How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Sparta

May 29, 2022

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Sparta can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get ... More

Differential Service at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta: Viva la Difference

May 22, 2022

Every vehicle on Illinois roads has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle. But most Sparta residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much ... More

Watching Your Check Engine Light

May 17, 2022

Did you know that most of the cars driving around Sparta, Illinois, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the Sparta area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for th... More

The Vivacious Vernal Vehicle (Preparing Vehicle for Spring)

May 8, 2022

Most of us look forward to spring because the days are longer, the weather's warmer and we can finally get our vehicles into warm weather mode. Here are a few things that will breathe fresh energy into anyone's car, SUV, truck or van. First thing is a good cleaning, especially underneath. If you... More

Direct Fuel Injection Update from Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta

May 1, 2022

For those of you in Sparta, Illinois who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes abou... More