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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

What is that squealing noise under my car hood?

Common car noises and what causes them

Question: For the past couple weeks, I’ve been hearing a high-pitched squealing or whining noise in the engine area when I first start the car in the morning. It makes the noise on and off for the first few minutes I’m in the car–pretty much by the time I hit Milwaukee Avenue near Vernon Hills. I thought it was my serpentine belt, but I just had that replaced recently. What else could it be? Answer:  Based on your description, it does sound like a belt noise, either your serpentine belt or another accessory drivebelt. Even though you replaced the serpentine … 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

Why did my tire repair cost so much?


Question: I got a flat tire last weekend when I was leaving the Cubs game, and the tire repair cost $40! Why was it so much? Didn’t patching a tire used to cost $10?—Flattened in Libertyville, IL Answer: Well, times have changed. Gone are the days when patching a tire was a quick and easy repair job. For safety reasons today, the Rubber Manufacturers Association and tire manufacturers require a plug-patch repair. First, a rubber stem (a.k.a., a plug) must be applied to fill the puncture, and second, a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A plug by itself is not an acceptable nor safe … 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