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Winter Car Care

01.27.2020 5:20 pm

For a reliable mechanic in Chicago, you need to come to Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, conveniently located in Lincoln Park. We all know Chicagoland winters can play havoc with your car, and here five suggestions for winter car care to keep your car running efficiently when the temperature plunges. 1) Install winter tires Yes, it’s an expense but one that’s well worth it in areas like ours where temperatures regularly hover around the freezing mark, or below. Winter tires are made to give better traction when turning or stopping on wet or icy surfaces. 2) Check your tire pressure weekly In cold weather your tires lose pressure, and driving on under-inflated tires causes them to wear prematurely, and you also lose traction on slippery winter-time surfaces. 3) Have the proper mix of coolant for your engine In warmer months you want a 50/50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) to water, but in winter you need a 60/40 mix. 4) Take care of your battery Cold temperatures put a strain on your battery, so clean off any corrosion on the battery terminals. Have your favorite mechanic in Chicago at Bucaro Brothers load-test it and replace if it’s too weak for a cold… 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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Getting Your Car Ready For Winter

11.12.2019 6:02 pm

The cold front has hit the midwest and if auto repair in Chicago, make sure you come to us before the snow really starts. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for the winter this year. Oil Change Check your owner’s manual to find out what type of oil is necessary for your vehicle to function in the freezing and below-freezing temperatures. Engine Coolant Check Normally, your ratio of coolant to water is 50/50, but when winter comes, make sure the ratio is 60 coolant, 40 water. Car Battery Cold temperatures are notoriously known for draining a car battery quicker than usual. Make sure your battery is functioning properly by checking the charge. If you need help with battery maintenance, stop by our shop today for a professional to inspect your vehicle. Washer Fluid + Windshield Wipers You should consider using washer fluid with an antifreeze solution to help keep your windshield clean during the freezing temperatures. Windshield wipers need to be replaced every 6 – 12 months or sooner if they have a lot of wear and tear. Winter wipers will help with a harsher climate so grab a set of these before the snow begins… Read more

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Do I Need A Car Wash?

10.08.2019 4:25 pm

When you decide to purchase a car, you are aware of the investment and how much money you put into it with maintenance checks such as oil changes, tire rotations, and more. Washing your car, while it’s more about aesthetics than how the car runs, should still be at the forefront of your mind. If you aren’t due for an auto repair in Chicago, you may still be due for a car wash. Does My Car Need A Wash? If your car has gone through a day of driving on dusty and gravel roads, you may want to get it washed to clear off the debris. Additionally, you may have some birds that did their business all over the hood and windshield of your car. You should consider washing your car as an addition to your maintenance checks. Car washes can help: Protect the paint Minimize any potential rust Keep the car in great condition Resale the vehicle at a high value How Often Should I Get A Car Wash? The general rule is to wash your car every two weeks, but if you live in an area with a lot of salt, try to wash it more often than… Read more

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When Should Your Engine Belt Be Inspected?

09.18.2019 4:37 pm

When you are looking for an auto repair shop serving Lincoln Park, look no further than Bucaro Brothers. We are ready to help maintain your vehicle no matter how big or small your service may be. If someone has told you it’s time to get your belts inspected, and you are unsure what that means, continue reading! Belts There are a few different belts to be aware of, specifically the engine drive belts, which are a crucial part of the functionality of your vehicle. The engine drive belt serves as the part that helps run a number of different engine accessories. Some vehicles have one belt that runs all accessories, where others have multiple belts. The belt is located on the front of your engine and rotates all accessories while your engine is running. Inspection Your belts are made out of a rubber material and have metal or nylon fibers molded into it for strengthening purposes, but over time, wear and tear become inevitable. When you are inspecting your belt, look for signs of wear, such as cracking, splitting, or the feeling of brittleness, to know if it should be replaced. Rely On Us All your belts must be inspected… Read more

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