• 10 Services CHICAGO Drivers Often Overlook

    Sunday 17 March 2019

    We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over CHICAGO. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by CHICAGO residents. They're all... read more

  • Getting New Tires in CHICAGO?

    Sunday 10 March 2019

    There are so many tire choices in the CHICAGO area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most CHICAGO area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Thom's Four Wheel Drive tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size &ndas... read more

  • New Life for Your Older Car in CHICAGO

    Sunday 03 March 2019

    Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when CHICAGO families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your parents just told you to do without, that you should have taken better care of it. They considered the loss a “life lesson.”But today many CHICAGO drivers tend to neglect one of the... read more

  • A New Battery in CHICAGO

    Sunday 24 February 2019

    Hello CHICAGO drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in CHICAGO, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. T... read more

  • The Engine Gets a Boost (Turbocharged Engine Maintenance)

    Sunday 17 February 2019

    If someone told you that your vehicle could have the same power but with a smaller engine, wouldn't that sound like great idea? Just think, a smaller engine would save you money at the gas station and you'd still get the same horsepower. The technology to do just that has been around for a long time. It's called a turbocharger. Race cars and other performance vehicles have been using turbochargers for years. It gives them a power boost without the need of a bigger engine, saving them fuel and pi... read more

  • The Engine Gets a Boost (Turbocharged Engine Maintenance)

    Sunday 17 February 2019

    If someone told you that your vehicle could have the same power but with a smaller engine, wouldn't that sound like great idea? Just think, a smaller engine would save you money at the gas station and you'd still get the same horsepower. The technology to do just that has been around for a long time. It's called a turbocharger. Race cars and other performance vehicles have been using turbochargers for years. It gives them a power boost without the need of a bigger engine, saving them fuel and pi... read more

  • Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Thom's Four Wheel Drive

    Sunday 10 February 2019

    The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing Illinois residents to review their finances. More and more CHICAGO drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles/120,000 km on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many CHICAGO men and women haven't dealt with in the past... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Thom's Four Wheel Drive: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

    Monday 04 February 2019

    Repair or Replace? That’s a question CHICAGO drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be... read more

  • CHICAGO Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

    Sunday 27 January 2019

    Let's talk about air quality in CHICAGO. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, CHICAGO drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in CHICAGO. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you li... read more

  • Need a New Battery? Call Thom's Four Wheel Drive Today

    Sunday 20 January 2019

    Hello CHICAGO drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around CHICAGO, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be... read more

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