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An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASA (Automotive Service Assocation)
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • BBB (Better Business Bureau)
  • IDENTIFIX
  • Jasper
  • NAPA AutoCare Center
  • World Pac
  • Schaumburg Business Association
  • NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business)
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Thank you DJs for being there "once again" for me when needed. Yesterday my rear tire was rapidly going flat. I pulled into DJs late in the day. Though he was busy, Chris willingly took care of my car in minutes. You have been servicing my Honda for 14years. I feel so grateful to have a trusted, honest repair shop to bring my car for maintenance & repairs all these years. Thank you for your wonderful customer service!
    -Kathy M.

  • These guys are great! Dan (DJ), the owner, is the best. I recently limped into the shop with a flat tire on my BMW. They took me right away, put on my spare, ordered me a replacement tire, had my bent rim repaired and the new tire mounted and balanced within 24 hours! I also had the brakes on my wife's truck done there for LESS THAN HALF what the dealership quoted me. Quick, reliable, cost effective and great customer service!
    -James B.

  • I ordered tires from Tirerack and had them delivered to DJ's for install on my Nissan GTR. The service and work perfromed was great. I had an 8:30am appointment and was in and out very quickly. I really appreciated the honest and proffesional work done. I will absolutely recommend DJ's Auto for honest quotes and great work.
    -Michael J.

  • DJ's was great. I needed to get a uHaul for my business to pick up supplies and equipment down in Peoria. Chris went out of his way to find the best deal for me since I would be driving 400 miles in one day and also made the drop off easy for me so I would not have to come back during business hours the next day. Quick, Friendly, Reliable, and made my boss happy with the cost. Thanks!
    -Andrea R.

  • DJ's is a great place to have your vehicle repaired. Dan, Chris and Matt are very friendly, professional and honest. They really know how to take care of their customers. One time I went to a dealership for a "safety inspection check." They said my vehicle had an oil leak. And they were going to charge me thousands of dollars to make the repair on my 10 year old car. But because of the reviews online, my wife recommended I stop by DJ's to get a second opinion. Matt looked at the car and found absolutely nothing wrong. The issue was only some dry oil from a problem three years ago. Because of their honesty, I saved hundreds of dollars. DJ's will tell you if your car needs a repair or if it isn't necessary. They have always done a terrific job and I highly recommend them!
    -Alisa B.

  • I recently had some work done to my BMW at DJ's and was very impressed with their friendly and professional service. As a women it can be intimidating going to get your car serviced but I never felt that way here. Chris was very good at explaining things without talking down to me, like since I am not a man I could not possibly understand what he was saying. The guys are all nice looking, clean cut men, not greasy creepers like other places. The work on my car was done fast and the charges were very reasonable. I will definitely return and recommend them!
    -Lisse C.

  • U-Haul:
    The rep here was extremely helpful and make the process of returning the vehicle quick and easy. By the time I got home I had received a confirmation email on our return. VERY pleased with our experience, from start to finish.
    -Lucy H.

  • U-Haul:
    Service was really fast and very friendly and informative employee at the front desk. Will use your services again. Thank you!
    -Sigute H.

  • U-Haul:
    100% better experience than I had with Budget
    -Tom T.

  • U-Haul:
    They were very professional, it took less than 5 minutes to my truck. I'll highly recommend this location to all my friends.
    -Shaun Z.

  • Went here to get a set of tires installed (shipped from Tire Rack directly), and these guys were nothing but great. Gave me a call when the tires arrived and even squeezed made in at the very end of the day. Would absolutely recommend them on customer service alone.
    -Dave T.

  • I've been taking all of my cars to DJ's for well over 15 years, and I've had nothing but positive experience. Dan & his staff are quite knowledgeable & helpful. I've found prices to be fair & competitive, and they always go the extra mile to ensure that I'm satisfied.
    -Marty B.

  • I have only been coming here for about a year but DJ'S has fixed problems for me that my dealer didn't find in 4 attempts. My car has run great since then and now this is the only place that I will bring my car.
    -Anonymous

  • I have been bringing my vehicle as well as my wifes vehicle to D.J.s for quite some time. Everytime either the service manager Steve or Dan (the owner himself) has fully explained every situation thoroughly before I have authorized repairs. They have answered all of my questions with clear explainations. I just had 4 new tires installed at an unbelievable price and the truck is running great. Thanks again D.J.s!!
    -Anonymous

  • Very Professional Shop. Highest recommendation. I have been dealing with Dan ans Steve at DJ's for over 8 years and have always been impressed with their service. I have also recommended DJ's to friends and clients in the Schaumburg area and they have become loyal customers. Honest, organized, and friendly people!
    -Anonymous

  • I have been bringing my vehicle to DJ's for many years now and every visit is a great experience. They always take the time to explain why a certain repair needs to take place and they offer great prices. You can fully trust everyone that works at the shop. Dan and Steve are great. I recently had my SUV repaired here and while it was being worked on, Chris was able to follow up with me regarding the status of my vehicle being repaired. DJ's is definitely a place to bring your vehicle for an oil change or to get repaired. THANKS DJ'S!!!!!!
    -Anonymous

  • Very pleased and impressed with DJ's service over the last 5+ years. Dan has gained our trust through honest appraisals, super effecient repair time, numerous labor discounts, quality products at reasonable prices, and even a super reasonable loaner vehicle. Dan listens to our needs and takes the time to patiently and understandably explain and educate us on the repairs needed. He and his team honestly assess the priorities of our repairs needed and empathizes well with the hard economic times we are in. We enthusiastically recommend DJ's Auto Service Center!
    -Anonymous

  • DJ's Auto was recommended to me by a neighbor. All of my interactions validated that I'm glad he helped me discovered the team there. I presented them with a unique challenge and they well exceeded any expectations I had about how they'd be able to help. What I suspect most people want from an auto service entity is honest information and suggestions as though our car was their own and the money being spent was their own. I had the good pleasure of speaking with Dan and his team at length and can tell that this is their very approach. Make relationships for the haul not for a quick buck.
    -Anonymous

  • Just wanted to know if Chris is the manager? He was so helpful with all the question I had. He really knows his stuff. Great job.
    -Cheryl