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Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything with a Trip Inspection at Honest 1 Auto Care

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation faster than ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a trip inspection at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA. After all, you wouldn't travel without clean socks, why ask your vehicle to travel with a load of dirty oil?The first step in a trip inspection at Honest 1 Auto Care is to look at your travel plans. What kinds of roads will you be driving on? Will you be in the IL back country or on the freeway? Will you be crossing mountains? Off-roading? What will the weather be like? How far away from AURORA will you be traveling? How much are you hauling? Will you be towing a trailer or lugging a rooftop carrier? Will you encounter dust, mud, snow or sea salt? All of these questions can help determine which services are most needed. And don ... read more

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Inspection

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in AURORA?

There is a clear and vocal demand in AURORA and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the IL market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on AURORA area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. AURORA auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest AURORA dealership.AURORA drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in AURORA, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide what you can afford and what will work for your lifesty ... read more

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Automotive News

Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in AURORA

Night driving in AURORA is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. And at night, we just can't see as much as we can during the day. In fact, if you have 20/20 vision during the day, your night vision is only 20/50. To translate, that means that an object you can clearly see 50 feet away during daylight, only becomes visible to you at 20 feet at night.Reaction time is also related to visibility. AURORA motorists don't react to a situation until they see it. So at night, we're reacting to situations later just because it takes longer to see them. But we don't have to stop driving at night to stay safe. We just need to practice some preventive maintenance and vehicle care that will maximize our night vision.The most crucial item that helps us see whil ... read more

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Headlamps

Synthetic Oil for AURORA Autos

If you are a driver in AURORA and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around AURORA, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle. Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a p ... read more

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Maintenance

Your Biggest Fan (Radiator Fan Problems)

Your vehicle's engine makes a lot of heat when it's powering you down the road, so it needs a way to get rid of that energy.  That's why your vehicle has a cooling system, complete with a radiator and one or two radiator fans, also called cooling fans.  Those fans make sure air keeps moving across the radiator so that the heat stored in the coolant can be dissipated outside when the vehicle is stopped or not traveling fast. Radiator fans can develop problems and can stop working properly or stop working altogether.  Some signs to look for? If you're driving slowly and idling and you see your temperature gauge moving toward the red or hot zone, that could spell trouble.  Another thing you may notice when a radiator fan is failing is that there may be a loud noise coming from the engine compartment. There are two types of radiator fans.  One is mechanically connected to the engine and uses the engine's rotational energy to turn it.  The other is an electric ... read more

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Cooling System

Automotive Tips from Honest 1 Auto Care: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

There are several important factors that go into how often AURORA drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from IL freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA. Talk to your Honest 1 Auto Care service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.Honest 1 Auto Care989 S EOLA RDAURORA, IL 605046304998722http://honest1aurora.com ... read more

Honest 1 Auto Care Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Honest 1 Auto Care Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All AURORA service advisors 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 vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, 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 your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at Honest 1 Auto Care have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable Honest 1 Auto Care service advisor 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 ... read more

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Maintenance

Battery Replacement at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA

Battery Replacement at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA

Hello, welcome to Honest 1 Auto Care. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in AURORA runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Honest 1 Auto Care are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in IL, specifically how cold it is. (Many AURORA drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle'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 when the temperature dips. Let's say it's ... read more

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Battery

To Save Gas Around AURORA: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in IL on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some IL drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in AURORA who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Honest 1 Auto Care is one of the best ways people in AURORA can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for IL drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change.Yo ... read more

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Fuel System

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Honest 1 Auto Care

  Today at Honest 1 Auto Care we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the AURORA area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Honest 1 Auto Care at 989 S EOLA RD in AURORA, IL 60504, to find out, or give us a call to make an appointment by calling 6304998722. E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower exhaust emissions to our local AURORA community.All gas engines can run with up to 10% ethanol, an ... read more

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