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

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” of sorts or a long weekend here in the great midwest. Have only a day to spare? Carving out time for a long weekend? We've got you covered. Here are our top 9 recomme ... Continue reading->

FAQ: Diagnosing a Check Engine light

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, you do wan ... Continue reading->

Favorite road trip songs, movies to kick off summer vacation

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 gir ... Continue reading->

Why do I need a coolant flush?

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 ... Continue reading->

10 Signs You Need Shocks, Struts or a Wheel Alignment

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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 ... Continue reading->