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Yearly Archives: 2019

Change is Good (Oil Change)

You've heard that expression, change is good.  When it comes to your vehicle's oil, change is not only good, it's vital for the health of the engine.  But there's one question that puzzles many drivers: how frequently should my vehicle's oil be changed? There is not one simple answer, but here are some guidelines that will help. It used to be pretty much a rule of thumb that vehicles got their oil changed once every 3 months or 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers.  But times have changed.  Oil formulations have gotten better and engine designs have made longer oil change intervals possible.  Most experts advise you to read the recommendations that come from the manufacturer that designed and built your vehicle.  Their designers and engineers know more about your vehicle than anyone else.  They spell out their recommended oil change interval and type of oil in your owner's manual.  Many automakers say you can go at least 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers betw ... read more

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Oil Change

Maintaining Your Older Car in AURORA, IL

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in AURORA, IL: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the AURORA motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the AURORA area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in IL have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Honest 1 Auto Care a call at 6304998722 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from Honest 1 Auto Care: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Repair or Replace? That’s a question AURORA drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be repaired. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your friendly and professional Honest 1 Auto Care service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced - and then help you get back on the roads around AURORA.Give us a call.Honest 1 Auto Care989 S EOLA RDAURORA, IL 605046304998722http://honest1aurora.com

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Tires and Wheels

What to Do in Case of an Accident in AURORA

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in AURORA, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what AURORA drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in AURORA is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your IL driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call AURORA emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But ... read more

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Automotive News

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Honest 1 Auto Care

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the IL news. AURORA people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of AURORA motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of AURORA drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in IL.The AURORA drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's real ... read more

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Maintenance

Know Your Towing Limits in AURORA

Some AURORA drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around AURORA, you should be aware of safety issues, IL towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. AURORA drivers need to read the towing section in their owner's manual to get the specific tow rating for the vehicle they own.Your trailer hitch also has a weight limit, and it may not match the tow rating for your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rated for 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), but if you have a 2,000-pound (900 kg) hitch limit, you shouldn't be towing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). If you tow a 10,000-pound (4,500 kg) trailer on that hitch, it could break free and you would be liable for any resulting damages.Anoth ... read more

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Safety

What AURORA Customers like About Us at Honest 1 Auto Care

A big part of the service we provide at Honest 1 Auto Care for our AURORA customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued AURORA area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Honest 1 Auto Care automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our AURORA customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Honest 1 Auto Care is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in AURORA live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Honest 1 Auto Care service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service. We hope IL drivers appreciate thei ... read more

The Importance of AURORA Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Honest 1 Auto Care blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in AURORA with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life in AURORA takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles?Probably a couple of reas ... read more

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Maintenance

Gear Up: Transmission Service at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.How does it know when to change gears? Today's automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing and changes the gears as needed.Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds,” are being added. Almost all vehicles have at least four speeds. Five or six is common. Some are even increasing to sev ... read more

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Transmission

Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinders. Valves at the tops of the cylinders open to let air and fuel in or exhaust out. These valves have to open and close at precisely the right time or the engine will run poorly if at all. The movement of the valves and pistons must be in harmony with each other. This choreography is the job of the timing belt or timing chain.Timing belts, or chains, rotate the shafts that control the opening and closing of the valves. Timing chains are metal and durable enough that they may never need to be replaced.Most vehicles, however, use a timing belt. Timing belts are tough and flexible, and considering the work they do, they last a long time for AURORA auto owners . But they do wear out. If they b ... read more

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Timing Belt
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