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9 Tips to Winterize Your Auto – Car Repair in Lincoln Park

11.10.2021 12:14 pm

To state the obvious, winter is on the way, and it can play havoc with your vehicle. Plunging temperatures, road-salt residue, dirt, mud, and ice can all cause problems. With a little preventive care, however, winter vehicle troubles can be minimized, and you can save a lot of your hard-earned money. The relatively small amounts you spend on preventive care can potentially save you hundreds or even thousands in costly repair bills. With all that in mind, here are 9 winter tips that hopefully will keep your car operating smoothly during the coming months. 1. Check Your Battery Winter weather puts a heavy strain on your vehicle’s battery, and to help reduce that strain make sure all the terminals are secure and there’s no corrosion on them. Also, remember that car batteries last an average of 3–4 years, and if you have an older battery, you might want to replace it before winter arrives. 2. Maintain Proper Tire Pressure Whatever tires you’re driving on, it’s important to maintain proper tire pressure. Your tires tend to deflate when the temperature drops below 32° and lower pressure decreases your gas mileage and can cause the tires to wear out faster. Check your… Read more

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The Importance of Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Driving

04.28.2021 6:03 pm

Prepare for Summer with Car Engine Diagnostics in Lakeview We all know that Chicagoland winters can play havoc with your car, but did you know that our summers can be equally challenging and potentially damaging to your vehicle? At Bucaro Brothers we’ve performed both car engine diagnostics and car air conditioning services in Lakeview on many cars that have fallen victim to summer’s searing heat. Consequently, we know how important it is to prepare your car for the coming summer months. We hope these tips will help you avoid any difficulties so you can thoroughly enjoy the summer driving season. De-Winterize Your Vehicle This process is important if you took steps to winterize your car. If you changed over to snow tires, you’ll want to replace them before summer arrives, as they will slow you down and decrease the efficiency of your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to thoroughly clean the underside of your car to remove any deicing salts and mud that have accumulated, as these substances can continue to cause damage to your car by holding moisture against the metal. While you’re at it, give your paint job a good bath as well to remove winter’s accumulated… Read more

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The Importance of Proper Brake Maintenance

02.01.2021 1:52 pm

Many drivers underestimate the importance of their braking system until winter sets in and the roads become icy and treacherous. The wake-up call often comes in the form of an accident. Even a one-second delay can make the difference between getting to your destination safely and ending up in the ditch or worse. One of the best ways to avoid unnecessary accidents during the winter, or any other time of the year, is to make certain your vehicle’s brakes are in optimal condition. Here are some tips to help car owners do just that: Have Your Brake Pads and Rotors Inspected Arguably, the two most important components of a vehicle’s brake system are the brake pads and rotors. As you hit the brake pedal, these are the components that sustain the initial (and the most) friction as your car transitions from full speed to a complete stop. This means that they are extremely likely to wear out (especially if you drive in city traffic where you are constantly having to pump the brakes). Therefore, it makes sense to schedule a regular brake inspection to inspect the condition of the brake pads and rotors. Additionally, if you notice a burning odor… Read more

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The Importance of Your Vehicle’s Cooling System

10.07.2020 10:31 am

When you have a problem with your cooling system, it’s not just inconvenient, but if the problem is not addressed promptly, it can damage your vehicle’s engine. Your radiator, fan, water pump, and an assortment of hoses and connections comprise your cooling system. If any of these components fail, your engine can overheat. While most of the time you will just need to let the car cool off, refill the radiator, and head over to the mechanic, if the thermostat stops working, you can damage your engine before you realize it. Signs of Cooling System Failure One way to avoid costly repair bills is to catch any issues early before they become big problems. If you begin to notice puddles or spots on your garage floor or where your car was parked in the street, bring it in for a checkup. Your vehicle may be leaking oil, brake fluid, or coolant. In any case, you will want to have the car inspected and repaired. It’s a good idea to check your radiator fluid every month or so. If you notice your normally clear coolant is dark and thick, you may have rust or corrosion buildup. Often a radiator flush can… Read more

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What to Do if your Engine Overheats

08.31.2020 7:55 pm

An overheating car engine is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Car engines can overheat for a number of reasons, including a leaky cooling system, broken water pump, and clogged hose—just to name a few. You’ll know that your engine is overheating when you notice steam coming from below the car hood, a strange smell, and/or a change to your engine temperature gauge on the dashboard. Turn off the AC and turn on the heat. Running the air conditioner may put additional stress on the engine. It may seem counterintuitive, but running the heat can help to divert heat away from the engine. Pull over at the first safe opportunity. Continuing to drive as your engine overheats can result in further damage, but safety should take priority. Find a place to pull off and turn the engine off. Allow it to cool down for a minimum of 15 minutes. Add coolant to your engine. If you have coolant on hand, check your car’s coolant levels and replenish them. Certain issues, like a clogged hose or broken radiator fan, may render this step irrelevant. Arrange a tow—or restart your engine. If you are unable to have your car towed… Read more

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