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!



Save money, help the Earth with CARS' green efforts

When you think about taking care of the environment, auto repair shops probably don’t jump to the top of your “green” list. But at CARS of America, being “green” is something we practice every day…from  Glenview to Northbrook and all around the surrounding towns. Not only are we trying to help the Earth and improve everyone’s health, we also are working to save you money and run an efficient operation! Here are some of the ways we work to be Earth-friendly: We use waste oil heaters. These EPA-approved units allow us to burn engine oil and transmission, differential, transfer case and brake fluid to heat the facility. Burning the oil reduces the chances of the oil leaking or spilling as it’s being transported to a recycling facility. It also helps us decrease our carbon footprint and dependence on virgin fossil fuel. We recycle fluids. This includes coolant (antifreeze), brake fluid, gas and refrig ... read more



If you've got pothole damage, let CARS take care of the problem!

March means the beginning of pothole season, and there’s already a bumper crop popping up all over the area. These craters can do a lot of damage to tires, wheel rims, shocks and struts, along with knocking your car out of alignment. Repairing the damage quickly can save you from additional and more costly repairs down the road. If you went up against a pothole and lost, bring your car to CARS of America. Our auto repair experts will thoroughly check your tires, shocks and struts, wheel alignment and more so you can find out if there is any damage and if so, take care of quickly and reasonably. Kelly Managing partner – accounting10 signs you need shocks, struts or a wheel alignment Ready for a steering and suspension inspection or a wheel alignment? Give CARS of America a call at 847-724-6724 or schedule an appointment.

It's a new year – resolve to keep your car running smoothly and safely

Happy New Year! Do your New Year’s resolutions include taking great care of your car or truck this year? If so, we can help! Our auto repair technicians are the best of the best and you can rely on CARS of America to make your auto service visit a pleasant, personable one. Just in case you’re not aware, here are some of the perks you get for being a CARS client: A lifetime auto repair warranty 5% rebate on all auto repairs Free courtesy cars A free shuttle service Vehicle pick-up and delivery Free tire rotations and free alignment inspections when you buy new tires from CARS Best wishes for a very happy new year! We hope to see you soon! Bob, Brian, Kelly, Frank, Dana & the entire CARS Team

CARS of America earns Angie's List Super Service Award

We’re proud to announce that CARS of America has won the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award! This honor is earned by only about 5 percent of all companies on Angie’s List. “Winning multiple Super Saver Award requires an extremely high level of customer service delivery and constant attention to detail, every minute of every day, all year long, year after year, for every client transaction, regardless of the client being an Angie’s List referral or a person that walks in off the street,” said Bob Dupre, CARS’ founder and managing partner. “I am proud of the CARS of America Team members that deliver that constant level of service and grateful to the Angie’s List clients that recognize it and take the time to comment.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete prof ... read more

Take advantage of fall's beauty and bounty on these drives

Fall is a wonderful time for a fun adventure that will delight all the senses. Cooler temperatures, all the beautiful colors of nature, and let’s not forget the season’s bounty of apples and pumpkins, all make this season a favorite for many. Why not take a drive and bask in the autumn sun? Here’s a few ideas to consider: Spoon River Scenic Drive, Canton, IL Made famous by Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology, the Spoon River Valley features nearly 100 miles of scenic routes to be explored. Along the way visit arts and crafts fairs, taste local specialties and find a bargain at the flea market. There’s much to discover in the area, which is about 45 minutes west of Peoria. Your choices include conservation areas, a wintering site for bald eagles, the restored Ellisville Opera House and many farms offering an array of delectable goods. The Great River Road, Fulton, IL Along the mighty Mississippi River, about 45 minutes n ... read more


Road Trips

It's about time to start following service intervals at CARS of America

There are a lot of things in life that Glenview residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Glenview dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don’t stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences. Scheduled maintenance is also part of good car care. Glenview drivers should take their minivans in regularly for a good check-up. But many Chicago folks struggle to remember, or actually even ignore, this auto advice. When it comes to our cars, we’re more likely to listen to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” than “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one. Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant ... read more


Auto Repair

Escaping fuel vapors can trigger 'check engine' light

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a catalytic converter. And here’s another example of a problem that can trigger the light… Trouble code: P0456 Evaporative Emissions System – Small leak detected The EVAP system is a closed system that captures fuel tank vapors and prevents them from escaping into the atmosphere. When the light comes on for this reason, you most likely won’t notice the car driving any differently. Everything will seem fine, except for the glowing check engine light on the dashboard. Here are some possible causes: Missing or loose fuel cap Incorrect fuel cap used Evaporative emission canister or fuel tank leaks Evaporative emission system hose leaking ... read more

If your battery is 3-5 years old, it's time to get it tested or replaced

Question: I’ve had my car for awhile now, and I’ve never given the battery a second thought. Should I?Answer: A car battery isn’t very different from a regular battery. If the battery in your cell phone dies, you’re not going to be making any calls. When your car battery is dead, your car isn’t going to start. Car batteries last an average of three to five years, but there are a few factors that can affect that length. The first is driving habits. If you regularly drive for 20 minutes or less, your battery does not fully charge, which will cause it to fail sooner. The second is climate. Many people associate dead batteries with the winter months, but summer’s heat actually has a greater effect on battery life. According to the Car Care Council, heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which damages the internal structure of the battery. That’s slow death for a battery. In hotter temperatures, your car battery re ... read more

How to Know When to Change Your Oil At CARS of America

How to Know When to Change Your Oil At CARS of America

Today in the CARS of America auto care blog, we’re going to talk about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer for CARS of America customers. High quality oil in a well-engineered minivan engine has lead to extended intervals. But it’s also lead to some confusion among Glenview auto owners. The old mantra “change your oil every three months or three thousand miles, whichever comes first” once applied to every vehicle on Glenview interstates. Time and miles take their toll on motor oil. But now, you could have a different oil change recommendation for every car or truck you own. Glenview auto owners are like everybody else, they have a tendency to follow the oil change schedule of the vehicle with the longest inter ... read more

Bad vehicle speed sensor affects your vehicle's anti-lock brakes

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons, and in the coming months, we’re going to share with you what some of those reasons are. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a catalytic converter. Trouble code: P0500 This means the vehicle speed sensor is not reading the vehicle’s speed correctly. Symptoms of a P0500 IAC Malfunction may include: Anti-lock brake system reverts back to normal brakes. This is NOT a safety issue under non-slippery driving conditions. The “anti-lock” or “brake” warning lamps on the dash may be lit (in addition to the check engine light). The speedometer or odometer may not work properly (or at all). Your vehicle’s RPM limiter may be decreased. The shifting of an ... read more


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