Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

  The check engine light alerts you to hundreds of potential problems in your vehicle. If the light goes on, you should bring your car into us as soon as possible. This infographic shows you why. graphic by Walt’s Danville Service...

Lower Temps Mean What For Your Car?

Lower temps mean you need to keep your tank full and make sure your battery doesn’t need to be replaced. If you are prone to battery trouble please keep jumper cables in your trunk and review this information on how to connect them properly …if this doesn’t work call us for assistance 630.469.9222. According to WikiHow here’s how to Jump-start the battery. If the starter turns very slowly, or not at all, your battery is probably dead. It’s now time for a jump-start. You will need a set of jumper cables and a willing volunteer with a running car. Position the running car as close to the car with the dead battery as possible, with the bonnets facing each other, if possible. Look for the + and = symbols on the jumper cables and connect the one with the+ symbol to the positive terminals on both the running car and the car with the dead battery. Attach the cable with the = symbol to the negative terminals. Once the cables are connected, rev up the engine of the running car for a minute or two, getting the engine to an increasingly higher RPM. Try to start the car with the dead battery. It may take longer than usual. If it doesn’t work on the first try, double-check to make sure the jumper cables are connected properly before trying again. If the car still won’t start after a couple of tries, your only other option is to call for...

10 New Year’s safety resolutions for drivers

We found great safety information to share from  Liza Barth at Consumer Reports….We wish you safe travels in 2014. Most of us spend a great deal of time in our car. And frankly, we may not always drive as courteously or safely as we should, potentially putting ourselves and others in danger. Let’s resolve to actively curb dangerous driving behaviors this coming year. Even though vehicle fatalities are at their lowest level since 1949 at 32,367 for 2011, there are still too many lives impacted by crashes. While automotive design and safety features are making a difference, a key factor to further reducing injuries and deaths is modifying driver behavior. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, we list some of our suggestions below on how to be a safer driver in 2014 and beyond. I resolve to: Never drink and drive. Over 9,800 people died in drunk driving car crashes in 2011 (over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities). If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver, hand over your keys, or call a cab. Not use my cell phone behind the wheel. In 2011, over 3,300 people died in crashes related to using a cell phone or texting while driving. Put the phone down or pull over to use it. If you can’t control the urges, use an app to block the phone from being operated while driving or make use of vehicle/phone interfaces such as Bluetooth that makes phone use much safer. Drive the speed limit. Speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes. With high-speed crashes, the forces are so severe, it’s...

How to Use Your ABS Brakes In The Snow

You’re driving in the now and ice now o make ure you are familiar with how to u your ABS we found info from Transport Canada   How do I use ABS? Apply steady and constant pressure – do not take your foot off the brake pedal until the vehicle has stopped and do not pump the brake.   What is that noise and vibration? This is normal and indicates that the ABS is active. Various ABS sound or feel differently. Some of the effects, for example are: a groaning noise a rapid pulsing of the brake pedal a periodic dropping of the brake pedal a hard (non compliant) brake pedal a light that turns on to say “low traction”. You should familiarize yourself with how your system functions by first reading the “Owner’s Manual” and then testing your ABS in an empty parking lot under various climatic conditions i.e. dry, wet, snow and ice. Brake pedal will pulsate As the ABS engages, you may feel the brake pedal pulsating. This is caused by the system applying and releasing pressure to the brakes. The noise associated with ABS when it is functioning should not be confused with brake squeal. If your brakes squeal under normal braking, this may mean the brake pads are worn and need replacing. A pulsing brake pedal every time you apply the brakes may mean warped brake rotors and/or seized brake calipers that require servicing. REMEMBER…WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK IT OUT. Is the stopping distance shorter with ABS? No! From early commercials, it may have looked like you could stop on a dime. That instantaneous stop is not realistic. When braking on dry or wet roads your stopping distance will...

It’s Shopping Season…Are You and Your Car Ready?

  The holidays are just around the corner so we know you’re out there shopping. Here are a few tips we found, courtesy of the LAPD, about keeping you and your car safe during the holiday season. Driving Avoid driving alone or at night. Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device. If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked. Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside. Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car. Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door. When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location. Automated Teller Machine (ATM) If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Protect your PIN...

10 Tips For Winterizing Your Car

  The snow is here and you’re out on the roads getting ready for the holidays so we’ve compiled a list of 10 Tips to ready your car for all that driving. 1. KEEP AN EMERGENCY KIT IN YOUR CAR.  Your kit should include at least the following AS WELL AS A PLAN IF YOU GET STUCK: a blanket extra boots and gloves an extra set of warm clothes extra water and food, including hard candies an ice scraper a small shovel a flashlight windshield washer fluid windshield wipers flares jumper cables a tool kit tire chains a tire gauge a spare tire with air in it tire-changing equipment a first-aid kit paper towels a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow. 2. GET YOUR OIL CHANGED Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures. 3. REPLACE YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? Low visibility can make driving in cold weather extremely dangerous, so it’s important to make sure the wiper blades are up to par. Your wiper...