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
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
Question: I got a flat tire last weekend in Chicago and had to use a shop there to repair it. The cost was $40! Why was the repair so much? I remember paying $10 for a tire patch. —All Out of Air, Evanston Here’s why it costs more to have a tire repaired than it used to Answer: In the Good ‘Ole Days, patching a tire was a 10-minute task. We plugged it from the outside, and it was a quick and easy repair. But for safety reasons on today’s tires, the Rubber Manufacturers Association and tire manufacturers require a plug-patch repair. First, a rubber stem (a.k.a. a plug) must be applied to fill the puncture, and second, a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A plug by itself is not an acceptable nor safe repair. Repa ... read more
March means the beginning of pothole season, and there’s already a bumper crop popping up all over the area. These craters can do a lot of damage to tires, wheel rims, shocks and struts, along with knocking your car out of alignment. Repairing the damage quickly can save you from additional and more costly repairs down the road. If you went up against a pothole and lost, bring your car to CARS of America. Our auto repair experts will thoroughly check your tires, shocks and struts, wheel alignment and more so you can find out if there is any damage and if so, take care of quickly and reasonably. Kelly Managing partner – accounting10 signs you need shocks, struts or a wheel alignment Ready for a steering and suspension inspection or a wheel alignment? Give CARS of America a call at 847-724-6724 or schedule an appointment.