Do I Still Need an Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles?

For as long as most of us can remember, the rule for oil change has always been every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Many people are unaware that the rule has slightly changed. With the emergence of synthetic oil, the general rule for oil change is now 4 months or 5,000 miles.

New Cars

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5,000 miles is now the standard for new car oil changes

Much like gas mileage, oil life has improved drastically over time. Changes in the composition of oil have made its lifespan longer. Engines in newer vehicles have also made significant strides. The combination of advancements make 5,000 miles the new barometer for an oil change. Many auto shops have not updated their policy at the risk of losing money. It is important to keep yourself up to date on these practices so that you can choose the best auto shop for you.

Used Cars

If your car is more than 15 years old, it may still need more frequent oil changes. Because used cars typically have higher mileage, more maintenance is required to keep it running at an optimal level. Older cars need consistent monitoring to prevent damage that could lead to monumental expenses, some of which wouldn’t even be worth pursuing. So in cases like this, changing your oil frequently is a good idea.

Keep Up With Inspections

The most important part of maintaining your car’s health is having regular inspections from a trusted auto body shop. At J1 Auto Repair, we pride ourselves in providing honest service so that you can get what you need at an affordable price. If you have questions about your vehicle call us at (630) 932-4427.

Keeping Your Tires Maintained

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Tire Maintenance Improves Gas Mileage and Keeps You Safe on the Road

When was the last time you checked the tires on your vehicle? Keeping up with tire maintenance is an easy way to keep your vehicle in good shape. It’ll even help you improve your gas mileage. Here are some ways to keep your tires in good condition:

Checking the Treadwear

Tire treads are built to keep your vehicle on the road and give you better control when driving in wet weather. The tread on your tires is important to keeping your car on the road, especially in wet driving conditions. Tires have built in indicators on the tire so you can quickly see whether the treads have worn down too low. Keeping an eye on the treadwear will keep you safe on the road!

Testing the Air Pressure

Tires will have a recommended psi level that you can find either in the owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver side door. It’s important to keep your tires at the recommended level. Low tire pressure can result in reduced gas mileage and can decrease the handling and control of the vehicle.

Getting the Tires Rotated

Rotating your tires will ensure that the treads wear evenly. Uneven treads can off-balance the vehicle and cause improper alignment. Check the treadwear of each tire when you are testing the air pressure. Manufacturers recommend having the tires rotated every 6,000 miles.

If you need a tune-up or automotive maintenance in the Lombard, IL area, contact J1 Auto Repair today at (630) 932-4427 or come by our location on South Main Street! We have skilled mechanics who can get your vehicle working at top speed again in no time.

Signs of Engine Trouble

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Look for the common signs of engine trouble

Having engine trouble? There are certain signs of a struggling engine and it’s important to keep an eye out to have it checked at the first sign of trouble. Dealing with engine repairs may be time consuming and costly, but a simple repair could turn into something much worse if ignored for too long.

Visible issues would include a check engine light warning. You should have these checked as soon as they come up to ensure there are no serious issues with the vehicle. Another noticeable issue is steam or smoke coming from the engine. You’ll know that an oil leak has occurred the smoke is dark. When oil leaks into the engine, it gets burned up with the gasoline creating the smoke.

If you’ve driven your vehicle for a while you are probably pretty familiar with the sounds that it makes while running. If it starts sounding out of the ordinary and you hear odd noises coming from the engine, you’ll want to take it in immediately. Engine can make a grinding or knocking noise if the internal parts are not functioning properly.

Engine troubles can result in some pretty terrible smells too. If you notice any odd smells, make sure it isn’t something coming in from the outside. Engine problems can come with the smell of burning rubber, rotten eggs, and gasoline to name a few. Have your vehicle inspected if you think any strong and unusual odors are emanating from the engine.

If you require engine repairs in the Lombard, IL area, contact J1 Auto Repair today. We can assist you with auto repairs, tune ups and more!

4 Signs Something Is Wrong With Your Car’s Heater

Because winter is still amongst us, it is important to have a car heater that works. If your heater isn’t working like it used to it might need to get fixed right away. However, there are less obvious signs that something is wrong with your heater. If you are unsure it is always a good idea to bring your car into an auto shop. Below are signs something is wrong with your car heater.

Car Heater Problems

Coolant Leaks

Sometimes when your heater control valve is worn down or cracked, it can cause coolant to leak. When this happens, you will need your heater control valve replaced or repaired.

Your Car Has Overheated

While the heater of your car is not always the reason your car has overheated, it is one place to start. Get your car serviced to make sure your heater and other parts of you car are in good condition.

The Inside of You Car Is Foggy

If when you turn on the defrost the condensation keeps building up on your windows. If this is the case, there is something wrong with the heater core and you will need to have it looked at.

Damaged Thermostat

If the thermostat is stuck, it can cause your heater not to work. There are several ways to check the thermostat, but ensure it is done correctly by bringing it into an auto shop.

If you need auto repair services in Lombard, IL, give the experts at J1 Auto Repair a call at (630) 932-4427 for services ranging from auto transmission service to oil change service.



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!