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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

Why outfit your import car with winter tires?

You probably don’t plan on racing down the white-capped Alps in your Audi or burning rubber at the top of frigid Mount Fuji in your Toyota, but even in Libertyville, installing snow tires on your import automobile can be a hot idea for the cold weather. We understand the allure of “all-season tires”: No shelling out the bucks for four more tires, and no seasonal wheel changes each season year.** But a number of foreign car makers recommend snow tires in their owner’s manuals, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Toyota and Volvo. And we’ve witnessed first-hand how our customers who drive … 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

4 reasons to buy new tires from Auto Lab in Libertyville instead of a big box tire store

Need new tires in Vernon Hills? Choose Auto Lab

If you found yourself putting off new tires at the end of last winter, now is a good time to start saving and preparing for that tire purchase. When you’re ready, Auto Lab is here to help you choose the best tires for your vehicle, your driving habits and your budget. Think you’ll save a bundle by going to a big box store instead? Here are four reasons why you should choose an independent auto repair shop like Auto Lab in lieu of a big box brand: 1) Your tires are the only contact between your car and the road. … Continue reading