Charlies Fast Lube Sparta: Sparta, Illinois Oil Change
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Nice waiting areas, clean rest rooms, and fresh coffee to make your experience unique!

We offer top offs between oil changes with our sticker.

Family Owned & Operated

We provide the finest preventative maintenance at competitive prices.

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY! We change your oil while you wait

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Tires and Wheels

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in Sparta

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Sparta area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance... Read More

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta in Sparta

Tires do a lot of work for Sparta drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Sparta. They also support the entire ... Read More

Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Sparta driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in Illinois, winter tires differed from highway tires only in thei... Read More

Automotive Tips from Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta: Tire Replacement Overview

Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for Sparta drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch (3.2 mm) of ... Read More

Sparta Tire Repair

Most Sparta residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for Sparta drivers – it also has a financial impact.... Read More

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

Hey Sparta area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our Illinois streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Sparta area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of... Read More

Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet Sparta conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the t... Read More

Shake It up in Sparta!: Why Wheel Balancing

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance.When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of ... Read More

Helping Sparta Drivers Get the Right Tires

Every Sparta vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it's a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot temperatures. The tread... Read More

Talk to Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Custom wheels are one way that Sparta folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have ... Read More

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