Monthly Archives: October 2014

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Palatine

There's a segment of the Palatine population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the IL area over time. Many Palatine motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before. Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, Palatine drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it's much easier to put it off. Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy. Now, the ignition system in your pickup is electronic and controlled by the engine management c ... read more

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Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear Hanover Park auto owners say, “What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down.” While it is true that today's cars and trucks are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Hanover Park auto owners don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become. Fluids like, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and miles march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance – but here are some personal sto ... read more

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Exhaust Service at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Hanover Park motorists realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All IL folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission in Hanover Park. The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous. One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing it, and you will di ... read more

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Breathe Free In Hanover Park: Cabin Air Filter Replacement At Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on Hanover Park motorists' vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean. A cabin air filter is similar to the filter you use on your furnace at home in Hanover Park. Cabin air filters can catch particles down to three microns. By comparison, a grain of sand is 200 microns. So cabin air filters are effective against dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and most pollutants in our Elk Grove Village atmosphere. Good news if you suffer from any types of allergies, or if you live in an area in Hanover Park prone to air pollution. Cabin air filters are generally located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard. They can be tricky to access and replace, so you'll probably want to go to your understanding Kamphaus Au ... read more

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A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Hanover Park

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Hanover Park drivers remember to get our oil changed. But Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is a key part of car care for Hanover Park car owners. A poorly maintained transmission will lessen fuel efficiency and lead to pricey repairs. The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it's clean and well – lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets dirty or worn down, your MPG will suffer. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid to keep everything running well. Transmission fluid has two jobs: to cool and lubricate the transmission. The transmission operates at high temperatures. It can get 100-150°F degrees hotter inside your transmission than inside your engine. Transmission fluid transfers some of the heat away f ... read more

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