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Help! My Car Is Vibrating!

Photo of vibratingWhen you are driving, vibrating and shaking can take you by surprise. Your car should not normally do so, but when it does it is a sign of bigger car problems. There are many different problems that can cause vibrating of your car, so how do you know what the cause is? There are three major culprits that may play a role.

Reasons Your Car May Be Vibrating

Cause #1: Tire Trouble

Does your car only shake at certain speeds? Your car could be shaking due to unbalanced or worn tires. Check to see if your treads are separated more than they normally would be. If it has been a while since your last wheel balance, take your vehicle to the shop when possible.

Cause #2: Engine Issues

Engine trouble is a common cause for vibrating of a car. Take notice if your car starts rumbling when it hits certain speeds or when it reaches a specific range. Also, check how your car starts. Does it begin smoothly at first then begin to vibrate after a long time of use?

Cause #3: Brake Problems

Vibrations when you brake indicate that you may have a brake rotor problem. When you brake your calipers and pads press on this rotor to slow your car. It may be warped and require a professional technician to replace it.

When you experience vibrating in your car, it is important to have service completed sooner rather than later. This can save you from costly repairs down the line. Is your car vibrating when you drive? Call J1 Auto Repair today at (630) 932-4427 for repair service in Lombard, IL. 

4 Winter Myths About Your Car

Photo of winterWinter has officially started! With our temperatures in the freezing zone, you are probably wondering the best way to keep your car moving this winter. People try a lot of interesting ways to keep their car on the road and help it deal with snow, ice, and the cold. However, some of these ways are not true and may actually hinder your car. J1 Auto Repair has gathered our top four winter myths to share and how these can hurt your vehicle.

Top Four Car Winter Myths

Myth #1: Lowering Tire Pressure Will Help with Traction

While, yes, lowering the pressure in your tires gives you a greater surface area and road contact, it can actually hinder maneuverability and functionality of the car. The best thing to do is to get winter tires, which are specifically designed to work in snow.

Myth #2: Disconnecting Your Car Battery Conserves Power

This initially sounds reasonable; you’re not expending any of the battery power if it is disconnected. However, your battery can lose power in cold temperatures regardless. On top of that, disconnecting it may affect your car’s internal computer and the alarm system.

Myth #3: Pour Hot Water on Your Windshield Ice to Remove It.

This is one we have heard often. Not everyone has time in the morning to scare off the windshield. However, pouring hot water to remove the ice is actually extremely dangerous. The freezing temperature of the ice being met with the intense heat of boiling hot water can cause your vehicle’s glass to shatter!

Myth #4: You Don’t Need to Warm Up Your Car at All.

This is a relatively new myth. It contends that warming up your car is not necessary and that doing so causes more environmental harm with little to no benefits. To be exact, they are saying you are expending gas for no reason and damaging the environment. Well, warming up your car actually has to do with the oil in your car, not the gas. Your oil can be affected by the cold, being less easy to move around your engine. Warming up your car will get it where it needs to be and allow your engine to perform well.

We hope you stay safe out on the roads this winter season. Remember if you need a car inspection or repair service, call J1 Auto Repair in Lombard, IL at (630) 932-4427!

The Benefits of Oil Changes

Oil changes are a necessary task when it comes to keeping the engine in your vehicle running at top performance. Here are a few benefits of keeping an eye on your oil levels and maintaining it regularly.

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Engine oil acts as a lubricant to make sure the various parts of the engine all work effectively and minimizes the risk of failure. It also absorbs heat that could otherwise damage the engine. Without a sufficient amount of oil or clean oil, the engine could become damaged.

Oil will become contaminated over time which is why it is recommended to have the oil changed on a regular schedule. You will find that changing the oil every 3,000 miles is the typical recommendation, however, check your owner’s manual for manufacturer guidelines in case it differs from this. Every time the oil is changed, the oil filter is swapped out for a clean one. This will ensure that your clean oil stays clean and doesn’t pick up contaminants left behind.

Looking for automotive services in the Marietta, IL area? Talk to the auto experts at J1 Auto Repair to find out what services we provide that can get your vehicle running at top speed again. Whether you need an oil change, tire services, or a tune up, our team of automotive mechanics can get your car running smoothly again in no time. Call (630) 932-4427 for more information.

Oh No! My Check Engine Light is On.

check-engine-light-150x150Today’s vehicles are controlled largely by a computer that is equipped with sensors that help your car stay road ready by maintaining high levels of efficiency. When the onboard computer detects a substantial dip in efficiency or an outright failure of one of your driving systems, it will send message causing your dashboard warning lights to illuminate.

One of the lights on your dashboard display is a check engine light that may be depicted as a small outline of an engine or the words “Service Engine Soon.” Once you recognize that your check engine light is on, you can take the next step towards making any repairs.

It is important to note that once a dashboard warning light is illuminated, there is already an issue with your vehicle. This means that you should get your car, truck or SUV serviced immediately to avoid further complications.

If you happen to have an engine diagnostic computer handy, connect it to your car’s central computer and run a quick test. The diagnostic computer will scan your car’s computer for any error codes, and if it finds an error code it will display the error code. You will need to match the error code on the display to its related system failure.

If you don’t happen to have an engine diagnostic computer handy, you can purchase one at your local auto parts store. If you don’t feel comfortable performing your own tests and repairs, trust the professionals at J1 Auto Repair to help you get back on the road!

Importance Of Transmission Health

transmission-150x112You don’t have to know every little thing about your car to make smart decisions about it. A basic working knowledge of some of it’s most important parts can achieve that result. Do you know about how your transmission works, and the importance of maintaining it’s health? We go over both here. Come by our shop for expert repairs or replacement!

What does it do?

Your transmissions executes the very important function of controlling how much power gets put out from your engine to your wheels. Without it, your car car couldn’t run. Automatic transmissions control gear shifts automatically based on your car’s speed.

Transmission repairs and replacement cost a lot of money; because of this, you should never wait to repair damage. Take care of it as soon as you can, or you could end up throwing money down the drain.

Need expert transmission repairs? Come by our auto shop today! We employ professional, hard working mechanics that get the job done right. To find out more about us, just give us a call at (630) 932-4427.

Boosting Your Mileage

404HOV_lane-150x150Gas mileage is often a source of dread for many car owners. As we mournfully watch the dollars and cents spin upwards on the pump, we say silent vows to drive more efficiently and with less of a lead foot in the future. Here we have compiled a few tips to help you drive safer, smarter, and farther.

Driving for Fuel Efficiency

  1. Follow the posted speed limit. Not only is this important for safety, but many cars achieve maximum efficiency around 45 to 60 mph. Driving the speed limit (or slightly below if it’s safe) will help your car run more efficiently and be friendly to your gas mileage.
  2. Avoid using roof racks. These attachments to your roof interfere with your car’s aerodynamics and increase drag, causing your car to work harder to maintain its speed.
  3. Keep your tires properly inflated. Only inflate them to the recommended pressure – any pressure above or below adds extra wear to your tires and your car. Properly inflated tires are important for safety and good gas mileage.
  4. Drive calmly. Passing other cars and weaving through traffic requires rapid acceleration and lots of braking – both of which reduce gas mileage. Calm driving helps maintain your mileage and protects you and other drivers.

Tune ups, inspections, and repairs are all a critical part of maintaining your vehicle and securing the gas mileage your car is made for. For expert car service, call us today at (630) 932-4427!

Emissions And Air Pollution

 

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We all want clean air to breathe. That means making sure all of our cars meet industry standards regarding how much pollution they put into the air. Fortunately, this doesn’t take too much work; you just have to take your car by J1 Auto Repair for expert emission repair services. Here, we’ll go over how auto emissions contribute to air pollution.

How much do emissions contribute?

The EPA gives us some reliable statistics regarding how much emissions contribute to air pollution. According to them, 1/3 of the kind of air pollution that causes smog stems from vehicles on the road. Also, transportation contributes 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

How can you keep these numbers down? Simple. When you suspect damage to your exhaust, catalytic converter or other emission equipment, take your car by our shop for expert repairs. Give us a call at (630) 932-4427 for more information.

Dangers Of Texting While Driving

texting-while-driving-150x150We take on a lot of responsibility when we get behind the wheel of a car. Weighing in over a ton, they can create serious havoc even when going “slow”. Because of this, we have to make sure we all maintain our awareness on the road. Recently, you might have seen news stories about the dangers of texting while driving. We go over why you should avoid it here.

Dangers:

Drinking and driving usually decreases your reaction time by a fraction of a second. However, this creates enough danger that we jail people who do so. When texting, most people tend to take their eyes off the road for much longer than that. Remember, 5 seconds at 55 miles per hour equals the distance of an entire football field.

Stats:

  • The National Safety Council has reported 1.6 million crashes a year due to cell phone use.
  • Texting creates the most risk on the road of all cell phone usages.
  • 11 teenagers die daily due to texting and driving.

Here at J1 Auto Repair, we want to remind you to stay safe out there on the road. If you want to ensure your car does also, bring it by our shop or give us a call. You can reach one of our friendly team members at (630) 932-4427.

Dangers Of Sleep Deprived Driving

car-wreck-150x150When we think increased crash risk, most of us instinctively go to drunk driving. While extremely dangerous, drunk driving doesn’t make up the whole list of activities that raise your risk of getting into a car wreck. In fact, a few others have comparable rates of danger to drunk driving. One of those includes sleep deprived driving; we go over the dangers here.

Stats:

When it comes to driving, constant attention proves necessary to avoid collisions. When we get tired, we have to focus more and more attention on staying awake, thus slowing our reaction times.

  • The National Sleep Foundation performed a study on the subject, and found that 2/3 of participants reported driving sleep deprived in the last year. 1/3 reported actually having fallen asleep behind the wheel.
  • The same group also found that the young (men especially), shift workers and parents had the highest rate of sleep deprived drivers.

When your car needs repairs to function safely, J1 Auto Repair has your back. On the road, you need to stay focused. To learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to call one of our friendly team members at (630) 932-4427.

Why Does My Car Need Shocks?

shocks-150x150Learning about each individual part in your car and how they all interconnect can seem like a daunting task. To achieve it, you really need to only do a little bit at a time. In the end, though, you will better know how to handle and maintain your vehicle. To help you out, we’ve gone over one of the parts here: the shocks.

What do they do?

Contrary to popular belief, shocks do not actually hold up the vehicles weight. In fact, they just manage the movement of your springs and suspension. They do this by converting the kinetic energy of these moving parts into heat, or thermal, energy that dissipates into hydraulic fluid. This works because they have a piston that pushes down into hydraulic fluid when the suspension moves. 

Keep learning about your car’s parts and you’ll understand it better eventually. If you need shock replacement in Lombard, J1 Auto Repair has you covered. To find out more about this and our many other services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (630) 932-4427.