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Get your car ready for spring with our 6-point checklist

Winter may have expired for the season but it can cause long-term effects on your car. Frigid temperatures, potholes, road salt and more can to do a number on your vehicle. Some of the casualties caused by wintry conditions are wheels knocked out of alignment or damaged shocks, struts and other suspension-system parts. And there’s more…

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Put the brakes on car care costs to save money

Have you considered the long-term cost of driving your vehicle? Whether you drive 10 or 50 miles a day, other factors such as preventive maintenance, driving style and more will help you save money on overall car care costs during the life of your vehicle.   Lots of vehicle owners chalk up car-ownership costs to the price at…

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Replace your cabin air filter to breathe easier

Cold temperatures and the drying effects of running your home’s furnace non-stop can all lead to winter wheeze. If your vehicle is overdue for a cabin air filter change, your car also could be a culprit. The cabin air filter cleans air going into a vehicle’s interior through the ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems. It…

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Auto Repair Advice You Can Count On

A home maintenance DIY-er painting his family room might head to the hardware store to buy paint, brushes and drop cloths. But is that all he needs to do the job right? Hardware retailers wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t guide customers through the purchasing process to ensure they head home with everything…

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Make sure your kids’ cars are ready to head back to school

Can you believe it’s August already? It seems like the weather just warmed up, and it’s already time to think about the end of summer vacation. Back to School time means a lot of things – shopping for new school clothes, picking out the perfect backpack, and for some college freshmen, even packing up and…

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Buying a used car? 3 reasons to schedule a pre-purchase inspection

Question: We’re looking for a reliable used vehicle in Lake Forest for our daughter, who’s going to be taking it to college this fall. We’re looking at cars that are just 3-4 years old with 50,000 – 60,000 miles on them. Is there still a need for a used vehicle inspection? Answer: Yes, absolutely. Why?…

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Save money on your car with preventive maintenance in Libertyville

Question: My owner’s manual lists a bunch of preventive maintenance items that are supposed to be completed regularly. Do I really need to follow that list? It seems like a lot of unnecessary time and expense. Answer: Spending several hundred dollars every year on vehicles that seem to be running just fine doesn’t sound like a…

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Resolve to keep your car running smoothly and safely in 2014

Happy New Year! Do your New Year’s resolutions include taking great care of your car or truck this year? If so, we can help! Our auto technicians are the best of the best and you can rely on Auto Lab to make your service visit a pleasant, personable one. Just in case you’re not aware,…

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Don't want to get stranded? Then get your battery checked

Question: I’ve had my car for awhile now, and I’ve never given the battery a second thought. Should I? Answer: A car battery isn’t very different from a regular battery. If the battery in your cell phone dies, you’re not going to be making any calls. When your car battery is dead, your car isn’t going…

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3 more fun vacation ideas in 3 different states!

This is the third installment of some road trip possibilities to jumpstart your summer vacation discussions. Summer is going fast, so better get planning! 1. Is your kind of vacation one that includes hiking, camping, paddling, swimming, picnics and other outdoor recreation? Then Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, 15 miles west of Ontonagon in Michigan’s…

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