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Dodge Ram With No Heat? Here's our fix!

Dodge Ram With No Heat? Here's our fix!

Our Repair of the Month is based on a Ram 5500 that came in with a heating issue. The customer explained that his heat was not working as efficiently as it used to and was only getting lukewarm. Another thing the customer noticed was that the heat on the passenger side seemed to be blowing warmer than on the driver's side. Based on previous experiences, we immediately knew that this was likely to be an issue with the vehicle's heater core.  The heater core is a part of the vehicle's cooling system that is responsible for heating the cabin when you turn the heat on. It is almost always located between the dashboard and the firewall, making the removal of the dashboard necessary to replace it. The evaporative core, part of the air conditioning system, can also be found behind the dashboard. This customer wanted to take preventative measures and replace the evaporator core too whi ... read more

Not removing Snow from your vehicle can cost you

Not removing Snow from your vehicle can cost you

After a snowstorm, it sure is pretty in New Jersey, but there’s always work to do as a result. Shoveling the driveways and sidewalks isn’t the most fun, and then the chore of digging your car out. Let's all take a little extra time here to be responsible and respectful drivers. A few extra minutes spent clearing off your car can prevent accidents, protect property, and ensure a safer winter commute for everyone. So, before you hit the road, ensure your vehicle is not just winter-ready but also considerate to your fellow travelers. It's the law, and more importantly, the right thing to do. In NJ, failing to remove snow and ice from your vehicle can result in fines ranging from $25 to $75 for each offense. What's more, these fines apply whether or not the dislodgedice and snow hit the road. It's a small price to pay for the safety of fellow drivers. However, the consequences escalate if flying ice or snow causes damage or injury to others. Motorists can face ... read more

Ford Timing Issues

Ford Timing Issues

Navigating Ford Timing and Cam Phaser Issues: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions If you're a proud owner of a Ford vehicle, you may have heard about the occasional stories related to the timing system. Found in many of Ford’s vehicles, the 3.5-liter Ecoboost is a V6 motor that economizes on fuel efficiency and provides a nice performance punch, making it very popular. Unfortunately, many people including us here at Automotive Magic, have recognized that the timing system on vehicles with this motor tends to have some issues. Two critical components that can encounter issues over time are the timing chain and camshaft-phasers. Ignoring these issues, if encountered,  could potentially lead to catastrophic failure of the motor. In this blog, we'll explore the causes, symptoms, and solutions associated with Ford's timing chain and cam phaser issues in the 3.5-liter Ecoboost. The timing chain is a crucial component of an internal combustion engine, ens ... read more

Why Doesn't My Heat Work?

Why Doesn't My Heat Work?

Ram/General Heater Core Issues Just imagine winter is here, you go outside in the morning to start your car and let it warm up before you head out to start your day. You walk back outside and get in your car only to find cold air blowing out of your vents. “Ughhhhh, why is my car not warming up!?” Our team at Automotive Magic/Magic Lube & Rubber knows there could be a couple of issues that could cause your car to blow cold air instead of heat. Things such as low coolant, a broken blend door, or a stuck open thermostat could all be the culprits of having no heat. But the one we will be focusing on today is heater cores. While often overshadowed by its larger counterpart, the radiator, the heater core plays a vital role in ensuring your car's interior is a comfortable haven when temperatures plummet.  Heater Core Function  Now you may be wondering, what exactly is a heater core and what job does it perform? Here are some of the basics. Imagine the heater c ... read more

Empowering excellence

Empowering excellence

In the dynamic world of automotive services, companies like Automotive Magic and Magic Lube and Rubber strive not only to excel in their services but also to invest in the growth and development of their employees. Thanks to the support of the Workforce Development Board, these companies have witnessed remarkable transformations in their workforce. Grants provided by the Workforce Development Board have made a significant impact, focusing on key programs like High-Performance Team (HPT) training, Life Calibrations, and advanced training for automotive technicians. High-Performance Team (HPT) Training: Empowering Problem Solvers: The Workforce Development Board has been pivotal in fostering a culture of excellence and collaboration at Automotive Magic and Magic Lube and Rubber. One of the standout programs supported by the grants is the High-Performance Team (HPT) training. This training equips employees and management with the skills necessary to tackle challenges effectively. HPT tr ... read more

A lot of noise upsetting your ride

A lot of noise upsetting your ride

A recent situation that our client faced with their 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.7 Liter was a loud growling/humming sound coming from the rear of the vehicle while driving. This can be caused by failing pinion bearings inside the rear differential. Here at Automotive Magic, we have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and repair this sort of issue quickly and efficiently. Our expert technician used a stethoscope, just like a doctor, to confirm the problem and then disassemble the rear differential to replace all the bearings.  But, what causes the pinion bearings to fail internally? Lack of fluid changes is the primary culprit. Gear oil breaks down over time and becomes less protective and more abrasive, causing damage to the bearings. This is why it’s important to maintain all the fluids in your vehicle, including differential fluids, transmission fluid, transfer case fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant.  At Automotive Magic, we understand the imp ... read more

Automotive Magic Launches Rabbit Wheels

Automotive Magic Launches Rabbit Wheels

Introducing Rabbit Wheels Car Rental Service at Automotive Magic, your hassle-free solution to vehicle repairs and service inconveniences! We get it – the whole process of dropping off your car, arranging for transportation, or waiting for service can be a major disruption to your day. But does it have to be? At Automotive Magic, we're all about making your life easier. While our concierge service has been a great help for clients near our shops, we realize it still leaves you tied down, unable to run errands, or make quick trips while your vehicle is being serviced. That's where Rabbit Wheels comes in to change the game. Imagine dropping off your car for service and, instead of worrying about transportation, simply hopping into a rental vehicle from Rabbit Wheels conveniently located at Automotive Magic. Yes, it's as effortless as it sounds! We aim to ensure your convenience and keep you on the move while we take care of your vehicle. What sets Rabbit Wheels apart ... read more

BOGO Synthetic oil change special

BOGO Synthetic oil change special

This holiday season, treat yourself and someone special to the gift of car care! At Automotive Magic and Magic Lube & Rubber Auto Repair, we are excited to offer a special deal - buy one synthetic oil change and get one for free, you can choose to give both or keep them for yourself and gift for free. Plus, we'll provide a gift certificate in a ready-to-present gift bag, making it easy for you to give the gift of a well-maintained car. Don't forget your car during the seasonal rush. With our offer, you can purchase a synthetic oil change for yourself on or before December 21, 2023, and receive a second one to gift. You and your gift recipient have until September 30, 2024, to redeem these services. This offer also cannot be combined with any other offers.  Contact us today to book your appointments or visit us in person to take advantage of this exclusive deal. Give the gift of our professional services this holiday season, and show your car - and a loved one's ... read more

Make a difference to a child this Christmas

Make a difference to a child this Christmas

'Tis the season to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for and to share in the joy and spirit of Christmas. As you embark on your holiday shopping spree for that perfect gift, consider extending the festive cheer to those who are less fortunate. Even a small contribution can make a significant impact in making a child's Christmas special. n 2023, Automotive Magic and Magic Lube & Rubber proudly serve as drop locations for Marine Toys for Tots. This year marks the 76th anniversary of this incredible giving opportunity, and we are thrilled to contribute to building awareness and supporting countless children who might otherwise go without gifts this Christmas. For those considering donations, here are the updated Toys for Tots Gift Guidelines for 2023:   New and unwrapped items are preferred. Aim for a price range of $10 or above. Books are highly needed (children receive 2 toys each, and 3 books count as ONE gift!). Homemade toys are also warmly welcomed ... read more

Cooper Tire Winter 2023

Cooper Tire Winter 2023

As we approach the winter months in New Jersey, it's important to prepare for the hazardous weather conditions that may arise. To ensure that your vehicle is equipped to handle any challenges that Mother Nature brings, make sure your tires are safe and reliable. Our technicians are available at either of our locations to assess your vehicle's tires and recommend any necessary changes to help you navigate the slippery conditions ahead. Additionally, if you need new tires, take advantage of our special offer from Cooper Tires. When you buy a set of four new select Cooper brand tires, you may be eligible to receive up to a $100 Visa® Reward by mail-in or online rebate. This offer is valid for tires purchased now through November 30, 2023. ELIGIBLE COOPER TIRES:   $100 Cooper Visa Prepaid Card Cobra Instinct Discoverer AT3 LT Discoverer AT3 XLT Discoverer Road+Trail AT Discoverer Rugged Trek Discoverer STT PRO $75 Cooper V ... read more

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