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Posts Tagged ‘tires’

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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What is that squealing noise under my car hood?

Question: For the past couple weeks, I’ve been hearing a high-pitched squealing or whining noise in the engine area when I first start the car in the morning. It makes the noise on and off for the first few minutes I’m in the car–pretty much by the time I hit Milwaukee Avenue near Vernon Hills.…

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Why outfit your import car with winter tires?

You probably don’t plan on racing down the white-capped Alps in your Audi or burning rubber at the top of frigid Mount Fuji in your Toyota, but even in Libertyville, installing snow tires on your import automobile can be a hot idea for the cold weather. We understand the allure of “all-season tires”: No shelling out…

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Why did my tire repair cost so much?

Question: I got a flat tire last weekend when I was leaving the Cubs game, and the tire repair cost $40! Why was it so much? Didn’t patching a tire used to cost $10?—Flattened in Libertyville, IL Answer: Well, times have changed. Gone are the days when patching a tire was a quick and easy repair…

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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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Winterize Your Car | Libertyville, IL

Before we know it, winter will be here. After last year, I’m not sure I’m ready for another onslaught of snow and record low temperatures. Are you ready? What about your car? New tires, testing the battery, and replacing your wiper blades may be at the top of your checklist, but there are a few…

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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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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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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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