When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the 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 an...
Posted in Fluids
on December 01, 2019
A generation ago, Sparta drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehi...
Posted in Maintenance
on November 24, 2019
If you hit a bump in the road and your vehicle just keeps bouncing up and down for a lot longer time than it used to, you may have bad struts and shocks. They're the things that help to keep your vehicle's wheels and tires planted to the road surface.But they don't last forever. With care and ...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on November 17, 2019
Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the Sparta area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur conte...
Posted in Fuel System
on November 10, 2019
Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Sparta drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Sparta. You started out in a lower gear and shifte...
Posted in Timing Belt
on November 03, 2019
Most would agree they'd rather drive around in a clean, shiny vehicle than one coated with a layer of dirt. When warmer weather comes around, some of us are bound and determined to wash our own vehicles. And to protect the paint and its luster, there are a few things to keep in mind when you ge...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on October 27, 2019
Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn't feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into...
Posted in Automotive News
on October 20, 2019
When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Sparta drivers often associate our wheels being "knocked" out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object.Whi...
Posted in Automotive News
on October 13, 2019
Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Sparta 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...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on October 06, 2019
Every car in Sparta, Illinois, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recomme...
Posted in Drive Train
on September 29, 2019