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 mild summer is only the calm before

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 high-performance brakes? Let’s take a

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

This is why your car needs oil: Camshaft Problems.

Mechanics and our fathers have been telling us for years about the importance of changing the oil in our car. We know that cars need oil to make things lubricated and work properly so that we don’t get stranded on the side of the road. Sometimes we will wait a while after or completely forget about getting

Head Gasket, Valve Gasket: What’s the Difference?

Believe it or not, cars need a lot of liquid in order to function. Whether it is oil, coolant, or gas, your car needs help keeping all of that liquid from leaking out; this is where gaskets come into play. We all know that engines are made up of many, many different parts. These parts are

Car A/C Repair: 3 Reasons to Fix It Now

If you park your car on the street for more than an hour on a hot summer day in Chicago, you’ll quickly find how important A/C is. That refreshing cold air flushing out the evil forces of city heat being trapped inside your car can feel like a gift from the Gods. Now that summer is at an end, you may not

Found Your Problem…You’ve Got Mice!

It’s early in the morning. You wake up to the same routine of hitting the snooze button 2-3 times to prolong dealing with the consequences of running late. You quickly get the kids ready, lunches packed, lights are off; keys, wallet, phone…check! You all pile into the car and fasten your seat belts. Your car however, decided today

Why Synthetic Oil?

Most European vehicles contain high-performance engines which produce a lot of heat. The heat is caused by friction from pistons in the engine moving constantly at a fast pace. To help reduce the amount of friction, we add synthetic oil to the engine to work as a lubrication. There is a lot of debate regarding regular oil (mineral oil) & synthetic

Paintless Dent Repairs: Find A Good Repair Shop

Chicago is rough on our cars with construction, street parking, random street debris, and hail as common problems drivers have to deal with in the second city. No matter how much we try and protect our car, it still manages to get bumped, dented, or scratched. Now that the fall season is upon us and the days are getting

How to Maintain Your ZF Transmission

How Do Transmissions Work? Maximizing the efficiency of your engine by achieving low fuel consumption is your transmission’s main prerogative. Your transmission knows when to shift at the precise time to reduce the RPMs (revolutions per minute). Lower RPMs are what helps increase your MPG (miles per gallon). I’ll try and use less car speak to explain. Your car is one