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

    Friday 22 July 2016

    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 probl... read more

  • How to diagnose the Check Engine light

    Friday 05 February 2016

    A Check Engine light isn’t cause for panic. It is a preventive maintenance safeguard that equips vehicle owners with a warning signal that something simple or serious could be afoot. The not-too-great news is its presence can signal any number of under-the-hood snafus. Hard to believe, but that light can pop on for more than 1,400 different reasons–all related to your vehicle’s tailpipe emissions. Part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system, the Check Engine light... read more

  • TPMS? Warning signs you can’t ignore

    Tuesday 22 September 2015

    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 discover... read more

  • Escaping fuel vapors can trigger 'check engine' light

    Monday 19 August 2013

    Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a catalytic converter. And here’s another example of a problem that can trigger the light… Trouble code: P0456 Evaporative Emissions System – Small leak detected The EVAP system is a closed system that... read more

  • Know when to stop! Overheated coolant triggers "check engine" light

    Sunday 24 February 2013

    Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons, and in the coming months, we’re going to share with you what some of those reasons are. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a catalytic converter. Trouble code: P0217 Engine Over Temperature If this code is discovered, it means... read more

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