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Brakes, Explained

Your car’s brakes are crucial to your safety. When they begin to age or wear, your vehicle could swerve, shake, or even not stop. However, these tips can help ensure your brake system is always in tip-top condition.

Brake Maintenance

Ensure Your Brakes Are in Flawless Condition for Optimal Vehicle Safety.

Brake Pads

Your brake pads are the metal clamp-type constructs that actually stop yo9ur vehicle, and attach to the rotor. When your brake pads begin to wear, they will reduce in size and may begin to squeak, telling you they need to be replaced.

Rotors

This part of your brake system fits just behind the wheel. The rotor is what stops your vehicle from moving as the brake pad rubs against it. Worn rotors will prevent a vehicle from stopping and can cause brake fluid leaks. They will begin to show divots in the metal as they begin to wear, showing where the brake pad has rubbed.

Calipers

While these little clamps may not seem important, they actually hold the whole system together. The calipers fit over the brake pad on one side and the rotor on the other to clamp the two pieces together. Calipers should not be able to be moved when in place. If you can move your caliper without removing the brake pad, you may need a replacement.

Keeping your vehicle’s brake system in check is vital to the smooth operation of the car. Let the experts at J1 Auto Repair help ensure your brakes are always in tip-top condition by calling our expert technicians at __PHONE__.

Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

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Save Money at the Gas Station By Improving Your Gas Mileage.

Gas mileage is a common concern for many people. The more you travel, the more money you have to put into keeping the tank full. Thankfully, there are ways you can improve gas mileage! If you are looking for ways to save money and keep your car in top shape, here are a few simple things you can do:

Keep an eye on the tire pressure! It is important that your tires stay properly inflated for better traction on the road and to keep your car running properly. Low tire pressure can affect how well the engine runs; the lower it is the more work the engine has to do to get the vehicle down the road.

Watch your speed. Making sure you are following the legal speed limits will not only keep you safer and prevents you from getting ticketed but also helps to ensure your car is using gas more efficiently. Sudden starts and driving above highway speeds will drain the has much faster and cost you more at the pump.

Make sure your car is in top shape too! Taking your car in for regular maintenance and inspections are good habits to have. They are also great ways to ensure that your car is running smoothly and you aren’t losing gas mileage due to any issues that may have gone unnoticed.

If you need car maintenance in the Lombard, IL area, contact J1 Auto Repair today! Our technicians can do a thorough check of your vehicle and perform any needed maintenance such as an oil change or tire rotations. Schedule your appointment by calling (630) 932-4427.

Basic Vehicle Maintenance Activities You’ll Want To Remember

If you own your own vehicle, you know that you need to take care of it. Cars and trucks are very expensive, and the added maintenance may seem like an optional expense. However, it is essential that you keep up with all facets of your vehicle’s maintenance if you want it to last for a long time. today we will go over some very basic and affordable maintenance activities you can easily keep track of.

Check Your Lights

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Is Your Car In Good Condition?

Visibility is extremely important for the safety of your vehicle, especially when you are driving it. Part of that visibility involves having working lights. You need to be able to see at night, and you need other vehicles to be able to see you. Frequently do a visual check of your lights to make sure they have not fogged over or started to dim. Keeping the headlight covers polished will do wonders in improving visibility, but you can also consider upgrading to LED or halogen light bulbs.

Adjust Your Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is another important component of keeping your vehicle safe and functional. Make sure that your tires are never over or under-inflated. Improper inflation of your tires can lead to unnecessary wear and tear, as well as impact your fuel efficiency. Most importantly, incorrect air pressure can leave your vehicle less safe when driving.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Did you know that your windshield wipers aren’t designed to last forever? In fact, most should be replaced before or at 2 years of age. This ensures that whenever it rains, you can still see and drive safely. Inspect your wipers regularly for brittleness or dryness. If they are no longer flexible, it’s time to replace them.

For any and all of your car maintenance needs, give our team a call at (630) 932-4427!

Basic Tire Maintenance

Most people learn a thing or two about the basics of caring for tires when they begin driving. However, among the details of auto care that get forgotten most are those tires. People don’t check pressure as often as they should, or have the replaced early enough, and more. Don’t let good, basic tire maintenance pass you by anymore.

Tire Pressure, Rotation, and Replacement

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Perform Basic Tire Maintenance.

Tire pressure is more important than you may realize. People are usually aware of when their tire pressure is too low because their car’s tire light on the dashboard turns on. When this happens, the tire pressure is so low that it usually means there is a leak. You should be concerned about your tire pressure more often, however, low tire pressure is the leading cause of excess wear on tires. Tire tread damage and blowouts are most often caused by tires that have been driven on low pressure. Most tires should be driven on a PSI from 30 to 35, but your manual will tell you more.

Routine maintenance is also essential for good tires. Your tires need regular rotations on a schedule set by your manufacturer, or your mechanic. Rotating your tires helps the tread wear evenly so that you stay aligned on the road and don’t have to replace your tires sooner. Always let ask your mechanic to check your pressure, too, and your brakes.

No tire lasts forever and driving on worn tires is dangerous. Know when it’s time to get new tires, and listen to your mechanic. Come us at J1 Auto Repair in Lombard, IL. Call us at (630) 932-4427 and we will help you with your tire maintenance.

Take Time for Winter Auto Care in Lombard

A good car is a tough machine; it’s take you anywhere for as long as you need it. However, in order for it to remain a good, tough machine, it needs good care. The cold weather of winter can put some strain on your care, so take time for winter auto care this year, and check on these things.

Windshield Wipers

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Take Time for Winter Auto Care.

Even great windshield wipers wear down. Hopefully, you have a pair that will last the year. If you’re driving with bad wipers, you will have a tough time when rain, snow, and sleet hit, and your visibility, and your safety, will be affected. So, inspect your wiper blades and have them replaced.

Tires

Your tires are some of the most important things on your car; you need them to be at their best anytime you’re on the road. To handle winter driving conditions, they need good tread depth and the proper inflation. Anytime you’re going somewhere, check their pressure before you go out. Have a professional examine their tread depth. Only drive in winter with good, strong tires.

Heater and Defroster

You don’t want to get in your car on a cold day only to discover that the heater doesn’t work. Have your heating and cooling system inspected so that you stay comfortable while driving.

Motor Oil

Your car’s oil can thicken when the weather gets cold. This makes it hard for the oil to do its job and lubricate when the engine starts. Winter is a good time to use synthetic oil because it won’t change consistency when the temperatures change.

Take time for winter auto care this season and bring your car to us at J1 Auto Repair for auto repair services in the Lombard area. Or, call us at (630) 932-4427.

Is It Time To Replace Your Car’s Battery?

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Is Your Car’s Battery Ready For Winter?

With winter approaching, you may be in a hurry to get your vehicle prepared, and that’s a great idea! If you’ve been a car owner for a while, you may have also noticed that when your car battery dies, its seems to happen in winter. Many people believe that cold temperatures kill batteries, but actually, hot temperatures and time kill car batteries. However, cold temperatures make it more difficult for a weakened battery to start, which is why the damage usually becomes apparent in winter. Instead of waiting for the old to kill your battery completely, today we will share a few tips on how to recognize battery failure early on.

Slow Start

If your car seems to be sluggish when you start it, or like it may not start, this can be due to a failing battery. Be sure to have it checked, and if needed, replaced ASAP.

Odd Smells

Rotten egg smells are often a sign of car trouble. One thing that this smell can indicate is a bad battery, so you should have your vehicle inspected ASAP.

Old Age

If you can’t remember when you bought your battery, or if you aren’t sure of how old it is, it’s probably about time to replace it, or to start saving for the replacement.

Jump-Start Required

If you left your headlights on overnight, it makes sense that you will need to jump-start your battery. Other than something like that, if you find yourself jumping the battery on a regular basis, you need to have it replaced, OR you need to have your alternator checked.

 

If you need help with your battery, or any other car services, give us a call at (630) 932-4427!

Understanding Traffic Jams

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Do Your Part To Enjoy More Open Roads!

One of the most puzzling and annoying things we experience as drivers is traffic jams. It’s hard to understand how one minute traffic is moving quickly and then then comes to a sudden halt seconds later. Today we will discuss the reasons why.

What causes traffic jams?

Admittedly, construction and accidents are obvious culprits that cause traffic jams, but what about the ones that seem to happen for no reason? It basically comes down to physics and impatient drivers. A physicist at a Michigan university states that “It’s the science of complexity. In large group dynamics, special things happen because each individual is trying to maximize their own benefit.”

In combination with heavily congested roads, delayed reactions mixed with tunnel vision will swiftly slow down traffic. When a driver is travelling too slowly for the individual behind them, that individual might get frustrated and quickly switch lanes in order to pass. This causes the driver they cut in front of to abruptly slow down to avoid collision. Next, the person behind that person has to slow down and the cycle continues down the line.

This domino effect causes one lane of traffic to slow down. Drivers who are stuck in this lane get frustrated and start darting into the fast moving lane. Soon, the faster moving lanes start slowing down due to people cutting in and out of lanes and eventually all lanes are slowed down. People who tailgate, and people who text while driving readily contribute to this problem.

So for a better driving experience, leave safe following distances, and pay attention to the road. If everyone works to drive at a consistent pace, we can avoid unnecessary traffic jams. To learn more about safe driving, or to schedule a fast and affordable repair for your vehicle, contact us today or visit our shop!

How To Change A Flat Tire

If your car was struck with a flat tire today, would you know how to fix it? While you can call AAA if you run into any trouble, a flat tire is actually pretty simple to replace, assuming you have a spare handy. Today, we will go over a few easy steps to changing your own flat tire. 

What you’ll need: To begin, you’ll want to make sure that you have these tools in your trunk at all times. A spare tire, a jack, a lug wrench, and a flashlight. There are additional helpful items, such as cones, flares, gloves, and wheel wedges, but you can work without those if needed.

If you’re driving and you’ve realized your tire has gone flat, turn on your hazards and make your way to the side of the road. If you can safely exit a busy road, do so, but if not, get as far onto the shoulder as you possibly can. This way you can keep yourself, and other drivers safe.

Flat Tire

Do You Know How To Change A Flat Tire?

Loosen The Lug Nuts: Locate the flat tire, and loosen the lug nuts holding it in place. For now, only loosen them, don’t remove them. (Remember that right is tight and left is loose!)

Raise The Vehicle: Now, use your owner’s manual to determine the proper placement for your jack. Then, use the jack to raise your vehicle about 6 inches off of the ground.

Remove The Tire: Now you can finish removing the lug nuts, and pull the tire off of the vehicle. Be careful not to lose any of your lug nuts! The simplest way to remove the tire is to pull it toward you.

Install The Spare Tire: Next, push the spare tire in place, and put the lug nuts back on just enough to keep the tire in place.

Lower The Vehicle: Now you may lower your vehicle back to the ground, and put your jack back in the trunk.

Secure The Lug Nuts: Now you may tighten the lug nuts as needed, return your tools to your trunk, and head over to the tire shop!

For all of your car repair needs, you can count on the experts at J1 Auto Repair. Give us a call today at (630) 932-4427 to get started!

 

 

 

 

4 Maintenance Tips That Can Save Your Vehicle

As time goes by, your vehicle may not work like it used to. It may lose power, not get as good of gas mileage, or begin to ride a little rougher than it once did. While some aging is normal in your vehicle, much of it can be avoided by these four simple maintenance steps.Check Your Fluids

Car MaintenanceCheck Your Fluids

We all know to regularly check our oil, but how often do you check the rest of your fluids? Your vehicle relies on multiple fluids for correct operation including coolant, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. Like your oil, these fluids need to be check and changed according to the schedule in your maintenance guide located in the owner’s manual.

Inspect Your Tires

Your tires affect almost every aspect of how your vehicle drives. They can influence your car’s balance, gas mileage, traction, and stopping power. To ensure your tires are safe, check for visible cables that show extreme wear on your tire. Also, check the tread of each tire by inserting a penny between the tread lines. If Lincoln’s head disappears, your tire tread is too worn and may not perform correctly. Inspect your tires for bulges on either side. Bulges in your tire are very worn and stretched areas that can easily cause a blowout while traveling down the road and should be taken care of immediately.

Evaluate Your Innerworkings

Your vehicle will experience some wear as it ages which is why it’s important to regularly check your hoses, seals, and belts to make sure they are not cracked or dry. A torn belt or disconnected hose can cause huge problems with the functionality of your vehicle but can be replaced easily and with no other work needed if caught in time.

Replace Your Filters

Most people tend to disregard their vehicle’s filters until there is a problem. However, regularly replacing your oil, fuel, and air filter can improve the gas mileage and general life of your car by improving its “breathing system”. When your car has a healthy flow of air and fluids, it can utilize its many systems to continue to run properly for years.

No matter how old your vehicle is, taking these four steps can drastically improve its lifespan, performance, and can even help to prevent some accidents. For maintenance and repair services you can trust, call the professionals at J1 Auto Repair (630) 932-4427 and improve your vehicle’s quality of life.

How To Improve Your Gas Mileage This Summer

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Improve Your Gas Mileage This Summer With Our Helpful Tips!

While gas prices have seemed to stabilize in most parts of the country, gas is not cheap by any means! The miles per gallon you can get can be very stressful for some drivers, and even influence the kinds of vehicles consumers are buying today. Today we will discuss a few pro tips that can help you save gas, and save money in these hot summer months.

Drive Better

Everyone likes to think that they are the perfect driver, but how well do you actually drive? It is fairly common knowledge at this point, but speeding actually decreases your fuel efficiency, and can lead to a significant amount of waste, in comparison to the time you think you’re saving by driving faster. Vehicles achieve maximum fuel efficiency between 45 and 60 miles per hour.

Clear Off Your Car

If you’re driving with a roof rack, but you aren’t carrying anything on your roof, you’re wasting gas. Attachments like roof racks can interfere with the aerodynamics of your car, which causes drag. Drag makes your car work harder to keep up to speed, which causes you to use more gas than you should.

Fill Up The Tank

If your tank is below half full, you should fill it up ASAP. In the hot summer months, gas can actually evaporate if your tank isn’t full.

Fill Up Your Tires

If you want your car to perform at its best, you need to give it the right tools. Among those are properly inflated tires. If your tires are under inflated, they can wear faster than they need to, as well as cause drag. If they are over-inflated, they can cause you to lose traction, which is very unsafe.

If you need help maintaining or repairing your vehicle, give us a call at (630) 932-4427 and schedule an appointment with our friendly professionals!