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Chrysler recalls Pacifica Hybrids for loss of propulsion

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/chrysler-recalls-all-the-pacifica-hybrids-for-battery-problems/ As reported in Ratchet & Wrench 2 days ago, Chrysler is having a propulsion issue on about 1700 Pacific Hybrids

CARS of America to donate to local Victims of Domestic Violence Shelter

CARS of America to donate to local Victims of Domestic Violence Shelter

In honor of Father's Day, during the week of  June 19 through June 23, 2017, CARS of America will donate $25 to $50 to Mary Lou's Place,  an Evanston shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, for the first fifty vehicles scheduled and serviced at either location   Contact Dana 224-307-5000 at our Evanston location or Danae at 847-724-6724 at our Glenview location for details.  Did you know that one in four women are either a  victim of Domestic Violence  or have a friend that  is a victim of domestic violence. Because of the possibility that 25% of our clients could be one of those women, CARS of America has been supporting local shelters for over ten years  

Electric car kicks butt in drag race

As the saying goes, "Different strokes for different folks". At last count there were over 100 models of Hybrid-Electric vehicles available for sale by major manufacturers, four million registered in the US, and eighty-five thousand within twenty-five miles of Glenview. When asked, most Hybrid Owners owners state that "they love their car", for several different reasons; most often mentioned is the lower cost of ownership. As recently reported  in a study published by Repair Pal, an online automotive service referral service, the top three, least expensive vehicles to maintain, were Hybrid-Electric. In all reality, the full Electric cars, like Tesla, Bolt, Leaf  and Kia Soul  EV, are even less expensive to operate than the Hybrid Electric. More on that in future blogs. My main point in this blog is to point out that another reason mentioned is; that many of the Hybrid and Electric cars are just plain Fun To Dr ... read more

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Hybrid car maintenance: Why it’s critical if you want to keep your car beyond the warranty

Hybrid car maintenance: Why it’s critical if you want to keep your car beyond the warranty

Maintaining your hybrid costs a fraction of repairing it At CARS, our mission is to keep your car affordable, reliable and safe. And our message today is for hybrid car owners: If you want your hybrid to be affordable and reliable beyond the warranty period, we cannot stress how important routine maintenance is for the: Hybrid battery. Transmission fluid. Brake fluid. Why? The maintenance costs are a fraction of the repair or replacement costs. Let’s take a closer look. Your Hybrid Battery This is an individual battery module from a Toyota Prius. There’s traditionally been a lot of fear around hybrid cars and what it costs when the hybrid battery fails, which will happen if you follow Toyota’s specified Hybrid Battery maintenance because, guess what? There is no specified maintenance. Guess what else? The rea ... read more

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5 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change

5 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change

It’s affordable, it’s easy and it’s important. An oil change is one of the most straightforward vehicle maintenance measures out there—but it’s also one that can be easy to push off when we get busy. Your car is pleading with you to stay on schedule. When you go too long between oil changes, your engine suffers. So does the value of your vehicle, and subsequently, so does your wallet. Here are signs that you are long overdue for an oil change: Your Engine is Noisier than Normal The point of oil is to lubricate the engine. When the oil level is low or the oil that’s left in the crankcase isn’t up to normal standards, your engine complains about it. Listen for grating, rumbling noises when you turn your vehicle on. In some cases, your gas-powered engine may begin to clatter like a diesel engine. Y ... read more

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How we clean hybrid battery terminals

How we clean hybrid battery terminals

The hybrid battery terminal on the top has been cleaned and is as good as new compared to the corroded terminal on the bottom. We’ve written quite a bit about our ability to test, recondition and rebuild hybrid car batteries. Today, we’re going to show you how we clean hybrid battery terminals, which get corroded just like the terminals in a regular car battery. Hybrid car batteries, such as those on the Toyota Prius, consist of multiple, individual battery modules. The Prius has 28; the Camry and the Avalon have 34 modules. There are copper “bus bars” that connect these modules to one another, allowing electricity to flow between them. Over time, they become corroded, and as part of our battery reconditioning service, we clean and shine them. We place the bus bars in a container of stainless steel media, place it into a sl ... read more

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Transmission repair and maintenance FAQs

Transmission repair and maintenance FAQs

We answer your frequently asked questions about transmission fluid service and more. Transmission fluid is one of those aspects of vehicle care that comes with a lot of question marks. We get it: Given that the average transmission contains 30,000 individual parts, it can be tricky to keep track. That’s why we’ve assembled a few of our most frequently asked questions below. What is transmission fluid? Transmission fluid is the lubricant that helps all of the parts in your transmission move smoothly. Both manual and automatic vehicles need transmission fluid to keep you moving. An automatic transmission also relies on the fluid to cool the internal parts, and they use the fluid to build up hydraulic pressure in order to shift gears. Why is it important? Dollar signs run through our head when we think about transmission fluid. It&rsq ... read more

Hybrid maintenance tip #4: Why a transmission fluid service is so important

Hybrid maintenance tip #4: Why a transmission fluid service is so important

You want your hybrid transmission fluid to be red and transparent like the image on the left, not black and sludgy like the coffee on the right. Flushing the fluid every 50,000 miles in your hybrid is even more important than in a gas-powered car. Here’s why. In any vehicle with an automatic transmission, it’s important to service the transmission fluid periodically in order to prolong the life of the transmission itself. In a hybrid vehicle, this service is even more critical because the hybrid transmission serves three purposes: It helps slow down the car when the driver applies the brakes. It helps to recharge the battery. It delivers power to the wheels to move the car forward–just like in a car with a gasoline engine. The hybrid transmission fluid becomes contaminated over time. The cast iron planetary ge ... read more

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What is TPMS?

What is TPMS?

All the basics on Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems What is your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)? And what should you do if you see this light on your dash? Acronyms abound in the auto world. Our job? To explain the logic behind the letters. Today we’re going to focus on TPMS, the abbreviated version of “tire pressure monitoring system.” What is the TPMS? Your vehicle’s TPMS exists to warn you about tire under-inflation. Proper tire inflation is one of the biggest ways that you can prevent unsafe driving conditions — and optimize fuel economy — so it’s a monitoring system that you want to take seriously. Why does the light come on? When the TPMS senses that one of your tires isn’t adequately filled, you’ll see a bright light come on your dash featuring an exclamation point enclosed in ... read more

Not sure if you need a transmission or brake fluid flush? At CARS, we can test so you know for sure

Not sure if you need a transmission or brake fluid flush? At CARS, we can test so you know for sure

At CARS of America, we can test your brake, transmission, power steering and differential fluids so we know for certain when they need to be changed. One of the challenges of modern day auto service is striking a balance between recommending preventive maintenance that saves you money in the long run and advising you to spend money on maintenance before it’s truly needed. After all, most preventive maintenance schedules are based on mileage or time and don’t factor in driving habits, road conditions or even your local climate. This challenge is particularly true when it comes to fluid flushes for transmissions, brakes, coolant, power steering and differentials. Unless the fluid is in dire need of being flushed–such as trans fluid that’s black and full of metal flakes–it’s difficult to tell just by looking at the fluid if it needs ... read more

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