Monthly Archives: August 2016

Don’t Start with an Old Battery

Don’t Start with an Old Battery

Your car’s battery provides the power that starts your car, so it’s important to make sure it’s in top condition. If you ever accidentally leave your lights on after you shut off the engine, you know firsthand how you can inadvertently drain the battery. You can tell your battery is getting old when it takes longer for your car to “turn over”. Prevention is in order to avoid being stranded with a dead battery. It is not uncommon for a battery to seem to work fine one day and not the next. They don’t always give warning. A battery can also fail just as easily on a hot summer day as on a cold winter one. Not all batteries are created equal. Different vehicles require different types of batteries. You will want to purchase the correct battery for your car, stay away from the lowest price because in the long run that may end up costing you the most. Do you live in extreme weather conditions, hot or cold, drive long hauls, or make short frequent trips ... read more

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Battery

“Use” it to Your Advantage

“Use” it to Your Advantage

Time to trade in your old car? There are important reasons to consider buying used instead of new. “The biggest reason is the price,” said Doug McAllister, owner of Douglas Automotive in Crystal Lake.   “When you buy a new car it depreciates over a very short period of time very rapidly.” According to Edmunds.com the average new car loses 11 percent of its value the minute it’s driven off the lot. By the fifth year, it’s worth only 37 percent of what you paid the dealership. “That’s the obvious advantage of buying a one- or two-year-old car,” McAllister said. “You eliminate taking all that depreciation on yourself, and you’ve still got a current model vehicle with low mileage and something that’s going to serve you for a long time.” That being said, it’s important to make sure the pre-driven vehicle of your dreams is roadworthy.  Douglas Automotive provides comprehensive vehicle inspectio ... read more

Another Oil Change?!

Another Oil Change?!

Longer oil-change intervals may not be the best way to go. Many vehicle manufacturers have pushed the oil change interval out to 5,000 or 8,000 and even 10,000 miles. These higher intervals may not be the way to go based on some recent findings. In one case the manufacturers' standard oil-drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles, but people following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. Oil sludge was building up in the engine causing small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail. The manufacturers extended the warranty on these engines but started requiring shorter oil-change intervals. We have seen several of these cases in our shops where clients let long periods of time go between oil changes, which caused the oil to sludge up in the engine. One of the components that seems to be very susceptible to problems from oil sludge is the Variable Timing Actuator. There are very tiny passages in this component and if oil can ... read more

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Oil Changes

Repair in Pairs

Repair in Pairs

The bad news is many of us don't take care of our cars the way we should and that lack of maintenance will eventually catch up to us. I wanted to focus in on one habit I would like to recommend you develop; that is to replace things in pairs. Whether it be a light bulb or a suspension part like a ball joint or a brake caliper, it is a good practice to replace both sides. If you think about it, both sides of the car have the same amount of wear, so if one side wears out or breaks, you can be pretty sure the other side will not be far behind. Even if the part looks good, do yourself a favor and change it anyway. You won't know it, but, trust me, you will save yourself a fair amount of aggravation. Here are some of the parts you should change in pairs that come to mind, though not everything. • Brakes and brake components like calipers and wheel cylinders, drums and rotors. • Suspension parts like ball joints, tie rod ends, struts and springs. • Light bulbs, b ... read more

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