If you enjoy reading about cars and other related topics, we’d love to share our Auto Care Blog with you. At CARS of America, Inc., our highly trained auto mechanics deliver the very best in auto repair services through our two locations in Glenview. One way we accomplish that is in the time we take to help educate our customers so they feel confident making auto repair decisions. Our Auto Care Blog is just one way we meet that goal. Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to hear more about!

 

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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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Automotive News

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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Road Trips

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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Brakes

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

Why are Tire Rotations Important?

Why are Tire Rotations Important?

Understanding the Importance of Tire Rotations A critical component in your vehicle’s health, performance, and efficiency is getting regular tire rotation service. Why in the world should I worry about a tire rotation? Well, the ASE-Certified auto mechanics at CARS of America, Inc. know auto repair and that whether you’re in Glenview or the surrounding area, it’s important to the life of your tires to do just that. CARS of America, Inc. is committed to prolonging the life of your tires, and that’s why we recommend a regular schedule when it comes to tire rotation. What is a tire rotation? A tire rotation is when your vehicle's tires are moved from their current position on the vehicle to another. The front tires will move to the rear, and the rear tires will move to the front. The tires are typically put back on the vehicle in a cross-diagonal direction, meaning they also change sides. Your vehicle carries more weight at the front, so fr ... read more

Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

  Is your car, truck, or SUV ready for another Chicago Winter? Let CARS of America help keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely this winter. Now for only $64.99 (Plus tax & Disposal), you will receive all of the following automotive services! This is a deal too good to pass up!   •Full-service oil change •Top off all fluids •Rotate tires •Inspect brakes, tire age, tread depth, and pressure •Inspect wiper & washer operation •Inspect Heater, Front & Rear defroster operation •Test Battery •Test Antifreeze •Inspect exterior lights operation •Inspect Belts and hoses •Ozone Disinfection •Mini Detail •Six-month zero percent Financing •Complimentary concierge pick & delivery   Again, you get all of this for only $64.99, plus tax and disposal, limited time offer. Call out shop today at 847-892-1580 or Text us at 847-565-1310. We are conveniently located at:  ... read more

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Winter Car Care

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Though this year is vastly different than those previous, many people still plan on hitting the road. Before you leave on your holiday road trip, you may want to check out some options for car maintenance services at Cars Of America in Glenview, Illinois, to make sure your car is in tip-top travel shape. One of our automotive professionals will make sure your vehicle is safe and ready to go. Whether you’re going to visit grandma or taking a ski trip, there are plenty of things you should check out and repair before you begin your journey to make sure you get yourself and your family to and from your destination safely. Here’s are 5 maintenance tips for safe holiday travel. 5 Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Safe Holiday TravelOil Change – Motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Therefore, you want to make sure that it is clean so that it may work efficien ... read more

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Winter Car Care

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

                     How to save 66% on the annual cost of ownership of your vehicle! You can lower your annual vehicle cost of ownership by 66% without filling your own tires or changing your own oil. By following the method outlined in the  University of Michigan's report titled Report No. CSS04-01 which can be found at  http://css.umich.edu/sites/default/files/css_doc/CSS04-01.pdf   Warning! this report is 94 really dry and boring pages. The good stuff is on pgs. 21 & 22 and 32 & 33 Executive summary: In the Uof M's study example a 2000 model year, generic sedan cost $20,000 to buy and cost $5,300 per year for depreciation, taxes and fees  If we jump forward to 2020, an average-priced 2020 model vehicle costs $38,000, plus, in Cook county, $3,800 sales  plus dealer fees etc. Using the dep ... read more

Don't let Covid 19 kill your hybrid battery

Don't let Covid 19 kill your hybrid battery

Hybrid batteries require periodic exercise to prevent battery deterioration. While Hybrid owners are locked down, so are their vehicles. To avoid a premature hybrid battery death please follow the attached Toyota link for more details. This procedure applies to all Hybrid vehicle makes and models that have nickel-metal-hydride style batteries. If you are unsure what style battery you have, please call us and we can tell you. 847-724-6724 Danae or Emilhttps://blog.toyota.co.uk/coronavirus-toyota-hybrid-car-maintenance    

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Hybrids
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