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!

 

Category Archives: Preventive Maintenance

4 Timely Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Safe This Winter

4 Timely Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Safe This Winter

Some timely tips that fall into the category "why make life more difficult than it is already"Tip #1 - Most vehicles are equipped with a 5-year battery. Most replacement batteries are 5-year batteries. Unless you have a definite plan to replace the vehicle in the near future, if your battery is 5 years old, we highly recommend replacing it proactively to prevent a break down and to avoid stressing the alternator. There are several reasons why. 1) There is no test fee if the shop is performing preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance prevents test fees and breaking down. 2) Most shops will inspect the date and test the battery condition as part of a fall oil service, and  offer an incentive to proactively replace a battery that is due. 3) It's a lot easier for the vehicle owner. Unless you are a handy person, with jumper cables or a jumper pack in the trunk and able to go h ... read more

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

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

Get your car ready for spring with our 6-point checklist

Get your car ready for spring with our 6-point checklist

Glad to have waved winter goodbye? Us, too. Funny thing is, though, the snowy season has a way of lingering past its expiration date when it comes to long-term effects on your car. Frigid temperatures, potholes, road salt and more conspire to do a number on your vehicle. Some of the casualties caused by wintry conditions are wheels knocked out of alignment or damaged shocks, struts and other suspension-system parts. And there’s more where that came from. Many times, cold-season-created problems become apparent only after the mercury has risen. In other words: Just because spring has sprung doesn’t mean you’re immune from a sproing! Add to that the effect rising temperatures have on Chicago-area roads (warmer weather often opens up a lot of potholes) and you can see why now is the time to “spring clean” your car. Here’s the CARS of America Spring Cleaning f ... read more

Headlight restoration enhances nighttime driving

Headlight restoration enhances nighttime driving

Dull, cloudy, hazy or dim? Would you use these words to describe your headlights when driving at night? Then, it might be time to consider bringing your car in for headlight restoration. Dingy or dull lenses happen when the UV coating on headlamps absorb sunlight. The lenses get damaged over time and slowly deteriorate, especially on cars parked outside or in sunny climates. CARS of America can help improve your nighttime driving visibility experience with headlight restoration. What does this restorative process involve? A sanding disc and special abrasive are used to remove the clouding, discoloration and surface defects from the lens. After buffing and polishing multiple times, the lens is restored, dramatically improving the brightness of your headlights. This easy and quick process often can be performed in one hour or less. Plus, it ... read more

It's not easy being the customer, is it?

On Christmas day, my wife and I had to rush CiCi, one of our dogs, to an emergency veterinary hospital because she suddenly became ill.  Thankfully, she has recovered and is back to her favorite activities of counter-surfing and playing ball. However, going through this experience made me remember how difficult it can be to have something unexpected happen and then wait for a diagnosis and an estimate of costs. Here are three important things I was reminded of during our dog’s illness.  Although it was not a pleasant five days, I know it will help our team provide a better service experience to you. The experts need to remember to use  language that is easily understandable to people who do not share their expertise. An unplanned repair is stressful.  Estimates are helpful, but empathy is just as important. Listening is the best communication tool we have. Our team works hard to provide excellent service, but a reminder ... read more

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

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

Stop! How bargain brakes often cost your more down the road

Brakes are central to a vehicle’s safety, yet many drivers let misinformed frugality grab the steering wheel when it comes to maintaining or repairing this essential automotive system. In our continuing series on bargain pricing vs. true value, this month we look at brake service. And while an $89.99 brake job might seem like a real bargain, it often winds up being a costlier proposition in the long run. How? Central to the problem is the tendency for the bargain-focused guys to use the cheapest parts available, which wear out faster. This means you’re paying to redo pads and rotors more often, which ultimately costs more money than paying a little more initially for a quality job — one that often lasts twice as long. The budget myth These “budget” brake jobs aren’t quiet, either. They squeal and squeak while leaving unsightly excess brake dust on wheels and rims. By contrast, CARS’ approach is to use higher-quality part ... read more

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