Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for Sparta drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintena...
Posted in Fuel System
on April 26, 2020
Modern Sparta vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.Think about that for a minute things...
Posted in Diagnostics
on April 19, 2020
The median age for cars in the Sparta, Illinois area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise.If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Sparta area, bring it into Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta for hi...
Posted in Maintenance
on April 12, 2020
Safety should always be an element of your vehicle care. So even if you don't care about how your vehicle looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself and other Sparta drivers on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.Brakes need a regular inspection. There ...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on April 05, 2020
Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. Thats everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the p...
Posted in Battery
on March 29, 2020
The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Sparta.An old timing belt can lose a tooth in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt...
Posted in Timing Belt
on March 22, 2020
No matter how well they're made, vehicles 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 vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Sparta residents and to fix the affecte...
Posted in Maintenance
on March 15, 2020
There are a lot of things in life that Sparta residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Sparta dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don'...
Posted in Inspection
on March 08, 2020
What a convenience power door locks are on a vehicle. The latest don't even require you to push the button on the key fob; all you have to do is have it with you. But sometimes there's a component of power door locks that can fail, especially when they are used several times each day. Those ar...
Posted in Monitoring System
on March 01, 2020
Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for Sparta drivers. A lot of us in Sparta don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every ...
Posted in Differential Service
on February 23, 2020