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Favorite road trip songs, movies to kick off summer vacation

Favorite road trip movies and songs

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 dream to become a beauty pageant winner. Is this a recipe for disaster or a classic American movie? National Lampoon’s Vacation Clark Griswold is taking his family on a cross-country trip to Walley World. With his wife, kids, and grumpy Aunt Edna all loaded into the … Continue reading

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

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

Engine coolant radiator flush

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 flush – is a straightforward car maintenance service, the cost often varies for two main reasons: How thorough is the flush? If the auto repair shop is only draining the dirty coolant* from the radiator, it takes less time than a flush. But it also … Continue reading