Volkswagen Service & Repairs

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.

  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

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

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

4 Iconic Cars From Popular Halloween Movies

We wanted to do a tribute to the famous cars that make a theatrical appearance  in popular Halloween movies. Without the supporting roles of cars, how would these heros and heroins be able to escape the dangerous creatures that go bump in the night? 1. 1954 Aston Martin (Birds) All those birds and not a single drop of poop on

Common Mistakes When Blending Paint

You wouldn’t think paint to be so temperamental when it comes to your car. After all, it has to endure the abuse from the hot sun, ice, hail, rocks, shopping carts, parallel parking, etc. However, when it comes time to paint your car, it can be a very tedious and difficult task that even “professionals” tend to screw up. We

4WD & AWD: Is there a Difference?

4WD, AWD, potato, poTAHto, it’s all the same thing, right? Well, the main function for both is to create traction, but there are differences between 4WD and AWD. As a way to advance or military, 4WD was invented so that we could drive through rough terrain in order to infiltrate Nazi territory. 4WD was the primary traction

The Future of Auto Shops

What’s more important, your iPhone or your car? Millennials are causing a stir within the auto industry. Whether it’s post-recession economics or a permanent cultural shift, the new American dream no longer includes owning a car. In a study commissioned by Zipcar, advances in smartphone technology within our daily lives allows us to rely less

BMW Repair: Coolant Tank

A coolant reservoir is also known as an expansion tank or recovery tank. It’s purpose is to store coolant for future use. Without it, coolant would drip uselessly to the ground, making your engine at risk of overheating. Also, you’d be spending even more money buying coolant just to keep your engine at a stable

The Correct Way to Paint a Car.

Overtime, your car will acquire scratches. Unfortunately, it’s the name of the game when you own or lease a vehicle in Chicago. Street parking, road debris, vandalism, and natural causes can all be culprits that cause those unwanted scratches. It seems the harder you try to avoid them, the more that show up. At Spotlight