Yearly Archives: 2015

To Save Gas Around Hanover Park: Keep Up with Your Scheduled Service

One topic that hits the news in Hanover Park on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some IL drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better gas mileage. For those of us Hanover Park auto owners who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can. Following recommended service intervals by coming into Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission is one of the best ways Hanover Park auto owners can keep their minivan running efficiently. That means better fuel efficiency. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces MPG. Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for IL motorists. Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your sedan engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pa ... read more

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Fuel System

Super Slick at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park: Synthetic Oil

Super Slick at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park: Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the auto manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Hanover Park car owners. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides essential advantages over conventional motor oil. First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for Hanover Park drivers, cooler operating temperatures, more engine power and increased fuel economy. Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant t ... read more

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Fluids

Battery Replacement For Your pickup

Modern cars and trucks in and around Hanover Park run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Hanover Park car owners without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then us IL motorists have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers, and DVD players. We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off. Fortunately, battery technology has given Hanover Park car owners resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But th ... read more

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Parts

Transmission Service at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Hanover Park drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for IL car owners to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transmission servicing keeps your pickup running smoothly and helps us motorists avoid costly repairs down the road. The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit Hanover Park car owners see in used transmission fluid is actually bits of metal that wear off the gears in the transmission. In addition to that, the transmission operates at very high temperatures. Usually it's 100 to 150 degrees higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency. As the fluid gets older, it gets gritty and doesn't lubricate and cool the pickup transmission as well - leading to even more wear. The fluid can ... read more

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Transmission

Tire Maintenance In Bartlett

With the recent focus in Bartlett on improving fuel efficiency, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure. Hanover Park auto owners know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Under-inflated tires will wear out more quickly. Some Bartlett auto owners wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to over-inflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission to see about tire maintenance for your Hanover Park, IL vehicle. Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission1005 Irving Park RdHanover Park, IL 60133 Every vehicle in the Bartlett area ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the IL news. Hanover Park people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate. A lot of Hanover Park motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, Hanover Park grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their pickups for 200,000 miles or more - as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of Hanover Park drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own pickups on the road in IL. The astute Hanover Park auto owners of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's really not. First ... read more

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Maintenance

Why People In Hanover Park Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Hanover Park IL roads have one or more service or repair that's needed, but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns. There are several reasons why we hesitate to take care of recommended services; especially services that our Hanover Park IL automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like anoil change. The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your pickup, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventiv ... read more

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Inspection

Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission

The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing IL residents to review their finances. More and more Hanover Park motorists are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many Hanover Park men and women haven't dealt with in the past. Older vehicles simply have different maintenance requirements than newer ones. Learning those requirements presents a challenge for Hanover Park motorists because many owner's manuals only publish maintenance schedules up to 60,000 or 90,000 miles. Vehicle owners have to keep good records and be more involved in planning preventive maintenance if they want to keep their pickups on the road. First of all, any service in your owner's manual that comes with a recommended mileage i ... read more

Following Recommended Intervals For Your pickup

If you're reading this article in Hanover Park, IL, then you probably care about your car and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your understanding Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission technician tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say “no”, you might be harming your pickup or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your pickup auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading. Cars are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Hanover Park motorists to keep them running well. That is why car makers have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your pickup ... read more

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Maintenance

On Board Diagnostics For Your pickup

Make an appointment with Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission to have your on board diagnostics analyzed.1005 Irving Park Rd Hanover Park, IL 60133 Today we're going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Hanover Park IL who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what's involved and what the benefits are. They really want to understand the value of diagnostic scans by a trained technician in Hanover Park IL. These are valid concerns. If you don't understand something it's really hard to know its value. Let's start with some history. Since 1996, all cars and light trucks in Hanover Park IL have been required to use a standardized diagnostic system to help repair technicians determine what's wrong with your vehicle. The diagnostic system works with the vehicle's Engine Control Module - the computer that controls many engine functions. The computer monit ... read more

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