A-Carburetor (706) 323-4641        A-Brake (706) 221-2941  

What are u-joints, and how can you diagnose a bad one?

multiple universal joints

U-joints are a small, simple component - in fact, they have changed much since the very first automobiles. However, on any vehicle with a driveshaft, its ability to move depends entirely on the u-joint being there. You’ll often hear “maybe it’s the u-joints” as a solution offered for problems with a vehicle - but what are they, what do they do, and how do you know if yours is bad? A-Carburetor and A-Brake & Muffler in Columbus, GA has the answers.

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

car wiring chewed up photo

Here at A-Carburetor and A-Brake & Muffler in Columbus 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.

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Take a break and let's look at your brakes

mechanic repairing brakes

Obviously, your brakes are pretty important. At A-Carburetor and A-Brake & Muffler in Columbus, GA, we are here to make sure your car, truck, or SUV stops like it should.

Your brake system is made of many components that all have to work correctly for your brakes to operate seamlessly. If one thing needs to be repaired, the whole system is compromised. Brake pads, rotors, hoses, calipers, and metal lines all play a part in stopping your car. Our team is equipped to make sure all of those parts are in working order, so you can be safe on the road ahead. 

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Make that transmission last, it's simple!

Transmission Cut to show you the inside of it

Nothing works if your transmission doesn't work!  Simply put you are going nowhere without it and it is the one thing that both car and truck drivers alike never think twice about until it really acts up or they have no power or simply don't move forward.  Most of us have a newer car or truck with an automatic transmission in it vs. a standard transmission so do not notice that it is slipping gears until the problem is really serious so the question is how do you get the most out of your transmission?  The obvious answer is to take care of your transmission with scheduled service per your owner's manual recommendation but we have put together a simple checklist for our Columbus drivers to help them become "transmission aware" as it were.

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JASPER - Products You Can Trust

Dennis Bertles a Navy Seabee Veteran

At A-Carburetor and A-Brake & Muffler in Columbus we provide only the best products to our customers and that’s why we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Every day at our shop we provide repairs for a multitude of customers who truly rely on JASPER products to keep their vehicles going strong. Meet Mr. Dennis Bertles, a Navy Seabee veteran and an awesome guy that loves his JASPER products. He depends on JASPER’s 3-year, 100,000-mile warranty and loves the products that they offer.  Mr. Bertles has a Jasper Vortec 5.3L long block engine replacement and a Jasper transfer case replacement in his 2005 Tahoe. Thank you Mr. Bertles for your service to our country and for your dedication to the JASPER brand.

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  • Jasper
  • Acdelco
  • Aed Performance
  • ASE
  • Benning Auto
  • BG Products
  • Bosch Automotive
  • Cummins Diesel
  • Duramax Diesel
  • Fleet Services
  • Flowmaster
  • Ford Power Stroke Diesel
  • iATN
  • Interstate Batteries
  • Magnaflow
  • Motorcraft Parts
  • Towing

A-Carburetor Service

1500 50th St
Columbus, GA 31904

location small (706) 323-4641

Shop Hours:

Weekdays:   7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

A-Brake & Muffler Services

4922 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA 31904

location small (706) 221-2941

Shop Hours:

Weekdays:   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

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