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Our Auto Repair Service Blog – Bucaro Brothers Auto Care

Maintenance is the Medicine

02.25.2020 10:59 pm

A majority of drivers prefer not to think about auto care unless it’s absolutely necessary. The problem is, once it’s absolutely necessary, it’s likely to cost quite a bit more. In some cases, regular maintenance can actually prevent repairs altogether. Our auto repair shop can help perform everyday maintenance, but we can also set you up with engine and car transmission repairs in Lincoln Park. Today we’ll be examining some auto features whose lifespan can be extended with regular maintenance. Engine Lubricating the mechanics of your engine is essential to smooth functioning. In some cases, letting your car run on old, dirty oil may be more damaging to the engine than outright oil starvation—not that we recommend it. If your car runs out of oil, the engine may lock up suddenly while on the road, posing a hazard to yourself and other drivers. Tires When’s the last time the alignment on your wheels was checked? If you’re not on a regular schedule of rotating your tires every six months (or 6,000-8,000 miles), your wheels may have shifted out of alignment. Premature wear can result in early replacement, or worse, dangerous tire blowouts. Brake Failure If you notice a screeching or… Read more

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4 Signs Your Car Needs New Tires

12.17.2019 6:46 pm

If you’re looking for a body shop in Lakeview, it could be because bad tires have caused you to have an accident. Having a good set of tires beneath you is absolutely essential for safe driving. To help you drive safely no matter where the road takes you, here are four signs that telling you it’s time to get new tires. Worn treads Your tire tread depth should never fall below 1/16 of an inch. To check, take a penny and insert Lincoln’s head down into the tread. If Abe’s entire head is visible, you need new tires. Sidewall cracks Beyond the treads, look for cuts or cracks in the sidewalls of your tires. These can indicate a slow leak, or worse, a tire that’s about to blow out. Bulges and blisters When the outer surface of a tire starts to weaken, bulges or blisters can appear, and these weak spots can cause a tire to blow out suddenly. If you see bulges or blisters get the tire(s) replaced immediately. Vibration The cause of vehicle vibration could be bad tire alignment or balance, but it can also mean there’s a problem with the interior of the tire. At Bucaro Brothers,… Read more

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Safety Tips For Teen Drivers

08.28.2019 8:16 pm

A new academic year is right around the corner and teens are going to begin driving themselves to and from their schools. It’s important that parents are looking out for the safety of their young adults while they are behind the wheel. If you think your car needs repairs before you hand it off, bring it to our body shop in Lakeview and we will be happy to inspect it. If your car is set, make sure you help your teenager follow these tips before they start driving.   Pick A Safe Car Make sure if you are investing in a new car that it’s easy to drive and will offer optimal protection in the event of a crash. Avoid small cars and make sure you read about a car’s test crash ratings.   Complete Driver’s Education If you want your teenager to be able to drive themselves to and from places, make sure they have completed a driver’s education course. The more driving practice time the better, and it will help your teen become more confident behind the wheel.   Discuss Potential Dangers Advise teens to never drink or do drugs, especially when they are driving or if they… Read more

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Gear Up For Your Road Trip

07.15.2019 12:29 pm

Summertime leads to the sun shining and people vacationing and we know there’s almost nothing better than a road trip. Conversely, if your car breaks down or has a failure during your summertime road trip, waiting for a car towing service can be tiresome and frustrating. Make sure your road trip is trouble-free this summer by consulting the mechanic in Lakeview to take care of some simple maintenance before you leave. Here are some road-tripping tips from our mechanic in Lakeview. Maintenance tips and checks:

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Are Your Wheels Aligned?

06.14.2019 4:11 pm

If you are behind the wheel and you’re drifting in one direction or another, the steering wheel may be misaligned. This can happen from hitting a deep pothole or running a curb while parallel parking, and it will need to be fixed immediately to ensure safer driving. Stop by our auto repair shop in Lakeview to see if your wheels are aligned, and if not, we can help fix them.   What Are Some Indications of Wheel Misalignment? Sometimes, wheel misalignment isn’t obvious, so you have to look out for noticeable signs that could indicate an issue. Some common signs that you should be aware of are: If your vehicle is pulling to the left or the right. (Road conditions like asphalt groves or potholes that are farther apart than your car’s axles can lead your car to be pulled to one side or another.) If you have uneven or rapid tire wear or squealing tires. If your steering wheel is crooked when you are actually driving straight.   Tire Pressure Having low tire pressure can cause a vehicle’s steering to pull to one side, but true misalignment can happen if there are any signs of tire wear. For example,… Read more

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