Tag Archives: potholes

10 Signs You Need Shocks, Struts or a Wheel Alignment

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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

Don’t compromise safety or comfort: Check your suspension and wheel alignment

The winter surely took its toll on our Libertyville-area roads by creating potholes, humps and bumps. These telltale signs of a Midwestern winter also might have done a number on your vehicle’s suspension and wheel alignment. Many of us think shock absorbers and struts exist merely to provide a comfortable ride by minimizing the effect of all the above-mentioned “road warts.” Truth is, the primary purpose of a strut or shock absorber is to keep us safe by ensuring tires maintain road contact and don’t bounce up or leave the pavement when a vehicle encounters bumps. Worn shocks also make … Continue reading

Stop by for Auto Lab’s free pothole damage inspection in Libertyville

March means the beginning of pothole season, and there’s already a bumper crop popping up all over Libertyville. These craters can do a lot of damage to tires, wheel rims, shocks and struts, along with knocking your car out of alignment. Repairing the damage quickly can save you from additional and more costly auto repairs down the road. If you went up against a pothole and lost, bring your car in this month for a FREE steering and suspension inspection. Auto Lab’s auto repair experts will thoroughly check your tires, shocks and struts, wheel alignment and more so you can find … Continue reading

Ready for our Pothole Awareness Quiz, Lake Forest?


A number of U.S. cities feature online pothole trackers to help motorists avoid the bone-jarring chuckholes. While you might not have one available in your neck of the woods, see if you can pass our pothole awareness quiz. You’ll know your car has been affected by pothole damage if: A. You can drive down the street with a tray of crystal flutes filled with Dom Perignon arranged artistically on the hood. B. When you let go of the wheel, you lose directional control of the vehicle. C. Your car sits noticeably lower in the front or rear. D. The car … Continue reading