• Tips for Avoiding a Collision in Chicago

    Take a look at this video for some great tips on avoiding a collision in Chicago:

    We hope you never experience a collision in Chicago, however, in the event that you do please contact B & L Automotive Repairs, Inc. We’ll make the repair process as easy as possible for you. Call us at (773) 463-1622.

  • What Type of Motor Oil Is Best for Your Engine?

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    The type of motor oil that is best for your car engine depends primarily on two factors: the design of the engine and the current climate in your area. In Chicago, for instance, it’s important to have either synthetic oil or low-viscosity conventional oil in the colder months.

    High-viscosity is fine in the summer, but in the winter this type of engine oil hardens and turns into a gooey mess that is not efficient at cooling or lubricating the engine. Ask your local car repair shop if your car engine was designed to handle synthetic engine oil. Before choosing on a type of oil, keep in mind that the higher price of synthetic oil is offset by the fact that it lasts roughly 3 to 4 times longer than conventional oil.

    At B & L Automotive Repair, we would be happy to discuss which type of engine oil would be best for your car’s engine. Call us at (773) 463-1622 to speak with one of our car maintenance specialists, and visit our website to see our car repair shop location in Chicago.

  • Identifying Common Transmission Problems

    Transmission problems can occur at any time. Fortunately, many transmission problems can be identified if you know what symptoms to look for. Watch the video to learn about how you can identify common transmission problems.

    In manual transmissions it is common for the synchro-meshes to wear out, which is accompanied by a grinding noise during gear changes, or a tendency for the transmission to pop out of gear when the car is coasting or under load. Excessive gear noise or difficulty shifting can indicate that the fluid level is too low or the fluid is dirty. If you pull the transmission fluid dipstick out and detect a burnt smell, then there is too much friction occurring within the transmission and it needs to be serviced.

    If your transmission is producing strange smells or noises, or it is having difficulty shifting, come to B & L Automotive Repairs of Chicago. Call us at (773) 463-1622 if you have any questions about the car maintenance and repair services we offer. 

  • Essential Driving Tips to Help You Extend the Lifespan of Your Vehicle and Avoid Collisions

    Smiling Woman Driving

    Many cars can be driven for hundreds of thousands of miles before needing major repairs, as long as they are taken care of properly. In addition to seeking routine maintenance at your local car repair shop, it’s important to drive carefully so that the car’s components to not wear out prematurely. Continue reading to learn how to drive your car so that you can extend its lifespan.

    Be Easy On Your Car in Cold Weather

    In the wintertime in Chicago, it’s best to warm the engine up slowly. It doesn’t need to idle for very long. Simply start it, let it run for 30 seconds, and then drive it gently for the first few minutes.

    Avoid Speeding

    The less you push your engine, the less wear it experiences, and the longer it will last. And, it’s a great way to avoid collisions. While it isn’t safe to drive well below the speed limit, it’s a good idea to try to keep your car’s speed as low as possible to keep engine wear to a minimum.

    Break In a New Car Gently

    If you have a new car, be very easy on it for the first 1,000 miles. Try to keep the RPM levels low during this time, ideally less than 3,500 RPM. Vary your speed and gear, but do not exceed 75 miles per hour. Breaking in a new car carefully will ensure that its engine components, such as the piston rings, mold correctly into the new engine.

    Shift Gears Correctly

    Make sure that your car is always in a suitable gear. If the vehicle starts to shake and the RPMs are low, you may be in a gear that’s too high. Instead of braking by downshifting, use the brakes to reduce strain on the transmission and engine.

    B & L Automotive of Chicago has years of experience providing quality collision repair services. Browse our website to see how we can extend the lifespan of your car. If you have any questions, call us at (773) 463-1622.