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 and Evanston. 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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Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Chicago, IL Of course, there’s always something to see and do in Chicago. That goes without saying. But if you want to play tourist, drive the short distance to Chicago and treat yourself to a weekend getaway. Here are a few places to consider visiting in Chicago: The Chicago Mural in Logan Square The National Hellenic Museum in Greektown Some of the ethnic restaurants Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood or Little Vietnam near Broadway in Uptown Watch comedy improvisation from The Second City at Chicago Mainstage   Geneva, IL With its boutique shops, fabulous cuisine, lovely weather, and plenty of activities, Geneva is a terrific place to drive. You can meet with friends, visit the Fabyan Windmill, or take a long bike ride along the Fox River Trail.   Milwaukee, WI If you like beer, you need to go here. The people are friendly and there are plenty of family-friendly activities. Top picks are the Harley-Davidson Museum, Discovery World, and the Milw ... read more

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Kia Bursts into Flames

http://www.wesh.com/article/caught-on-camera-woman-escapes-after-kia-catches-fire-on-i-4/20919470 This vehicle, engulfed in flames in the video, was part of a manufacturers recall for engine compartment fires. The manufacturer claimed they had no current address for the owner. Some  service provider, somewhere, was servicing that vehicle and had a valid address. At CARS of America, we check for open recalls on your vehicle every time you visit, print it, give it to you, and make sure you understand it is a safety recall that must be performed by an authorized dealer.  One more example of the many value-added services that vehicle owners may not realize we provide, even with a simple oil change. The owner of this Kia could have avoided one big hassle if she was a CARS of America client

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Hybrid Myth Busting

Hybrid Myth Busting

Myths have been a part of automotive service forever. Time to bust another one; All the talk about "corroding buss bars" in Hybrid Battery Packs misses the more major point; the internal corrosion. As the battery creates electricity, electron flow is created. Plate particles float in the electron flow from the negative pole to the positive pole. Because of the magnetic property of electricity, these particles "stick" to the positive, creating resistance, in the same way as "corrosion" does on the buss bars. Eventually this internal corrosion will cause the Hybrid light to come on. Most shops and all dealers just replace the battery. There is a better choice. Do you know what it is? $50 CARS of America gift card to the first person that sends the correct answer to [email protected]. Winner will be determined by time stamp. P.S. It's ok if you don ... read more

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Hybrids

An Auto Repair Shop that LOVES to Recycle? Tell Me More...

An Auto Repair Shop that LOVES to Recycle? Tell Me More...

Here at CARS of America being “green” is something we practice daily in both our Glenview and Evanston locations. Our goal is to not only help the Earth, but to improve everyone’s health while helping you save money! There are a variety of things we do to be Earth-friendly, here are a few: 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 our facilities. By burning the oil the chances of oil leaking or spilling while being transported to a recycling facility are reduced. It also helps us decrease our carbon footprint and dependence on virgin fossil fuel. We recycle fluids such as brake fluid and coolant, metal such as exhaust pipes and wheel bearings, and all the tires we collect when we install new ones. By recycli ... read more

5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

It is officially spring! After a long and cold winter, we are ready to be met with the warm sunshine and budding flowers that the springtime brings us. Despite temperatures still hanging out in the 30s, it is time to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning. Our homes aren’t the only thing in need of some spring cleaning - our vehicles are too! Cars experience a lot of wear and tear during the harsh winter months so it’s only fair that we give them a little TLC when the weather clears up.  Here are 5 tips to help get your car ready for the spring:1) Clean Out the Trunk Now some people may not use their trunk as a place to store things, and others do. If you are one of the latter, then this tip is for you. Get a big empty box and a garbage bag and go to your trunk. Begin to sort through the things that you want to keep and put them into the box. Any garbage or things you want to throw out go into the trash bag. After you have done that ... read more

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Car Ownership

If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

Being the owner of a hybrid vehicle, you may or may not know that the most important element “under the hood” - or in this case, in the trunk- is the hybrid battery. Up until a few years ago, your only option when that battery failed was to replace it with a brand new battery pack that could cost up to $3,500. Yes, we know your jaw just dropped when you read that price tag, ours did too! If you find yourself with a failed hybrid battery, do not panic. Here at CARS of America, we can rebuild or recondition your hybrid battery for less than half the price of a new one and we guarantee it for 3 years. Check out our "stress test" machine we use to see if your hybrid battery is in good health (right).  Now how’s that for some serious cost savings? But, how will you know if your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced? Here are four tell-tale signs: 1. The gasoline engine kicks on more often than it used to. When the ... read more

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Hybrids

Can you Repair a Car That's Been Flooded?

Can you Repair a Car That's Been Flooded?

With the recent storms leaving many Chicagoland neighborhoods underwater, there have been many questions and concerns regarding how to salvage an automobile that has been immersed in flood waters. Better yet, is a vehicle even salvagable after it's been soaking in water.This article from Popular Mechanics says it all and will give you the information that you are looking for. "We've all seen it on TV: rainstorms of biblical proportions sweeping entire villages into the sea, and damp, devastated flood victims being interviewed in front of a pile of sodden furnishings and clothing. But then it happens closer to home—and this time it's your car, not the entire village.There's a high-water line halfway up the windshield, and several inches of mud in the int ... read more

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Vehicle Damage

Help!

Help!

                                                    The auto repair business is historically slow from January 15th until March 1st. If you help us fill our bays, we will help you ...Save Money. If you have  existing recommendations, 15% to 20% off. ask about details. Got a concern?  No problem. 10% off all concern solutions. Mention that you saw the $$$$ off offer on the website or FaceBook.  see store for details may not be combined with other offers only applies to recommendations date prior to 2/9/18 Limited time offer (until we get busy)

5 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Car Lover Needs

5 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Car Lover Needs

  With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, you may be scrambling to get your loved one the perfect gift. Ditch the cliché cards, flowers and chocolates and get your partner something they will really enjoy - a brand new car! JUST KIDDING, that is one hefty investment many cannot afford to make for a small Hallmark holiday. Instead, get your car lover something else they will enjoy, here are some ideas: 1) A New Snow Brush It is no secret that here in the Midwest we can get snow all the way through April. Why not get them that fancy snow brush they saw in a magazine and mentioned would be “cool” to have but never actually went out and got it for themselves. BONUS GIFT: Wipe their car off in the morning with their new snow brush and you will be sure to put a giant smile on their face (that is, if there is snow where you are living).     2) A Car Wash If your partner loves cars, then keeping&n ... read more

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Car-Themed Gifts

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked?

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked?

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked? Did you know that neglecting even simple routine maintenance, like changing the oil or checking the coolant, can lead to poor fuel economy, unreliability, or costly breakdowns? It can also void your warranty and we know nobody wants that! Not to mention, some avoidable automotive mishaps happen and cause accidents, further piling onto the damage. One serious malfunction that could cause a lot of damage is a tire blowout ... read more

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