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Tips from Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,: Anti-Lock Brakes

There’s a common misconception among Schaumburg drivers that Anti-Lock Brakes help you stop faster. That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. Anti-Lock Brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation.

Imagine you are driving on a snowy Schaumburg road. You need to slam on your brakes and your rear wheels lock up. Chances are good that the rear end of your vehicle will try to pass the front end and you can easily lose control. What would happen in the same circumstance if your front wheels locked up? Well you certainly would not be able to steer properly and your front end would go to wherever gravity leads it. The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) modulates your brakes on and off as many as 15 times a second. This keeps your wheels from locking up while providing the greatest amount of braking possible. You are better able to steer your vehicle and maintain control. Schaumburg drivers often talk about the 3 S’s of Anti-Lock Brakes: Stomp – Stay – Steer. Stomp on the brake, Stay on the brake, and Steer normally.

Modern ABS utilizes a computer to receive information from sensors and control the anti-lock brakes. There are wheel speed sensors at each wheel reporting back to the computer which can then decide when to activate the anti-lock brakes on the wheel or wheels in need.

So what affects how well the ABS works? First, the condition of your brakes: If you brakes are worn or not working properly, the ABS will not be able to do its job as effectively. A brake inspection at Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg will let you know if your brake shoes/ pads are in good condition, if there are any mechanical brake problems and if your brake fluid and power brake system is in need of service. Proper brake fluid maintenance helps keep the brake control module in good working order. There can also be problems with the various sensors and the wiring that sends the messages to and from the computer. And of course, your tires need to be in good condition in order to have enough traction to start, stop, and steer. Worn tires are a big issue for ABS and Stability Control Systems.

The ABS is the foundation of Stability Control Systems, providing the essential information needed for stability control as well as to strategically brake a wheel when needed, so making sure your ABS is working well is very important. Also, the rolling diameter of your tires is one of the factors on which the computer uses to base anti-lock decisions. If you buy tires that are more than 3% larger or smaller than the tires that were installed at the factory, the ABS and Stability Control systems will not work properly. The computer can be recalibrated for the new tire size so that the systems have the correct information.

When you start your vehicle, the ABS light will briefly illuminate on the dashboard. If the system detects a problem with itself, the light will stay on. That is your cue to take your vehicle in for an inspection to determine the problem. Your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service advisor is your partner in keeping this vital safety system operating as it should.

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Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, IL 60193
847.352.2886
http://schaumburgautomedics.com/

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Smart Car Care for Schaumburg Drivers: Evaporative Emissions Control

The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very harmful to the environment. Evaporative emissions control systems – EVAP for short – are mandated in all cars and trucks. The job of the EVAP system is to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of an on-board recycling program.

The EVAP system is a complicated network of hoses, valves, filters and such. Issues with the EVAP system are in the Top 5 reasons for a Check Engine Light to be illuminated. Your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service advisor can pull the trouble codes and begin a diagnostic procedure to isolate the fault.

With the proper equipment, your service advisor can test the valves in order to trace a blockage. A low pressure smoke test can be performed to find any leaks. The required repairs are then made to get the EVAP system working again and to reset the Check Engine Light.

While EVAP issues don’t generally lead to vehicle damage, the fact that they trigger the Check Engine Light can mask other more essential problems for Schaumburg drivers if left unaddressed. After all, there are hundreds of conditions that can trigger a Check Engine Light – but there is only one light. So if the light is on because of an EVAP issue you haven’t fixed and another issue arises, you won’t be alerted to the new condition because the light is already on.

Of course, if you live in a jurisdiction in IL that requires emissions testing to register your vehicle, you won’t pass the test until you make the needed repairs. An EVAP trouble code could be caused by something as simple as a loose or worn gas cap or a leak in a hose to problems with a purge valve of even a rusty fuel filler pipe.

When your Check Engine Light comes on, bring your truck into Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg and let us check it out. Your Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service advisor will be able to diagnose the issues and work out a plan to address any problems that are uncovered. There’s peace of mind for Schaumburg auto owners that comes from knowing what is wrong and taking care of it.

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Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, IL 60193
847.352.2886
http://schaumburgautomedics.com/

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

MAF Sensor and Engine Air Filter

Today’s Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., post focuses on the importance of protecting your mass air flow sensor or MAF. Air and fuel are mixed together to be burned in your engine. The amount is controlled by how hard you press on the accelerator or by external factors like climbing hills or hauling loads. Based on how much air you need – and how much is available – your engine management computer tells your fuel injection system how much fuel to send to your engine. But what if the computer is getting the wrong specifics about how much air is coming into your engine? Well, it would send the wrong amount of fuel and your engine performance would suffer.

The Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor measures the volume, temperature, and density of the air flowing into your engine. With that vital information, the computer calculates how much oxygen is available to burn and adjusts the amount of fuel it sends. A dirty or damaged MAF sensor can give the wrong readings, hurt your fuel economy, damage the catalytic converter, reduce engine performance, trigger the Check Engine Light, and, worst case, stop your engine.

Remember that you can drive your car if the Check Engine Light is on – unless it’s flashing. If your CEL indicates a MAF problem, Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., recommends that you take action before you damage your catalytic converter.

How does an MAF sensor get damaged? Well, let’s look at this process again. As air comes into your engine, it first passes through the engine air filter. Dust, road grime, pollen, and other dangerous contaminants are, hopefully, trapped in the filter. If the engine air filter becomes clogged, some of the pollutants can pass through and hit the MAF sensor. Thus, a clean engine air filter protects your MAF sensor. Reason number 47 to replace your engine air filter as recommended.

Now if your MAF sensor is contaminated, you may be able to clean it with an air induction cleaning service at Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg. This service also cleans your throttle body and other fuel system components. In those circumstances where the MAF sensor is not only contaminated but actually damaged, it will need to be replaced. (And it costs a whole lot more than an engine air filter.)

Your Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service specialist can quickly inspect your engine air filter to see if you need a new one. A caution: low-line air filters may actually contribute to MAF sensor failure as filter material can come loose and contaminate the sensitive sensor elements – filter material is just as harmful as outside gunk.

When your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service professional recommends you replace your engine air filter, think about how much is riding on that inexpensive but important part.

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Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, IL 60193
847.352.2886

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Will Proper Auto Maintenance Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly – like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we’re also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Schaumburg drivers don’t always extend those good habits into the garage. Our trucks need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but, just as cleaning a carpet carries the hidden reward of prolonging its life, maintaining our trucks incurs a hidden reward that becomes noticeable at Schaumburg gas stations.

When it comes to reduced MPG, there are two essential culprits: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. That means that anything Schaumburg car owners can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move something. So if we can reduce friction, we can decrease the amount of fuel it takes to run our trucks. Engine oil is usually at the heart of friction problems in an engine. Too little oil means parts are not getting lubricated, which increases friction and dirty oil doesn’t lubricate as well as clean oil. So one secret to good fuel economy is to stay on top of oil changes. Don’t skip them and don’t procrastinate. The same auto advice applies to transmission fluid. Keep it full and keep it clean, and your vehicle will run with less friction and better gas mileage.

If your tires are under-inflated, it increases the friction between the tire and the road. Again, there is increased drag, and it takes more fuel to move your truck. Schaumburg drivers should check their tire pressure every month and keep their tires properly inflated.

Alignment and brake problems can also increase friction. Besides saving fuel, keeping these essential systems in good repair has the added benefit of saving you income on tires and brake pads since these items wear out more quickly when the alignment is off or when the brake system isn’t in good working order. Talk to your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., technician.

The second culprit that stealthily steals our gas mileage is inefficient fuel combustion, which depends on the engine getting the right amount of clean fuel to the right place with the right pressure at the right time in the right pattern. The key to peak engine performance is to keep the fuel system clean. Varnish and gum can build up in a fuel system, which will interfere with the fuel injectors. The fuel injectors are responsible for all those “rights” we spoke of. If they’re dirty, amounts, timing, pressure and spray patterns can all get out of whack. The result? Reduced fuel efficiency. A fuel system cleaning at Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg can get your injectors back on track, improving performance and efficiency.

There are a few other vital maintenance items that can improve your gas mileage. One is to replace your PCV valve when it gets sticky. This valve allows unburned fuel in your engine exhaust to return to the engine. Schaumburg motorists can also replace worn spark plugs and dirty fuel filters. A well-maintained truck will require fewer repairs and save bucks at Schaumburg gas pumps.

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

20 Things Schaumburg Drivers Should Do After a Car Accident

1. Stay calm. Try not to panic. Be courteous.
2. Check yourself and others involved to see if there are injuries. In some states, failing to render medical aid is a crime.
3. Call an ambulance (911) if there are injuries that may need treatment.
4. Turn your hazard lights on.
5. If you keep flares and warning triangles in your vehicle, use them to alert other drivers in the area. Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., recommends that all drivers keep safety devices stored in their vehicle along with a first aid kit.
6. If the accident is not serious, and the car(s) involved are in the street, move them off the road if possible. But make sure you don’t move them so far that you could be accused of leaving the scene of the accident.
7. Call the local Schaumburg police department regardless of the seriousness of the crash. If there is no documentation of the accident, you can’t file a claim.
8. Don’t admit fault.
9. Write down critical details about how the collision occurred while it is fresh in your memory. If you have a mobile app for your auto insurance, it probably provides an easy way to enter this information.
10. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved.
11. If there are witnesses, get complete contact information.
12. Take photos of the accident with your phone or other mobile device.
13. If the other driver is not the person listed on the registration, find out how they are related.
14. When police officers arrive, record their names and badge numbers.
15. Don’t tell the other driver(s) anything about your auto insurance coverage limits.
16. Make sure you understand clearly what happened.(See number 9.) Be consistent when explaining the situation to police officers or your insurance agent. Don’t change your story or you will lose credibility. Don’t give details to anyone unless you are required to.
17. Make sure you take down the license plate numbers of the other car(s) involved.
18. Consider hiring a lawyer if you have serious injuries that may require long term care or the other driver threatens or initiates legal action.
19. File your insurance claim as soon as you can. The claim process can take a lot of time. You don’t want to delay settlement unnecessarily. Save all receipts for any medical treatment or work done on your automobile.
20. If your car isn’t drivable, find out if your insurance policy covers roadside assistance.
21. (This is a bonus!) Make sure you don’t put your signature on any report except those required by a law officer or insurance representative.

You will probably be involved in at least one accident during your lifetime, even if you are a very careful driver. The good news is that cars are safer than ever before and the rate of fatal collisions has dropped.

If you need accident repair for your vehicle, bring it in to Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg. If your insurance agent tells you that you have to use a certain shop, check the laws in your state. Many states prohibit insurance companies from requiring you to use their contracted facility. You also want to be careful that your service center doesn’t use inferior parts that may void your warranty.

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Time To Take Another Look at Diesels

If you haven’t looked into diesel engines lately, you may be interested in today’s post. Why should you care about modern diesel engines? Fuel efficiency, for starters. Because diesel fuel has a higher compression rate than gasoline, it generates more power per barrel. This is especially advantageous for drivers who pull heavy loads with powerful trucks that are always thirsty.

There are still many misconceptions about diesel powered vehicles. Let’s debunk some of the myths.

1. Diesel Burns Dirty
This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel or USLD. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a smaller carbon footprint.

2. Diesels Are Sluggish
Not any more. They are as fast off the line as similar gasoline-powered cars. If your idea of fun is to spend an afternoon test-driving new cars, go take a spin in a diesel BMW or Porsche.

3. Diesels Are Loud
Back in the day, you could hear a diesel motor from a mile away. Today’s diesels run quiet.

4. Diesels Have a Bad Resale Value
Actually, diesel vehicles have a lower depreciation rate.

Diesel engines require parts that are heavier and stronger. At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,, we occasionally service diesel cars and trucks with over 300,000 miles. The heavy-duty parts make diesel vehicles a little more expensive new but due to the extra burliness, diesel engines last a lot longer. This is one of the reasons Cummins diesels inspire such a loyal following.

In addition, diesels can run on many types of alternative fuels unlike gasoline engines which require extensive modification. Another often-overlooked benefit is lower risk of fire. Diesel fuel is less flammable and won’t explode like gasoline.

What about the drawbacks? Cold weather starting is one. Diesel engines can be hard to fire up when the temperature drops. However, an engine block heater can solve this problem. Talk to your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., tech for more details.

If you are in the market for a new automobile that’s easy on gas, you might want to explore your diesel options. You may even qualify for a tax credit if you buy a clean diesel vehicle. Of course, diesels require regular maintenance like any other vehicle and the services are usually a little more pricey due to the nature of the engines. But the extra cost is offset by the fuel efficiency and longer engine life.

Bottom line? Today’s diesel is not your grandfather’s diesel.

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

5 Tips for Buying Used in Schaumburg

Many budget-conscious Schaumburg car owners who need a reliable vehicle can’t even consider buying a new one. So they are forced to take their chances with a used one. If you are in this situation, how can you find a vehicle that is going to serve you well for many years to come? Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., presents five tips for used car buyers:

1. Ask for service records. Most owners who document regular maintenance service take care of their automobile.

2. Inspect the vehicle thoroughly. Check for uneven tire wear, alignment problems, suspension issues, strange sounds and funky odors.

3. If everything checks out up to this point, bring it to Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., for a thorough used car inspection. Your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service advisor can give you a heads up on any pressing issues or emerging problems that will need to be addressed eventually. If the seller won’t let you do this before you buy, move on.

4. Buy a CarFax report. This will show any major accidents and title status concerns including whether it is a salvaged vehicle. You don’t want a car that was underwater for a week after Hurricane Sandy.

5. After you buy, stay on top of regular maintenance (and save the records). Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., will help keep your car running well and you will enjoy not having a car payment.

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Vehicle Maintenance Tips from Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc: Thermostat

The thermostat is an essential part of your cooling system. Schaumburg car owners’ vehicle thermostats perform a similar function to the thermostats in their homes. At home, you set your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature range. When your home gets too hot, the air conditioning kicks on and when it gets too cool, the heater turns on.

Now your engine also has an optimal temperature range: warm enough to run efficiently and not so hot as to cause engine damage. Your vehicle’s thermostat is an important valve between the engine and the radiator. When Schaumburg auto owners first start a cold engine, the valve (thermostat) is closed, allowing the coolant surrounding the engine to warm up to the proper operating temperature. As the coolant gets hotter, the thermostat opens, allowing coolant to flow through to the radiator to be cooled. The thermostat opens and closes to keep the engine within a certain temperature range.

Now thermostats are rated for a specific temperature depending on the engine – not a one size fits all proposition. Thermostats are subject to normal wear. Proper operation depends on a special wax that expands as it heats up to open a spring-loaded valve. A worn thermostat could stick in the open position causing the engine to run too cool. This is inefficient and could diminish performance and MPG. If a thermostat sticks in the closed position, the engine can be subject to the harmful results of overheating.

There isn’t a specific routine for Schaumburg auto owners to maintain their thermostat, but maintaining the cooling system by changing the coolant/antifreeze on schedule will make sure the coolant has enough needed corrosion inhibitors to protect the thermostat and other important system components. Cooling system experts and the team at Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg recommend replacing your thermostat when you do a coolant flush or exchange. Also, thermostats usually wear out faster than your hoses, so if a worn hose replacement is necessary, replace the thermostat at the same time.

If your temperature warning light comes on, have an automotive analysis of your cooling system right away. This could be a thermostat trouble. The thermostat could also be the culprit for Schaumburg auto owners who aren’t getting hot air when they turn on their heater.

The thermostat is a relatively inexpensive part that stands guard between you and catastrophic and costly engine damage. Follow your car maker’s manual instructions, or check with your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., tech to see if it’s time for a cooling system inspection or service.

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Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, IL 60193
847.352.2886

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., Automotive Tips: Heater Core

Heater coreSchaumburg drivers may wonder where the toasty air in your passenger compartment comes from. Well, as your engine starts to warm up, it also warms the coolant/antifreeze that circulates around the engine and through the radiator. There is also a hose that transfers coolant/antifreeze from the engine to the heater core and another that takes it back into the engine. The heater core looks like a little radiator and lives in the air blend box behind the dashboard.

When auto owners turn on the heat, air blows over the heater core, is warmed, and comes into the cabin. Some vehicles have a heater valve that delivers coolant through the heater core when the heat is on and bypasses the heater core when the heat is off. In other vehicles, the temperature of the air is controlled within the air blend box by how much air is directed over the heater core.

The engine cooling system, in a larger sense, also encompasses the heater core. Things that adversely influence, say, your radiator will also harm your heater core. The coolant/antifreeze contains corrosion inhibitors that coat the surfaces inside the cooling system, including the heater core. When the corrosion inhibitors are depleted, the cooling system can become corroded, filled with contaminants, and may even start to leak.

There are several important signs that warn motorists of a leaky heater core: First you may notice a sweet smell from your vents. This is coolant leaking out and getting into the air. You may even notice vapor coming out the vents and notice a film building up inside the windows. Of course, breathing coolant vapors is detrimental for you.

You may also notice coolant on the driveway. Additionally, depending on the design of your vehicle, you may even get coolant leaking out into the foot wells of the cabin.

Coolant/antifreeze leaking out through the heater core means that the overall coolant level in the system will be low and the engine is in danger of overheating – which is generally the cause of a steep mechanical breakdown.

The good news is that the things you do to protect your cooling system also protect your heater core. Changing your coolant/antifreeze as directed by your automobile manufacturer or upon the guidance of your Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service advisor will help ensure your coolant has enough corrosion inhibitors working to protect this important system. Also, quickly repairing any leaks and inspecting hoses for signs of internal breakdown will help keep any issue from becoming an emergency.

Make sure you communicate with with your personable Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., service specialist about when a cooling system service should be handled.

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Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc.,
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, IL 60193
847.352.2886

At Schaumburg AutoMedics Inc., in Schaumburg IL (60193) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 847.352.2886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

 



 

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