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Tell Tale Signs Your Brakes Need Work

Your brakes are practically synonymous with safety, as without properly working brakes, you might find yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road in a potentially life threatening situation. When it comes to your brakes, don’t cut any corners, and it is always better to be safe than sorry. Here are 8 warning signs that your brakes need work and need it now:  Your brake light is on.  When in motion, you are hearing a squealing, high-pitched noise. This is a sign your brake pads are beginning to wear out, and your steel brakes are coming into contact with the rotor. Grinding is also an indication of metal against metal, so if you are hearing this noise, it could spell trouble.  You feel wobbling or vibration when you are using your brakes, which may be the result of an uneven rotor.  If you notice your brakes leaking fluid, turn to the technicians at Ponder Auto Repair. This fluid is crucial for creating and storing power in your braking system ... read more

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Car Organizing Accessories to Make You Feel Like a Boss!

Car Organizing Accessories to Make You Feel Like a Boss!

                                                We can’t all be bosses at work, but can all be the boss of our domain and that starts with our cars. Sounds a little funny, but it’s true. When getting our cars organized and in shape, we begin to feel like a boss! It can make us feel in control and powerful. It helps us to keep our chin up and smile, and it’s not even that difficult. Here are the top 10 under-$25 organizational items for our vehicles from Amazon that will make it simple: 1. Car seat organizer for the back or front seat: ... read more

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Most Romantic Locations in and around Johnson City

Most Romantic Locations in and around Johnson City

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we are fortunate that Johnson City is home to many romantic locations -- perfect for a date with your loved one. To save you some time, we have put together a list of the most romantic locations in and around Johnson City, but before you embark on your journey, bring your vehicle to the technicians at Ponder Auto Repair. We don’t want you to experience any unexpected surprises on your night out! Yee Haw Brewing Co. Tweetsie TrailWinged Deer Park ... read more

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Cell Phone Use in Tennessee

Cell Phone Use in Tennessee

Happy New Year! As we all prepare to leap forward with fresh resolve, many of us are considering ways that we can bring greater health and benefit to our lives. One of the ways we can do this is by examining our cell phone use, especially on the roads of Johnson City! Here are some tips to keep you safe on the road: First of all, beware of new laws coming in. As of July 1, 2018, there will be steep fines imposed for talking on a handheld device in a school zone. Laws will continue to evolve and change as technology does, so be sure to check frequently for updates.  However, if you are behind the wheel, you shouldn’t be touching your phone at all! Many newer vehicles now include Bluetooth-enabled phone interfaces so that you can access calls at a click of a button.  Another option is a cell phone mount like this one from Amazon. There are hundreds of mounts on the market now, so take a look around and find the one that suits you best. https://www.amazon.com/BESTR ... read more

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Don’t Forget about your Car this Holiday Season

Don’t Forget about your Car this Holiday Season

Now that the stores are starting to play holiday music, get ready for more holiday travel! With Christmas coming up, you’ll need to make sure your family vehicles are ready to safely drive over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. Here are five things you can do to make sure your family is ready to safely travel to see family and friends this holiday season: Brake Service Brakes are super important for safety. Be sure your brake pads, rotors, and calipers are in great condition before you begin your road trip. You’ll never know what kind of heavy traffic and weather-related road conditions you’ll encounter while traveling during the holidays. Windshield Wiper Replacement If you cannot see clearly out of your windshield, your compromised visibility can be dangerous. Make driving more pleasant by replacing old windshield wipers that skip or smear or show signs of wear. Filter Replacement Your cabin filters help reduce allergens inside the ca ... read more

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Less Fright, More Fun: Family Friendly Car Costumes

Less Fright, More Fun: Family Friendly Car Costumes

It’s October again: the boots are out, the pumpkin spice is everywhere, and there’s a crispness in the air...and that means, it’s time to start planning for Halloween! Here in Johnson City, there are plenty of opportunities for Trunk or Treat. Here are a few of our favorite ideas! For something super kid-friendly, how about a big-mouthed frog?! This adorable guy can hold a trunk’s worth of candy, and he’s unlikely to scare anyone.  There’s no place like home...unless you can manage to rig together a super-slick Wizard of Oz setups like this one, replete with Dorothy and the Scarecrow:   Next up, we have an adorable recreation of Andy’s room in Toy Story:  Last, an awesome rendition of Lightning McQueen and Mater!    Now, it’s your turn! Do you have any great Trunk or Treat car costumes to share? Let us know, and don’t forget to schedule any auto repairs with Ponder Auto Repair! Remember to stay safe t ... read more

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Shocked? Check Your Suspension!

 Shocked? Check Your Suspension!

Shocks, struts, and suspension, oh my! Lots of our customers are overwhelmed by these terms, but really, with Ponder Auto Repair as your trusty auto repair shop, it’s no mystery at all. Read on to get our best tips for taking care of your suspension! First of all, the very best way to take care of your suspension system is with regular auto repair and maintenance. Your auto mechanic at Ponder Auto Repair can help you get on a good schedule that fits your car’s needs, the amount of wear and tear your vehicle experiences and the age of your car. Older car’s suspension systems need a little extra TLC to keep going, but newer cars can benefit from regular care as well, and it may just improve the life of your vehicle! What are some warning signs to look for?  Bumpy rides: All’s NOT well that ends well if you are feeling every bump in the road. If your tailbone is a little extra sore from feeling every single bump on the freeway or city roads, then you defini ... read more

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Best Summertime Family Vacation Destinations within Driving Distance of Johnson City, TN

We are almost finished with spring, which means it is time to start planning for summer break, and our team at Ponder Auto Repair is here to help. We have compiled a list of the best spring break vacations within driving distance of Johnson City, TN. If you are interested in planning a family-friendly, memorable spring break, keep reading. Blackberry Farm: This picturesque farm, complete with 9,200 acres of beautiful landscape, is entirely the getaway. Stay at one of the idyllic cottages on this property and enjoy the farm-to-the-table cuisine. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel: This fun, family-friendly hotel is located at the old Terminal Station and includes many activities of the same theme, including Chattanooga Choo Choo trolley and 48 authentic Victorian train cars. Deer Ridge Mountain Resort: This resort offers the best of both worlds: stunning landscape and outdoors located in Great Smoky National Park, along with lovely and secluded cottages. Gatlinburg: If you are searchin ... read more

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Fix Your Car Heater Before the Cool Weather

Fix Your Car Heater Before the Cool Weather

Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, we know it won’t be long before coats come out, and you come in to let us fix your car heater before the cool weather arrives. No one wants to drive in that morning traffic in a cold car. For fall and winter auto maintenance and repair, we’re here to help. Stop by before you find yourself wearing full outdoor gear inside your car. Besides creating a miserable drive, a broken car heater causes other problems, too. If your windshield is icy or foggy, without your heater working it can’t blow warm air on the windshield to clear it and that is a serious hazard when you are driving. In addition, if your car should break down, not having a heater that works could be dangerous if you are stranded. Very simply, a heating system works when the vehicle gets heat from the car engine’s coolant system. So, when the engine reaches its operating temperature which is controlled by the thermostat, it ... read more

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Is it the Battery, Starter or Alternator?

Is it the Battery, Starter or Alternator?

Okay, so your car won’t start but what’s wrong? Is it the battery, starter or alternator? Our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City can figure it out and fix it. The reliability of your vehicle is so crucial to everything you do. When you bring it to us, you’ll know the work we do is always done right the first time. The battery, starter and charging systems, including the alternator, work together in your car so sometimes it’s not easy to tell right away which one may be malfunctioning. So, let’s take a look how the battery, alternator, and starter function and how to tell which one is causing the problem with your car. The Starter Your car’s starter does exactly that, it starts the engine. The battery sends the starter a jolt of electricity. Your car’s starter component takes the electricity and uses it to turn the engine over. Now the engine is started. What happens when the starter doesn’t work? You will hear a cli ... read more

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