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Honest 1 Auto Care On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our AURORA, IL, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around IL in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most AURORA residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around AURORA, IL, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work for one belt.But moder ... read more

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AURORA Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among AURORA drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should AURORA drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around AURORA?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero IL temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in IL?Do you drive often in dusty AURORA areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around AURORA?Do you drive in very hot or very cold IL weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest AURORA on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on AURORA surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the standard recommendation i ... read more

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Honest 1 Auto Care: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Honest 1 Auto Care: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on AURORA streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in AURORA. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is dirty ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and AURORA drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in AURORA.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your power st ... read more

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Relax When the Wind Blows in IL: Winter Car Prep for AURORA Drivers

When autumn comes around in AURORA, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for AURORA drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for AURORA drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the IL winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of IL winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Honest 1 Auto Care in AURORA, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates the problem. Your first concern, of ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Honest 1 Auto Care we get a lot of AURORA drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around IL, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart AURORA drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around AURORA to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Honest 1 Auto Care for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.989 S EOLA RD AURORA, IL 60504 6304998722http://honest1aurora.com The next thing is a ... read more

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Let Honest 1 Auto Care Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

AURORA area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.But a lot of AURORA drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.There are a lot of vehicles on IL roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for 200,000 miles ( ... read more

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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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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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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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