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4 Simple Tips To Get You Prepared For Spring

4 Simple Tips To Get You Prepared For Spring

Spring is coming and so are your maintenance duties as a driver. But what should you do? Well, don't worry, because below we have listed four simple tips you can do to prepare your car for spring. Some of them can save you from costly repairs or even accidents on the road, so continue reading to find out more. Change And Align The Tires Tires should be changed in accordance with the season. While running all-season wheels is okay, putting on winter tires for the cold seasons and summer tires for the warm seasons makes a big difference. Another thing you should do is take them in for an alignment. This will make sure your wheels are making proper contact with the road and keeping you in control of the vehicle. Have Your Car Computer Diagnosed And Inspected A computer diagnostic is a simple procedure that doesn't involve any heavy-duty tools or equipment. The only thing the mechanics do is use a diagnostic tool to identify any problems caught ... read more

4 Ways Your Vehicle Can Benefit From Tune-Ups

4 Ways Your Vehicle Can Benefit From Tune-Ups

Regular vehicle tune-ups are an essential aspect of maintaining your car's health and performance. A tune-up is a set of services, designed to inspect, clean, and replace various components to ensure that it is functioning at their best. In this blog, we'll look at the benefits of vehicle tune-ups and why they are so important. Improved Fuel Efficiency One of the primary benefits of a vehicle tune-up is improved fuel efficiency. During a tune-up, your mechanic will replace components such as air filters, spark plugs, and fuel injectors, which can become clogged or worn out over time. By replacing them, your car will be able to burn fuel more efficiently, resulting in better gas mileage and reduced fuel costs. Extended Lifespan of Your Vehicle Regular tune-ups can also help to extend the lifespan of your vehicle. Through the replacement of worn or damaged components, your car will be able to operate more efficiently, reducing the wear and tear on other parts of the engine. T ... read more

Why Car Batteries and Winter Just Don't Mix

Why Car Batteries and Winter Just Don't Mix

Winter can be a difficult time for our car batteries. The cold can cause them to die unexpectedly, making it inconvenient for you to get from place to place. There are a few reasons why vehicle batteries tend to die during this particular season: Reasons Why Car Batteries Tend to Die in the Winter Cold weather reduces battery power: Cold temperatures can cause the electrolyte in a car battery to thicken, which reduces the battery's ability to produce power. This means that your battery has to work harder to start your car, which can cause it to drain faster. Lights and heating systems drain power: During the winter, we tend to use more lights and heating systems in our cars, which also drain power from the battery. Short trips can drain a battery: Short trips where the car is not run long enough to fully charge the battery, can cause a gradual drain on the battery, leading to a dead battery. To prevent your car battery from dying in the winter, here are several tips: Keep ... read more

Can I use Water in Place of Windshield Washer Solvent?

Can I use Water in Place of Windshield Washer Solvent?

  Windshield washer fluid is formulated with solvent, detergent, and antifreeze ingredients to get rid of dirt and insects. When a pump and windshield wipers are used, washer fluid can be sprayed over the windshield whether the car is moving or not. All washer fluids, which come in a variety of formulae, contain some sort of antifreeze agent, such methylated spirits, to keep the fluid from freezing in the reservoir, pump, and tubing in colder areas. Different types of detergents are used in washing fluid; some formulae are marketed as "Bug and Tar Remover," "Deicer," or "All-Season." While some washer fluids are meant to be used at full strength, others are offered in powder form and must be combined by the consumer, while yet others are intended to be diluted with water. Since tap water frequently contains minerals that might clog washer jets and create deposits on glass, adding water should only be done with distilled water. Water Compared to Wash ... read more

What Is a Radiator and What Does It Do?

What Is a Radiator and What Does It Do?

The functionality of your vehicle’s cooling system is vital in protecting the engine. If any of its parts malfunction, it can cause your engine to overheat and suffer from irreversible damage. One major component of the cooling system is the radiator.  What Is a Radiator? A radiator is a component near the engine, and it serves to eliminate engine heat by allowing coolant to pass through its metal fins. This process allows the excess heat to flow out more efficiently. Radiators come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs, but their primary function is the same throughout all vehicles. Why Are Radiators Important? Radiators are essential because it is the main way your engine vents out excess heat during operation. A bad or leaky radiator may cause significant engine damage and cause an inconvenient breakdown. The most common cause of a faulty radiator is physical damage from wear and tear, oxidation, or excessive pressure.  How to Protect Radiator and Cooling ... read more

What Should You Have Checked Before Your Holiday Road Trip

What Should You Have Checked Before Your Holiday Road Trip

So your car is new and you had your routine maintenance just the other week. It may seem logical to go on a long trip without having your car checked given the circumstance, right? Well, on the contrary. Having a routine inspection of your car is strongly advised to all car owners before going on a long drive. It is crucial to have your car checked before the journey because for a smooth and successful trip, about five components of your car should be in good shape. They include: tires, brakes, air conditioning, fluids, steering and suspension. Tires You want to make sure your tires have zero punctures or any form of damage that may affect their pressure retention. Anticipate a tire blowout during your trip and thus ensure all your worn tires are replaced. Brakes Imagine driving your car over a long distance and suddenly realizing you cannot stop the car? Hazardous right? To enhance your safety and prevent such a dangerous occurrence from occurring, check to ensure your brake pads ... read more

What Happens If I Skip My Car Service?

What Happens If I Skip My Car Service?

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the car requires regular service to maintain efficiency and performance. Automobile manufacturers and mechanics recommend you service your car at least once a year. Some vehicles require their oil change more frequently, so it can be up to a couple times a year. When an individual slacks on their vehicle maintenance, it can come back to haunt them later on. What Happens If You Skip Maintenance? Depending on how long you delay the service, the consequences can be minor to very impactful. For example, waiting an extra 500-100 miles on a major service isn’t a huge deal and won’t leave any lasting damages to your engine. However, skipping services like oil changes can become costly. Here is what you can expect when you neglect your vehicle maintenance.  Expensive replacements - Without proper car care, your vehicle components will wear down much quicker than necessary. Depending on the parts, they can cost you hundreds to replac ... read more

What Are Some Common Car A/C Problems?

What Are Some Common Car A/C Problems?

The most frequent vehicle A/C problems manifest themselves in a similar fashion. Ultimately, you usually just end up sweating the entire car ride. Warm air either blows out of your vents instead, or there’s no air blowing at all. If you’re “lucky”, you may be stuck with weak airflow.  August is one of the worst times to be stuck with broken A/C, so here is what you need to know about the most common A/C problems in automobiles.   Below are some common explanations for broken auto air conditioning: Faulty condenser fan - These fans are kept near the front of your vehicle, and they have dual roles – they help cool down your condenser and play a role in your vehicle’s cooling system.  Failing compressor - The compressor is like the heart of your A/C system as it regulates and promotes the flow of refrigerant. If there’s low pressure in the compressor, you may experience an A/C malfunction.  Electrical problem - Electrical ... read more

D Wells Local Youth Car Wash

D Wells Local Youth Car Wash

D. Wells will host fundraisers for Gurnee's youth organizations. While we have limited days on which we can host car washes over the summer, we are inviting Gurnee's youth group to submit their contact information. Please provide your information below. We will review the requests and reach out to some organizations to gather additional information and see if we can arrange a fundraising car washing event.          

Can a Blown Engine Be Recovered?

Can a Blown Engine Be Recovered?

The head gasket can be considered the engine's bodyguard, because it protects the engine from elements. Now that we got that out of the way, what happens if it's destroyed? Is it possible to fix it? Let's see how it can be saved. What is the head gasket? The head gasket sits between the engine block and cylinder heads in an internal combustion engine. It plays a large role to ensure that the engine keeps running. What are the signs that the engine is blown? Vehicle doesn't recover from overheating When the engine overheats, sometimes you just need to let it cool down. This sometimes does the trick. But if the engine is constantly overheating, then your engine may be on its way out. White Exhaust If you see smoke coming out of the exhaust, you should know that your engine may be on its way out. This means that the engine is burning oil, and that is never a good sign. This is something that should be looked at immediately. Coolant leaking without visible signs If ... read more

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