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New Life for Your Older Car in AURORA

Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when AURORA families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your parents just told you to do without, that you should have taken better care of it. They considered the loss a “life lesson.”But today many AURORA drivers tend to neglect one of the more expensive and important purchases we make: our vehicles. Vehicles are a lot more reliable today than back when we polished our shoes, and that reliability can sometimes make us take them for granted. Drivers in AURORA neglect good vehicle care practices and procrastinate when it comes to preventive maintenance. What we're really doing is heading straight for one of those dreaded “life lessons.” Eventually we'll pay for our neglect in repair bills and a ... read more

Beware of Cheap Tires in AURORA

Beware of Cheap Tires in AURORA

Do you like to shop for shoes in AURORA?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? AURORA drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on IL freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on IL highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable AURORA tire professional at Honest 1 Auto Care. I think it's important that AURORA residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay twice as much and buy half as many.&r ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

AURORA Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around AURORA, but not in your vehicle. When AURORA residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around IL has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for AURORA residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.AURORA drivers should also run the air ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better for AURORA Motorists

AURORA residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airand before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the engine.Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same . The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.Why the big difference in power? Direct inj ... read more

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Fuel System

Fuel Injectors

Fuel Injectors

The last new American vehicles sold in AURORA with a carburetor rolled out of the IL dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in AURORA, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injectors deliver fuel far more precisely than carburetors. That translates into better fuel economy and more power for AURORA drivers. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure.A few vehicle manufacturers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly ... read more

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Fuel System

Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Honest 1 Auto Care

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Honest 1 Auto Care article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in AURORA with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.Most of us in AURORA replace our wiper blades when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can't clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. In other words, we deal with our wiper blades from a failure perspective. We address them when they no longer function. The theory, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply here. Instead, we should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that we should maintain rather than repair ... read more

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Maintenance

Air Conditioning Service in AURORA

Air Conditioning Service in AURORA

Hey AURORA! Let's talk about one of our IL summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for AURORA drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA. When most AURORA folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can AURORA drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Water and air can leak ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Automotive Tips from Honest 1 Auto Care: Rotor Problems

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in AURORA.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is important for AURORA drivers to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the problem. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your friendly and professional Honest 1 Auto Care tech perform a thorough inspection.Give us a call.Honest 1 Auto Care989 S EOLA RDAURORA, IL 60504 ... read more

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Brakes

Fuel Filter Replacement

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello AURORA resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow particles into your engine.A vehicle with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around AURORA, but sputter and strain on the because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in IL and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural IL, your fuel fi ... read more

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Fuel System

Keeping Your AURORA Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Keeping Your AURORA Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your AURORA house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common IL air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all AURORA vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in IL. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in AURORA come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in AURORA. Your vehicle can be a haven during our IL allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the cabin air filter eventually gets clog ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter
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