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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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A tire rotation is key to making your tires last longer

Question: I get my car’s oil changed regularly, but often skip the tire rotation. A mechanic recently told me that my tires will wear faster if I don’t rotate them. Is that true?  Answer: The short answer to these questions is “yes” and “yes.” A tire rotation is indeed worth the time and money. When you…

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Your Check Engine Light: What you need to know

A Check Engine light isn’t cause for alarm but it could signal an important warning sign. Its presence could mean any number of under-the-hood snafus. Your vehicle’s Check Engine light can pop on for more than 1,400 different reasons–all related to your vehicle’s tailpipe emissions. Part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system, the Check Engine…

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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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R U ready 4 the summer road?

Hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner and that welcome warm weather means it’s time for the “great American vacation.” Are you ready to enjoy the open road? You run down your mental checklist. Sure, you’ve got a fine snack selection. Yep, a variety of weather-flexible attire is packed. Fido and Fluffy…

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Our top 7 car care articles from 2014

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2015, we like to look at what car care information you found to be the most valuable in 2014. In case you missed it during your busy year, here are our top 7 auto service articles from 2014: 7) How to Prep Your Car for Winter: Our 8-step…

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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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Repair or replace? Find out the true cost of a new car in Libertyville

Question: My car needs a number of repairs (new tires, brakes, timing belt) and I’m not sure it’s worth putting the money into it. It’s got about 110,000 miles on it from driving all around Libertyville and Mundelein, and there’s some good looking new cars out there! Should I go ahead and upgrade or just…

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Auto Lab's 'green' efforts are good for your wallet and the Earth

When you think about taking care of the environment, auto repair shops probably don’t jump to the top of your “green” list. But at Auto Lab, being “green” is something we practice every day…from  Libertyville to Vernon Hills and Lake Forest and around. Not only are we trying to help the Earth and improve everyone’s health,…

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