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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

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

New! Pick up a loaner car after hours — including on weekends

It’s no secret that we’re all pressed for time. For all of our modern conveniences, it seems we primarily use them to pack more into each day. That’s why we give you the option to pick up a free loaner car after hours when you drop your car for service. Loaner cars are first come, first serve so we recommend: Reserving a loaner at least 1-2 business days in advance. (Please keep in mind that we’re closed on Saturday and Sunday. You can pick up a car over the weekend, but you’ll need to make arrangements before 6 pm on … Continue reading

Vehicle noises haunting your ride through Vernon Hills? Use our checklist to silence those ghosts

Is your vehicle making some ghoulish noises? Use our Vehicle Noise Checklist to help us diagnose it.

If you’re among the 68% of adults who celebrate Halloween, you’re probably already pulling together the props and materials for this year’s perfect costume. But as you’re driving from Libertyville to Vernon Hills in search of the finishing touches, you may notice a squeak, rattle or groaning from your car that wasn’t there just a month ago. As summer’s heat gives way to cooler fall temps, it’s not unusual to detect some new and haunting sounds. The best way to combat this ghost or goblin is to: Make detailed observations about your noisy companion using our Vehicle Noise Checklist below. … Continue reading

Why brake rotors need to be replaced with nearly every brake service

One of our most widely read articles last year was one that addressed a common question: Why does it seem like you have to replace your brake rotors every time you need new brake pads? Those of us who knew cars in the 70s, 80s and 90s remember when it was the norm to machine or “turn” the rotors with every brake job, not replace them. This article explains what has changed… Until recently, machining or resurfacing the rotors was the norm. This was done to ensure a flat, even stopping surface for the new brake pads. But now, replacing … Continue reading