Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Sparta road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - w...
Posted in Parts
on January 26, 2020
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 a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. Whi...
Posted in Automotive News
on January 19, 2020
At Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta we get a lot of Sparta drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Illinois, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you ...
Posted in Maintenance
on January 12, 2020
If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, 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 Sparta drivers have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye, then,...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on January 05, 2020
Sparta residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirtedor injectedinto your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to b...
Posted in Fuel System
on January 01, 2020