The Byte Stuff (Your Vehicle's Computers)

May 22, 2022

Nobody has to tell you that computers are a part of so many things in our lives. Smartphones, kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, televisions. You name itit has a computer in it. And your vehicle is no exception. The earliest cars relied on the technology of their time, and there was no such ... More

Bad Vibes (Disc brake rotor problems)

May 17, 2022

If you were to name the most important safety feature on your vehicle right now, what would your answer be? A lot of driving experts would agree that its your brakes. Most newer vehicles use a well-engineered and efficient style of brakes called disc brakes. The name disc brakes comes from one ... More

Know Your Towing Limits in Chicago

May 8, 2022

Some Chicago drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around Chicago, you should be aware of safety issues, Illinois towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe... More

Positive and Negative (Battery Care)

May 1, 2022

You notice when your smartphone's battery starts to go weak on you. It runs out of juice faster than it did when it was new. Bet you pay attention to that pretty closely. Unfortunately, many of us don't pay the same attention to the battery in our vehicles. If your battery got you through the c... More

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in Chicago, Illinois

April 24, 2022

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Chicago, Illinois.Unless they drive a vintage car, Chicago auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a sc... More

Why Alignment Matters (Vehicle Alignment Maintenance)

April 17, 2022

It's one of those things that can happen on a multi-day road adventure or a quick trip to the grocery store. You hit a pothole, go too fast over a speed bump, nail a curb. When it happens, you think, "I wonder if that was hard enough to do any damage?" But things seem ok and you continue on yo... More

The Need for Speed (Wheel Speed Sensor Maintenance)

April 10, 2022

Today's vehicles have some pretty amazing technology in them, including a computerized braking system we all pretty much take for granted these days. Antilock brake systems (ABS) have been around for years but they help drivers stop in much shorter distances reliably than ever before. When you ... More

Steer Me Right! (Failing Power Steering Hose)

April 3, 2022

Most drivers love how easy it is to turn their vehicles, and they have power steering to thank. Engineers have figured out a way to take some of your engine's power to help you turn. Without it, steering can be quite a chore. New power systems are electric, but there are still plenty of the old... More

Something to Latch On To (Hood Latch Safety)

March 27, 2022

The other day, a driver was trying to open his vehicle's hood so he could add some windshield washer fluid. But when he pulled the hood release inside the car, nothing happened. Usually, opening any hood is a 2-step process. You pull the hood release (which is usually a handle under the dashbo... More

Stuck! (Vehicle Door Issues)

March 20, 2022

This may have happened to you. You drive somewhere and get out of your vehicle only to try closing the door and it just won't stay closed! What a helpless feeling. You can't lock it; you can't leave it like it is. Or, let's say you head down to your vehicle to head out to work in the morning a... More