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High Octane or Not? Car Engine Diagnostics in Lincoln Park

05.20.2022 9:49 pm

When buying a new car, or even a new used car, most of us follow a standard ritual. In addition to the proverbial tire kicking, we’ll take the vehicle for a test drive. We’ll also listen to the sales person’s explanation of all the bells and whistles, and if the overall impression is good, and the price fits our budget, we’ll probably buy. Something most of us never bother to do, however, is to ask about the fuel the vehicle needs, and with today’s gas prices, that’s something we should know. In other words, does the vehicle run on regular gas, or will you need to fill the tank with premium, high octane fuel. What’s the Difference Between the Two? So, what exactly is the difference between regular and premium gas? Stated simply, regular has a lower octane rating than premium. And if you’re not exactly clear on what octane is, it’s the measure of gasoline’s ability to resist the knocking or pinging noises you hear coming from your engine when the fuel/air mixture detonates prematurely in the engine. When the gasoline and air mixture in the engine ignites before it should, that leads to an explosion in the engine… Read more

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Extending Battery Life – Car Engine Repair in Lincoln Park

04.27.2022 8:54 am

On average, your vehicle’s battery should last between three to five years. During that time, however, it can take a beating from rush hour traffic, soaring summer temperatures, and winter deep freezes. To protect your battery and extend its lifetime to the max, here are five things you should do. 1. Make sure it’s tightly fastened to the mounting bracket. Batteries not firmly attached to the mounting bracket can vibrate and bounce around, potentially leading to internal damage to the battery and short circuits. This is especially a problem if you often drive on bumpy roads or rough terrain. Check the battery’s mounting from time to time, making sure it’s firmly secured. 2. Limit the use of electronics while idling. If you commute to and from work and often find yourself bogged down in heavy traffic, it’s a good idea to turn off some devices. Things like the radio and the air conditioning, if you can stand it. These put a heavy strain on the battery when your vehicle is merely idling. 3. Minimize the short drives. Those short hops here and there drain your battery without giving it time to recharge. So, try to keep those to a minimum…. Read more

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Engine Overheating and Car Radiator Service in Lincoln Park

03.24.2022 8:51 am

Your vehicle’s engine can overheat any time of the year. Here are some of the main causes and what you can do about them. 1. Low coolant Maintaining an adequate coolant level is essential to keep your engine from overheating. The coolant circulating through the engine absorbs heat that the coolant moves to the radiator. The radiator fan helps reduce the temperature of the coolant that recirculates through the engine, repeating the cooling cycle. A low coolant level may indicate a leak in your cooling system, possibly in the radiator hose. These leaks can be extremely hard to find, however, and it’s a good idea to have your favorite mechanic check for the source of the leak. 2. Low oil level or oil that’s old and dirty The oil in your engine plays a dual role. Obviously, it lubricates the moving parts of the engine, but in addition, by reducing friction it helps prevent your engine from overheating. Old engine oil containing large quantities of contaminants doesn’t lubricate and reduce friction as well as clean, fresh oil. With today’s lubricants, you can usually drive 5,000 to 7,500 miles between oil changes. This can vary, however, depending on your driving conditions…. Read more

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6 Essential Fluids and Car Engine Repair in Lincoln Park

02.18.2022 10:57 am

Water is essential for human survival. Likewise, our vehicles must have certain fluids to operate effectively without breaking down. As a vehicle owner, you need to know what these fluids are and what they do. Oil This one is perhaps the most vital of them all. The primary function of motor oil is to lubricate the engine’s components and prevent them from overheating. As a responsible owner, you need to check the oil level frequently and add oil when needed. When it comes to changing the oil, for most vehicles this should probably be done every 5,000-7,500 miles. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended schedule for oil changes. Windshield Wiper Fluid This fluid is sometimes overlooked, but it’s extremely important, especially during winter when windshields ice over, limiting your vision. Just remember to use winter fluid that won’t freeze on the windshield and helps loosen ice and snow from the glass. Brake Fluid This fluid is absolutely essential for your brakes to operate effectively in slowing and stopping your vehicle. If your brake pedal starts to feel “mushy” or soft when you brake, have your mechanic check the fluid level. Transmission Fluid This fluid lubricates your transmission, like the… Read more

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Your Timing Belt and Auto Engine Repair in Lincoln Park

01.11.2022 10:27 am

If you don’t spend time under the hood of your vehicle, you may not be familiar with the timing belt, but it’s a vital part of your engine. So, what is the timing belt, and why is it so important? Please read on as we try to explain. Timing Belt Perhaps the best way to describe the timing belt is to compare it to a bicycle chain. As you crank the pedals, the chain keeps the front and back sprockets working together, moving the bike forward. In a similar way, the timing belt keeps the moving parts of your vehicle’s engine working in sync. The timing belt is made of rubber and has hard teeth that interlock with the cogwheels of the crankshaft and camshafts. This coordination ensures that the engine’s intake and exhaust valves are opening and closing in time with the pistons. If the timing belt is extremely worn or broken, these engine components won’t operate in sync. Consequently, they can damage each other, your vehicle won’t run correctly, and you’ll be left with a costly repair bill. Signs of Trouble Here are some warning signs indicating you may need to replace your timing belt: Engine overheating Vibration… Read more

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