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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Breathe easier! Replace your cabin air filter

Breathe easier! Replace your cabin air filter

Running your home’s furnace filter non-stop and cold temperatures can have drying effects that cause winter wheeze. If it’s overdue for a cabin air filter change, your car also could be a culprit. The cabin air filter cleans air going into a vehicle’s interior through the ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems. It catches pollen, dust and other contaminants to ensure a healthier interior atmosphere. The cabin air filter is particularly important for individuals with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. Caveat: Not every vehicle employs a cabin air filter. Unsure? Consult your owner’s manual or ask your repair team at CARS! Help improve the air quality in your car with a cabin air filter checkup. Winter impact The cabin air filter works all year round, but its ... read more

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Are you saving money on car care costs?

Are you saving money on car care costs?

Lots of vehicle owners chalk up car-ownership costs to the price at the pump or unexpected repairs, but other factors figure in big time when calculating how much your set of wheels truly is costing. Driving style, preventive maintenance and insurance options all contribute to how much you’re paying (and could be saving). Driving up costs Excessively slurping gas via poor driving habits can rack up the bucks. The usual suspects: Speeding Rapid acceleration These aggressive driving moves can minimize MPGs by 33% on the highway and roughly 5% in the city, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Reversing those percentages by resisting the urge to gun it translates to saving the equivalent of 10 cents to 66 cents per gallon of gas. Plus, by not constantly coming to a screeching halt from a speed-limit-exceeding ... read more

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9 car-related gift ideas to drive your holiday shopping

9 car-related gift ideas to drive your holiday shopping

Forget the bling, bling this holiday season and opt for some vroom! vroom! We can’t think of a better way to say “Happy Holidays” than a gift that makes anyone’s daily commute or holiday travels more pleasant, practical or fun. 9 gift ideas to give or put on your wish list this holiday season.Car seat warmers. If your car doesn’t come equipped already, help you or your friend’s tush stay toasty all winter long. There are do-it-yourself kits for the more adventurous on your list, or if you want to leave that to the pros, just ask us. We will refer you to a company that can do it for you. Let the force be with your car. The Force Awakens premieres on Dec. 17 and we’re calling all Jedi knights. Find everything from Star W ... read more

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Car-Themed Gifts

CARS of America Auto Maintenance Videos: Serpentine Belt System Wear

The primary job of the serpentine belt is to provide vital traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at best speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your friendly and honest. CARS of America technician can review your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn. Give us a call CARS of America 847-724-6724 1727 Chestnut Ave. Glenview, IL 60025

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Auto Repair

10 automotive-related gift ideas to drive your holiday shopping list

10 automotive-related gift ideas to drive your holiday shopping list

Forget the bling, bling this holiday season and opt for some vroom! vroom! We can’t think of a better way to say “Happy Holidays” than a gift that makes anyone’s daily commute or holiday travels more pleasant, practical or fun. 10 gift ideas to give or put on your wish list this holiday season.Car seat warmers. If your car doesn’t come equipped already, help you or your friend’s tush stay toasty all winter long. There are do-it-yourself kits for the more adventurous on your list, or you can check with your favorite auto repair shop (hint, hint, that’s us!). Let the force be with your car. The Force Awakens premieres on Dec. 17 and we’re calling all Jedi knights. Find everything from Star Wars themed automotive floor mats to R2-D2 USB battery chargers. And what Star Wars fan wouldn’t love a Darth Vad ... read more

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Car-Themed Gifts

We Stand Behind all Repairs with a Lifetime Warranty.

We Stand Behind all Repairs with a Lifetime Warranty.

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Do you need new tires before winter arrives?

Do you need new tires before winter arrives?

A snowier and unseasonably cold winter could be an uninvited guest for the 2015-2016 winter season. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter could look a lot like last year in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over the Great Lakes. While we don’t like to be reminded of the cold and snow quite yet, it’s paramount that your tires are roadworthy anytime you drive but especially when driving in snowy and icy conditions. Need new tires? Have you driven more than 30,000 miles? If you answered, yes, then you could be due for new tires. The life of your tires depends on your driving and braking habits, road conditions and how old the tires are (regardless of miles driven). Here are four quick tips to determine if you need new tires.Check the tre ... read more

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Winter Car Care

Free loaner cars

Free loaner cars

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Your Evanston and Glenview friendly auto experts

Your Evanston and Glenview friendly auto experts

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TPMS? Warning signs you can’t ignore

TPMS? Warning signs you can’t ignore

On a recent service visit at our Glenview location, a young couple expressed concern about how to maintain tire pressure on their family van. They stopped in after they returned from a weekend day trip to a corn maze. Before they left on this autumn adventure, they filled up their gas tank, checked the oil, buckled in the kids and then hit the highway. A glowing orange light on their dash almost kept them from reaching the maze. After checking their owner’s manual, they discovered this was the tire pressure light indicating that one or all of their tires might be low. Every time you stop to buy gas, you should check your tire pressure. This light that usually looks like an exclamation point (!) is a warning indicator sign that your tire pressure may be low. With fluctuating temperatures as the season changes from summer to fall, dramat ... read more

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