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Has your car been sitting a while?

Has your car been sitting a while?

While some people have been out about or have continued to work during the stay-at-home order, many people have been stuck at home. That means cars have been stuck at home as well. Like humans, cars (and trucks) do not sit well. Vehicles are designed to be moving, having fluid moving through their systems to keep everything lubricated and in good condition. Charge for battery and the various computers can also be an issue with long term sitting. In some vehicles, even one week can be a problem. If you are able to get your car out and drive it around the block once a week, it is certainly better than no movement at all. It would be even better if you are able to take a short drive somewhere, while still keeping within the health constraints of you and your family. If you encounter any issues when you go out to start your vehicle, feel free to give us a call. We can absolutely help you out, even if all you need is a quick, no-contact-jumpstart. Remember, you aren’t ... read more

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Battery

Who Says There's No Free Lunch??

Who Says There's No Free Lunch??

Hey Kamphaus Community! We've been racking our brains trying to figure out how to keep things moving a long and how we can help our great community. We got to thinking. Everyone needs to eat! Our local restaurants are struggling. So we came up with a plan! We'll buy breakfast, lunch or dinner for any customer who has a labor bill of $250 or more! We are working with Briana's Pancake House in Hanover Park and Italian Pizza Kitchen in Roselle to bring you $20 gift certificates towards a meal at either place. Check out their amazing food over at  https://www.instagram.com/italianpizzakitchen/ and https://www.instagram.com/brianaspancakehousehp/ !  We do have a little fine print. The offer can't be combined with any other discounts, and we can only offer this until we run out of gift certificates. We'll keep the ... read more

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Community

Auto Videos for Hanover Park Drivers: Making a Battery Last Longer

Auto Videos for Hanover Park Drivers: Making a Battery Last Longer

One thing all Hanover Park drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission can help maintain your battery. Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very dangerous to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined. Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge. Give us a call Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission 1005 Irving Park Rd Hanover Park, IL 60133

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Battery

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel With A New Fuel Filter From Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission

Your pickup requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your pickup engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts fuel economy and performance as you drive around Elk Grove Village. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. That’s why all vehicles, including pickups, come equipped with a fuel filter somewhere between the engine and the fuel tank. The job of the filter is to clean out little pieces of dirt and contamination. The filter captures the contaminants and keeps them out of the fuel stream. Of course, like all filters, it will eventually get clogged up and need to be replaced at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park . If your fuel filter is clogged, the pickup engine can’t get ... read more

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Fuel System

Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Hanover Park and Bartlett motorists tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Bartlett drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power. Let’s focus on stopping in wet Bartlett conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water. That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Bartlett car owners can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won’t stop as fast. So how does a tire move water ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

Hanover Park motorists often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is. Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Hanover Park, IL also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences. Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas. There's a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your auto manufacturer recommends. Hanover Park motorists should read their owner's manuals carefully to see if it's acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in Hanover Park, IL it is; the engine control computer can adapt. Hanover Park car owners w ... read more

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Fuel System

Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Videos: Brake Noise

Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Videos: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the critical parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your auto. They eventually wear down. When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when Hanover Park drivers should replace their brake pads. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor. If your brakes are making noise, ask your Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission service advisor to check your brakes. Addressing issues early will restore your safety and prevent pricey brake damage. Give us a call Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission 1005 Irving Park Rd Hanover Park, IL 60133

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Brakes

Is Your Hanover Park Driving Severe?

People near Hanover Park IL often ask Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual, or have your Hanover Park IL service advisor at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Hanover Park IL will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that'. Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. If that's severe driving, what constitutes regular driving? Well, it would look something like ... read more

Automotive Tips from Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission: Signs of An Alignment Problem

Automotive Tips from Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission: Signs of An Alignment Problem

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Elk Grove Village motorists often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Hanover Park driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. In addition, your automobile can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park can return your wheels to the automobile manufacturer factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an alignment check every year or two. Give us a call Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission 1005 Irving Park Rd Hanover Park, IL 60133

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Alignment

Charge It In Hanover Park For Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our car owners in Hanover Park, IL: Only thirty percent of car batteries make it to forty-eight months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from fifty-one months in extremely cold areas to just thirty months in extremely hot climates. Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs, and entertainment computers are keeping pickup batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die. It's clear that your Hanover Park auto owners need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Hanover Park or Addison. The alternator just can't keep up. The result is shortened battery life. So what can we Hanover Park auto owners ... read more

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Battery
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