High gas prices in Sparta increase the cost of living for Illinois drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Sparta vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled...
Posted in Maintenance
on December 31, 2018
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the Sparta area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving dec...
Posted in Headlamps
on December 23, 2018
Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter?A. A filter for your Sparta house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters ou...
Posted in Suspension
on December 16, 2018
Organization is the key to managing a busy life in Illinois. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Sparta residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write "oil change" every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to th...
Posted in Service Intervals
on December 09, 2018
The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should alwa...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on December 02, 2018