If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie and the surrounding area. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I’ve gotta tell ‘ya, most of that’s because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding…

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alternator repair

Many Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie, etc. drivers have probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on their dash when they start their engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything’s OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your…

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It’s important for Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie, and other area drivers to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Illinois weather. Most Chicagoland area drivers think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold…

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transmission

Let’s talk about your transmission. Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Evanston, Skokie, Rogers Park, etc. drivers. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what you can do to push that day off as far…

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radiator fan

Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie, etc. drivers who are old enough have probably heard the term “fan belt.” Back in the day, the radiator fan in your vehicle was turned by a belt driven by the engine. There are still belt driven fans, although most are now driven by the serpentine belt. But most Evanston, Rogers…

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a/c & cooling

Most Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie and surrounding area people don’t service their vehicle air conditioning until after it fails. Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air…

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PCV Valve

Hello Evanston, Skokie, Rogers Parks and surrounding areas, let’s talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely important PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs…

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Timing Chain and Timing Belts

As your engine runs, the intake valves need to open up to allow air into the engine. They remain closed while the air and fuel is compressed and ignited, powering the piston. Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust. This all has to be timed very precisely. It is the job of the…

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water pump

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine. The water pump…

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fuel injection

All modern Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie, etc. vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it’s a topic area drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right time—to be mixed with air and…

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