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(847) 816-0011
600 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
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Car Care Tips

Here, at Star Auto Authority, we want our customers to be in the know about how to properly care for their car or truck. We want you to understand why and how your tires wear; how to get the best gas mileage; and overall how to get the most out of your tires. Hopefully, with these helpful tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and reduce tire wear when driving in and around Vernon Hills, IL and Libertyville, IL. We understand how important your vehicle is and why your car needs to be serviced by a Vernon Hills, Illinois auto repair shop. So give us a call at (847) 816-0011 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

Car Maintenance and Care

We at Star are firm believers in preventive maintenance and the benefits that come along with following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Changing fluids (oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid) and filters (air, fuel) regularly and consistently with your vehicle’s manufacturer’s guidelines is critical. Vehicle maintenance and proper tire maintenance and care are essential in ensuring you get the most miles and gas mileage out of your vehicle. Most importantly, proper maintenance helps to avoid unnecessary breakdowns, and brings the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are driving a safe vehicle.

Our nine ASE Certified Master Technicians know your vehicle’s requirements and will keep you fully informed. Like you, we want to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and safe, so we carefully inspect your vehicle and present to you the results in the following order of priority: 1) the client’s concerns, 2) safety issues, 3) maintenance, and 4) creature comforts. Our ASE Certified Master Technicians know that studies have repeatedly shown that the cost of proper preventive care is a fraction of the cost of repair or replacement of parts which will inevitably fail without proper preventive maintenance. We know that most inconvenient and potentially unsafe vehicle breakdowns can often be avoided with preventive care. We also make available to you your vehicle’s repair history on line.

Tire Maintenance and Care

  • Rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
  • Check your tire pressures approximately once a week. Low tire pressures can affect fuel economy, handling and comfort. To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least three hours after driving.
  • Always make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Badly aligned wheels will lead to dragging of the car on the road.
  • Check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated so it¹s ready to go when you need it most.
  • Use the penny trick to determine if the tread on your tires is worn too low. Take a penny and put Abraham Lincoln's head into one of the grooves of the tread. If part of his head is covered by the tread, you're ok. If you can see all of his head, it's time to replace the tire. When the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch, tires must be replaced.

Gas Mileage Tips

  • Check and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.
  • Don't top off. Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out.
  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.
  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.
  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car's gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

  • Always check for potential problems before they happen.
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Phone: (847) 816-0011
Fax: (847) 816-1295
Address: 600 Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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