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Why do I need a coolant flush?

This is what clean coolant looks like. Coolant is a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water.

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 more accurately known as coolant, which is a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water. And yes, flushing the cooling system is an important part of your car’s preventive maintenance schedule. Why? Because coolant keeps your engine from overheating—which keeps you from sitting by the side … Continue reading

10 Signs You Need Shocks, Struts or a Wheel Alignment

shocks, struts

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 or your wheel rim is heavily bent, other damage might not be so readily apparent. Here are some types of pothole damage and how you can tell if that’s what ails you. 6 Signs You May Need New Shocks or Struts There’s visible damage to … Continue reading

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 purchasing into Auto Lab for a full used car inspection. Auto Lab’s Pre-Purchase Inspection For $75, our ASE-Certified Master Technicians will go over it with a fine-tooth comb to determine what shape the car or truck is in and what repairs might be needed now … Continue reading

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 hunt for a good deal when it comes to tires? Find out how buying tires from Auto Lab saves you money in the long run. What are the True Costs of Buying a New Car? We understand the allure of a shiny new car, complete … Continue reading

Our building renovations are nearly complete!

Auto Lab in Libertyville - Auto repair shop renovations

We’ve been renovating and updating the outside of our auto repair shop all summer, and we’re thrilled to say the project is nearly complete. In addition to the building exterior, we’ve redone the customer waiting area. Here are some photos of the project. If you haven’t been by in awhile, we invite you to stop in and see the changes. 42.2795005 -87.95217609999997