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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 girl’s…

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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…

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10 Signs You Need Shocks, Struts or a Wheel Alignment

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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A used car inspection can save you money, time and aggravation

Question: I am in the market for a used car, but I want to make sure I’m not buying a vehicle that isn’t going to need a lot of repairs right away. What should I do? Answer: The best way to protect yourself and your wallet is to bring the vehicle you are interested in…

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Why does the price of a coolant flush vary among repair shops?

Question: My car repair shop recently recommended a coolant flush. Their estimate seemed high, so I called a couple of other shops to compare prices. Every shop had a different price–by a wide margin. Why would the cost vary so much for a basic fluid flush?  Answer: Although a cooling system flush – a.k.a. radiator…

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Auto Lab’s Top 5 Auto Repair Articles from 2016

Top 40 radio has its “best of 2016” music tribute. Various news outlets will have their take on the top news stories of the year. And we’d like to share our top 5 auto repair articles from last year: Why Buy Tires from Auto Lab Instead of a Discount Tire Store: Are you on the…

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Why buy tires from Auto Lab instead of a discount tire store?

We’ll Help You Save More Money in the Long Run When you’re ready for your next set of tires, Auto Lab is here to help you choose the best tires for your vehicle, your driving habits and your budget. Think you’ll save a bundle by going to a big box discount tire store instead? Here…

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New! Pick up a loaner car after hours — including on weekends

It’s no secret that we’re all pressed for time. For all of our modern conveniences, it seems we primarily use them to pack more into each day. That’s why we give you the option to pick up a free loaner car after hours when you drop your car for service. Loaner cars are first come,…

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EVAP emissions system leak behind ‘check engine’ light

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a failing catalytic converter. The purpose of the…

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