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Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Like everything on the Elk Grove Village automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. IL auto owners can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Elk Grove Village freeways, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the quicker you can react to road conditions. This is essential because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. And as Hanover Park's population ages, everything that helps older eyes is welcome. Most new pickups sold in Elk Grove Village come with halogen headlamps. A decade ago, halogens were exotic and expensive. Now that they are standard equipment, the price has come way down. Many luxury cars are equipped with high intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps. You have probably seen them on Hanover Park interstates, they're very bright and have a bluish tint. From ... read more

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Parts

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment For Hanover Park Automobiles

Elk Grove Village drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down Hanover Park, IL streets and freeways. When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around Hanover Park, IL are great ways for Hanover Park auto owners to knock their car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin. The team at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail. At the very least, Hanover Park drivers who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace ... read more

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Alignment

Stay Headed In The Right Direction, Hanover Park

Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in Hanover Park, IL these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their pickup around Hanover Park, IL. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it's a good idea to have your Hanover Park service advisor inspect them at every oil change. A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it's essential to use the correct type –just ask your service advisor at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission. In addition to providing boost, the fluid cleans, cools and l ... read more

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Steering

Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near Addison IL

A lot of gas is wasted in the Addison area by dirty fuel delivery systems. Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That's why there's a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently. The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into the engine. A fuel system service at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission will leave your intake as clean as a whistle. The big fuel thief is dirty fuel injectors. They deliver fuel to the engine at a specified pressure and in a particular spray pattern. When they're clogged, the fuel doesn't get atomized the way it's supposed to and doesn't get burned as efficiently. See your owner's manual or ask your Addison service advisor at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission when a ... read more

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Fuel System

Why A Trip Inspection Is A Good Idea

At Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission we get a lot of Hanover Park motorists asking about car trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas outside of Hanover Park so it's important to know that the car is up to the task and won't leave you stranded. Smart Elk Grove Village motorists plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Hanover Park to see if you can feel any vibrations: are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission for a peace-of-mind trip inspection. The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all of your essential fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your ... read more

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Maintenance

What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Elk Grove Village

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Hanover Park, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do. Let's review what Hanover Park motorists should do in case of an accident: When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Hanover Park is considered a crime – even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your IL driver's license or even jail time. Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Addison and Bartlett motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Elk Grove Village emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed. Hanover Park auto owners ... read more

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Automotive News

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil In Your Hanover Park pickup

If you're a quart low in your pickup, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Elk Grove Village area. The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Elk Grove Village gas pump rolling higher and higher. The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down. So keep it clean and give yourself a fighting chance

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Fuel System

Your Well Trained Technician At Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission

When your pickup has a problem, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car's so important to your life in Hanover Park, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time. If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to sixty. Some pickups have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Addison motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It's a real challenge for Hanove ... read more

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around Palatine is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as thee microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns. So your cabin air filer can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores, to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around twelve to fifteen thousand miles. The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your Hanover Park IL se ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Tire Replacement: What Addison Drivers Need to Know

Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Addison tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Addison more than most? If so, some additional off-road traction would be nice. Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there. Let's suppose you zip around Addison in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When IL weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most Addison ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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