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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

The winter elements are harsh on cars, so after being coated in salt, slush, and sand, the car exterior needs attention, and many other parts and systems could use some TLC. Listed below are some things to keep an eye out for to introduce your vehicle to spring: Replace Your Winter Tires Tires designed for summer and all-season use are stiffer and designed to perform better on well-lit roads with little snow or ice. Some regions mandate tire replacement when the temperature reaches 7 degrees Celsius. When the weather warms up, the flexible tread rubber in winter tires that provides traction on ice and snow will be less effective and deteriorate more quickly. Clean Road Salt From Your Car Winter driving can cause your car to become coated with salt. Salt can cause rusting and other problems on the auto's body and undercarriage. Getting rid of salt entirely occurs when you wash the car underneath. Car washes use spray machines to remove salt effectively. The paint and body of you ... read more

What Signs Indicate You Need a Wheel Alignment?

What Signs Indicate You Need a Wheel Alignment?

A wheel alignment readjusts the angles of your vehicle's wheels to meet the manufacturer's specifications. Over time, your car's wheels will fall out of alignment. If you're experiencing any of the several symptoms listed below, it's time to come by Kamphaus Auto Care and Emissions for a proper wheel alignment. Crooked Steering Wheel  When making turns, your steering wheel should automatically start recentering upon completing the turn. If the steering wheel seems to be "stuck" in one place or doesn't recenter, it's time to get a wheel alignment. Worn Down Tires Dramatic tire wear often points to a need for a wheel alignment. If your tires have bald spots, please take your car to Kamphaus Auto Care for tire services soon. Car Pulling to One Side Does your car have trouble driving in a straight line? If your vehicle keeps veering left and right, it can put you in significant danger. Please make sure to have your alignment checked before y ... read more

Do Hybrid Vehicles Need Different Maintenance Services?

Do Hybrid Vehicles Need Different Maintenance Services?

All vehicles need to be serviced on a regular basis; whether you drive an electric, hybrid, or fuel-powered motor vehicle, they need proper care. However, some of these vehicles may vary in their needs. Some people have a misconception that hybrid cars need more maintenance than their counterparts and at a higher cost. That belief is not always the case. Let's go over the differences (if any) between services for a hybrid and traditional fueled car. What Kind of Maintenance Does a Hybrid Vehicle Need? The maintenance demands of a hybrid automobile are not very much different from those of a traditional gasoline engine. Hybrids have an engine that also runs on gasoline, so they will need the same maintenance items as a conventional car with the same intervals.  Hybrid cars still need the following services: Oil change Fluid top-offs Belt replacements Wheel alignment and tire rotations and more. Considering hybrid vehicles rely more heavily on their battery, they might n ... read more

Is There Such Thing As Driver Etiquette?

Is There Such Thing As Driver Etiquette?

We've all been a victim of another driver cutting us off before. Some of us might even be the culprit that does it. As a result, you might get a middle finger or a displeased look. Of course, you shouldn't take any of that emotion to heart. Some newer drivers have a huge ego, forgetting to share the road with others and be kind to each other. Below are some tips that we consider polite driving etiquette: Be alert and pay attention - While this sounds like a no-brainer, it's very important that you pay attention to what's happening around your vehicle. For instance, you don't want to be that driver that sits at a green light due to a distraction.  Plan to merge and signal in advance - There's nothing more frustrating than having someone cut into your lane unexpectedly. This is also a common cause of accidents and traffic jams.  Park inside the lines - You practiced parking in driver's ed for a reason. Try practicing at an empty parking lot if you ... read more

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

You notice a suspicious liquid in your parking spot beneath your car, and your heart drops; you start wondering what it is and how much it will cost you to repair. Usually, car owners assume the worst when their vehicles leak fluids. However, while some automotive fluid leaks may be serious, most of them are not as bad and can easily be fixed.   Moreover, not everybody can identify the type of fluids leaking from their vehicles. Therefore, it is vital to know the different kinds of car fluid leaks to inform your mechanic which type may be leaking for faster assessment and mechanical help. Below are some of the types of car fluid leaks.   Oil Leak A light brown or black puddle is usually the sign of an oil leak. The leaks typically occur at the oil pan and in gaskets located in the engine. If you notice an oil leak from your car, this means your gasket has a problem and requires mechanical service.   Brake Fluid Leak A transparent ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Prepared for Holiday Road Travel?

Is Your Vehicle Prepared for Holiday Road Travel?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the holidays are upon us once again in Hanover Park, IL. If you search hard enough, you can smell the turkey and pie that's around the corner. This is such a festive time of year, and while it can be hectic, the opportunity to make time for your loved ones is unbeatable. The first thing you should think about, though, is your car. Is it ready to take on the roads?   Considering the millions of cars, SUVs, and trucks in the US out on the roads at once, you have to be extra careful. The top three reasons automotive mishaps to be expected for holiday travels are flat tires, battery-related problems, and lockouts, all of which are preventable. This is why you need to prepare!   How to Get Your Vehicle Road-Trip Ready Examine your tires. The tire pressure should be at the right level, and if they are showing signs of wear and tear, you may want to consider replacing them. Check all your fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission fluid, br ... read more

What Does the Oil Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Oil Warning Light Mean?

The oil dashboard warning light is shaped in the outline of a traditional oil canister. It can be alarming whenever you see any dash warning light, especially this one. This one has very troubling implications for your car. And it can mean one of many things regarding your engine oil. A red or flashing oil light usually means your lube is at a low pressure, which is one of those circumstances that you should never ignore. Whenever you see it flashing, it is deemed not safe to drive. In other words, you should get your car to Kamphaus Auto Care immediately. However, a yellow outline of the oil light, or one that is stable or not blinking, simply means that you're almost out of engine oil and need an oil change.    Engine oil is necessary for your car to run. Without a sufficient amount of lubricant, your engine is at risk of severe engine damage, including overheating. This is because engine oil has the significant task of greasing the machine and its parts to reduce the ... read more

6 Tailgating Tips To Follow This Season

6 Tailgating Tips To Follow This Season

It's fall, and for most people, it means that it's time to travel to watch your favorite football team. Tailgating is a long-time American tradition that brings our loved ones together for delicious food and fun before a sporting event takes place. When we hear of tailgating, most people envision it taking place outside an arena. However, tailgating can take place wherever: the arena, your hometown, or even from the comfort of your own backyard! So whether you're at the game or you're just grilling outback, please consider exercising these safety tips: If you're attending a college or higher-level sports game, then you know the crowd can get overwhelming. Whenever you're riding around a tailgating area, please be very cautious of your surroundings. There are going to be many pedestrians, including children.  A lot of alcohol is consumed before sporting events. To guarantee your safety, please have a backup plan in case you choose to drink. You can have a ... read more

How Often Should I Replace Wheel Bearings?

How Often Should I Replace Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are a necessary component for your vehicle's hub, tire, and wheel assemblies to work correctly. A wheel bearing comes in a set of round, metal pieces known as ball bearings held together by a ring. These little pieces allow for a smooth rotation and movement of the hub assembly, which is a critical piece of your vehicle's steering system. Each wheel has its own wheel bearings, so a typical car should have four sets total. Your wheel bearings have a heavy impact on the handling of your vehicle. It would be extremely dangerous to drive with old wheel bearings, as it may cause your wheels to stop turning entirely and abruptly.   You should expect to replace wheel bearings every 85,000-100,000 miles. However, this number is only a guess, as it also depends on the quality of the bearings. Unless both bearings on all side of the wheels are overworked, there is no need to replace them all at once. You should only swap out the ones that need it.   What Are ... read more

What Is the Difference Between a Fluid Change & a Fluid Flush?

What Is the Difference Between a Fluid Change & a Fluid Flush?

Your car houses several fluids to keep internal components lubricated and enable systems to work correctly. The six essential fluids of every vehicle are engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator coolant, and windshield wiper fluid. If these fluids run out or the fluid itself is not in good shape, your vehicle could exhibit significant problems.   Fluid Maintenance It is highly recommended that you check your fluids regularly. The most common fluid maintenance service is an oil change. Other fluids usually don't need to be refilled or replaced as often. You may hear a couple of different terms regarding fluid maintenance: fluid change and fluid flush. Sometimes, the average person uses these terms interchangeably, but there is a major difference between the two automotive services.   Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush A fluid change is a simple process. It involves draining the fluid currently in the pan or reservoir and replacing it wit ... read more

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