Yearly Archives: 2015

Drive Train - What You Need to Know In Hanover Park

One Hanover Park automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Elk Grove Village, but they're very critical. First let's define what the driveline is: Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So Hanover Park car owners need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit. Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where the transmission stops and the driveline begins is a litt ... read more

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Drive Train

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission we've had a lot of Hanover Park, Palatine, and Bartlett clients asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in IL. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of Elk Grove Village folks are putting off buying a new car. Thanks to AutoNetTV, we can provide you with a video answer to this important question. So let's say you're one of the average motorists in the Elk Grove Village area; you've got a nine year old car with 80,000 miles on the odometer. What can you to do make it last another year or two? Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles with proper care in Hanover Park. The engineering a ... read more

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Maintenance

10 Services Hanover Park drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Hanover Park. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps – we have to keep track of it all. So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the critical scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten. Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Hanover Park auto owners. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order. 1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluidgets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your critical power steering parts are protected from dangerous corrosion. Next time you're in fo ... read more

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Maintenance

Hanover Park Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Let's talk about air quality in Hanover Park. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Hanover Park motorists began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle? Cabin air filters are now coming on most new pickups in Hanover Park. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment. They can filter particles down to three microns, so that's good enough to clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. If you suffer from allergies in Hanover Park, this is very good news. Your car can be a haven during your Hanover Park commute. Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in Hanover Park. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of Hanover Park where there's a lot of d ... read more

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Keep Your Hanover Park Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Hanover Park car owners – this is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your pickup burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean. That's like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to costly problems. Of course, your auto maker recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car in IL affects when your filter needs to be changed. Dusty conditions around Elk Grove Village or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Your understanding Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission service professional can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil ... read more

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Hanover Park Exhaust And Emissions Service

Hanover Park Exhaust And Emissions Service FEBRUARY 10, 2015 BY KACADMIN Many Hanover Park motorists don't realize that there is more to exhaust system maintanance than just tailpipes and mufflers. And if you can see smoke, or if it's too loud. Exhaust service at a full-service automotive center like Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission is really a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, in the U.S., the federal government required catalytic converters for all cars in Hanover Park in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. IL and federal emissions requirements have forced car makers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental laws. This also goes for cars sold in Canada. So, exhaust service has really become exhaust and emissions service. High-tech computer-controlled emissions ... read more

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Exhaust

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel In Palatine

Under-inflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Palatine area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from Hanover Park to Palatine. Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Palatine service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops twenty percent below recommendations. That's severely under inflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean. Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume. Hanover Park car owners can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system, however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park. They have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. The understanding team at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll enjoy mor ... read more

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Fuel System

Higher Mileage Service Intervals For Hanover Park

Hanover Park drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers; safety equipment like airbags; and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in Elk Grove Village but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car in IL. Because new cars are more expensive, Hanover Park residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on going. Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for Hanover Park dri ... read more

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Fuel System

The Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Guide To Custom Wheels

The Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission Guide To Custom Wheels

If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your pickup, there are a few things you should know first. Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many Hanover Park motorists have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye, then, after going to the work of mounting them, have found that the wheels don't fit right and the tires rub against the pickup when they turn or go over a bump. To ensure a proper fit, you can consult with your Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission tire professional. He/she can also help you find tires that are suited to your driving habits as well as your pickup. You may find their auto advice invaluable, and you'll probably be happier with your new wheels once you purchase them. But if you just have to have that set of wheels, and you're willing to pay for them, you can modify your vehicle to fit the wh ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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