- Braasch Automotive
Welcome to Braasch Automotive, a family owned business, proudly providing expert auto and light truck repair, and maintenance services to customers of Gilberts, East and West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, Carpentersville, Lake In The Hills, Pingree Grove, Hampshire, Huntley and surrounding areas.
We begin by offering a host of FREE services, including on-line auto maintenance schedules for your car or light truck, followed up with friendly reminders that let you know when your car is due for service. It has never been easier or more convenient to keep your car or truck in top shape.
We also take the time to explain every job, and always provide you with an estimate in advance. You can be rest assured that our technicians have been trained to repair your vehicle — no matter what the age — the first time and to always use the right part for your car.
Our friendly staff invites you to schedule an appointment for your next scheduled maintenance or repair. We are a full service shop and can handle both your basic requirements and your ultimate performance needs. From batteries, to brakes, to tune-ups — let us make sure your vehicle is reliable.
RECOMMENDED FLUID EXCHANGE INTERVALS
EVERY 3,000 MILES
Engine Oil & Filter Change
Drain the engine oil, install replacement oil filter and refill with up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil. Adjust tire pressures, perform visual inspection, and inspect/top off fluid levels. Advise of recommended service necessary from inspection or manufacturers scheduled maintenance.
EVERY 15,000 MILES
Fuel Injection System Service
Using a pressurized tool, our technicians flush a chemical cleaner through the fuel delivery system. This procedure cleans the fuel rail and injectors while restoring engine efficiency and power.
Air Induction Service
Using specialized equipment, our technicians will quickly and effectively clean the throttle body plate, intake manifold ports, intake valves and combustion chamber. This service will restore lost power and performance and help reduce harmful exhaust emission levels.
Remove the old worn out fluid, clean accessible components and refill with fresh gear oil to the proper level.
EVERY 24 MONTHS
Cooling System Service
Power flush cooling system, pressure test for leaks, inspect hoses, connections, and radiator cap. Install a Cooling System Corrosion Control Kit.
Brake Fluid System Exchange
This service will completely exchange all contaminated or discolored brake fluid. General discoloration is caused by moisture absorbed by the fluid. This moisture can create rust or compromise seal integrity inside the anti-lock or hydraulic systems.
EVERY 25,000 MILES
Transmission Flush Service
Using the latest state-of-the-art technology, we will install a safe and effective cleaner to suspend harmful varnish and sludge from the transmission valve body, torque converter, cooler and lines. Install new high-tech fluid with special conditioners.
3,000 MILE INTERVAL
Engine Oil and Filter Service
This basic maintenance is extremely important. Your cars engine develops contaminants that are deposited into the crankcase. The oil carries them away to be removed by the oil filter. After a period of miles under various driving conditions, the oil breaks down and cannot provide the proper lubricating or cleaning properties. Periodic oil and filter service will assure that your engine is protected as you drive wherever life happens to take you. Equally as important, an inspection of the vital fluids and their conditions, air filter, belts and hoses, tire pressures and tread condition, exterior lighting, wiper blades, and other safety items are also monitored during this periodic service. Synthetic oils further protect the engine and are recommended under severe conditions such as driving in extreme temperatures, towing a trailer or short trip stop-n-go conditions.
7,500 MILE INTERVAL
Tires: Inflation, Rotation and Balance
Tire inflation pressures are vital for the safe operation of your vehicle. Low tire inflation pressure can cause adverse wear, poor vehicle handling characteristics, or excess heat build-up that can lead to pre-mature tire failure under normal driving conditions. Tire inflation should be visually monitored daily and adjusted every 3,000 miles as required. Rotate your tires every 7,500 miles to assure they wear evenly and have the balance checked every 15,000 miles. If a tire begins to wear unevenly or if the steering begins to pull consistently in one direction, it could be a sign that a suspension or steering component is worn and requires replacement or that the wheel alignment needs to be adjusted. Taking steps at early detection of a symptom will assure the most life and safest operation from your tires.
12 MONTHS OR 15,000 MILE INTERVAL
Fuel Injection & Induction System Service
The fuel injector is a precision built instrument that turns on /off an average of 750 times each minute when driving down the road at highway speeds. Around town driving is even more demanding on the fuel injectors. Its job is to inject the exact amount of fuel that the computer is requesting. With normal driving, the fuel injectors and intake system become built up with deposits that restrict the flow of air and fuel. The engine slowly looses acceleration power, idles poorly or becomes increasingly difficult to start. These are signs that the system may be overdue for service. Maintaining the fuel system helps to prevent these symptoms from occurring and assure the maximum fuel economy and lowest tailpipe emission levels.
Differential Fluid Service
Differentials, found on most 2wd and 4wd trucks, SUV’s and cars with rear or all-wheel drive, require periodic fluid replacement to maintain the fluids crucial properties necessary to protect and lubricate. It is one of the most neglected services on these vehicles today. Maintaining the fluid can help protect the vital components and avoid a costly breakdown.
Interior Pollen Air Filter
Many of today’s automobiles are equipped with an interior air filter to capture unwanted dusts and pollens from the incoming outside air. Like all filters they get filled up with contaminants and become restricted. Periodic replacement is required to allow maximum airflow and effective performance from the climate control system.
Cooling System Service
48 months on Extended Service Life Coolants
Your engine coolant has many important jobs. It cools your engine and warms your interior. It also provides lubrication for the moving components of the cooling system, anti-corrosive properties for the metal parts, and has to maintain both a high boiling point and a low freeze point. If the coolant is neglected, the metal components inside can fail or in extreme cases, restrict passageways for coolant to flow causing poor cooling system performance or inconvenient breakdowns resulting in costly repairs. The flushing chemical safely and effectively cleans to restore the cooling system performance and the additive installed into the new coolant solution provides the qualities necessary for maximum protection.
25,000 MILE INTERVAL
Automatic Transmission Service
The automatic transmission is a standard luxury on most vehicles built today. Its longevity and smooth shifts rely on the quality of the fluid. The fluid provides lubrication for the moving components, helps to keep the components clean, and has specific friction qualities necessary for the manufacturers design. With today’s computerized control systems, transmission slippage is monitored for detection of slipping components. The flushing chemical safely and effectively cleans harmful varnish deposits and then exchanges 95% of the old fluid. Regular flushing will maintain clean cooler passages, minimize varnish build-up which causes sticking valve body and hydraulic pistons, and provide correct friction qualities necessary for maximum life of the friction plates and bands.
Brake System Inspection
Stopping is one of the most critical safety systems on your vehicle. Too often this system is overlooked or neglected until a problem occurs. Regular inspection and maintenance service can assure proper operation of your braking system and often times extend the brake lining service life. The highest demand on the brake system is when you require split second decision such as during a panic stop to avoid an accident or the high demands of towing a trailer. Brake linings are not manufactured equally. Yes, they do have to meet certain minimum specifications set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA. The difference in performance is its ability to stop measured in distance. We recommend the most aggressive high quality materials that exceed the NHTSA specification and have the shortest stopping distances. To assure smooth stops, comfortable braking, and maximum brake pad life, an on-car rotor lathe is utilized whenever possible to meet today’s tight tolerances for rotor refinishing. The brake fluid is evaluated and tested to assure it maintains the minimum boiling point which can avoid pedal fade during high demands on the brake system. Clean fluid is critical for the operation and protection of the precision machined components of the anti-lock hydraulic control systems. The brake flush system will prevent brake system failures due to neglected fluid.
30,000 MILE INTERVAL
Platinum type spark plugs 100,000 miles
The spark plugs are critical for igniting the fuel for the maximum performance and fuel economy. Periodic replacement as suggested by the manufacturer assures the most from your ignition system.
Power Steering Service
The power steering is the most neglected fluid on the vehicle. Dirty, worn out fluid can cause noise and increased steering effort. The fluid preserves the seals and provides lubrication for the pump and other moving components. Maintaining your power steering system using the solution will avoid the costly repairs caused by poor fluid and assure normal power steering operation.
60,000 TO 120,000 MILE INTERVAL
Camshaft Timing Belt
The camshaft timing belt is a critical component of the engine. If left unattended the engine can stall and often times cause internal engine damage that could result in thousands of dollars to repair. Periodic belt replacement is crucial for the reliability and protection of your vehicles engine. Ask our service professionals if your car has a timing belt and if its time for a replacement.