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Budget For Maintenance in Hanover Park

Budget For Maintenance in Hanover Park

Sometimes busy Hanover Park residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Elk Grove Village in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Hanover Park auto owners spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before. Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple - you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Hanover Park drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience; and it's likely that yesterday's Hanover Park motorists didn't care mu ... read more

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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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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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Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission On Your Serpentine Belt

Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Hanover Park, IL customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the essential device that makes electricity to power the pickup and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around IL in the summer. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Hanover Park motorists' vehicles. Those pumps provide important pressure that assists your steering and braking. In many pickups, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Hanover Park, IL, the water pump is driven by the timing belt. The radiator cooling fans on some pickups are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really ... read more

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Maintaining Your Older Car In Hanover Park IL

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Hanover Park IL: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Hanover Park IL motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car. Because new cars are more expensive, people in the Elk Grove Village area are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Elk Grove Village have more than 75,000 miles. 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 goin'. Give Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission a call to schedule your next maintenance.1005 Irving Park Rd Hanover Park, IL 60133 Some owner's manuals don't specify service require ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the auto maker to issue recall notices to Hanover Park residents and to fix the affected cars free of charge. The auto maker then tries to contact all Hanover Park motorists who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Hanover Park service center. These recalls always affect safety, so Hanover Park drivers would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches. Recalls are pretty serious for Hanover Park auto owners and don't happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Hanover Park drivers still might want to k ... read more

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Hey Hanover Park Drivers; What Is The Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Hanover Park?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving, but if you chose ‘coffee', then give yourself an extra two points; coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Hanover Park and around the country. Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year! You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the type of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons, one being that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced ... read more

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Kamphaus AutoCare and Emission: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your pickup engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on IL interstates, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce twenty pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about twelve thousand gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your pickup needs a lot of air to keep going in Palatine. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your pickup also works better when its internals are clean. When your pickup air filter's dirty, it simply can't tr ... read more

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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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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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