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 […]

Signs of a Good Auto Mechanic

It is an ongoing debate between dealers and independent auto shops on who offers better service. Just do a quick Google search and you will find hundreds of posts on why you should avoid dealers and vise versa. It doesn’t matter if you are taking your car to the nicest, most expensive dealership or the worst back […]

About ABS Systems: Why do we need them?

It seems like one of the biggest car debates we hear about is existence of ABS brakes. Do we need them? Do we not need them? History Originally designed in 1929 for airplanes needing to land in extreme weather conditions (snow, ice, rain, etc.). It wasn’t until the early 70s when automakers began adding ABS […]

How to Winterize Your Vehicle in Chicago

We thought maybe mother nature forgot about us with the mild summer we had this year. Despite all the rain, maybe she is taking it easy on us this year now that she knows Lou Malnati’s delivers nationwide. Our local meteorologists, however, have crunched the numbers and performed their ceremonial weather dance. It appears our […]

High Performance Brakes: Pros & Cons

High performance cars require high performance parts. We had the above Mercedes-AMG come into our shop to replace the factory brakes with high-performance brakes (and rotors). These brakes certainly make a high-performance vehicle look high-performance-y, but is there an advantage to having them? Does it make sense for all owners of high-performance vehicles to use […]

Common Problems: Audi A4 Repair

Audi vehicles are exceptional luxury machines. According to Audi, the vehicles are known for inspiring innovative solutions, revolutionary engineering and progressive design. “Vorsprung durch Technik” or, “Progress through Technology” is the companies ethos that they say, “sets the company apart on the racetrack and the open road”. It also means, you are going to be […]