When's the last time you thought about spark plugs? You probably don't remember. That's because spark plugs usually last a long time and don't need much attention. But they don't last forever, and when they start going bad, they'll send you a few clues.Vehicle is hard to start. Fuel economy ...
Posted in Spark Plugs
on October 31, 2021
A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Sparta, Illinois, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of t...
Posted in Inspection
on October 24, 2021
Most Sparta drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Illinois highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Sparta rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot ...
Posted in Cabin Air Filter
on October 17, 2021
Hello, welcome to Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Sparta runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detecto...
Posted in Fluids
on October 10, 2021
Today's vehicles have some pretty amazing technology in them, including a computerized braking system we all pretty much take for granted these days. Antilock brake systems (ABS) have been around for years but they help drivers stop in much shorter distances reliably than ever before. When you ...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on October 03, 2021