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An Essential Guide to Maintaining Your Brakes

Posted on October 7, 2014

As a leading cause of car wrecks, brake failure is a terrifying experience that endangers drivers experiencing brake failure and everyone in their vicinity. Since brake failure is rarely a problem that occurs out of the blue, it is important for drivers to stay on top of their brake maintenance and be aware of signs that their brakes are losing efficacy. Steps you can take to properly maintain your brakes and keep the likelihood that you will be involved in a brake-related car collision to a minimum are discussed below.

Car mechanic repair brake pads

Go Easy on Your Brakes
The rate at which brake pads wear down varies considerably based on a driver’s habits. Keep your brakes performing well for longer by making it a habit to coast rather than stop and go. When there is plenty of space between you and the vehicle or stop sign in front of you, apply pressure to your brakes gradually rather than waiting until the last minute and slamming on them.

Familiarize Yourself with Warning Signs
Early signs of brake failure include pulsating brake pedals and the presence of clicking, grinding, or squealing noises when pressure is applied to the brakes. Other warning signs of brake failure include  to be on the lookout for include poor brake performance, a car’s tendency to pull to one side when brakes are applied, and the illumination of ABS or other brake check lights on the dash.

Schedule Regular Brake Inspections
Even if your brakes seem to be holding up well, you should arrange to have them inspected by an automotive expert every 10,000 to 15,000 miles, or as recommended by your owner’s manual. It is also important to flush and replenish your brake fluid and carry out any other maintenance procedures recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.

Regardless of whether your brakes played a role in a car wreck in which you were recently involved, you should have your vehicle inspected by a collision repair professional. At B & L Automotive, Inc. in Chicago, we can repair exterior vehicle damage and identify and repair automotive problems that can help make your car safer to driver. For a free cost estimate or more information about our collision repair services, call (773) 463-1622. 

Signs and Symptoms of an Alternator Problem

Posted on September 30, 2014

As the component of a car that charges the battery and powers the car’s electrical system when the engine is on, an alternator is essential to the operation of any modern motor vehicle. Thankfully, alternators usually give off warning signs well before they croak. If you experience the following signs and symptoms when starting your engine or driving, you should have a collision repair expert inspect your alternator.


Dash and Headlight Irregularities
If there is an “ALT” or “GEN” light on your vehicle’s dashboard, its illumination is a strong indication that your alternator needs work. When an alternator starts to fail, it is also common for the lights on your dash to flicker, brighten, or dim suddenly. Dimmer-than-usual headlights are another warning sign.

Battery Failure
If you maintain your car as recommended by your owner’s manual and your battery is less than two or three years old, failure to start is not necessarily a sign that your battery has run its course and needs to be replaced. There is a good chance that your engine will not start because the alternator is not charging the battery, and that the alternator needs to be repaired or replaced.

Unusual Sounds and Smells
Growling, hissing, and whining noises coming from under the hood of your car could be a sign that your alternator is failing. Even if this is not the case, it is a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by an automotive repair specialist anytime that you hear strange noises or smell something that resembles burning rubber or electrical components.

If you detect any of these signs while on the road or you have been involved in a vehicle collision and your car will not start, schedule an appointment with an insurance approved repair shop. Proudly serving residents of the Chicago area, B & L Automotive Repairs, Inc. offers a range of collision repairs and other automotive services. For a free estimate or access to 24/7 emergency towing, call (773) 463-1622. 

Testing an Alternator

Posted on September 25, 2014

When you have trouble starting your car, what is your first thought? If it is that your battery is likely dead, you think like most drivers. While your battery may be dead for now, it is not necessarily dead for good. The root of your automotive problem may lie with your alternator and not with your battery.

To learn about the relationship between an automotive alternator and a car battery, watch this video. In the clip, a car expert discusses how alternators charge car batteries and how you can test your vehicle’s alternator to determine whether or not it is working properly.

If you have recently been involved in a car collision and are having trouble starting your car, have it towed to a reputable collision repair shop. To request a tow truck or a free collision repair service cost estimate in Chicago, call B & L Automotive Repairs, Inc. at (773) 463-1622.


Signs That You Need New Tires

Posted on September 19, 2014

Inspecting Tire Tread Using a Penny

The productive life of a car tire varies based on tire type, maintenance habits, road conditions, and other factors. Since tires in poor condition negatively impact a vehicle’s fuel economy and make driving less safe, replacing your tires is not something you should wait until you have no choice to do.

Rather than wait until a certain amount of time has passed or you have driven a specific number of miles since last replacing your tires, you should keep an eye out for warning signs that your tires are well past their prime. Check tire wear and tread depth every few weeks, scheduling an appointment to have your tires changed when the tread depth drops below 1/16th of an inch. When checking your tire tread depth, examine your tires for cracks, blisters, and bulges. If you detect any of these blemishes or notice that your vehicle vibrates more than it usually does on roads that you know well, it is time for you to have your tires changed.

If your tires have seen much better days due to considerable use, lack of maintenance, or involvement in a car collision, schedule an appointment at an insurance approved repair center. For a free estimate from a reputable collision repair shop in Chicago, call B & L Automotive, Inc. at (773) 463-1622.

Steps to Follow When Filing an Insurance Claim Following a Collision

Posted on September 12, 2014

An automotive collision is a highly stressful experience for any driver. If you find yourself in an accident on the road, it is important to remain calm. By taking all of the necessary steps to collect information from the other motorist involved in the incident, you will be prepared to file an insurance claim that will cover the cost of your vehicle repairs. Here is an overview of the steps to follow when you are filing an auto insurance claim.

Loss Adjuster Inspecting Car Involved In Accident

Gather Information
The first step of filing an auto insurance claim is to gather information at the scene of the accident. If anyone has been injured, be sure to call 911 immediately. Next, take down the license plate number, contact information, and insurance policy number of every motorist involved. This information will be highly important to you when you contact your insurance company to make a claim.

Contact Your Insurance Company
The next step of filing an insurance claim is to contact your insurance company. You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible following the incident. When you speak with your claims representative, you will determine the services that are covered by your policy.

Create a Damage Estimate
Once you have filed a claim with your insurance company, you will be ready to take your car into the auto body shop for the repairs. The technicians at the body shop will create a damage estimate for your vehicle. After your insurance company has received the estimate, they will send you a check to cover some or all of the costs of your repairs.

If you have been in an accident, be sure to contact B & L Automotive Repairs for all of your auto body service needs. We provide our many satisfied customers in the Chicago area with all types of collision repairs and auto body services. To learn more about the benefits of bringing your car to our shop, call us at (773) 463-1622. 

How Professionals Repair a Car Paint Job

Posted on September 5, 2014

A professional paint department at an auto body shop will be fully equipped to provide your car with a beautiful new paint job. When the professionals repair a car paint job, they use an advanced spray booth system that evenly covers each surface of the vehicle. With their specialized techniques, your auto body shop will be able to restore your vehicle to brand new condition. To take a look at the professional paint job process, watch this video.

The highly skilled technicians at B & L Automotive Repairs can provide you with a complete range of auto body services. We provide motorists in the Chicago area with paint job restoration, collision damage repair, and more. Give our Chicago auto body shop a call at (773) 887-3448 to make an appointment for your car today!  

A Look at the Bumper Repair Process

Posted on August 28, 2014

bumper damage

A scratch or dent on your bumper can mar the overall appearance of your vehicle. While bumpers are designed to absorb impact, they can become damaged if they are hit with too much force. If your bumper has been damaged in an automotive collision, your body shop will be able to restore your vehicle to beautiful condition. With the proper steps and services, your bumper will look brand new when it leaves the body shop. Here is a quick overview of what you can expect from the bumper repair process.

Removing the Bumper
Typically, a car bumper is attached to the front fascia with screws, tabs, or bolts. The first step of repairing a bumper is to detach the bumper itself from the body of the vehicle. Your mechanic will be able to easily remove your bumper, without causing damage to other parts of your vehicle. After your bumper has been removed, it will be ready for the repair process.

Identifying the Plastic
The next step of repairing a bumper is to identity the type of plastic that it has been made from. Bumpers can be constructed from a variety of plastic materials, including polypropylene, polypheylene oxide, and thermoplastic elastomer. Once your mechanic has identified the material of your bumper, he will be able to choose the appropriate method of repairs.

Filling the Damage
To repair the bumper, your mechanic will fill the damaged area with a specially designed material. After the damaged area has been buffed and primed, the filer will be carefully placed in the dent or scratch. Once the filler has dried, it will be sanded and painted to perfection.

When your bumper is in need of repairs, you can trust B & L Automotive Repairs to provide you with top quality services. We are proud to serve the Chicago area with top rated auto body repairs and collision repairs. To set up an appointment for your vehicle, call us at (773) 463-1622. 

Beginning Your Automotive Repair Process at B & L Automotive Repairs

Posted on August 21, 2014

Smiling couple standing with mechanic using laptop

At B & L Automotive Repairs, we will ensure that you have a fantastic experience during every step of your auto repair service. Your automotive repair process at our shop will begin with an appointment with one of our customer service representatives. During this appointment, we will work closely with you to determine your auto body repair needs. After talking with you and your insurance company, we will provide you with a detailed estimate for your services. Once this estimate has been completed, we will be ready to begin the process of restoring and repairing the appearance of your vehicle.

To start your automotive repair process at B & L Automotive Repairs, give our Chicago location a call at (773) 887-3448. We will ensure that you have a fantastic auto body repair experience when you bring your vehicle to our service center. Our team looks forward to assisting you with all of your auto body repair needs. 

Auto Paint Matching Following a Car Collision

Posted on August 8, 2014

A car collision can leave your car with unsightly damage that requires expert body work to be restored. Once the dents are repaired, the challenge is to find, mix, and blend the right paint to achieve a perfect color match. If you were recently in a car collision, read on to learn how auto paint matching works.  

Professional car painting.

The Elements of Paint
Automotive paint consists of three primary components: resin, solvent, and pigment. Resin determines the quality and durability of the paint and its application. Solvent creates the viscosity of the paint so that it can be applied effectively. And pigment is a powder consisting of toners or colors that combine to produce the finish.

Find the Color Code and Order the Paint
The original paint on your car was assigned a color code by the manufacturer. With your car’s model number and model year, an insurance approved collision repair shop can find your car’s color code online. In some cases it can be difficult to find an older car’s color code online; in this case, the collision repair shop will find it on the car’s identification plate. Once the car collision shop has determined your vehicle’s color code, they will order the paint. Sometimes this requires ordering several tones or paint colors.

Paint Mixing
The paint experts at the collision repair shop will need to mix together the paint until the exact color is produced. A good collision repair shop will always blend the color to achieve a perfect match. This is especially important if your vehicle is getting spot paint treatment, because even a small paint touch up gone wrong can stand out and reduce the value of your vehicle.

If you need expert auto paint matching, contact B&L Automotive Repairs, the preferred insurance approved collision repair shop in Chicago. Call us at (773) 463-1622 to speak with a friendly, ASE-certified technician, and check out our website to learn more about the collision repair and body work we offer.

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