• When Must Bumpers Be Replaced?

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    The first factor that technicians usually look for is cracks. If a bumper is cracked, it will usually need to be replaced, since cracks mean that the bumper is weakened structurally. A weakened bumper won’t protect you in the case of an accident, so it needs to be replaced. Dents, on the other hand, can generally be repaired. However, if the denting is so extensive that it will require significant labor costs, replacing the bumper may be a better option.

    B&L Automotive Repairs, Inc. will give you advice you can trust about the car repairs you need after an accident. For bumper repair near Chicago, call (773) 463-1622.

  • Here’s How Auto Techs Mix Paint

    When you take your car into the auto paint shop, matching your paint is a critical part of the process. Do you ever wonder how you can be sure that they get the color just right? This video explains the process.

    Inside your car, the auto paint shop will find a code for the color paint your car has. Using that code, along with paint color chips, they can get the exact color necessary for your car paint job.

    At B&L Automotive, our auto paint shop in Chicago will make your car come out looking like new, whether you needed paint after dent repair or full collision service. For more information, please call (773) 463-1622.

  • Get the Facts About the Crumple Zone

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    Even if you drive very carefully, there is always a risk of an accident when you’re on the road. To mitigate the dangers of collisions, auto engineers have designed cars with crumple zones. These zones help to protect you in the event of an accident. Although having a crumple zone means that you will likely need collision repairs, the way your car contracts in these areas during a crash could be life-saving.

    What exactly is a crumple zone?

    Crumple zones are parts of a car that are designed to absorb energy during a collision, so that it reduces the effects of the impact on the occupants of the vehicle. In response to the energy absorption, these portions of the vehicle crumple, or collapse inward, during a crash. In other words, you will likely see the most collision damage on the crumple zone of your car if you are in an accident.

    Where are the crumple zones located?

    There is no single crumple zone design that works for all cars, and manufacturers usually protect information about their crumple zones as proprietary. In designing a car with crumple zones, designers have to consider the weight, size, and shape of the vehicle. Based on this information, designers may incorporate frames that collapse in portions or used certain metals that absorb energy in portions of the car. Typically, crumple zones are in the front and back of cars.

    What can’t the entire car be a crumple zone?

    Some people wonder why the entire vehicle can’t effectively be a crumple zone, if it would protect the people inside. The reason is because engineers have to balance the inability to pierce the vehicle with its ability to crumple. Further, some pieces of a car won’t crumple, such as an engine or gas tank.

    After a collision happens, come get expert repairs for your car at B&L Automotive. Our body shop is a certified collision center and provides high-caliber car repair service you can count on. Contact our auto body shop in Chicago at (773) 463-1622.

  • Did the Crash Damage My Transmission?

    After an accident, collision repair is one thing that is likely to be on your to-do list, but an even bigger worry you may have is whether the crash did any internal damage to your car. Sometimes, transmission damage does occur after an accident, especially after a rear-end collision in an all-wheel or rear-wheel drive car. Although an auto body shop can restore the outside of your vehicle to normal after a crash, how do you know if your transmission is still in good working order? These signs could indicate that you have an underlying transmission problem that needs to be addressed.

    Transmission Slips

    When you’re driving, does it feel like your car is holding back when you try to accelerate? Are you putting the pedal all the way down but still struggling to merge into traffic or get up a hill as normal? These problems are signs of a transmission slipping. When your transmission slips, it won’t kick into the gear you want it to immediately, which leaves you struggling to accelerate like you’re used to. When this happens after an accident, there is a chance that damage to your transmission is the cause.

    Gear Shift Problems

    When transmissions are damaged in an accident, they often don’t shift into the right gear, or when they do shift, they make a lot of noise. If you have a manual transmission, you may notice that you can’t shift gears are normal or that the car goes into the wrong gear. If you have an automatic transmission, you may notice the knocking noises of your car trying to find the right gear. This can lead to significant issues, including pieces of the transmission breaking off and slamming into other systems.

    Fluid Leaks

    Leaking transmission fluid is always a sign of a problem. These leaks can be caused by cracks that occur during an accident. If you suspect you have a leak, get it checked as soon as possible to prevent worse damage.

    Don’t delay car repairs after an accident. If you have auto body damage, call B&L Automotive Repairs for repairs in our certified collision center in Chicago. Learn more about our services by calling (773) 463-1622.