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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

A tire rotation is key to making your tires last longer

Question: I get my car’s oil changed regularly, but often skip the tire rotation. A mechanic recently told me that my tires will wear faster if I don’t rotate them. Is that true?  Answer: The short answer to these questions is “yes” and “yes.” A tire rotation is indeed worth the time and money. When you rotate the tires, the tread will wear more evenly and extend the life of your tires. What are the Specifics of a Tire Rotation? Let’s start with the basics: Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving … Continue reading

Your Check Engine Light: What you need to know

Check Engine Light, Service Engine Soon in Libertyville, IL

A Check Engine light isn’t cause for alarm but it could signal an important warning sign. Its presence could mean any number of under-the-hood snafus. Your vehicle’s Check Engine light can pop on for more than 1,400 different reasons–all related to your vehicle’s tailpipe emissions. Part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system, the Check Engine light can indicate anything from a quick fix (such as a loose gas cap or faulty spark plug) to a mid-sized problem (mass air flow sensor or oxygen sensor) all the way up to a big-time repair (such as a catalytic converter that’s on the … Continue reading

Replace your cabin air filter to breathe easier

Cold temperatures and the drying effects of running your home’s furnace non-stop can all lead to winter wheeze. If your vehicle is overdue for a cabin air filter change, your car also could be a culprit. The cabin air filter cleans air going into a vehicle’s interior through the ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems. It catches pollen, dust and other contaminants to ensure a healthier interior atmosphere. The cabin air filter is particularly important for individuals with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. Caveat: Not every vehicle employs a cabin air filter. Unsure? Consult your owner’s manual or ask your repair team at … Continue reading