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Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

November 26th, 2014 by

AAA projects this Thanksgiving as one of the highest volume of drivers on the road since 2007. A big reason for this is due to gas prices falling below $3 a gallon. In Chicago, it’s hard to avoid any traffic due to the volume of suburban residents and tourists driving in for the Parade. With the combination of large amounts of drivers in snowy weather

Clutch Replacement- Manual Transmission

November 25th, 2014 by

In the past, manual transmissions would allow you to get higher MPG than automatic transmissions. This may still be the case, but with new automatic technology coming out the MPG gap is shrinking between manual and automatic. Regardless of how many miles you get per gallon, manual transmissions are not as boring as automatics. Many

Bad Timing Belt Symptoms

November 24th, 2014 by

What is a timing belt? Depending on the type of car, you may either have a timing belt or timing chain. Both are important in rotating the crank shaft so that the cylinders in your car can move up and down. If the timing belt were to break, then the cylinders do not move which

The Differences Between A Diesel & Gasoline Engine?

November 21st, 2014 by

Diesel was not as common in everyday vehicles as they are now. Many of us, myself included, had the perception that diesel engines were only for big semi trucks that pollute our environment and take up way  too much room on the highway. However, Diesel engines have been growing in popularity among everyday cars, especially if you want to buy a European

What Are BMW Inspections 1 & 2?

November 17th, 2014 by

Depending on how old your BMW is, a service inspection for safety and function of your car is recommended. BMW models manufactured in 2005 or earlier has a warning signals every 30,000 miles to let you know it’s time for a service inspection. These inspections are similar to the yearly physicals people should go through to make sure everything is up to par. The

3 Common Oil Leaks

November 14th, 2014 by

The process is annoying. You are driving down the road listening to music and that’s when it happens. Your hearts sinks a little as the oil light on you dashboard glares up at you. You can almost hear that little maniacal warning signal laughing at you because it knows, it’s not time for an oil change yet. You know it may be a leak,

Volkswagen Service & Repairs

November 12th, 2014 by

Throughout the history of Volkswagens, the auto company has had mixed reviews among customers here in the United States. While some people swear by all things VW, others are less apprehensive to purchase another car from VW.  Regardless of your stance on VW cars, sales have dropped down around 22% in June meaning less than 6% of the total

Leaky engine? Car overheating? It could be your water pump.

November 10th, 2014 by

  What is a Water Pump? Once upon a time, water was used to cool off an engine. The water pump circulated cool water in & out of the engine to prevent overheating. Today, we use coolant to keep our engines from overheating. Even, though we switched from water to coolant, the common name for the water pump is

All About Emissions: Passing the Test

November 5th, 2014 by

Most of us have a basic understanding of why a car needs an emissions test.  The EPA tells us that 75% of carbon monoxide pollution in America is from motor vehicles. So in order to reduce this number, we have to periodically test our vehicles for emissions to make sure we are not completely destroying the environment. You may ask, “Why do I need

Control Arm Bushings: Purpose & Symptoms

November 3rd, 2014 by

For as long as mankind has been driving, we have been trying to make our commutes smoother and easier on our bums. The horse and buggy days had leather and rubber straps to connect buggy axels to frames. These straps were used to absorb all those bumps when riding on dirt and cobblestone roads. Since then, we have changed our