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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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US to slash automotive emissions this decade

US to slash automotive emissions this decade

Recent news and analysis out of Washington, states that The US needs to set a target of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions between 57% and 63% below 2005 levels by 2030 if we hope to achieve the Biden administration's longer-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.     The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed President Joe Biden's plans to decarbonize the electricity sector, commercial buildings, and new vehicle fleet and found that in order for the United States to do its part to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement in limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius — it needs to cut at least 57% of its emissions by the end of the decade.   European Union officials and environmental groups are calling on Washington to reduce emissions at least 50% this decade below 2005 levels. This is no small order, but by most accounts,  President Biden's climate team is working with all US government agencies and holding meetings wi ... read more

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Automotive News

Can't help but notice...

Can't help but notice...

I can't help but notice... When I was a kid in Northern Illinois, we had blue skies, puffy white clouds, and evening skies filled with stars and planets. Somewhere along the line, we developed Chicago-Gray skies and snow. Since February 2020, the skies are getting bluer; the clouds are getting white and puffy, and, for the past week, the night skies have been filled with stars and planets. Less traffic, better engineered and maintained vehicles, more and more Hybrid-Electric and Full-Electric vehicles are starting to pay off in a healthier, more uplifting environment. I don't know about you, but I would love to see the trends continue

Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?

Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?

  Many clients ask us, "Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?   The reason is two-fold.    First, Brake fluid is Hygroscopic, a fancy word for "it tends to absorb moisture from the air."  Why is that important?  Your brakes are frequently referred to as "hydraulic Brakes"  In the early 20th century, brakes were mechanical, consisting of cables, levers, and other things. All that stuff was exposed to the weather, tended to get rusty, and stop working. Your bicycle has mechanical brakes, with cables and actuators.   Hydraulic brakes are more efficient, provide the ability to "leverage" the foot pressure to apply more brakes when needed. Think of hydraulic brakes like a tube of toothpaste. You step on the tube and caulking squirts out of the nozzle. Hydraulic brakes work the same way; you step on the pedal, and fluid is forced to all four wheels simultaneous ... read more

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Brakes

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

Don't let Covid 19 kill your hybrid battery

Don't let Covid 19 kill your hybrid battery

Hybrid batteries require periodic exercise to prevent battery deterioration. While Hybrid owners are locked down, so are their vehicles. To avoid a premature hybrid battery death please follow the attached Toyota link for more details. This procedure applies to all Hybrid vehicle makes and models that have nickel-metal-hydride style batteries. If you are unsure what style battery you have, please call us and we can tell you. 847-724-6724 Danae or Emilhttps://blog.toyota.co.uk/coronavirus-toyota-hybrid-car-maintenance    

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Hybrids

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

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

It’s hard to believe it’s November already. Are you and your car both ready for the cold weather? It’s not just a matter of staying warm inside your car as you drive through the snow or navigate icy roads. You need to make sure that your car can handle the chilly and sometimes slippery or visibility-limited conditions. There are a few things you can do every Autumn to keep you and your family safe on the roads in Winter. Keep an emergency winter supply box in your car. Last month’s post enumerated everything that should be included in a well-stocked emergency car kit, so please refer to that post for the full list. Important winter-specific items should include an ice scraper and a small shovel; a carpet remnant, kitty litter, or sand for traction; blankets, gloves, and changes of warm clothes for you and your passengers; and some high-energy snacks like nuts, chocolate, and beef jerky. Other items that are important to have with you year-round include a flash ... read more

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