Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

August 26, 2018

Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Sparta residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oi... More

Steer Right in Sparta

August 20, 2018

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many Sparta drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer. Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years... More

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

August 12, 2018

At Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta we've had a lot of Sparta customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in Illinois. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percen... More

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta

August 5, 2018

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Sparta. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understand... More