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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

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

Are drugstore reading glasses like an oil change at a quick lube?

We think so. Here’s why: 1. Cheaters are a quick solution to an immediate need—reading things close-up when your vision is blurry. Nothing more. An oil change at a quick lube station is a quick solution to the immediate need to keep your car’s engine lubricated. But by going to a quick lube, there won’t be a complete inspection of your vehicle’s overall condition or identification of safety issues. 2. Cheaters are cheap. But cheap in the short term does not equal cost savings. If your brakes go out while driving or your battery dies, leaving you stranded, you are … Continue reading

Why Auto Lab offers better oil changes than a low-cost quick lube

Question: A lot of quick lubes advertise oil changes for $9.95, $12.95 and other super low prices. Why should I pay more for an oil change at Auto Lab? Answer: Changing the oil in your vehicle is the single most important maintenance service you can do. Even though it may seem like an oil change is the same whether you go to a quick lube or to Auto Lab, that’s not always the case. Here are 6 reasons why it’s worth every dollar to have your car’s oil changed at Auto Lab in Libertyville: You’ll leave knowing your car’s overall condition. Your car will … Continue reading