Gas Savings in Sparta: Sharpen Your Pencil

December 31, 2018

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 mainten... More

Nighttime Visibility in Sparta

December 23, 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 visibilityIt's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions a... More

Keeping Your Sparta Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

December 16, 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 out commo... More

Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

December 9, 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 the ... More

Automotive Tips from Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

December 2, 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... More