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Recent Squirrel Damage To Vehicle

Recent Squirrel Damage To Vehicle

Recent Squirrel Damage To A Customer's Vehicle  You may not know this but, the month of May is "National Baby Squirrel Month." Sadly a customer of ours recently experienced squirrel damage to her vehicle. Around this time of year, Mama squirrels are building new nests for their recently born offspring. In this case, a Mama built her new nest under the hood of a 2014 Lexus.     While driving, the traction, ABS, and Check Engine lights all illuminated all at the same time, which was quite disconcerting to the driver, who instantly pulled over and called us. After a phone consultation, we determined the vehicle was safe to drive and instructed her to come directly to our shop.    Upon inspection, we found the underhood nest with a live baby squirrel, debris, 10 chewed wires, and a chewed connector. Squirrels and other rodents such as rats and mice often gnaw on wiring insulation because the plastic contains ... read more

CARMD releases: five most common check engine light-related repairs in 2020

CARMD releases: five most common check engine light-related repairs in 2020

On April 21, 2021 CarMD released it's 2021 Vehicle Health Index. CarMD is a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data who collects and analyzes data to determine the most common repair needs in the country. In fact, CarMD has collected data on more than 500 million vehicles, including more than 120 million fixes since 1996. With this data they , have built a database of failures and repairs related to a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system. This years report shares what was the cause and cost of the most common check engine light-related repairs.  The following is a breakdown of the top 5 check engine light - related repairs:  1) Replace catalytic converter(s) with new OE catalytic converter(s), $1,383 2) Replace oxygen sensor(s), $243 3) Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s), $389 4) Replace mass air flo ... read more

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Honda Announces Timeline for Full EV fleet

Honda Announces Timeline for Full EV fleet

Automotive giant, Honda, has announced its timeline to reach a fully electric fleet of vehicles. Reuters recently reported the Honda CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, saying that the company aims to increase its ratio of EVs and fuel cell vehicles to 100% of ALL sales by 2040. They also project that EV and FCV sales to account for 40% of sales by the year 2030 and 80% of sales by 2035 in their major markets (including North America and China). During a press conference, when asked why the company chose to release this news, Mibe said, "I believe it is the responsibility of an automaker to achieve our carbon-free goal on a 'tank-to-wheel' basis."  Such research and development initiatives will account for a total of 46.3 billion dollars. The plan is to commit to such research and development over the next ... read more

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US to slash automotive emissions this decade

US to slash automotive emissions this decade

Recent news and analysis out of Washington, states that The US needs to set a target of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions between 57% and 63% below 2005 levels by 2030 if we hope to achieve the Biden administration's longer-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.     The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed President Joe Biden's plans to decarbonize the electricity sector, commercial buildings, and new vehicle fleet and found that in order for the United States to do its part to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement in limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius — it needs to cut at least 57% of its emissions by the end of the decade.   European Union officials and environmental groups are calling on Washington to reduce emissions at least 50% this decade below 2005 levels. This is no small order, but by most accounts,  President Biden's climate team is working with all US government agencies and holding meetings wi ... read more

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Can't help but notice...

Can't help but notice...

I can't help but notice... When I was a kid in Northern Illinois, we had blue skies, puffy white clouds, and evening skies filled with stars and planets. Somewhere along the line, we developed Chicago-Gray skies and snow. Since February 2020, the skies are getting bluer; the clouds are getting white and puffy, and, for the past week, the night skies have been filled with stars and planets. Less traffic, better engineered and maintained vehicles, more and more Hybrid-Electric and Full-Electric vehicles are starting to pay off in a healthier, more uplifting environment. I don't know about you, but I would love to see the trends continue

Hyundai Replacing battery System in EVs

Hyundai has announced that they will be replacing battery systems in over 80,000 electric vehicles due to fire risks. This move will cost the automaker an estimated 900 million dollars and is the start of a growing issue between automakers and battery makers in the world of electric vehicles regarding who should foot the bill when trouble arises.    The recent recall focuses mostly on the Kona EV which is Hyundai's biggest-selling electric car with 76,000 models built between 2018 and 2020. There have been 15 reported cases of fires involving the Kona EV - 11 of which occurred in South Korea, 2 in Canada, 1 in Austria, and 1 in Finland. To learn more visit: https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/hyundai-will-replace-battery-systems-900m-global-ev-recall

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What is a Vehicle's Payload?

Before you set out on a Spring Break road trip, we recommend you understand your vehicle's payload.    The payload is how much weight a vehicle can carry. This includes the weight of both passengers and cargo.   Most people view payload only in terms of how much cargo a vehicle can carry and do not consider the occupants' weight in the vehicle. For example, for someone who owns a half-ton pickup, it is common to hear them state, “My pickup can haul 1,600 pounds of firewood.” This is actually incorrect because the payload is actually the weight of passengers and cargo combined. If it’s a crew cab carrying four 200-pounders, then there are only 800 pounds left for carrying firewood in the cargo box without exceeding the payload limit.   Likewise, many consumers think crossovers are sturdy beasts of burden, but they are based on passenger-car designs, not on truck designs with steel frames that can handle heavy loads. Did you know, the p ... read more

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Community Giving

CARS of America, Inc. feels a responsibility to give back to the communities that trust us with their auto repair needs. Our shop in Glenview is home to ASE-Certified auto mechanics that care about more than our bottom line; our entire team cares about issues that are bigger than ourselves. That’s why we regularly donate to the Northfield Food Pantry, Marylou’s Place (an Evanston shelter for victims of domestic violence), and Selah Freedom (an organization that helps victims of sex trafficking). Below you will find more information regarding these 3 amazing groups.  Northfield Food Pantry  Most Needed Items: Canned mixed vegetables Canned tomatoes Plain rice (1-2 LB. packages) Pancake/waffle mix Soup Jelly/jams/preserves Shop our Most Needed List on Amazon Use this l ... read more

Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?

Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?

  Many clients ask us, "Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?   The reason is two-fold.    First, Brake fluid is Hygroscopic, a fancy word for "it tends to absorb moisture from the air."  Why is that important?  Your brakes are frequently referred to as "hydraulic Brakes"  In the early 20th century, brakes were mechanical, consisting of cables, levers, and other things. All that stuff was exposed to the weather, tended to get rusty, and stop working. Your bicycle has mechanical brakes, with cables and actuators.   Hydraulic brakes are more efficient, provide the ability to "leverage" the foot pressure to apply more brakes when needed. Think of hydraulic brakes like a tube of toothpaste. You step on the tube and caulking squirts out of the nozzle. Hydraulic brakes work the same way; you step on the pedal, and fluid is forced to all four wheels simultaneous ... read more

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Is Your Car Going Through A lot of Coolant?

What Is Coolant, And Why Is My Car Going Through So Much Of It? What is coolant, and why is your car going through so much of it? To say that coolant is an essential fluid in your vehicle is an understatement. Without it, a number of your vehicle's components can overheat and destroy your engine. If you start to notice coolant on the ground where you have parked, or find yourself consistently needing to add additional coolant to the engine, there is a good chance you have a coolant leak. The cooling system of today's vehicles is complex and travels throughout the engine. There are a great number of different places within the system that a leak can occur. This can make diagnosing the problem tricky. Below is additional information about the most common causes of a coolant leak and how these issues can be resolved. The highly trained and experienced technicians at CARS of America can quickly locate and repair a coolant leak in your vehicle, in turn protect ... read more

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