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Common Car Noises & The Reasons Behind Them

Common Car Noises & The Reasons Behind Them

If you've been a car or truck owner long enough, you’ve probably heard your car began to make odd, unexpected, and unnerving noises as it runs, drives, turns, or brakes. Sometimes, the noise source is clearly coming from a certain part of the vehicle, like the engine, wheels, or exhaust. Whereas other times, you can’t quite make out what the source of the noise is. Either way, if your vehicle is making strange noises, it’s a symptom that something isn’t quite right and that it is time to bring the vehicle in for service at CARS of America. Luckily, most of the time, when your car is making a strange noise, it doesn’t mean that your car is in danger of immediate breakdown. (though it is a possibility) Sometimes, an unusual noise marks a minor problem that won’t affect your car’s function in the short term. But even in those cases, the noise probably represents an issue that can grow worse over time. Here are some of the most freq ... read more

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Auto Repair

CARMD releases: five most common check engine light-related repairs in 2020

CARMD releases: five most common check engine light-related repairs in 2020

On April 21, 2021 CarMD released it's 2021 Vehicle Health Index. CarMD is a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data who collects and analyzes data to determine the most common repair needs in the country. In fact, CarMD has collected data on more than 500 million vehicles, including more than 120 million fixes since 1996. With this data they , have built a database of failures and repairs related to a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system. This years report shares what was the cause and cost of the most common check engine light-related repairs.  The following is a breakdown of the top 5 check engine light - related repairs:  1) Replace catalytic converter(s) with new OE catalytic converter(s), $1,383 2) Replace oxygen sensor(s), $243 3) Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s), $389 4) Replace mass air flo ... read more

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Automotive News

What is a Vehicle's Payload?

Before you set out on a Spring Break road trip, we recommend you understand your vehicle's payload.    The payload is how much weight a vehicle can carry. This includes the weight of both passengers and cargo.   Most people view payload only in terms of how much cargo a vehicle can carry and do not consider the occupants' weight in the vehicle. For example, for someone who owns a half-ton pickup, it is common to hear them state, “My pickup can haul 1,600 pounds of firewood.” This is actually incorrect because the payload is actually the weight of passengers and cargo combined. If it’s a crew cab carrying four 200-pounders, then there are only 800 pounds left for carrying firewood in the cargo box without exceeding the payload limit.   Likewise, many consumers think crossovers are sturdy beasts of burden, but they are based on passenger-car designs, not on truck designs with steel frames that can handle heavy loads. Did you know, the p ... read more

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Road Trips

Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

  Is your car, truck, or SUV ready for another Chicago Winter? Let CARS of America help keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely this winter. Now for only $64.99 (Plus tax & Disposal), you will receive all of the following automotive services! This is a deal too good to pass up!   •Full-service oil change •Top off all fluids •Rotate tires •Inspect brakes, tire age, tread depth, and pressure •Inspect wiper & washer operation •Inspect Heater, Front & Rear defroster operation •Test Battery •Test Antifreeze •Inspect exterior lights operation •Inspect Belts and hoses •Ozone Disinfection •Mini Detail •Six-month zero percent Financing •Complimentary concierge pick & delivery   Again, you get all of this for only $64.99, plus tax and disposal, limited time offer. Call out shop today at 847-892-1580 or Text us at 847-565-1310. We are conveniently located at:  ... read more

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Winter Car Care

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Though this year is vastly different than those previous, many people still plan on hitting the road. Before you leave on your holiday road trip, you may want to check out some options for car maintenance services at Cars Of America in Glenview, Illinois, to make sure your car is in tip-top travel shape. One of our automotive professionals will make sure your vehicle is safe and ready to go. Whether you’re going to visit grandma or taking a ski trip, there are plenty of things you should check out and repair before you begin your journey to make sure you get yourself and your family to and from your destination safely. Here’s are 5 maintenance tips for safe holiday travel. 5 Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Safe Holiday TravelOil Change – Motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Therefore, you want to make sure that it is clean so that it may work efficien ... read more

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Winter Car Care

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

                     How to save 66% on the annual cost of ownership of your vehicle! You can lower your annual vehicle cost of ownership by 66% without filling your own tires or changing your own oil. By following the method outlined in the  University of Michigan's report titled Report No. CSS04-01 which can be found at  http://css.umich.edu/sites/default/files/css_doc/CSS04-01.pdf   Warning! this report is 94 really dry and boring pages. The good stuff is on pgs. 21 & 22 and 32 & 33 Executive summary: In the Uof M's study example a 2000 model year, generic sedan cost $20,000 to buy and cost $5,300 per year for depreciation, taxes and fees  If we jump forward to 2020, an average-priced 2020 model vehicle costs $38,000, plus, in Cook county, $3,800 sales  plus dealer fees etc. Using the dep ... read more

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

It’s a cliche to say that we Americans love our cars. But just because something is a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t 100 percent true. We do love our cars! Why, though? Well, cars mean freedom for a lot of us. What’s better than grabbing your keys and jumping behind the wheel to take off on the spur of the moment--on a road trip to a famous location, to visit an old friend, or just to pick up some late-night munchies? To a lot of Americans, our cars reflect our personalities. And why not? Most of us spend an awful lot of time behind the wheel. Why not take the time to figure out exactly what kind of vehicle both meets our needs and tells the world, “Hey, world, here I am!” What do different types of cars say about their owners? Pickup truck drivers tend to be hardworking and no-nonsense. People drive hybrids both to save money on gas and because they care about the environment. Drivers of sports cars like to feel powerful and attractive. Do you kno ... read more

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Car Ownership

Our 10 Favorite Ways to Entertain Kids on Long Car Rides

Our 10 Favorite Ways to Entertain Kids on Long Car Rides

  Did your family take road trips when you were a kid? Do you remember how you tried to deal with the boredom of a long, hot car ride with your brother always putting his foot on your side and your sister yelling “Mom, he keeps looking at me!” Did your mom or dad glare at you in the rearview mirror and growl “Be quiet or I’m turning this car around and taking us home!” Ah, the good old days, right? Well, now those of us who are parents can be happy that finally we get to be in charge of the car trips, plan the itinerary, pack the games and snacks, and even occasionally get to be the ones yelling at the kids to SHUT UP! Actually, we’re joking. We love to take long car rides with our kids! There are a lot more ways to entertain children now than back in the day. Spending time as a family on a long car trip can actually be a bonding experience and a way to create fun memories. If you’re planning a long road trip with the kids any time soon ... read more

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Auto Repair

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Chicago, IL Of course, there’s always something to see and do in Chicago. That goes without saying. But if you want to play tourist, drive the short distance to Chicago and treat yourself to a weekend getaway. Here are a few places to consider visiting in Chicago: The Chicago Mural in Logan Square The National Hellenic Museum in Greektown Some of the ethnic restaurants Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood or Little Vietnam near Broadway in Uptown Watch comedy improvisation from The Second City at Chicago Mainstage   Geneva, IL With its boutique shops, fabulous cuisine, lovely weather, and plenty of activities, Geneva is a terrific place to drive. You can meet with friends, visit the Fabyan Windmill, or take a long bike ride along the Fox River Trail.   Milwaukee, WI If you like beer, you need to go here. The people are friendly and there are plenty of family-friendly activities. Top picks are the Harley-Davidson Museum, Discovery World, and the Milw ... read more

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