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Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Saint Charles IL, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. You might even have two or three.

As you might guess from the name, a differential’s job is to compensate for differences. Specifically the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your Saint Charles IL home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you go around the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.

The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power. Without a differential, our tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns.

You’ve probably noticed the big bugle in the middle of the rear axle when you’re behind a truck. That’s the differential. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a differential in back. Most four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs will also have a similar differential on the front axle. Front-wheel drive vehicles’ differential is called a transaxle because it combines the differential and transmission in one unit. An all-wheel drive vehicle will have a differential or transfer case that adjusts for speed differences between the front and rear drive wheels.

It can seem a little complicated. But you can see that all of the engine’s power is routed through your differentials. They’re strong enough to handle the work, but they need to be properly lubricated in order to stay strong. So from time to time, you need to have your differential serviced. The used fluid is drained and replaced with clean fluid. Some differentials also require special additives to be installed.

Get your differential serviced at our Saint Charles IL service center:
Rx Automotive
602 Sidwell Ct Unit I
Saint Charles, IL 60174
630-443-8500

The rule of thumb for the time and mileage interval for servicing your differential, can vary greatly by vehicle. A front-wheel drive vehicle’s transaxle will need servicing more frequently than the rear differential on a pick-up truck, so check with your Saint Charles IL service advisor or your owner’s manual for recommendations.

How and where you drive will have an impact as well. If you drive on dirt roads or through streams around Saint Charles IL, you’ll need to service the differential much sooner than if you always stay on the pavement.

Rx Automotive Announces New and Improved Auto Repair Facility in St Charles IL

Popular Auto Repair Shop in St Charles IL expands Auto Repair Facility

The renowned Auto Repair Shop, Rx Automotive, would like to announce that they have successfully moved to their brand new and expanded repair facility in St Charles IL. The new shop measures 5000 sq ft, which is twice the size their previous facility. The personnel at Rx Automotive found that in order to increase productivity without diminishing their quality of service, the new facility was needed. The new facility is outfitted with six full service mechanic bays when before there were only two. The shop also features a drive through service lane that allows mechanics to get cars into bays and repaired more efficiently.

Rx Automotive is a local family owned auto repair facility in St Charles, IL that specializes in providing a range of repair options for its clients. These include oil changes, radiator & exhaust repairs, transmission repairs, all engine repairs, Illinois Air Team emissions repairs and a full line of affordable auto repair services.

Located right next door to the old facility, the new auto repair shop boasts a larger waiting area along with a front and rear parking for customer convenience. Local St Charles resident and shop owner, Les Santeler, hopes that by moving right next door, customers will not be confused the next time they come in for an auto repair or regular scheduled maintenance.

The company also invested in new, state of the art auto repair and auto diagnostic technology in order to maintain and improve on the quality of their current services. Along with the latest diagnostic tools, they are now able to diagnose technical issues and fix them in a timely and more efficient manner. A full alignment rack has also been installed which comes complete with high precision systems to allow precise tuning of any vehicle. This eliminates the need to send client’s cars out to another shop for front alignments, as is a standard practice in the auto repair industry. The company’s ASE certified technicians work on each vehicle that comes into the new shop with meticulous detail to attention and dedication to diagnosis the problem correctly the first time.

Les, had this to say when asked about the inauguration of the new facility, “Rx Automotive has continued to gain respect from clients since our inception and we weren’t going to stop now. We made sure that the new store was equipped with the state of the art auto repair equipment and the best technicians in the area so that our clients know we are willing to go to any length to ensure their vehicle is repaired right the first time, repaired in a timely manner, and repaired at a fair price.”

For more information about the Rx Automotive and their services, please click on the link below.
www.rxautorepair.com

 

About Rx Automotive

Offering Auto Repair in St Charles, IL, Rx Automotive is a family owned automobile repair facility that has over 20 years worth of experience in the automotive industry. The service specializes in providing professional and reliable repair and maintenance services in St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Wayne, West Chicago, and South Elgin.

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Website: www.rxautorepair.com
Address: 602 Sidwell Court
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Email: contact@rxautorepair.com
Phone number: 630.443.8500

All new passenger vehicles on our Saint Charles IL roads now have tire pressure monitoring systemsTPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are under inflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about TPMS.

First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is twenty percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is thirty five pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won’t come on until the pressure is at twenty eight pounds. That’s significantly under-inflated. Enough to raise safety concerns.

The worst is tire failure. A severely under inflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also under-inflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. So it’s costly to not stay on top of proper inflation.

What’s the practical value of the TPMS system? Well, it’s twofold. First, it can alert you when your tire is losing pressure due to a puncture or a bent rim. That’s an important warning that you might not have gotten until next time you gassed up.

The second is that we all occasionally forget to check our tire pressure. So it’s a failsafe system to let you know there’s a problem brewing.

Other things can cause your TPMS system to go off. The system also monitors itself. The sensors that are mounted in the wheels have little batteries that send a signal to the monitor. The batteries go dead over time and the TPMS system will let you know. And the sensors could break. Also road salt from our Saint Charles IL roads can ruin them.

There’s also a hassle factor that your Saint Charles IL tire center has to contend with. For example, when you have your tires rotated in Saint Charles, the TPMS system has to be re-calibrated so that it knows which tire is on which corner of the car. Same is true for when you have new tires or winter tires installed. Flat repairs, as well.

That takes extra time. And it requires the right equipment and training. Special – and expensive – tire change machines need to be used with some sensors. It’s all complicated by the fact that there are a number of different TPMS systems in use so the tire professionals at Rx Automotive need equipment and training for each kind. Tire centers have had to raise the price of some of these basic services to offset their increased costs.

Also if you add custom wheels on your sedan, you need to put in new TPMS sensors if your originals won’t work on the new rims. If you don’t your TPMS light will be on constantly and you won’t have the benefit of the warning system.

All in all, the mandated TPMS systems will save lives, so they’re worth the added hassle and expense.