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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.

Before the recession hit, the median age for cars in the Saint Charles IL area (zip code: 60174) was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Rx Automotive we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise.

If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the St Charles area, bring it in for high-mileage maintenance:
Rx Automotive
602 Sidwell Ct Unit I
Saint Charles, IL 60174
630-443-8500

Many people in Saint Charles are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern sedans are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn’t have to be a painful experience.

Local car owners in Saint Charles with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let’s start with the special needs of the older vehicle…

The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There’ll be more dirt and contaminants in the fuel tank. Corrosion and deposits in the cooling system. And seals and gaskets will start to dry out.

All of this, plus normal wear and tear, means that the engine might not be as strong as new, so it just has to work harder to get the job done.

So we need to compensate. Consider high-mileage formulations for oil changes, transmission service, etc. These special formulations contain additives that condition the seals and gaskets to prevent leaks. They also have more detergents to clean sludge and other deposits. They cost a bit more, but they’re worth it.

In general, if an auto service was recommended every 15,000 miles when the car was new, you should continue to get the service done every 15,000 miles.

Talk with your Saint Charles service advisor at Rx Automotive about the condition of your engine. See if he thinks you should adjust your auto service intervals for oil changes or other auto maintenance to account for the older engine working harder.

Expect the oil filter to get dirty faster. Same goes for the fuel filter. And some leaks are to be expected so you need to keep a closer eye on fluid levels.

If anything, following recommended service intervals for your sedan is more important in a higher mileage vehicle. Skipping oil changes or other services can lead to problems much more quickly than with a newer vehicle.

So, have your Saint Charles auto service advisor at Rx Automotive help you with an assessment of your older car or truck. If you haven’t gotten around to a fuel system cleaning, or replacing power steering or brake fluid, a differential service or transmission service – it’s time to start taking care of those things. It’ll help keep you on the road for many more happy miles.

Hello, welcome to Rx Automotive. Today’s topic is batteries. It seems like everything in Geneva runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we’re most concerned with here at Rx Automotive are those in our vehicles. Car batteries wear out just like any other battery and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Geneva drivers should know when looking for a new battery.

There are two measurements that come into play: one is cold cranking amps and the other is reserve capacity.

Let’s start with cold cranking amps. Battery Replacement At Rx Automotive This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live, specifically how cold it is where you live. The two factors are that the colder your sedan’s engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.

The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient in the cold. We even have a table. Let’s say it’s eighty degrees Fahrenheit out. At that temperature, 100% of the battery’s power is available. At freezing, only 65% of battery power is available, but it requires 155% as much power to start the engine as it did at eighty degrees.

As you can see from the chart, the colder it gets, more power’s needed, but the available power drops.

Percent of Power Available Celsius Fahrenheit Power Required  
100 27 80 100  
65 0 32 155  
40 -22 0 210  
25 -32 20 350  

So if you live where it’s cold, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where it’s moderate or hot. The battery that originally came with the vehicle was based on averages. At Rx Automotive, we like to remind Geneva auto owners that they should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as the manufacturer recommends, but may want to upgrade if they live where it gets real cold.

And the type of engine you have will impact the battery you need: A six-cylinder engine requires more cold cranking amps than a four. An eight cylinder needs even more. And diesel sedans require more than a gasoline engine with the same number of cylinders.

Now on to reserve capacity: It’s a measurement of the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has at a given load. The number is more important to Geneva drivers these days because of parasitic drain. Parasitic drain is the battery energy that’s used when the key is off in your sedan. So, the power drawn by the security system, the remote start system, even the power the computers require to maintain their memory.

Reserves are also needed when you make very short trips around Geneva. You’re not driving long enough for the battery to recover the energy it used to start the engine. So go with the minimum recommended by your manufacturer or Rx Automotive and upgrade if you need more.

Talk with us at Rx Automotive about your options. If you need more from your battery, a larger, heavy-duty battery may be called for. At Rx Automotive, we remind our customers that it’s very important that the new battery fits your sedan: the terminals can’t be touching other parts and stuff.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most Geneva motorists, so the warranty gives piece of mind. There’re two kinds of car battery warranties: pro-rated and free replacement. With the pro-rated, you get a credit for a portion of the battery if it fails during the warranty period. With a free replacement warranty, you get just that, a free replacement. Be sure to ask us at Rx Automotive about the warranty so you know what you’re getting.

Here at AutoNetTV, we have viewers, like you, from all across the country who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we’re asked is: What is a differential and what does it do? You may have been told your differential needs service, or seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service covers a lot of things, so let’s first talk about what a differential does.

As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track – the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don’t hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow. Differentials have gears in them that transfer the power from the drive train to your wheels – which is why they’re often referred to as gear boxes. The gears need to be very strong to do this work, and they need to be properly protected so that they’ll last.

All vehicles have some form of differential. If you have a front-wheel drive car, your differential is often called a transaxle and is located in the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, the differential is in the back of the car. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you will have a differential in the front and the back – and in the middle as well. The center differential adjusts for differences in speed between the front and rear wheels.

Differential fluid lubricates and cools the gears. Over time, the fluid can get dirty from bits of the gears grinding off. The additives that keep the fluid clean and protect the differential break down over time. So your vehicle manufacturer has scheduled intervals for you to have your differential fluid changed.

Differentials are hard working mechanisms, and, along with the gears in a manual transmission, need to be serviced regularly with high-quality, replacement fluid. Your Bartlett automotive service advisor can give you more information as to when your next differential service is recommended. You can also ask if they have a record of when the service was last completed.

As with most service intervals, if you are driving under more severe conditions, you will want to service your differential more frequently. “Severe service” conditions are defined in most owners’ manuals, and include: frequent starts and stops, short trips, cold weather, hot weather and towing. All these conditions add to the stress of the vehicle and its parts. Also, off-roading in IL can be especially hard on differentials, especially if you cross streams. Proper service will extend the life of your gears and keep them running more smoothly. If you have never had your differential checked, visit http://lessanteler.autovideotipsblog.com/contact-us/ for more information.