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How to change your oil in St. Charles IL
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa

However many ripples you manage to make in your life, one thing you can easily learn to change is your oil. This easy lesson can be an excellent time and money saver.

First step: Determine how often you need to change your oil. For the most certain and trustworthy answer, consult your service manual. Or, if necessary, an authoritative reference work, such as Edmunds’, will help you know what is the best oil change schedule for your specific vehicle. Some modern vehicles possess oil life monitoring systems which are also trustworthy, accurate, and well worth your time to become familiar with.

Next up, Gather your tools and supplies. You will need: Read more…

Tire Repair Shop in St Charles IL

Most Moms are always on the go. That’s why getting a flat tire can really throw a wrench into their day. Whether it is picking up the kids at school or getting home from work, you need your car to perform at its best – each and every day. But don’t despair! Here are some things to do if you think you’ve got a flat tire:

 

Get out of the car and feel the tire. See if you can find the leak. Sometimes you can notice a puncture, where you have run over a nail or something else that would puncture your tire. Feel your tire compared to the other tires, does it feel about the same?

 

Try listening for the flat too. Now this wont work if you have a small puncture. But if you’ve really got a flat, sometimes you can hear a “hissing” sound coming from the tire. Stay close to the tire in question and listen to it for a few minutes. See if you notice anything. Read more…

Why Won't My Car Start? St Charles IL Auto Repair

Ever been jealous of your local mechanic, family friend, or even that good Samaritan by the side of the road who can start up your temperamental car and diagnose the problem within seconds? Much like a horse or baby whisperer, they clearly have learned a special language. Whether your car is barely starting, making strange noises, or is completely dead, here are a few basic tips to help you know what to look and listen for.

Steering Wheel Lock: First off, are you able to turn your key? In order to frustrate carjackers, your steering wheel locks in place when you remove the key. So if the key is not turning, don’t force it. Rather, try yanking lightly in either direction on the steering wheel to disengage the wheel lock. Do this as you turn the key and you’re on your way. Read more…

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.

Posted by: In: Maintenance 07 Feb 2013 2 comments

Today’s Rx Automotive auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your sedan air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in St Charles.

Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your sedan’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Rx Automotive Maintenance Tips The Belt Goes OnAll St Charles drivers know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many sedans, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures as you drive around St Charles.

Now on some sedans, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt. So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That’s why manufacturers and your service advisor at Rx Automotive have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn’t fail.

Your St Charles service technician can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

There’s a special, spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley. Its job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. At Rx Automotive, we recommend that the tensioner be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s an important part for the function of your sedan.
And it’s not that expensive to replace in St Charles – so it’s good to do so before it fails.