Are you stranded on the roadside with an inoperable vehicle? Find your problem below, then follow our advice to get driving again. This guide covers:
Prefer to speak with someone? Call (847) 816-0011 to talk with a Star Auto Authority staff member. We're happy to help you however we can when it comes to getting your vehicle moving. We serve Vernon Hills, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Lincolnshire, IL. We're also available for remote help if you'd like our guidance.
Flat tires plague hundreds of drivers each year. It's no wonder, considering it only takes one nail or glass shard at just the right angle to puncture a tire and leave you stranded on the roadside. But if you have a spare tire and a few tools in the trunk, you don't have to wait for help.
What You'll Need
If you don't have these items, then you'll need to call for roadside assistance. Head down to the section on How to Find a Towing/Roadside Assistance Provider Near You.
We recommend following the Department of Motor Vehicle instructions on how to change a flat tire, which you can find below. For your convenience, we've also included a helpful step-by-step video from MICHELIN® that serves as a great visual aid:
Breaking down close to home is one thing. You likely already know the reputable shops in your area. In the event you don't know who to call, whether you're close to home or hundreds of miles away, Star Auto Authority has some tips you can utilize to increase your odds of a good experience, inoperable vehicle withstanding.
You can always contact Star Auto Authority at (847) 816-0011 for remote assistance. We'll guide you through the proper steps, and if you're in an area near to us but out of our range, we might be able to give you a recommendation.
Your vehicle's On-Board Diagnostic System constantly monitors your vehicle for problems. When something isn't working correctly, the system should alert you via a dashboard warning light. Many alerts allow you time to get to an auto repair shop, but some problems demand immediate action.
Keep in mind that different vehicle makes and models use different, styled symbols/words to alert you to a problem. In general, all symbols/words have enough similarity so you can tell what's wrong from one guide to the next. In the event you're ever not sure what a symbol means, consult your owner's manual.
Dashboard Warning Light Color
The color of the warning light may indicate the severity of the problem. Most modern vehicles use the following color code:
If you ever receive warning that your vehicle is overheating, pull over immediately. Driving a vehicle at extremely hot temperatures is an easy way to ruin the engine and find yourself in need of a new car.
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