The primary job of the serpentine belt for Chicago drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not compl...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on May 19, 2019
Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible.
For one thing, it's important to describe your p...
Posted in Did You Know
on May 12, 2019
Chicago drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lu...
Posted in Cabin Air Filter
on May 05, 2019
Motorists in North America drive about 3 trillion miles/4.8 trillion kilometers every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do...
Posted in Monitoring System
on April 28, 2019
There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on Chicago drivers' vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean.A cabin air filter is similar ...
Posted in Suspension
on April 21, 2019
If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Chicago area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you...
Posted in Fuel System
on April 14, 2019
Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Chicago, Illinois, service centers like Tuffy Chicago (Diversey Pkwy) have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical l...
Posted in Service Intervals
on April 07, 2019
There's a gauge that many vehicles have that says RPM on it. And there are a lot of people who either don't pay any attention to it or don't even know what it is. Here's why it's a good gauge to know about.
It's called a tachometer, and that "RPM" label means it is measuring how many revolutions...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on March 31, 2019
Your vehicle's exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your vehicle.
The manifold is attached to the vehicle engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of th...
Posted in Exhaust
on March 24, 2019
Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Chicago area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more g...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on March 17, 2019