Your parents probably taught you to have common sense. When it comes to your vehicle, common scents can also come in handy. Different smells may tell you about some conditions in your vehicle that need attention.For example, you know what rotten eggs smell like. If you smell them around your ve...
Posted in Fluids
on September 20, 2020
If you've ever ridden down a rough road on your bicycle, you know how hard a ride it can be. Yet drive down the same road in your car, truck or SUV and it miraculously will smooth out the ride. That's because it is equipped with shock absorbers. They are built to dampen impacts from road irreg...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on September 13, 2020
It's happened to all of us. We're driving down a highway at night and over a crest appears a car with its high beams blazing. You are momentarily blinded, hoping the other driver will switch them to their low beam setting and restore your vision.Not only do we not appreciate being blinded, fac...
Posted in Headlamps
on September 06, 2020
A technician was telling us the other day that he was servicing an engine and spotted something he'd never seen before: A collection of dry dog food siting on a horizontal metal ledge near the base of the engine. It was neatly stashed and was in a spot where the food pellets couldn't have simply...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on August 30, 2020
If you park your vehicle outside, you are exposing it to all sorts of critters that would love to use it for nesting, food storage and shelter. There are plenty of pictures online of people who've discovered there was more than an engine under the hood. In one case, the driver of an SUV started...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on August 23, 2020
In the hot weather, seeing steam coming from the engine compartment is something we all dread. No one wants that to happen to them. But if you know the signs of overheating and how to deal with it, you may be able to reduce the risk of damage to your vehicle, maybe even prevent getting stranded ...
Posted in Cooling System
on August 16, 2020
Posted in Cabin Air Filter
on August 09, 2020
Driving along, your exhaust system's rumbling so loud that people turn and stare at you pass by. You're wondering when the police are going to pull you over for illegal noise.Your mind immediately thinks, aha! A broken muffler. Well, your exhaust system is composed of many more parts than just...
Posted in Exhaust
on August 02, 2020
The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing Illinois residents to review their finances. More and more Joliet drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today h...
Posted in Keys to a long lasting vehicle
on July 26, 2020
One topic that hits the news in Illinois on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some Illinois drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Joliet who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any...
Posted in Fuel System
on July 19, 2020