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Yearly Archives: 2021

How Does Cold Weather Impact Your Engine Oil?

Most people view engine oil as the bloodline for your car. That saying is quite fitting as your car would not run or thrive without a clean and fresh supply of it. Now that it's getting colder here, it's important that Chicago drivers understand the impacts of the cold on your vehicle's engine oil. The Best Winter Treatment for Your Car: An Oil Change To keep your car in the best possible shape this winter, you should get an oil change. Freezing temperatures can cause your oil to flow gradually or not at all. As a result, it can put a lot of stress on your motor engine. After an ... read more

Signs of a Leaky Heater Core

Having a leaking or malfunctioning heater core can be one of the biggest annoyances to deal with in the fall or winter. This is because the purpose of a heater core is to bring warm air into the cabin of your vehicle so that you can drive comfortably and use your defrosters to clear your glass surfaces. So, how do you know if your heater core leaks?   On most modern vehicles, the heater core is located inside the cabin of the car. Whereas with older cars, the heater core is situated outside of the car; regardless, the coolant fluid can still make its way into the cabin through the vent ... read more

Take Proper Care of Your Car This Fall!

Happy Fall! Now that it is autumn, it means that the leaves are changing colors, and the weather will start to cool down significantly. The days will be shorter and may bring about unexpected rain showers and fog. With all these changes, you need to make proper adjustments to your vehicle to prepare for what's to come.   The summer also probably took a brutal toll on your car. Your fluids may have worn out, and you may put extra wear and tear on certain vehicle parts. You should probably get those patched up before winter rolls around. Here are some of the key maintenance items you ... read more

A Parent's Guide to Training Young Drivers

Vehicle fatalities are one of the top causes of death for teenagers and young adults. This statistic is very unfortunate and startling. If you have a teen driver in your home, you may have a long list of worries when it comes to them getting behind the wheel. Here is how to navigate having young drivers out on the busy streets of Chicago, IL: Have the "talk" with your teen driver to explain the guidelines for driving a car. Discuss your concerns and start to set boundaries and rules. Practice what you preach! As a parent, you should be setting an excellent example for your young dr ... read more

What Are the Top Signs of a Failing Alternator?

Your alternator is the car component that constantly recharges your battery. This car component allows you to turn on your car and use electronic accessories such as your headlights, power windows, and radio. If you're experiencing problems with your alternator, you may find that your car won't start or stay on for more than several minutes. Here are some other symptoms of a failing alternator that you should be on the lookout for: 6 SIGNS OF A FAILING ALTERNATOR Dim Lights - When an alternator starts to fail, it'll provide varying voltage to your electronic accessories. As a res ... read more

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