Monthly Archives: January 2016

Deep snow and bitter cold temperatures take a toll on your vehicle

Deep snow and bitter cold temperatures take a toll on your vehicle

If you've been thinking about getting your car checked over, this may be a perfect time for a thorough inspection of your vehicle. I say this because of the harsh weather we just came through here in Chicago. The double whammy of the deep snow and bitterly cold temperatures tend to really take a toll on our automobiles. Here are some things we have noticed in the shop that relate to both of these severe weather conditions. Snow-related issues Transmission problems can result from being stuck and having to rock your car back and forth for long periods of time to get out. Sometimes it's as simple as changing out the burned transmission fluid, but it can be more serious to the point of having to replace the transmission assembly. Sliding around a corner and into a curb not only can blow out a tire and bend a wheel, but it can also bend some of the steering linkage or suspension, causing your car to be out of alignment. We have seen deep snow tear off an exhau ... read more

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Excited about the car show? Think again.

Excited about the car show? Think again.

My guess is, if you're like me, you will be looking for areas to keep costs down. One place you can do this is by taking good care of the car you own. It used to be when our clients had a major repair come up, the quick response was, "I will just go get a new car." Now the more common response is "Make the repair" and keep the current car going. There are many reasons for this. The most common is the client does not want to go further into debt for a new car and good used cars have gotten very expensive. If you don't have cash the interest on a used car loan cranks the payments up. Unlike the government, most Americans have worked very hard over the last few years to get debt cleaned up and get some savings going. One way to reverse that very quickly is to buy a $30,000 vehicle. As I have said before, buying a new car is very emotional. It really touches that "feel-good button" we all have, while spending money to repair the current car is all ... read more

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Be sure to tell auto shops of minor symptoms

Be sure to tell auto shops of minor symptoms

Q. I drive a 2006 Buick Lucerne. Recently I took it upon myself to bring my car into my mechanic for a new battery. I figured five years driving on this battery was cutting it close. I started noticing some little glitches with my vehicle that were making me feel like getting a new battery might be a good idea. So I bring my car in to the mechanic and drive it home. The next morning I get in my car, go to start it and it will not start. I also discovered the door and trunk auto lock/unlock will not work from the remote. I thought replacing the battery would prevent the glitches I have been noticing, and would provide me with the peace of mind that my vehicle would start. Now I have a vehicle with a new battery that absolutely will not start. What could be the problem? A. I have more questions than answers on this one. First off, when you took the car into the shop, did you tell them about concerns you were having or did you just ask them to replace the battery. I agree five years i ... read more

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Your battery needs a jump start on winter

Your battery needs a jump start on winter

The two coldest months of winter - January and February - are closing in on us. Is your car’s battery ready? Even a new battery loses a third of its power when it’s below freezing outside, and half its power when the temperature drops below zero. That’s why it’s important to make sure your battery - the most important part of your vehicle’s electrical system - has all the power it needs to get your car started. If it’s more than 2 or 3 years old, you should have your battery, cables, connectors and fasteners checked by a trusted mechanic to determine if it needs to be replaced. The cables could be corroded, which isn’t always visible, or they could be loose. If you check them yourself, always do this with the engine off. Your cables should have a tight fit. If they slide off the battery posts when slightly pulled, they’re not properly attached, and your car could end up inconveniently dying on you. Even if your battery cables are co ... read more

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