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Automotive Myths: What common beliefs about your car are rubbish and which are reality?

July 17, 2017

This is probably true of any industry, but we know first hand there are a lot of automotive myths out there disguised as “information.” From time to time, we enjoy doing a reality check to see which of these myths are true and which are a work of fiction. Here are 10 of our favorites…

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couple with new car under warranty

Driving a new car that’s under warranty? You can bring it to Auto Lab for oil changes and ALL your repairs

June 15, 2017

Bought a new car? Congratulations—but don’t be a stranger! Too often, a client will say to us, “Oh, we love you guys, but we bought a new car. We’ll see you when the new car warranty is up!” But you don’t have to do that! You can bring your new car to Auto Lab for…

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Our top picks for 9 fun-filled, summer road trips within a day’s drive of Chicago

May 16, 2017

Haven’t saved up enough for a summer vacation, but know a staycation just isn’t going to cut it with the kids (or spouse)? How about a “daycation” or a long weekend here in the great Midwest? Here are our top 9 recommendations for summer road trips within a day’s drive of Chicago… New Glarus, WI — Sherman’s…

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FAQ: Diagnosing A Check Engine Light

May 8, 2017

Question: My “Check Engine” light on the dashboard came on last week, but my SUV is still running OK.  Does that mean the problem is minor and can wait awhile? Answer: Seeing that “Check Engine” light glow on your dashboard is never a welcome surprise. And even though your vehicle still seems to be running OK,…

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Favorite road trip songs, movies to kick off summer vacation

April 21, 2017

Windows open, sunglasses on, miles of pavement stretching ahead. These are the ingredients for a legendary road trip. Gear up for your own summer adventure with a few of our favorite road trip songs and movies. Our Top 3 Road Trip Movies Little Miss Sunshine A yellow van, a dysfunctional family, and a little girl’s…

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Planning a driving vacation? How to make sure your car is ready for summer travels

April 19, 2017

Think about your checklist for your last family vacation. Clothes for any weather you might encounter, check.  Enough snacks to survive a zombie apocalypse, check.  Programmed your GPS and took your dog to the kennel, check. But did you check your vehicle to make sure it was ready for the haul from your home to your summer destination?…

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This is what coolant looks like. If your coolant is this color, bring it in to Auto Lab for us to evaluate. Chances are, you're due for a cooling system flush.

Why do I need a coolant flush?

March 9, 2017

Question: My owner’s manual shows that I’m due for a coolant flush at 90,000 miles. What does coolant do? And do I really need a coolant flush?  Answer: A coolant flush or cooling system flush is modern-day terminology for ridding your radiator of rust, dirt, sludge and old antifreeze or “radiator fluid.” The fluid is…

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shocks, struts

10 Signs You Need Shocks, Struts or a Wheel Alignment

February 20, 2017

Spring means buds on the trees, bright flowers….and pothole season. There’s already a bumper crop of impressive potholes and road ruts all over Libertyville. These potholes can do a lot of damage to tires, wheel rims, shocks and struts, along with knocking your car out of alignment. While it’s pretty obvious if your tire is blown…

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Oil leak? Here are $2,100 reasons not to delay the repair

February 14, 2017

Has your mechanic ever told you not to delay a repair – because doing so could ruin other parts of the car and cost you more in the long run? We give the same warning to our clients when necessary. And here’s a prime example of why we do that: One recent client had delayed an…

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8 Tips for Choosing a Quality, Trustworthy Auto Repair Shop

February 6, 2017

Your car is one of your biggest investments. And beyond that, it’s a tool you rely on each and every day. That’s why it’s in your benefit to have a “go-to” auto repair shop—a place you trust implicitly to keep your vehicle safe and reliable, to give you honest advise and to charge fair prices.…

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