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Winter Braking Tips

Winters in the midwest can bring a lot of snow. If the brakes on your car are not in the best possible condition, it can make stopping on snow packed or icy roads very dangerous. Before this winter season gets in full swing, stop by Express Auto Repair & Emissions and have a brake inspection to make sure that your brake pads and rotors are in proper working condition. We can even service you ABS systems. Contact our office today at (847) 895-9131 to schedule your next brake service appointment.

Braking Solutions for Bad Weather

Even if your brakes are in excellent condition, it is still important to use safe braking techniques in icy conditions. One recommended technique is known as threshold braking. This method of braking involves you pushing down on the brake pedal until you feel as though the wheels are going to lock up. Once you feel the wheels lock up, stop pushing but don’t take your foot off the pedal. The important thing to remember when threshold braking is to ease into the pedal. Do not try to push the pedal all the way to the floor. This braking method can take time, so be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of your and use speeds appropriate for the conditions.

Car Driving in Winter with Good Brakes

Good Brakes are Essential to Safe Driving in Winter Weather.

Always Start With Good Brakes

You can have the best braking technique around, but if your brakes are in poor condition, you could still have an accident. Let the mechanics at Express Auto Repair & Emissions install new brake pads on your car this winter so you can feel more confident when you do employ threshold braking at the next intersection. Give us a call today at (847) 895-9131.

Why Do Car Batteries Die In Winter?

car battery

Is Your Vehicle Battery In Good Condition?

With winter approaching, many car owners are bracing for the worst with each chilly morning, holding their breath when they start their cars. You may have heard that car batteries tend to die after the first cold front, but the reason why may surprise you! Today we will discuss a few fun facts about your vehicle battery.

To begin, while many vehicle batteries do seem to go bad during winter, it isn’t actually the cold weather that causes it. Hot summers are actually responsible for the rapid wear and tear on your battery! During the hot days, corrosion is increased on you battery, aging it rapidly. However, the damage doesn’t become apparent until the winter, because during the winter, your battery has a harder time starting up. Add the difficulty of starting on a cold morning to the months of damage caused during the summer, and you’ve got the recipe for a dead battery!

Another thing that can cause your battery to die is a problem with your alternator. If your battery stops working while you are driving, you can likely chalk it up to an issue with your alternator. In other cases, human error can leave you with a car that won’t start in the morning, This includes things such as leaving your headlight on, or leaving a door open.

If you’re having trouble with your car battery in Schaumburg, IL or the surrounding areas, you can give our team a call at (847) 895-9131 for affordable and expert assistance!

Battery Light Could Mean Something Serious

Battery Light Warning Sensor on Car Dashboard

The Battery Light in Your Car Could Mean You Have an Alternator Problem.

We use batteries for a lot of things in our life. Our phones, computers and even our cars all have batteries. When the sensor on your dashboard is telling you something about your battery isn’t working well, it’s best not to ignore it. Call __PHONE__ to have your car examined to find out exactly what is wrong. Our technicians at Express Auto Repair & Emissions can help with all your battery needs. The problem could be minor or it could be serious. Here are some possible problems that could cause your battery light to come on.

Battery Problems

Dirty Termnials

Sometimes your battery light will come on because the battery terminals are corroded and the battery isn’t getting a good connection. This is a really easy, inexpensive fix.

Bad Battery

It could be that your battery is old and worn out and just needs to be replaced. Let us hook you up with a new battery to get you back on the road. Again, this is an easy and relatively inexpensive fix.

Bad Alternator

Once you start your car, your car switches to the alternator as it’s driving. The alternator keeps the car running, but it also charges your battery as you drive. If this is what’s causing your battery light to come on, there is potential for you car to die while you are driving.

These are only a handful of things that could cause your battery light to come on. You should always take your car to an auto technician to work on all electrical problems. Call us today at __PHONE__ to set up an appointment.

Four Summer Car Tips

summer car tips

Don’t get stuck on the side of the road. Make sure your car’s ready for summer.

Everyone understands that winter, at least in most places, requires special maintenance for a vehicle. Fewer people realize that summer presents its own unique stresses. To prepare yourself for the season of road trips and traffic, follow these four summer car tips.

Check Your Fluids

A breakdown represents the last thing you want on a road trip. A simple way to help ensure the steady operation of you car comes from a fluid check. Make sure that the levels of your brake, power-steering, and transmission fluids all remain at acceptable levels. The last of these has particular importance, as a burnt-up transmission will simply render your car inoperable. While you’re at it, make sure to regularly check and change your oil.

Coolant System

The number one cause for summer breakdowns comes from overheated vehicles. You can avoid this through a review of your car’s coolant system. Any qualified mechanic can perform this job, and recommend whether your fluid or hoses need replacement.

Air Conditioner

Just as a car needs to keep cool, so does the driver. If your air conditioner struggled throughout spring, then it could possibly fail from the demands of summer. Have a professional mechanic inspect the system for leaks or the need for repair.

Tires

Ideally, you should check your tires year-round. A long summer trip will place extra stress on them, however, and provides a useful reminder to review your tires. You’ll want to check the pressure, and also  look for signs of wear such as bubbles on the sidewall or worn treads. If you see these, have the tire replaced for the sake of personal safety.

These summer car tips cover just the basics for vehicle maintenance. For professional check-ups and repair in Schaumburg, IL, trust the experts at Express Auto Repair. Regardless of the season, we can ensure that your car remains in tip-top shape for the road ahead. To schedule service, call us at (847) 895-9131.

Is Your Check Engine Light On? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons Why

Check Engine Light

Seeing your check engine light on is never a comforting event. Check engine lights are designed to notify the driver of a major problem. But what exactly is that problem? Express Auto Repair and Emissions invites you for a free diagnostic scan that will determine the cause. In the meantime, check out the list below for possible reasons why your light is on.

Airflow Sensor

A damaged airflow sensor can turn your check engine light on. Your vehicle’s air flow sensor is responsible for detecting the amount of air flowing to your engine. This is vital because it determines the balance between fuel and air within your engine. A damaged airflow sensor might be providing bad readings and can also cause difficulty starting your car.

Catalytic Converter

A damaged catalytic converter can sink your car’s fuel efficiency rather suddenly. This will also turn your check engine light on. You might have trouble accelerating if you catalytic converter isn’t working. Additionally, your car could fail an emissions test.

Gas Cap

If you’re lucky, a loose gas cap could be what turned your check engine light on. Among all the possible reasons, a loose gas cap is the most easily fixable. Release the cover and check your gas cap. Make certain it is secure and tight.

Oxygen Sensor

Has your check engine light come on and your gas mileage suddenly worsened? A damaged oxygen sensor could be the source of your frustration. Oxygen sensors are designed to gauge the amount of oxygen in your exhaust. You may need a replacement. For a free diagnostic test, call Express Auto Repair at (847) 895-9131

5 MOST COMMON CAR REPAIR PROBLEMS

If your vehicle needs inspection or repair call Express Auto Repair and Emissions today!

 

There’s an entire range of car troubles! Here is a list of the 5 most common problems that auto repair shops run into all the time.

 

  1. Add-ons installed by Driver

When drivers install additions such as alarm systems, radios, or wireless devices to their car, it will often divert power from other vital coordinates, causing problems. It’s best to have these extras installed in the store or at an auto shop to make sure that no damage is caused.

  1. Coolant Sensor

When the coolant sensor or any other sensor is dysfunctional it becomes harder to tell if a more serious issue is arising. For example, an engine could easily overheat without you knowing until the damage is beyond repair all because the coolant sensor gave out. Smaller issues such as this are some of the most common and possibly the most damaging. That’s why regular maintenance checks are so essential.

 

  1. 3. Mass Air Flow Sensor.

Just like with the coolant sensor, when this puppy is broken, other issues easily accumulate without the driver knowing. This problem can be avoided with frequently replaced air filters. This is a much more economic maintenance fix, as replacing air filters is substantially less expensive than replacing the sensor itself.

  1. Catalytic Converter.

This should not be a problem in a well cared for vehicle. Since this costly repair is only necessary if a smaller issue in the car is ignored. This might sound redundant, but it can’t be stressed enough that regular maintenance is vital.  

  1.  Oxygen Sensors.

Once again, sensors are crucial for a car’s longtime serviceability. This sensor in particular is the most common complication in auto repair. Its purpose is to balance the fuel being used with oxygen. Even though it can be easily repaired by the driver, in newer cars the sensor is located in an area that’s fairly difficult to reach.

If you run into trouble with your vehicle in the Schaumburg, IL area contact us today at (847) 895-9131! We’re happy to help at Express Auto Repair and Emissions.

Drunk Driving: It Isn’t Worth It

Something we all hear about in the news and social media, is that drunk driving is a terrible, but unfortunately common occurrence in America. The amount of people who have confessed to driving while drunk actually outnumbers the amount of residents in the state of Texas! Too many drivers are too confident when they’ve had too much to drink, but we urge drivers to take a moment to look at the following statistics, and learn the sobering facts.

Drunk Driving in Schaumburg, IL

Don’t Risk IT! Drive Sober, And Drive Defensively. Drunk Drivers Pose A Risk to All Drivers

More Danger Than You Think

At any given time of day, it is estimated that there are around 300,000 drunk drivers on the road. At night, motorists are four times more likely to drive drunk. More than 29 million drivers have admitted to driving while intoxicated. Men between 24 and 29 are the drivers most often arrested for DUI.

Too Many Drunk Drivers Are Not Arrested

Despite the incredibly high number of drunk drivers on the road daily, only a tiny 10% are actually arrested. That means that over a quarter million drunk drivers are stopped, but let go. Luckily, some police departments set up driving check points to catch and arrest drunk drivers.

Convicted But Still Not Stopped

Studies and polls alike have shown us that drunk drivers often continue to drive with a suspended license! Some modern devices such as BAC monitoring units can stop some drivers, but these are typically only used for alcoholics that have been convicted more than once.

Injuries And Fatalities Increase Yearly

Every two minutes, a person is injures in a DUI-related accident. Every 53 minutes, at least one of those people is killed by their injuries. In the past decade alone, countless sober people, in and out of vehicles, have lost their lives to drunk drivers.

Everyone Is At Risk

There are so many drunk drivers on the road, that 2 out of 3 motorists will be involved in a drunk-driving accident in their lifetime. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you are the one drinking or not, all drivers are at risk when someone drives drunk.

We at Express Auto and Emissions are firm advocates against drunk driving in Schaumburg, IL, and we want you to always stay safe on the road! If you have questions about our products and services, please give us a call today at (847) 895-9131, and let us help you keep your car in top quality condition!

2 Maintenance Tips To Increase Safe Driving

When it comes to car accidents, we all know the number one cause. Distracted driving is the biggest reason American drivers get into accidents on the road. Distracted driving includes, talking on the phone, eating while driving, kids or pets in the backseat, road rage, and of course, texting.

However, distractions aren’t the only causes of accidents. Improper maintenance can also lead to complications that can leave you in a dangerous situation. Below are three things you can check regularly, to avoid some types of accidents yourself!

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Windshield Wipers & Headlights

Visibility is essential to safe driving. Most distracted drivers end up crashing because their eyes aren’t on the road. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how hard you focus if you still can’t see through the windshield! Many drivers don’t think to check their wipers or lights until they are already driving in weather that compromises visibility.

Once a month, take a moment to check out your wipers. Over time the blades can become brittle and ineffective, so it is important to change them when they show signs of wear and tear. While you’re at it, check your wiper fluid under the hood, so you know you’ll have it when you need it. Rinse your windshield with the fluid and turn on your wipers. The glass should be crystal clear. If not, it may be time to replace!

Additionally check to make sure all of the lights on your car are working and properly aligned. Not only a safety tip, taking the time to check your headlights can save you from a getting ticket for having a light out!

Safe Tires For Safe Driving

Car tires. Many drivers wait until they have a flat to check or change their tires, but if you’re a smart driver, you’ll check them much more often than that! Your tire are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, so you should make sure they are in good shape at all times.

Your tires should be free of bumps or cracks, so if your tires have either, you should have them replaced. Also, make sure your tread is deep enough to provide good traction. Accidents can often happen from hydroplaning or skidding, which can be avoided with good tires.

For all of your car repair and maintenance needs in Schaumburg, IL, give the pros at Express Auto Repairs and Emissions Service a call at (847) 895-9131!

Choosing a Local Auto Shop

Auto MechanicThere are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration when trying to find a local repair shop to take your vehicle to. You usually have quite a few options too, when looking into the shops in your area. Narrow down your choices by using these criteria to find the right auto shop for you:

Go to an auto shop that employs ASE certified mechanics. When it comes to repairing and maintaining your vehicle, you want to know that you’re leaving it in the hands of a professional. ASE certified technicians have to go through extensive training in order to be certified in automotive repairs.

Don’t use a shop that won’t give you a written estimate before they start working on your vehicle. Getting an estimate beforehand reduces the chances of being charged an arm and a leg for services you may not have even needed. The estimate should give you an idea of what services they will be performing on the car and how much it should cost you.

Check for references when looking into local shops online. The internet is full of possibilities when you want to know more about a company. Sites like Google, Facebook, and Yelp allow users to leave reviews of a company. Reviews will give you a good idea of how the shop treats its customers and the vehicles in their care.

If you are looking for quality and professionalism in a local Schaumburg, IL automotive shop, come by Express Automotive today. We strive to take care of each and every one of our customers so they leave with a vehicle that performs better than before. Call today at (847) 895-9131 to learn more about our services.

Engine Oil Change: 4 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Oil

Sometimes our car’s maintenance can fall to the waist side. While everyone slips up from time to time, it’s important to stay on track. One of the things we forget to maintain is our car’s oil. The recommended time to change oil varies from car to car, but there are signs that it’s time to get an oil change. Here are 4 signs it’s time to change your oil.

Loud Engine Noise

While engines tend to be loud, there should not be any grinding noises. When the engine becomes too loud the engine needs more oil to lubricate it.

Your Check Engine Light Comes On

A feature on your car reminds you when you need an oil change. Your check light engine could come on for various reasons, but it’s a safe assumption your oil needs to be changed.

Engine Oil is Darkened

If you check your car’s dipstick and the oil is black, its time for an oil change. Oil that is fresh has a thin consistency and light brown color.

You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Had An Oil Change

If you can’t remember the last time your engine oil was changed, it might be time to service your vehicle. Up to date oil changes can help prevent engine damage.

If you are need of engine oil maintenance or factory scheduled maintenance, give the professionals at Express Auto Repair a call at (847) 895-9131! For car repairs and service in the Schaumburg, IL area, their twenty-five years of experience will speak for itself.