Category Archives: Automotive News

Battery Basics for CHICAGO

It's important for CHICAGO drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Illinois weather. Most CHICAGO area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short CHICAGO trips because the alternator doesn't have t ... read more

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In a Flood Zone? Check Your Vehicle for Flood Damage

Record rainfalls have hit parts of the country and flooding has taken its toll on vehicles. Thousands of cars, trucks and SUVs have been damaged by floods and the Car Care Council recommends that car owners in those areas check their vehicles for signs of water intrusion or contamination. “Water damage from a flood can unknowingly cause problems that will be costly to fix down the road,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In addition, flood damaged vehicles can be unhealthy to occupy because of mold and bacteria growing in the carpet and ventilation ... read more

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The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Car Privately

About 87 percent of Americans dislike something about shopping for cars at dealerships, and more than half would rather buy or sell a car from home. If you’re considering buying a car privately — perhaps you’re looking for a particular vehicle or you simply find a seller with the right car at the right time — follow these do’s and don’ts to make a private purchase a happy transaction for both sides. When you’re looking Do your research. Know what type of vehicle you’re looking for and what buyers typically pay for a c ... read more

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How Does Your Car's Exhaust System Work?

When your car is running, there are thousands of small explosions inside your engine every minute. Each one produces power by pushing against the engine’s pistons. But the explosions also produce leftover gases. They’re made up of potentially dangerous chemicals such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. These gases need to be routed away from the engine compartment so they don’t get into the cabin, and then into your lungs. That’s the basic job of a car’s exhaust system. In modern-day vehicles, exhaust systems play other roles, to ... read more

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1935 Duesenberg SSJ Owned by Gary Cooper Could Sell for Over $10 Million

The Pebble Beach auctions bring the out some of the best and rarest cars in the world, and this 1935 Duesenberg SSJ certainly fits both of those descriptors. The car was one of only two of its kind built by the Indiana car company, and both went to some of the greatest movie stars of the era. One went to Clark Gable, and this one went to Gary Cooper. There are a number of features that distinguish the SSJ from other Duesenberg models. It had a shorter wheelbase t ... read more

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