Category Archives: Fluids

Do I really need a brake fluid flush? Yes, here’s why

Q: I recently had my oil changed at a repair shop in Libertyville, and as part of their inspection, they recommended that I flush my brake fluid. I’ve never heard of flushing brake fluid. Was this a legitimate recommendation? A: Yes, flushing brake fluid to remove dirty, contaminated fluid from the system is part of the recommended maintenance we prescribe for today’s vehicles. I can’t speak to whether you’re due for a brake fluid flush right now, but we’ll give you some tips on determining that in just a moment. But first, here are several reasons why we recommend flushing … Continue reading

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

Green car care

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, we also are working to save you money and run an efficient operation! Here are some of the ways we work to be Earth-friendly: We recycle all of the oil filters we remove during oil changes. That’s a lot of oil filters every year! An oil … Continue reading

Is it true that I need a transmission flush?

Transmission Auto Lab

Question: I drive mostly locally around Vernon Hills and Lake Forest. My car has about 75,000 miles on it. Do I really need to change the transmission fluid? Answer: Extreme temperatures, towing heavy loads and normal stress from driving are hard on transmissions, and this includes in-town driving in Vernon Hills and Lake Forest. Replacing or rebuilding your transmission can cost $2,000–$4,500. But the cost of flushing the transmission fluid and replacing the transmission filter (when applicable) costs $150-$200 and will help keep your vehicle going for thousands and thousands of miles. If a transmission is flushed every 30,000 miles … Continue reading

Save money on your car with preventive maintenance in Libertyville

Auto Lab preventive maintenance

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 good idea on the surface, but maintaining your car or truck has a big impact on your bottom line. Not only does regular auto repair prevent bigger, costlier repairs, but preventive maintenance also helps prolong the life of your vehicle. And after all, who in … Continue reading

Trivia time! This month’s topic is oil changes

You should change your oil every 3,000 miles because: A. We love seeing you! B. Without oil, the metal-on-metal friction creates so much heat that eventually the surfaces weld themselves together and the engine seizes. C. You want to relax in our comfy waiting room. D. You’ve had too much togetherness over the holidays and you just want some peace and quiet.   Answer: While it’s true that we do enjoy seeing the smiling faces of our loyal clients, the real reason you should change your oil regularly is to preserve and protect your engine. It’s one of the most important and most … Continue reading