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!

 

Articles:

Save money, eliminate waste with hybrid car repair at CARS of America

Save money, eliminate waste with hybrid car repair at CARS of America

Why should you have your hybrid vehicle serviced at CARS of America? We can save you thousands of dollars compared to the car dealer, and we’re greener because we repair, not replace, failed hybrid components. At CARS of America in Glenview and Evanston, we can save you thousands over the dealer when servicing your hybrid cars. We can also help you be greener by repairing, not replacing, failed hybrid parts. When hybrid cars first hit the market, many consumers believed their new car dealer was the only game in town when it came to service and repairs. As hybrids became more popular, independent auto repair shops like CARS of America became more outspoken about our ability to service hybrids for everyday needs like oil changes, tires, brakes, steering and suspension work. And now, CARS of America is one of a few independent shops that can service your hybrid even better than the dea ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids

How we saved one client $2,000 on a Toyota Prius battery

How we saved one client $2,000 on a Toyota Prius battery

Reconditioning the hybrid battery paid off for this CARS’ client This is an individual battery module from a Toyota Prius. Since we launched CARS Hybrid Care earlier this year, we’ve been proudly touting the fact that we can save you thousands of dollars on a hybrid battery repair compared to the dealer. And here’s one case where we did just that. The client came to us with their Toyota Prius, and upon testing the battery, we determined there were 10 bad battery modules out of 28. We were able to replace just those 10 modules. We didn’t have to replace the entire battery pack. The dealer had quoted the client $4,400 to install a new Prius battery pack. We replaced only the failed modules, and the estimated cost to the client? $2,300. That’s a savings of more than $2,000. ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids

Why a clean cabin air filter is important for your car’s air conditioning

Why a clean cabin air filter is important for your car’s air conditioning

Replacing your vehicle’s cabin air filter regularly ensures you and your passengers are breathing clean air inside the car AND ensures your air conditioning works properly all summer long. Want to ensure your vehicle’s air conditioning blasts cold air all summer long? Here’s a simple and affordable maintenance tip: Replace the cabin air filter regularly. Under the hood, the engine air filter keeps dirt and debris from getting into your engine. It ensures the engine is “breathing” clean air. Similarly, the cabin air filter cleans the air being circulated in the passenger compartment. This is the air you’re breathing. It also plays an important role in your vehicle’s air conditioning (A/C) system. The air passing through the filter must also flow over the A/C evaporator, which operates at freezing temperatures, to prevent ice build u ... read more

Categories:

Air Conditioning

Hybrid maintenance tip #3: Why it’s important to change your cabin air filter

Hybrid maintenance tip #3: Why it’s important to change your cabin air filter

Replacing your car’s cabin air filter can prolong the life and performance of your hybrid battery. Here’s another tip for prolonging the health and performance of your hybrid car battery: Replace the cabin air filter regularly. It’s simple and affordable. Why is this important? The cabin air filter cleans the air being circulated in the passenger compartment. This is the air you’re breathing. Checking the filter regularly and replacing it when it’s dirty is important on any vehicle. But it’s even more important on hybrid cars because it affects the ambient air temperature around the hybrid battery. The Toyota Prius, for example, uses the air inside the passenger compartment to cool the hybrid battery that’s in the trunk. If the cabin air filter is dirty, it restricts air flow into the passenger compartment and into the trunk. It simply cannot c ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids

Do you know what to do when your "Check Engine Light" comes on?

Do you know what to do when your "Check Engine Light" comes on?

Know how to respond if and when a dashboard warning light comes on. When I started to drive, there were only three warning signs I needed to be worried about on the dashboard: the battery light, the oil light and the engine temperature gauge. On today’s vehicles, the dashboard lights up like a holiday tree even when you’re starting the car—let alone when there’s a problem. The oil, battery and engine temperature lights are still there. But you also have warning lights for traction control, light bulbs, tire pressure, air bags, catalytic converters, air suspension and even trailer tow hitches. It’s nearly impossible to memorize the meaning of every last light. Dashboard Light Basics But when a dashboard light does come on, you need to know what to do. We recommend: Keeping your owner’s manual in the glove compartment so you can first iden ... read more

Toyota Prius Maintenance Tip: Vacuum out the dog hair regularly

Toyota Prius Maintenance Tip: Vacuum out the dog hair regularly

What does vacuuming your Toyota Prius or Camry hybrid have to do with maintaining the car? Here’s the deal: The air intake vent for the battery cooling system is in the backseat where the right rear door meets the pillar post. Any dog hair, cottonwood fuzz and even your kids’ gummy bears can get sucked into the vent and then pushed through to channels beneath the battery, where the air is supposed to circulate to keep the battery cooler. If there’s a lot of fuzz, pet hair or other debris clogging these passageways, the battery can’t cool as well. That wears and tears on the battery. And in fact, if the temperature in the battery compartment gets hotter than 110 degrees, it starts to degrade the battery. At CARS of America, we can use a boroscope (a camera with a flexible wand) to take a peak at the air cooling passages a ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids

4 signs your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced

4 signs your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced

We use this machine to “stress test” your hybrid battery. This will help us determine if its in good health, needs to be reconditioned or rebuilt. When you own a hybrid car or truck, one of the most important elements “under the hood”—or in this case, in the trunk—is the hybrid battery. And until recently, when that battery failed, you’re only choice was to spend $4,500 to replace the entire battery pack. But 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. How will you know if your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced? Here are four signs: The gasoline engine kicks on more often than it used to. When the battery is depleted or tired, the electric mot ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids

To buy or not to buy: What are the real costs of buying a new car?

To buy or not to buy: What are the real costs of buying a new car?

Owners of older cars often enjoy immense satisfaction in not having to shell out the bucks every month for a car payment. On the other hand, as the car ages, the uncertainty surrounding “what will conk next?” can sometimes burst that no-more-payments bubble. Conversely, the new car driver knows s/he’s facing plenty of debt, but also realizes that new car is far less likely to break down. Are you wondering whether you should repair your current vehicle or cough up the sizeable cash for a new car? A car salesperson might make that new set of wheels sound awfully enticing, but what are the true costs of a new car vs. maintaining your current ride? You might be surprised. The average new car price has jumped in recent years. Kelly Blue Book analysts ... read more

Categories:

Car Ownership

Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No 2: CARS can save you money by repairing, not replacing, the transmission

Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No 2: CARS can save you money by repairing, not replacing, the transmission

The PicoScope is one of the pieces of equipment we use to test transmission/transaxle on a hybrid vehicle. The “transmission” in your hybrid vehicle barely resembles a conventional automatic transmission. It contains an electric motor and a few gears to connect the internal combustion engine and the electric motor to the wheels. It also contains an electric generator to charge the hybrid battery. Most shops and  dealers do not have the equipment to test these electrical components. Instead, when the transmission fails, they replace the entire unit. At CARS of America, we have the equipment to test and replace either electric motor in the transaxle. We can also repair the “mechanical” gears inside the transaxle, but fortunately, they rarely fail. We’ve also invested in world-class training to help you keep your hybrid affor ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids

Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No. 1: How to make your hybrid battery last longer

Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No. 1: How to make your hybrid battery last longer

You can prolong the life of your hybrid battery by having the battery pack cooling system inspected or cleaned each year. Hybrid batteries are made up of a number of individual modules—28, for example, on the Prius. These individual modules must operate at a temperature of no more than 110 degrees F. Most hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) ventilate and cool the battery pack with air drawn in from the passenger compartment. For longer battery life on your hybrid vehicle: Have the HEV Battery Pack Cooling System inspected or cleaned annually. Replace the Cabin Air Filter (which is the same as in a non-hybrid vehicle) every 15 months or 15,000 miles. Why is this important? Let’s look at the Toyota Prius: They have air-cooled packs battery packs. Replacing the cabin air filter is important because the inle ... read more

Categories:

Hybrids
Cars Of America, Inc is committed to ensuring effective communication and digital accessibility to all users. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and apply the relevant accessibility standards to achieve these goals. We welcome your feedback. Please call Glenview (847) 724-6724 if you have any issues in accessing any area of our website.
Scroll to top