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Suspension problems will affect your ability to control your vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it’s best to not to ignore any signs of a suspension problem. Problems only get worse but sometimes there is no getting worse it’s just boom big bucks that could have been prevented with some preventative maintenance at Last Chance Auto Repair.
When your car is running smoothly down the road most people don’t thank their suspensions but when the time comes to put some love (TLC, maintenance, service) into it people are ready to trade them in. In order to maintain a smooth ride hence your suspension goes through a lot of pain and suffering aka rough roads, off roading, extreme temperatures, etc. Your suspension wears down over time and if given enough time will breakdown and leave you stranded if not attended to. Need a suspension shop? Are you having suspension problems Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, IL, or any surrounding Chicagoland?
Signs Your Car Needs A Suspension Repair
1. Does your car ride rough?
Are your shocks and or struts worn out? Can you feel every bump in the road? Does your vehicle bounce excessively? A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs work.
2. Drifting or pulling during turns
With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you’re turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If you feel this sensation while turning, it’s time to take the car to a trusted auto repair shop for servicing.
3. Dips or “nose dives” when stopping
When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to 20 percent).
4. Uneven tire treads
Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is often a symptom that the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.
5. Damaged, “oily” shocks
If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there’s a good chance that they are leaking fluid and therefore aren’t working properly. It’s probably time to get those shocks replaced.
6. Try the “bounce test”
If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.
If you are noticing any shifts in the mannerisms of your car you should contact your local auto repair shop to evaluate your car’s suspension. If you are experiencing a crooked steering wheel or an increasingly bumpy ride you might be in need of suspension service.
Want to save money on towing? Want to save money on your auto repair service needs? Wouldn’t it be great if you could save money on your towing & auto repair service all with one phone call? Have you been looking for a quality service you can trust & afford in, near, around Plainfield, IL?
Our team hence Plainfield’s Last Chance Auto Repair is here for you, all your towing & auto repair service needs, domestic & foreign A-Z. How can we help you?
From towing to auto repair, we know how to save people money. We’re the #1 towing & auto repair service in the local area for a reason. Will tow you wherever you want to go but tow it to our auto repair shop and your guaranteed to save more money. Want to know more about how we can save you money on your towing & auto repair service needs?
Benefits of using our towing service:
• Pay for your tow when you pick up your vehicle from our auto repair shop hence when and after your vehicle gets repaired. Worse case scenario our shop will buy your vehicle when the repair isn’t mathematically worth while and or your just tired of looking at the it.
• Our repair shop will look at your vehicle for free of charge in most cases. Certain things take more time (time is money), special tools, etc. Don’t worry though Last Chance Auto Repair is family owned, operated, and includes family pricing, hence no corporate mouths to be fed. We are the #1 towing & auto service provider in the local area for a reason.
• Our auto repair shop will let you know what is going on before we do anything. Will give you an estimate (breakdown the numbers & math), and with your verbal approval hence when everyone is on the same page will get on it and or schedule it accordingly.
• Our shop specializes on domestic & foreign vehicles A-Z. From mechanical repair to body work. Our education, knowledge, tools, and equipment will get you back on the road quickly, safely, and affordably. Want to be towed to our auto repair shop Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois? Trust our team for all your towing plus auto repair service needs. Let us show you why we are your #1 choice.
Low Cost Towing In Plainfield Illinois Plus Beyond Guaranteed
How do we guarantee low-cost towing in Plainfield plus beyond? Are you trying to save money on your towing service needs? Call around, hence shop around. Make sure to ask what is the grand total for the towing service. Don’t fall for the $50, $60, $65 flat rate service fee for us to show up scam, only to find out later that was just the price to show up.
Worse Case Senario – Your happy with the “low” price they told you over the phone. They hook up your vehicle, you get towed from A to B. You look at the bottom of the bill (worst case scenario) to only find a mileage fee to come to you (typically $3-$7 per mile), hook up fee, mileage fee to tow you to where you wanted to go, gas charge, credit card processing, taxes, sometimes even a hourly labor rate. Then you notice the fee they told you about originally and find out that was just to show up. WHAT? WHAT HAPPENED?
You either pay the tow bill or we’ve heard our customers say they’ll take your vehicle, charge you storage fee’s & more mileage fee’s. When you need a tow, call a pro, we’re here for you day or night, rain or shine, sleet or snow, 24-7, we’re always here for you.
We’re the best of both worlds hence we tow vehicles to our automotive repair shop on a daily basis. Need a towing service? Need an auto repair shop? Call our team now, later, 24-7, we have you and all your auto service needs covered A-Z.
Last Chance Auto Repair offers auto repair & towing for cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles plus much more in Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, IL, plus all nearby suburbs.
Our auto repair shop is the local area’s #1 source for expert auto repair and maintenance services that you can trust plus afford. So it’s no wonder why when people need a tow we’re the pro that they call 1st. There is no 2nd place in our industry, we’ll unless we’re to bust saving the day.
Do I Need To Be Towed To An Auto Repair Shop?
Are you having car problems? Should I call a towing service, should I have someone come repair it at my location, or should I drive it to a local auto repair shop near me? Sometimes it is a very difficult choice to choose, decisions, decisions. What will it be? Maybe our helpful tips that just so happen to be in order from best (cheapest) case to worst (more expensive) case will help you decide what to do if this situation may arise.
Do you have a flat tire? A very common and maybe even the most common car problem out there that we see is a flat tire. Flat tires occur for many reasons hence nails, screws, potholes, curbs, angry ex’s, etc. Do you think you should try and change it on the side of the road, call for someone to put your spare on, or have the car towed to a repair shop? Typically the safest option which would be the best option is to have the car towed. Second place goes to having the tire repaired or the wheel changed by means of a mobile service, towing company, auto repair shop or some kind of motoring organization.
For safety reasons if you haven’t changed a tire (put a spare tire on) before don’t do it. Thinking you can make it to an auto repair shop? Maybe you have run flat tires maybe not? If maybe not this can end up costing you an additional $300-800 for the rim you damaged. When and if a flat does occur only drive it as far as it takes to get somewhere safe, the side of the road, gas station, weigh station, the right side is always safer than the left side, etc.
Are you having battery problems? The 2nd most common car problem that we see is when the car battery discharges (dead), magically or not. Batteries discharge for a few reasons including age, things being left on, lack of maintenance, etc. Leave the door open hence lights on? We have you covered with our jump start service. If your battery has died due to age, yeah you can have it towed to a repair shop to have it replaced or typically it’s more cost effective and much more convenient to use a mobile battery replacement service like the one we offer. But there are still other reasons why batteries discharge. So if you are still wondering why your battery discharged it may be a good idea to just have it towed.
Did your vehicle stall? If your car is stalling, running bad enough to potentially stall, if you would stall if you weren’t keeping your foot on the gas pedal, then it’s better safe than sorry to have your car towed. What causes a cat to stall out? If the fuel pump isn’t delivering enough fuel to the engine, if the air/fuel mixture is too lean (vacuum leak, faulty oxygen or mass airflow sensors, if the timing is off), the engine will not produce enough combustion that equals the power that keeps everything moving and will cause your vehicle to stall.
Are your warning lights trying to tell you something? If your check engine light comes on and stays on (not flashing) then you can drive your car but if it is flashing you need to stop driving and have your car towed to prevent any costly damage. Is your oil light on? No oil pressure equals kiss your engine good bye aka you can damage your engine catastrophically. Is your coolant temperature light on? Do you know what a cooked engine says? NOTHING! Wondering what to do, call team Last Chance Auto Repair and get some money saving advice that can help prevent a big hole in your pocket.
Is there smoke coming from your car? Do you smell oil burning? Are you noticing a bluish smoke coming from your car? It’s a definite sign of an oil leak seeping onto the engine, exhaust, etc. A lack of oil can destroy your engine hence you shouldn’t drive the car anymore than you have to. If it’s bad enough you should get it towed. Do you see a white smoke, vapor or mist coming from the hood area that includes the smell of gas? Pull over as quickly and safely as possible, turn off your engine and get away from your vehicle. This can turn into a dangerous situation quickly and it would be best to call 911 to play it safe.
Did your vehicle just make a loud noise? Did you just hear a loud noise and not quite sure what it was? It’s best to pull over, check it out and see what’s going on. Sometimes things fall (break) off, you may have rolled something over, or it can be one of many other more serious issues. If you can’t figure out, see or smell what the problem is, it’s best to call a towing service near you for help and have your car towed to play it safe. Better safe than sorry, better a small cheap and easy to fix problem than turning into a large costly to fix problem, better to call the local auto experts over at our auto repair shop in Plainfield, IL.
Are you having a drivability or handling problem? Were you driving than suddenly BAM your car becomes difficult to steer, it starts wobbling & shaking, or begins pulling in one direction? Pull over right away and figure out what is going on. It could be something small like a flat tire, a loose wheel, or even something like the change in the road surface. But it can also be a sign of something that can turn quite dangerous like your wheel is about to come off, your ball joint or steering linkage is about to break, one of your springs broke which can puncture your tire, etc. The important thing is that you want to make sure you know what is going on before continuing to drive the car. Lives are not worth risking, period.
Are you from the Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois area? Will take a quick look at your vehicle free of charge. We’re also more than happy to offer you a free estimate. How can we help you? Need a tow, we’re your pro!
Guaranteed Low Price Towing When Towed To Our Auto Repair Shop In The Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook Area
We want you to be happy plain and simple. A happy customer will remember us next time and or will recommend us to others that are in need. Guaranteeing a low cost towing service “with no hidden fee’s”, giving a discount on our already low cost towing, offering a free local shuttle, discounted rental vehicles and when our shop will look at the vehicle for free of charge typically transforms our new customers into long term customers.
Why do people call us 1st you wonder? For starters we are very convenient, as in we service & tow, all makes & models, aka do it all. We specialize in full-service mechanical repair, fleet servicing, auto repair, oil changes, tires, transmissions, engines, differentials, suspensions, tires, brakes, towing in Plainfield plus a whole lot more.
From auto repair to towing, there is nothing that our knowledgeable mechanics, highly trained drivers and superior customer service team cannot handle. To get the quickest plus most convenient auto repair & towing services around, your best chance, is to call Plainfield’s one and only Last Chance Auto Repair at (815)577-0327 now, later, 24-7.
Does your vehicle have a timing belt? Is your timing belt due to be changed and or overdue to be replaced? Have you checked your timing belt lately?
A timing belt replacement service is considered preventative maintenance. Hence if done as preventive maintenance will help prevent a costly repair that could have been avoided. A timing belt replacement service is a more costly preventative maintenance service, which is why many drivers tend to put off having it replaced.
The timing belt is actually one of the most critical components of your vehicle’s engine. Most vehicles have what they call interference engines. When an interference engine has a timing belt problem “typically due to lack of maintenance” it can potentially destroy an engine. The timing belt controls your engine’s camshafts which open and close the valves as needed. The timing belt delivers power to the vehicle’s cooling system by turning the water pump and in some cases also the power steering, alternator, and other vital components, making it an essential part of the vehicles powertrain.
Because of this, when you experience any of the following telltale signs that your timing belt may and or needs to be replaced, bring it to the trusted local Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville timing belt experts over at Last Chance Auto Repair for servicing ASAP before your preventative maintenance service turns into a costly engine repair!
The telltale signs that your timing belt needs some attention include: Strange noise coming from under the hood, Visible wear and tear on the timing belt, Misaligned timing belt which can include excessive heat, noise, and vibration. When is the last time you changed your timing belt? Are you due for a timing belt replacement service?
Typically and unfortunately, in most cases, there are no clear as day signs that the timing belt is about to expire, it just breaks. That is why most shops including our Plainfield auto repair shop highly recommends replacing it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles regardless. Modern day timing belts are made of materials that resist chemical degradation caused by coolant, oil, and other engine fluids, but even these highly engineered belts don’t last forever.