k and so on.  Depending on your car’s manufacturer, these procedures and inspections will probably differ slightly in the timing of the scheduled intervals for the maintenance but none the less, in order to properly maintain your auto, they must be done.

If you are purchasing a used car, it is a good idea to have it inspected either before or immediately after the sale.  JK Automotive can inspect the vehicle and give you some recommendations on what kind of schedule service is due or needed in the future.  Once your car starts getting some miles on it, say around 80,000 to 100,000 miles, it may need the timing belt and water pump replaced if equipped.  The transmission fluid and filter may need servicing around the same time.

The important thing to remember is don’t wait until your car or truck starts making a funny noise, vibration, or a funny light comes on the instrument cluster that you have never seen before bringing it in to the shop.  By bringing it in for regular maintenance services, you can save a lot of time and money just by having it inspected and serviced on a timely basis.

Drive Safely!!

James Hutto




JK Automotive & Performance 1626 North Main St. Summerville, SC 29483

Auto repair services in Summerville and convenient to: Charleston, Goose Creek, Ladson, Knightsville, Lincolnville, Jedburg, North Charleston, Moncks Corner and Hanahan

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