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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Tire Maintenance in Sparta

With the recent focus in the Sparta area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.Sparta drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, proper... Read More

Wheel Balancing at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Sparta drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Illinois roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vi... Read More

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match yo... Read More

Below 45 Degrees in Sparta: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Sparta drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for all-season radials. Illinois drivers ran out and ... Read More

The Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need new tires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Sparta service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manage... Read More

Tire Tread Depth for Sparta, Illinois Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Tw... Read More

The Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta Guide to Custom Wheels

If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, there are a few things you should know first.Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many Sparta drivers have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye, then,... Read More

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 is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get f... 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 weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With ... 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

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