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Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates when the engine's running. Water pump failure is pretty routine. We see it often at Honest 1 Auto Care. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles/64,000 km, but most fail by 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Consult your owner's manual or friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Honest 1 Auto Care to see what's recommended.Since a water pump either works or it doesn't, you need to change it when it fails. Water pumps fail in one of two ways: the bearings fail or the ... read more

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Cooling System

Change Your Engine Air Filter at Honest 1 Auto Care

Many AURORA car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in AURORA.Change your vehicle air filter at Honest 1 Auto Care when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. Honest 1 Auto Care989 S EOLA RDAURORA, IL 605046304998722http://honest1aurora.com    

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Maintenance

Keep Your AURORA Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey AURORA - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in IL affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around AURORA or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Honest 1 Auto Care can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged air filter won't ... read more

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Maintenance

The Honest 1 Auto Care Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of AURORA drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in AURORA. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on IL roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb AURORA hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. At Honest 1 Auto Care, we ro ... read more

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Transmission

Economics of Maintenance for AURORA Auto Owners

Buying a new car in AURORA is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in AURORA who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in AURORA and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's maintenance sch ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in AURORA

There’s not much AURORA drivers can do about the price of gas in ?IL, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved gas mileage. Go a little slower on IL expressways. AURORA drivers who go more than 65 miles an hour (105 kilometers per hour) will see their gas mileage drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speeds use less gas. Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands around AURORA. Hey at current AURORA gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Give us a call Honest 1 Auto Care 989 S EOLA RD AURORA, IL 60504 6 ... read more

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around AURORA is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Honest 1 Auto Care, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'l ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Honest 1 Auto Care?

Today's Honest 1 Auto Care article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many AURORA drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in IL who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Honest 1 Auto Care.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. AURORA drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn't apply to you because you don't fee ... read more

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Maintenance

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at Honest 1 Auto Care

Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  AURORA auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you.The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually powers the pump, although some systems use an electric pump. Some newer vehicles have an electric motor that directly provides the power steering boost.Pressurized fluid moves from the pump to the steering gear through a high-pressure hose. A low-pressure hose returns fluid to the pump. Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the system.AURORA drivers should remember that fluid levels in the power steering system should be checked at every oil cha ... read more

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Steering

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
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