Maximize gas mileage and power, and increase the overall life of your vehicle, with regular tune ups. Tune ups should happen at least every 30,000 miles or every two years, depending on the age and mileage of the car. A tune up makes sure that often overlooked "little things" work correctly and get replaced if needed.
How often do you change your oil? Your manufacturer will have recommendations on how many miles you can go between changes so your oil can be changed according to how much the engine is used. They will also recommend the number of months between oil changes. This is because the additives in your oil will break down over time and not be as effective. This time/mileage schedule is based on the type of oil recommended. If you are using synthetic oil generally you can go longer between oil changes.
When you are driving, you’ll notice the TEMPERATURE GAUGE on your dashboard. Many of us Chicagoans know that we must wait until that dial moves to a warmer temperature in the winter-time before our car will produce heat to warm us up on a chilly day. But what some don’t know is the “real” reason for the thermostat. This is a tool that helps you determine if all is well within your vehicle’s cooling system. Most people realize their engine can overheat if the temperature surrounding it rises beyond a certain point. Few people, however, take the time to maintain their car’s cooling system.
Your Check Engine Light (CEL) warns you that your vehicle's computer found a malfunctioning component in your emission control system. You may see "check engine," "service engine soon," or "check powertrain." Or, the light may show an engine picture, perhaps with the word "Check." To determine the actual problem, we use an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer to retrieve Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC).
Brakes that work properly are essential to your safety as you drive and stop. You want to carefully maintain your brakes. Vehicles are equipped with either disc or drum brakes. While brake systems vary by make and model, the basic system consists of disc brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear. Connected by a series of tubes and hoses, your brakes are linked to each wheel and the master cylinder by said network, which supply them with vital brake fluid (hydraulic fluid).
Did you know that without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency per year? This means that without proper maintenance, your air conditioning unit may be performing as poorly as other models that are years older! But there is good news; you can still recover most of that lost efficiency. Schedule an appointment with one of our factory-trained professionals—we understand all aspects of AC repair, from modern computerized components to environmental disposal concerns. Turn to us, your qualified source for everything related to your air conditioning system.