Monthly Archives: September 2016

Don’t Fall Short Preparing For the Cold

Don’t Fall Short Preparing For the Cold

Is your vehicle ready for fall? “Every season warrants its own vehicle checkup to make sure your vehicle is ready for the season ahead,” said Doug McAllister, owner of Douglas Automotive, in Barrington, Fox River Grove, and Crystal Lake. Fall runs from September through December, so getting an early start on your vehicle’s routine maintenance before a hard winter sets in will keep you in the driver’s seat, rather than trudging away from your broken-down car through a foot of snow. Don’t forget to change your windshield wiper blades, since you’ll likely be using them more as winter approaches. You should also replace regular windshield washer fluid with one that contains antifreeze. Replace your engine’s air filter with a new one to keep your engine running smoothly. Another good reason to change it:  A dirty air filter will cost you more in gas.  Make sure all lights - headlights, taillights, and turn signals - work. Also, check ... read more

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Squealing noises- What could they mean

Squealing noises- What could they mean

Of all the components that make up your car, brakes should be one of those at the top of your list for maintenance. You certainly don’t want to be on a busy expressway, in rush-hour traffic or anywhere else for that matter, and not be able to stop your vehicle. Ideally you should have your brakes checked on a periodic basis to make sure your brake pads (and possibly the rotors) aren’t worn. Brake pads should last tens of thousands of miles, but our busy lives don’t always let us pay attention to things like mileage, so one way to tell you might need new pads is if you start hearing a squeal whenever you lightly touch the brake pedal. “Most brake pads have a thin metal tab (called a wear indicator) that starts to touch the brake rotor when the pads wear down,” said Doug McAllister, owner of Douglas Automotive in Barrington and Crystal Lake. “When brake pads near the end of their life, it creates a high-pitched squeal when rolling at slow speeds or ... read more

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Back-to-school checklist for your car with Douglas Automotive

Back-to-school checklist for your car with Douglas Automotive

You’re sending your kids back to school or off to college soon. You’ve shopped for all their essentials, but have you checked out the one thing that’s more important than all those clothes and books? The car they’ll be driving. Or for that matter, the car you’ll be driving to take the younger ones to soccer practice and ballet lessons. To keep Susie safe on the road, check off the following (Better yet, take Susie with you to check the following): ●       Battery. Check for corrosion on the terminals. Also, if it’s more than four years old, consider buying a new one. Have your mechanic check to see how much life it has left. ●       Fluid levels. Check oil, transmission, brake fluid and coolant, and make sure they’re topped off. ●       Warning lights. They’re there for a reason. Have them checked out. Especially the “check engine” light. Coul ... read more

Check-engine light on? Check with a professional.

Check-engine light on? Check with a professional.

If your vehicle’s check-engine light goes on, don’t ignore it. Having it checked by a professional can make a big difference in long-term cost savings because it can signal anything from an expensive engine repair to something as simple as a loose gas cap. The check engine light is part of your car’s onboard diagnostics OBD system and an indicator of the condition of your car’s emissions system. If it does go on, the light will do one of two things: blink, or remain constant. In either case, you’ll need the problem fixed and the light turned off in order for your vehicle to pass state inspection. According to CarMD.com ten percent of all cars on the road have a check engine light on, and more than half of them have been on for more than three months. If it’s blinking, get to a mechanic immediately, if not sooner. That blinking usually means a severe engine misfire, which lets unburned fuel into the exhaust system, overheating and damaging the cat ... read more

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