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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Back-to-school car care tips

Back-to-school car care tips

Late summer and returning to campus go hand-in-hand, plus a bicep-straining stack of textbooks. Make sure your driving student’s mandated reading also includes your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Whether your student is staying close to home in Glenview or Evanston, or trekking to a far-away college, hunkering down and thumbing through your owner’s manual will help ensure your car is roadworthy and in tip top shape for back-to-school commuting. Parents, it’s never too early to school your kids on car-care maintenance, so the following info is good stuff for the new high school driver or college bound freshman. It’s important you share not only the rules of the road, but car care tips. Teaching good maintenance practices early leads to lifelong skills that will maximize the vehicle’s longevity and keep your young driver and his passengers safe. Students: Hear this! The car’s sound system isn’t your vehicle’s most important featur ... read more

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Auto Repair

Headlight restoration enhances nighttime driving

Headlight restoration enhances nighttime driving

Dull, cloudy, hazy or dim? Would you use these words to describe your headlights when driving at night? Then, it might be time to consider bringing your car in for headlight restoration. Dingy or dull lenses happen when the UV coating on headlamps absorb sunlight. The lenses get damaged over time and slowly deteriorate, especially on cars parked outside or in sunny climates. CARS of America can help improve your nighttime driving visibility experience with headlight restoration. What does this restorative process involve? A sanding disc and special abrasive are used to remove the clouding, discoloration and surface defects from the lens. After buffing and polishing multiple times, the lens is restored, dramatically improving the brightness of your headlights. This easy and quick process often can be performed in one hour or less. Plus, it ... read more

Are drugstore reading glasses like quick oil change stations?

Yes, here’s why This is what I was thinking about when I was sitting in the doctor’s waiting room for my annual eye exam.  I started thinking about how reading glasses from the drugstore, aka “cheaters”, are similar to quick oil change stations.  Here’s why I think they are similar. Cheaters are convenient.  It’s easier to pick up a pair while you’re shopping rather than set an appointment for an eye exam.  But, you can’t replace a good eye exam with a pair of cheaters. Annual eye examinations check your vision and the health of your eyes. Did you know that diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis can be caught early by an eye exam? Similarly, it requires an experienced, ASE-certified technician to identify any repairs needed or perform necessary preventive maintenance other than an oil change. Did you know that CARS of America does a thorough inspection on every vehicle that ... read more

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Oil Change

What’s in your blind zone? AAA tests show rear-view cameras DO help!

What’s in your blind zone? AAA tests show rear-view cameras DO help!

Beginning in 2016, carmakers are required to add rear-view image systems into all passenger vehicles. Although this new regulation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was met with criticism, AAA conducted tests that showed rear-view camera systems improved visibility from 36 percent to 75 percent. AAA evaluated 17 vehicles of varying types and sizes with factory-installed and aftermarket cameras. According to their results, rear-view cameras improved visibility in small sedans by 36 percent and in hatchbacks by a whopping 75 percent. The improvement for large trucks and SUVs fell in the middle of that range. “Rear-view cameras are a great supplement for drivers,” says John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering. “Cameras ... read more

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Safety

It's not easy being the customer, is it?

On Christmas day, my wife and I had to rush CiCi, one of our dogs, to an emergency veterinary hospital because she suddenly became ill.  Thankfully, she has recovered and is back to her favorite activities of counter-surfing and playing ball. However, going through this experience made me remember how difficult it can be to have something unexpected happen and then wait for a diagnosis and an estimate of costs. Here are three important things I was reminded of during our dog’s illness.  Although it was not a pleasant five days, I know it will help our team provide a better service experience to you. The experts need to remember to use  language that is easily understandable to people who do not share their expertise. An unplanned repair is stressful.  Estimates are helpful, but empathy is just as important. Listening is the best communication tool we have. Our team works hard to provide excellent service, but a reminder ... read more

Is your car on the list for the massive Takata airbag recall? | Glenview

Important safety notice for CARS customers Please do not delay taking your vehicle in for this recall!  The recalls are widespread and there are a limited number of replacement parts. Q: Why are vehicles with airbags made by Takata being recalled?A: To date, 7.8 million cars are being recalled because their airbags could explode with too much force when they inflate. In the faulty airbags, the metal airbag inflater can burn more aggressively than it should, causing the inflater to burst and sending pieces of metal flying through the airbag fabric. This could potentially maim or kill the car’s occupant. Q: How big of a risk is the defect?A: These defective airbags pose a high safety risk to you and your passengers. There have been a ... read more

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Automotive News

'To sound horn, push the horn pad' and other advice from modern car owner's manuals

Have you ever joked about some consumer warnings that seem blatantly obvious? We’re thinking of the very cautious, “Don’t use the hairdryer in the bathtub,” or the reminder for those who didn’t excel in Home Ec, “Remove cardboard from pizza before placing in oven.” It seems carmakers have jumped on the bandwagon and are dumbing down their vehicle owner’s manuals. “If the windshield is covered with snow, remove the snow,” advises the manual for a 2014 Subaru Outback. A bit later in the whopping 254-page manual, you’ll find these helpful instructions: “To sound the horn, push the horn pad.” Jim Mateja, who’s been writing about cars for years, put together a highly entertaining piece in the Chicago Tribune that we wanted to share with you: “Owner’s Manuals for Dummies?” ... read more

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Automotive News

Winterize your car | Glenview

Winter is coming, are you ready? New tires, testing the battery, and replacing your wiper blades may be at the top of your checklist, but there are a few more things you should consider for safe driving during the winter months. Use this checklist for winter preparedness or bring your car in to CARS of America in Glenview and take advantage of our winterization special for the month of October. Tires: Do your tires have adequate tread to grip the pavement and get you through the snow? According to a study done by Tire Rack, to have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread. Battery: The number one reason people get stranded and need a tow truck is battery failure. If your battery is more than 3 years old, have it tested. The average life of a battery is between 4-6 years, and batteries rarely give a ... read more

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Winter Car Care

CARS of America's top 5 weekend getaway ideas

Many of us are still trying to forget the chill of this year’s harsh winter, and there’s no better way to put it behind than by fully embracing summer. That’s why we put together a list of our favorite weekend getaways. Whether you’re looking for quality time with your family, your significant other or your best girlfriends, these Midwest getaway destinations offer something for travelers of all ages. So pack up the car, wave goodbye to Glenview and head on out to: Mackinac Island, Mich: If you’re looking for pure relaxation, try Mackinac Island, which is located in Lake Huron off the coast of Michigan between the state’s upper and lower peninsulas. No motor vehicles are allowed on the island (except for some service and emergency vehicles) so you have to take a ferry and the rely on your feet, bikes, carriages or horses to get around. There are a variety of lodging options, in ... read more

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Road Trips

Is a brake fluid flush necessary? Yes, here's why

Q: I recently had my oil changed at a repair shop in Northbrook, and as part of their inspection, they recommended that I flush my brake fluid. I’ve never heard of flushing brake fluid. Was this a legitimate recommendation? A: Yes, flushing brake fluid to remove dirty, contaminated fluid from the system is part of the recommended maintenance we prescribe for today’s vehicles. I can’t speak to whether you’re due for a brake fluid flush right now, but we’ll give you some tips on determining that in just a moment. But first, here are several reasons why we recommend flushing brake fluid: Brake fluid is “hygroscopic,” which means it actively absorbs and retains moisture from the air. Many parts of your braking system are made of metal, and flushing the brake fluid helps to prevent corrosion and subsequent failure of your metal components. As brake fluid gets older and has more moisture in it, the moisture reduces the braking ... read more

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Brakes
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