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What Kind of Car Maintenance Do I Need for the Winter?

What Kind of Car Maintenance Do I Need for the Winter?

As the cold winter weather comes through Hanover Park, IL, it is important to ensure your car, SUV, van, or truck is prepared to fight against winter’s harsh impacts. We understand that your top priority is to be safe and have a reliable mode of transportation this season. That is why the team at Kamphaus Auto Care has compiled a list of all the maintenance you will need to keep your car running in tip-top shape this time of year. Auto Maintenance Checklist for the Cold & Harsh Winter Battery – Your car battery should be tested to determine if it is sufficiently charged, at or above 12.4 volts. The physical appearance of the battery should be free of corrosion, and its cables should be fastened and secured. Additionally, the battery case should not look swollen or damaged in any way. Otherwise, you will need to replace the battery to avoid trouble.  Auto Fluids – Vehicles run on various essential fluids, including engine oil, transmission ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Bouncy?

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Bouncy?

A bouncy commute may sound silly, but it signifies danger for you and your vehicle. If you notice that your car is feeling unstable or shaky, your first instinct should be to take it to a certified mechanic immediately. While you can look for clues of where the problem is coming from, a professional can pinpoint the exact problem. Below are three areas of your car that may be where the shakiness stems from: Tires Your tires are indeed the only part of your car that makes contact with the ground, so you can imagine how important they are to the comfortability and stability of your drive. Unfortunately, they can be the reason why your car may be bouncing; if your tires are not attached tight enough, overinflated, or misaligned, you will feel this trembling. Steering System The steering system allows you to have easy and controlled turns. If you notice an uneasy feeling only occurring whenever you turn the steering wheel, your steering system is probably the culprit. Bushings can cau ... read more

How to Secure a Christmas Tree for Your Vehicle

How to Secure a Christmas Tree for Your Vehicle

Now that November is near its end, we all have Christmas to look forward to. You may be looking at buying a real Christmas tree this year, but the number one concern that most people have is transporting the tree to their homes. If you are contemplating this purchase, go right ahead. Transporting it is not as tough or dangerous as it looks as long as you follow some of the key tips. Tip #1: Choose the Right Kind of Car Typically, we recommend using a vehicle with a roof rack. A bigger automobile like an SUV or truck is best for a means of safe transport.  Tip #2: Bring Supplies There are several items that you’ll need to secure the tree. First off, you should bring a tarp or blanket to lay the tree on. This will prevent scratches and other kinds of damage to your car. Additionally, you will need rope, straps, or some kind of cord to secure the tree. Tip #3: Wrap the Tree You must wrap the tree in netting before you put it on your car. Then spread the tarp or blank on ... read more

What Does RPM Mean?

What Does RPM Mean?

  It is a familiar acronym on every vehicle gauge--RPM. Yet, do we really understand what these three letters really mean when breaking it down? Let's break it down word by word. RPM is the acronym for "revolutions per minute". It's the way we measure at what speed our vehicle's motor is turning. The more RPMs the motor has, translates into increased power. How Do I Mnow My Motor's RPM is Running at the Average? When driving a passenger car at cruising speed 62 mph on a highway, the RPMs should be 1500rpm to 2000rpm. If you have a diesel motor, it should be idling around 750 rpm. Yet, when in 6th gear at 68 miles per hour, the rpm's should be around 2000. Typical petrol using vehicles on the road today get to 6000 rpm when revving out. A Formula One V6 motor revs to 15,000rpm, with high speeds getting up to 217 mph and 1000 horsepower! How RPM Affects Fuel Cost With gas prices at the highest ever, every driver wants to do their part to save fuel c ... read more

What Does the ABS Light Mean?

What Does the ABS Light Mean?

Any dashboard warning light can cause the average driver to panic or stress. One light that is quite concerning is the ABS light, which is a symbol intended to warn you of one or more problems with your braking system or anti-lock braking system (ABS). Fortunately, you can count on the automotive experts at Kamphaus Auto Care for all your brake system needs.    Every car on the road nowadays has a traction control system or ABS. It consists of a series of sensors that communicate with your vehicle’s computer. The sensors read your wheel’s speeds and send the speed and other information. When your vehicle is unstable in slippery conditions, like rain or snow, it will trigger the warning light to come on. Typically, the ABS signal is easiest to read and displays the letters ABS in some way.   While the above scenario is the most common, the ABS light can come on for other reasons. Your ABS light may be an indication that your vehicle is low on brake fluid ... read more

How to Prevent Your Car Battery From Getting Drained

How to Prevent Your Car Battery From Getting Drained

The sound of a struggling engine starting, or sometimes referred to as engine cranking, can be dramatic and stressful to hear. In most cases, it means you have a dead battery. If your motor vehicle can’t start up, the first place people often check is their batter. Car batteries in gas-powered vehicles aren’t made to last forever. More inconveniently, they tend to die from the heat of summer. So if you want to prevent yours from giving out this season, make sure you follow these helpful tips below: Park your vehicle in parking garages and/or in the shade. Heat is your car battery’s #1 enemy. It accelerates corrosion and makes your battery work harder than necessary. If you want to protect your battery, please prevent your car from sitting in direct sunlight for too long. Regularly test your battery. This is especially vital if you have a long drive or road to take. If it has been a minute since your last professional battery service or inspection, we welcome you to ... read more

What Are The Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

What Are The Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

Owning a car requires some background knowledge on how your machine functions. If your vehicle starts malfunctioning or giving you trouble, it is easier when you have a rough idea of what the problem might be. If you are suspecting that your spark plug is not working as it should, here are some signs to look out for on your way to the garage. Symptoms of a failing spark plug Spark plugs are one of the most import parts of a car since they are used to light up the combustion chamber. Here, the fuel mixes with air to facilitate locomotion. If it does not work, here is what to expect; Difficulty in starting the car Your sparks may be worn out if igniting your vehicle has become problematic. It becomes challenging to start your car when your plugs aren't generating a sustained spark to initiate the complete combustion. At the first hint of issues with starting your car, it is a smart idea to have a specialist inspect it. Unstable idling Your engine will sound steady and smooth if ... read more

How to Keep Your Windshield Wipers in Good Shape

How to Keep Your Windshield Wipers in Good Shape

Windshield wiper blades tend to be overlooked. When you can’t see properly through a dirty windshield, a rainstorm, or a snowstorm, you automatically think to switch these on. When your wipers don’t do their job effectively, it can actually make matters worse. To ensure your visibility isn’t impaired, it is best to replace them on time.   Certain conditions can make your windshield wipers wear down, like exposure to harmful UV rays, excess moisture, and other general wear and tear. When your windshield wiper blades are old, they can become brittle or crack. The rubber part of them can fray or come off. To ensure you get the most wear out of your windshield wiper blades, follow these tips below! Clean your windshield - This will prevent dirt, debris, and other pollutants from clinging onto your wipers.Wipe the wipers down - It is natural for foreign things to cling onto your wipers. It is a good habit to clean off the rubber part. Tha ... read more

What Does the Color My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

What Does the Color My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

The color of your exhaust smoke can be really telling of what’s going on in your car. Some can be indicative of major problems, while some are harmless. Next time you catch gasses spewing out of your exhaust pipe, please make note of its color. Here are some of the colors and what they could mean.   Blue smoke – Blue exhaust means your engine is burning motor oil, and this is very bad for your motor. In severe cases, you may need a new car altogether. Please bring your car to our auto repair shop ASAP for diagnosis and repairs.   Black smoke – Instead of oil, black smoke means your car, truck, or SUV is burning too much gas. A vehicle should never burn fuel in excess because it could catch on fire. You should pull over and call for roadside assistance to be safe.   White smoke – White smoke can be just as bad as the others before. If you see some white fumes on a winter morning, it may just be condensation. However, white opaque smoke means ... read more

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

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