PCV Valve Service at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta in Sparta

January 14, 2024

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs. The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine. A clogged... More

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

April 11, 2021

Modern vehicles in and around Sparta run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Sparta drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really str... More

Serpentine Belt Service at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta in Sparta

January 26, 2020

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Sparta road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - w... More

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

February 17, 2019

Like everything in the Illinois automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Illinois drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Sparta roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision... More

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

July 25, 2018

Local Sparta roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Sparta would h... More