Douglas Automotive is Looking For A Team Member!

Douglas Automotive Repair is looking to add another qualified technician/mechanic to our service team. Do you know of someone who would be a good fit for us??

We’re a family owned, independent repair shop looking for an experienced journeyman technician/mechanic who is well versed in all areas of automotive repair. We have been in business for 21 years and our philosophy is to treat the customer with honesty and to “repair it right the first time”. Our shop is extremely clean with a family atmosphere.  We offer an excellent/friendly work environment with 5 day work week (M-F 7:30 am – 5:00 pm) –no Saturdays.

The ideal candidate should have full-time experience as a successful, performing technician. Have excellent diagnostic, repair and communication skills (not looking for “parts changers”) with ability to work on both domestic and foreign vehicles, as well as fleet vehicles (mostly vans). Diesel experience a plus.

The ideal candidate should also take pride in their work, be self-motivated, and able to work quickly and efficiently under pressure during warranted situations. Must be able to work well with others (no attitudes), and must possess valid driver’s license and own tools.

Will consider a candidate with less time in the field, but should be able to show natural aptitude for the craft. This is a great opportunity for the right individual with earning potential up to $50-$75K or higher depending on individual skill level.

(We are located in north Plainfield, bordering Aurora & Naperville)

Email your resume to us at info@douglasautomotiverepair.com, or fax it to 630-904-6710.

 

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Happy 4th of July!!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday celebrating with family and friends, and a special “Thanks” to all those who serve and have served.

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Drum Brakes

Brakes that work properly are essential to your safety as you drive and stop. You want to carefully maintain your brakes. In vehicles equipped with drum brakes, the brake components are housed inside a drum that rotates with the wheel. When you step on the brake pedal, brake shoes push out against the inside of the drum, slowing the wheel.

Now brake shoes just wear away with use from rubbing on the drum as you brake. When it’s time to replace brake shoes, it’s a straight-forward repair.

If you hear squealing or grinding when braking, have Douglas Automotive Repair check them out. We’ll have a technician perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. We’ll check for signs of brake problems and go over other brake components to see that they’re working properly.

We can tell you if it’s time to replace the brake shoes or if there are other issues with your brakes that should be addressed. Some people ignore the warning signs and keep driving long after the shoes are completely worn out. When that happens, metal brake components will grind against the drum, damaging it enough that it has to be resurfaced or replaced.

When you push on your brake pedal, the wheel cylinder is activated and it pushes the shoes against the drum to slow the vehicle. This cylinder, and various springs within the brake, can wear out affecting your ability to stop. The worn components can be easily replaced.

The new brake shoes we put on your vehicle or other vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacturers’ specifications. Or, we can install upgraded parts to increase your stopping power and reduce brake noise and brake dust. We have several options to meet your braking requirements and your budget.

Taking care of your brakes keeps them working safely – and you could prevent premature brake repairs down the road.

Give us a call today!

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Teen Driver Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Finally having the freedom and ability to drive your own vehicle is great. But breaking down on the side of the road and potentially having to spend a lot of money on car repairs? Not so great. One way to avoid costly repairs is to focus on proper vehicle maintenance. Here are a couple basic steps to follow that will make your life as a car owner easier.

Read Your Owners Manual. Reviewing your manual is the easiest way to learn about your vehicle. It contains information on all the features and operating parts of your car and also has proper maintenance tips, including type of oil, tire pressure, and more.

Inspect Your Vehicle Frequently. A well maintained vehicle isn’t rocket science. Checking things like fluid levels (i.e., oil and coolant), and tire pressure can ensure good condition and mileage and are things you can do yourself.  A quick inspection of headlights, windshield wipers, and tires can mean a world of difference in driver safety. These easy inspections don’t take a lot of time, either.

Keep up with Routine Maintenance.  Pay attention to the service recommendations in your owners manual–it gives you everything you need to know about keeping up with maintenance.  You should check the condition of the air filter, brakes, belts, spark plugs, and fluids at regular intervals–in addition to regular oil changes and other checks. We can help keep your vehicle in good running shape. Give us a call if you have questions.

Remember, even a well-equipped vehicle can break down in certain circumstances. Keep the following in your vehicle in case emergency:

  • A properly inflated spare tire and jack
  • Flares or reflective devices to alert other drivers of a breakdown
  • Flashlight
  • Travel size tool kit
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Empty fuel container (never carry extra fuel in your car, it’s dangerous)

In snowy or icy areas, you should also keep:

  • A small shovel
  • A blanket (consider something that’s water resistant on one side)
  • An ice-scraper/brush

Have questions about what to look for when you conduct your quick vehicle inspection?  Give us a call or stop by and we’ll run through it with you.

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Happy Father’s Day!

From everyone at Douglas Automotive Repair, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads. Wishing everyone a fantastic day with family and friends.

 

 

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10 Overlooked Maintenance Services

Let’s talk about the service schedules for a minute. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.

At Douglas Automotive Repair, we have a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked. They’re all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.

1. Power Steering Service
Be honest – have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Ask us if it’s time for a power steering check-up.

2. Wheel Alignment
When your wheels are out of alignment, your vehicle pulls to one side. It’s pretty annoying, but it’s also dangerous. And it causes your tires to wear out really fast! Most owner’s manuals suggest that drivers get their alignment checked once or twice a year.

3. Differential Service
Okay, did you even know you had a differential? Well you do. One, two or three in fact. Differentials are often called gear boxes and they’re part of the drive-train that transfers power from the engine to your wheels. They don’t need service that often, but drivers can’t just ignore them. Check with us at Douglas Automotive Repair.

4. Cabin Air Filter
More and more cars these days have cabin air filters to clean the air in the passenger compartment. They filter out dust and pollen. When they’re clogged up, they can get smelly. Change your cabin air filter on schedule to enjoy fresh, clean air, which can also help with allergies.

5. Timing Belt Replacement Most cars and some vans and trucks have timing belts. Without going into a lot of detail, let’s just say that your vehicle won’t run without it – period. And if it breaks while you’re driving, it can do thousands of dollars worth of engine damage. Check your owner’s manual or ask us at Douglas Automotive Repair if you’re unsure about when this service is due.

6. Transmission Service
Transmission service is very basic, but it’s often forgotten. Your transmission needs clean fluid from time to time to keep running efficiently and avoid repairs.

7. Air Conditioning Service
Most of us don’t think about our air conditioning until it doesn’t work. Then if you’re lucky, you just need to add refrigerant. If you’re not, some of the components may have been ruined. Those components are not cheap. Regular air conditioning service adds clean refrigerant which cools and lubricates your air conditioner and conditions the seals.

8. Brake Service No we’re not talking about squealing, grinding brakes here. We’re talking brake fluid. Over time the fluid gets a lot of water in it. Because water compresses differently than the brake fluid, your brakes won’t work as well. It may even get dangerous. The water can also rust out brake system components and then your brakes can fail altogether. Check with us for recommendations.

9. Coolant System
Another thing that’s so easy for people to forget about. When you don’t change your antifreeze on schedule, it becomes corrosive. Fresh coolant contains additives that maintain the ph balance in the coolant. These additives wear out and the fluid in the radiator can actually eat holes in the radiator or hoses. Then you’re stranded.

10. Fuel System Cleaning
Fuel gums up a bunch of parts as it moves from the gas tank and through the engine. A thorough fuel system cleaning will keep clean gas flowing into the engine. Your fuel injectors get gunked up over time and need to be cleaned. Having your fuel system cleaned on schedule will really help your fuel economy.

And there we have it – 10 services that are often overlooked. Did you know that a recent survey showed that 90% of vehicles on the road have at least one scheduled maintenance service that hasn’t been performed? Based on our busy lives, we’re not surprised.

Give us a call to schedule today!

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Take Care of Your Vehicle’s Suspension

After many years and tens of thousands of miles vehicles’ suspension system components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, vehicle suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in a bumpy road.

Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends periodic inspections. During an inspection, the knowledgeable technicians at Douglas Automotive Repair will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Signs that shocks or struts are wearing out: the vehicle tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. Drivers may notice a floating 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 Douglas Automotive Repair in Plainfield 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 drivers should take care of these things.

When you replace their vehicle shocks, it’s usually best to replace all four at the same time, or at a minimum at least in pairs. That’ll provide more even handling. Be sure to consult us at Douglas Automotive Repair 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.

Stop by or give us a call today if you have questions about your vehicle’s suspension.

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