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Green Auto Maintenance for Environmentally Conscious Drivers

09.15.2023 10:36 am | Okan Sengullu

8 Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Car Care Tips In the bustling heart of Chicago, where city streets and expressways are constantly crowded with vehicles, adopting eco-friendly car care practices is not just a choice but a responsibility. At Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, we’ve been serving Chicago area motorists for over 35 years, and we understand the importance of keeping our city’s air clean and our roads sustainable. With that in mind, we want to share some sustainable car care tips – eco-friendly, green vehicle maintenance suggestions for all environmentally-conscious Chicagoans. Regular Maintenance is Key Proper and timely maintenance is crucial for your vehicle’s performance and reducing its environmental impact. Regular tune-ups, oil changes, and air filter replacements ensure that your car runs efficiently, emitting fewer pollutants into the air. Check Tire Pressure Underinflated tires can reduce gas mileage and increase emissions. Check your tire pressure regularly and keep them inflated to the recommended levels. This simple step alone can go a long way in reducing a car owner’s carbon footprint. Choose Eco-Friendly and Recycled Products Opt for eco-friendly and biodegradable products when it’s time for an oil change or any other service. An example is engine oil; it doesn’t wear out. It… Read more

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Fall and Winter Vehicle Care

08.25.2023 9:02 am | Okan Sengullu

Essential Seasonal Maintenance to Keep Your Ride Ready for the Weather Ahead It might be hard to believe right now, but fall and winter loom on the horizon. And that means it’s time to shift our focus from beach days to cozy nights by the fire. As the seasons start to gradually shift, there’s one crucial aspect that often goes overlooked – your vehicle’s maintenance needs. Fall and winter bring distinct challenges that can take a toll on your car’s performance and safety. To ensure a smooth and stress-free driving experience during the colder months, let’s explore the essential fall and winter vehicle maintenance tasks that deserve a spot on your to-do list. Fall and Winter Vehicle Checklist Tire Care: One of the most critical components affected by temperature drops is your vehicle’s tires. As the air becomes cooler, tire pressure tends to decrease. Check your tire pressure regularly and keep the air pressure at the manufacturer-recommended level to ensure proper traction and fuel efficiency. Consider switching to winter tires, which offer enhanced grip on icy and snowy roads. Fluid Check: Fluids play a vital role in maintaining your car’s functionality. Ensure that your oil, coolant, and wiper fluid are… Read more

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4 Common Brake Problems and Solutions

07.14.2023 11:50 am | Okan Sengullu

Some “Braking Advice” from Your Friends at Bucaro Brothers Auto Care It’s obvious to all that your vehicle’s brakes are vital for your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of pedestrians and other drivers. Given their crucial importance, we wanted to share information on some of the more common brake problems and the steps you can take to correct them. 1) Sinking brake pedal Your brake system is a closed system holding brake fluid. The function of the fluid is to transmit the pressure you put on the brake pedal into force on your brakes, slowing or stopping your vehicle. If the pedal sinks to the floor or near the floor when you apply the brakes, there’s probably a leak in the system allowing fluid to escape. The solution for soft brakes is to take your vehicle to your mechanic and have them check the system, locate the leak, and repair or replace the leaking part. 2) ABS warning light is on ABS stands for the automatic braking system that prevents your brakes from locking up in case of emergency braking. In that kind of situation, the ABS pulsates your brakes on and off, and that keeps… Read more

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Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

05.17.2023 10:02 am | Okan Sengullu

A Guide to What Those Strange Noises May Mean You may never have thought of it, but your car can give you feedback in the form of strange car noises indicating there may be a problem that needs attention. But what are those noises and what do they mean? Read on, and your friends from Bucaro Brothers Auto Care in Lincoln Park will try to explain a few of the more common ones and what they might mean. 1) A hum that increases as you accelerate In this case, we’re not talking about the normal hum of your engine as you drive down the road, but a different kind of hum that may sound like a plane taking off and tends to get louder as you accelerate or make a turn. What it means: That hum could well mean a worn wheel bearing. It’s easy to confuse this noise with engine noise, and one way to check is to speed up a bit and then take your foot off the accelerator. If the humming noise continues, it’s probably not coming from your engine but from one or more of your wheel bearings. 2) A droning noise Like the humming noise… Read more

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The Penny Tire Tread Depth Guage

05.17.2023 9:58 am | Okan Sengullu

The Coin Test for Tires Having a good set of tires with treads that can grip the road is an essential safety feature for your vehicle, and there’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to test your tread depth. It won’t cost you a penny, but the lowly penny is an essential part of the test. The Penny Tread Test – What is It? As we said, the penny tread test is a quick and easy way to check your tire treads. And because it’s so easy, it’s a good idea to perform this test every month or so, especially if you do a lot of driving. Here’s all that you do. For checking treads, take a penny, hold it between your thumb and forefinger, then point Lincoln’s head into the tread at several places on each of your tires. As you move from point to point and tire to tire, if you see the top of Lincoln’s head, that means your tread is badly worn and no longer safe for driving. In that case, you need to head to your favorite garage and replace your tires. And that’s it, the tire test with a coin! And Don’t Forget to… Read more

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