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By krafftkarea13661913, Jan 18 2017 07:31PM

Let's say you've got a nine year old vehicle with plenty of distance on the odometer. What can you to do make it last another year or two? Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles or 320,000 kilometers in Bellwood with proper care. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for a catastrophic meltdown if you stay on top of your recommended maintenance even beyond the end of the printed schedule. For example, if a service is recommended every 15,000 miles or 25,000 kilometers when the vehicle is new, you can just keep getting it done at least every 15,000 miles or 25,000 kilometers after you go forth. But, it gets more complicated because older engines lose some efficiency, are dirtier inside and are just more stressed. That means it's very important to not miss any scheduled services. Skipping just one oil change, for example, leaves an opportunity for harmful sludge to build up.So all the usual things like oil changes, transmission service, coolant service, brakes, power steering, fuel system cleaning – all that stuff need to be maintained. Bellwood business owners responsible for fleet vehicles are positively religious about scheduled maintenance. They know that money spent on maintenance saves them three ways: 1- it saves fuel, 2- it prevents costly repairs, and 3 – they can postpone purchasing new vehicles.Having the oil changed may be the most important thing. A full-service oil change at Krafftkare Automotive means that all of your other fluids get topped off so they don't get low enough to cause damage. It also gives your technician a chance to spot problems in the early stages so that you can fix them before they get expensive. And it gives you a touch point with a professional along the way to remind you of things that aren't scheduled as often – things like differential service and timing belt replacement.Bellwood drivers with an older vehicle may want to follow the severe service maintenance schedule. Check your owner's manual and talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Krafftkare Automotive service advisor. Conditions inside an older engine, transmission and cooling system can arguably be considered severe – so shorter intervals could well be called for.And, the team at Krafftkare Automotive strongly encourage you to consider using high mileage formulation fluids. They're fluids like engine oil, transmission fluid and coolant that are formulated for older engines. They have special additives to clean deposits, and to condition and restore seals and gaskets that dry out with age. Some Chicago start using higher mileage formulations at around 80,000 kilometers as a preventive measure.Give us a call Krafftkare Automotive 4820 St. Charles Rd. Bellwood, IL 60104 708-547-1366

By krafftkarea13661913, Sep 30 2016 04:26PM

Today's Bellwood vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your vehicle electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then Chicago vehicles have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers, and DVD players. We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the vehicle is turned off. And of course, summer heat in IL can take a real toll on battery life.Fortunately, battery technology has given us resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is; batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every battery gets to the point where it cannot hold enough of a charge to start your vehicle. Sometimes car batteries need to be replaced because they have developed a leak.Replacement batteries come in all shapes and sizes. Some Bellwood cars have limited space that requires a specially shaped battery to fit. Larger engines require more powerful batteries to get them started. If you live in a cold climate in IL you will need a more powerful battery because engines are harder to start when it is cold.Batteries come in “good”, “better” and “best” grades. High end auto batteries may have a longer warranty and are guaranteed to last longer. As with most things in Bellwood, paying a little more up front saves money in the long run. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Krafftkare Automotive service advisor to test your battery and advise you on how much life it has left.Give us a call.

By krafftkarea13661913, Jul 1 2016 06:22PM

After many years and tens of thousands of miles, Bellwood residents' suspension system components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in Bellwood. As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth IL highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads between Bellwood and Chicago. In addition to just wearing out, vehicle suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole on a local road , hitting a curb or a rock in a bumpy Bellwood road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your recommends periodic inspections. During an inspection, your friendly and knowledgeable Krafftkare Automotive technicians will check for worn, broken or missing parts. Signs for Bellwood residents that shocks or struts are wearing out. The vehicle tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. Bellwood residents may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your vehicle dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it's definitely time to replace them. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come see us at Krafftkare Automotive in Bellwood for a suspension inspection. Same if you've been in an accident that involved one of your vehicle wheels. Worn or broken shocks can cause premature wear or failure on other suspension parts such as ball joints and other steering components as well. If your vehicle suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so Bellwood residents should take care of these things.When Bellwood residents replace their vehicle shocks, it's usually to replace all four at the same time. That'll provide more even handling. Be sure to your friendly and knowledgeable Krafftkare Automotive service advisor because you don't want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet. Give us a call at 708-547-1366 Krafftkare Automotive 4820 St. Charles Rd Bellwood, IL 60104

By krafftkarea13661913, Jun 14 2016 05:58PM

An oil change at your local Bellwood IL auto shop: Sounds simple, but there's some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs.That's why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That's because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.Your owner's manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it's based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic. Also how you drive around Bellwood IL can have a big effect. Most owner's manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop and go driving in Bellwood, short trips to Chicago, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.This may sound complicated. Some vehicles in IL have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your IL service advisor at Krafftkare Automotive about how you drive and get her recommendation for when to take care of your service. Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at Krafftkare Automotive will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service. Krafftkare Automotive 4820 St. Charles Rd. Bellwood, IL 60104 708-547-1366 http://krafftkare.com

By krafftkarea13661913, May 26 2016 05:15PM

When your check engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That's perfectly understandable. That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap. There's a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It's really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. Call Krafftkare Automotive at 708-547-1366 for help with your check engine light. Think of taking your temperature. Say it's 101. Your heat sensor – the thermometer – tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn't tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information; more tests.For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So your trained technician takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others.When your engine management system logs a problem and illuminates the check engine light, your Bellwood service technician at Krafftkare Automotive will plug in a scanner, download the trouble codes and go to work tracing the cause of the problem. That's just the first step. That's when your technician's training, equipment, databases and skill get put to work diagnosing the problem and fixing it.If your check engine light is flashing it means that the problem could lead to serious damage. You should get to your local Bellwood IL service center as soon as possible to get the problem solved. If it's on but not flashing, you have some time to get in at your convenience. Krafftkare Automotive 4820 St. Charles Rd. Bellwood, IL 60104 708-547-1366

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