Teson Automotive

1200 Armstrong Street

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

Mon -Fri  7:30am to 5:30pm

Phone: (847) 658-7700

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The 5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips Every Driver Needs to Know

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC

According to a 2012 AAA report, the number of Thanksgiving travelers has been steadily increasing since 2008. In fact, there were 43.6 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend, and 90% of those travelers (39.2 million) were making the trek by car.

You can count on the roads throughout Algonquin to be crowded this holiday season, so our team has some key tips to help you reach your destination safely!

1. Check your tire pressure: Tire pressure can easily be forgotten. If they aren’t properly inflated, you can decrease your gas mileage up to 0.6 MPG. Also, if you come across any inclement weather during your holiday travel, over or under inflated tires can cause a loss of traction and lead to an accident. Tires should be checked before your holiday journey to keep you safe.

2. Spark Plugs: When is the last time you checked or changed your spark plugs? A dirty, corroded or improperly installed spark plug can leave you stranded on the side of the road during your holiday travel. It will also decrease your MPG by a whole 2 MPG.

3. Don’t wait for an empty gas tank to fill up: Once your gas tank drops below half-full, it becomes easier for the remaining gas to evaporate. As you travel to your Thanksgiving destination, fill up when you’re down to half a tank. You’ll be able to take more breaks and rest to keep you energized during your trip and you’ll save some money at the gas pump.

4. Your headlights could just be dirty, not dim: You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars for brighter headlights during your Thanksgiving commute. Chances are they just need to be cleaned, not replaced. Our shop will polish and clean your headlights for a fraction of what replacement lights would cost.

5. Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road. There is plenty of law enforcement patrolling the roads over the holidays. Don’t fall victim to a ticket you can easily avoid.

If you’re looking to hit the road for the holidays stop by our shop; we’ll provide you with the best customer service and auto repair in Algonquin. If you have any questions or concerns, call us at (847) 658-7700 and let us inspect your vehicle and prevent any untimely breakdowns. Our team at Teson Automotive will always be here to help your holiday travel plans.

What is ASE and Why is it Important to You?

Finding a talented, trustworthy auto mechanic in Algonquin isn’t as hard as you think and since October is National Car Care Month, our team at Teson Automotive is teaching you why you should only let an ASE-Certified mechanic work on your vehicle.

To get your car a thorough repair the first time, you need to take it to a trustworthy facility, like Teson Automotive that employs top-notch technicians who have the drive and experience to get the job done quickly and professionally.

That’s why you should always look for the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence on a shop’s window.

The ASE, or Automotive Service Excellence Program, was established in 1972 in an effort to improve the auto industry with better technicians and more ethical practices.  This not only benefited the auto facilities but their customers as well!

When technicians are ASE-Certified, they have passed the rigorous testing standards set forth by the program. These mechanics must also have a minimum 2 years of experience working at an auto shop. Getting the certification is no cakewalk—in fact, these tests are constantly changing in order to stay current with the technology in cars today!

When and if a technician passes the test, they’re not certified for life. The test must be retaken every 5 years so technicians can retain their ASE credentials.

This benefits the shop AND the customer.  Customers have peace of mind knowing some of the best in the business are working on their vehicle, and the shop benefits from employing some of the most knowledgeable technicians in the business.

As a shop that hires ASE-certified technicians, our team will always be excited to work on your vehicle. So take care of your car this fall by calling (847)-658-7700 to set up an appointment today!

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Fall Today!

September is here and the season is changing—good-bye summer; hello autumn. While you may be preparing your wardrobe for the fall weather in Algonquin, this video will help you get your vehicle ready for the upcoming driving conditions as well.

Don’t wait too long to prepare your vehicle for the elements. Our team of ASE-Certified technicians is standing by, ready to help you with all of your car repair needs. Stop by Teson Automotive or call us at (847) 658-7700 and let us keep you safely on the road regardless of the weather!

 

* Teson Automotive is proud to partner with Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you helpful money saving tips to help you get more miles for your dollar! www.mondaymorningmechanic.com

The Four-Stroke Power Cycle

What is your car’s RPM measurement when idling in neutral? How about when you are cruising at 35 mph? 50 mph?  Did you know that, if your RPM measurement is not consistent, you could be blindly wasting money every time you fill up at the gas station? Paying attention to these details is vital to your car’s maintenance as well as your automotive knowledge.

RPM stands for revolutions per minute and measures the revolutions of an engine’s crankshaft. This blog will explain the cycle that your RPM gauge on your dashboard is measuring, and help you to finally understand  exactly what your engine is doing to make your car run—a process overlooked by many car owners.

The Cycle

As your engine turns, a crankshaft spins in order to move attached pistons up and down. Each movement of a piston is called a stroke.  In a conventional internal combustion engine, the pistons complete a four-stroke power cycle (down, up, down, up) to move the air/fuel mixture through the engine in order to properly power your vehicle.

Here is a brief explanation of what happens during these four strokes:

1. Intake stroke

With its first downward movement, the piston creates a vacuum chamber in the space it created in the cylinder. While the rings on the piston seal off any possible chance for air to enter the cylinder from the bottom, intake valves, located at the intake manifold towards the top of the cylinder, open and let the air/fuel mixture fill the vacuum.

2. Compression stroke

The piston will then make its first upward movement.  In doing so, the piston compresses the air/fuel mixture into the combustion chamber—a tiny space between the top of the piston and the top of the cylinder.  Located at the top of the compression chamber is the electrode end of the spark plug. The intake valve will then close, ensuring that the compressed mixture can’t leave the chamber.

3. Power stroke

As a spark is produced across the electrode end of the spark plug, it ignites the compressed air/fuel mixture exploding the mixture and forcing the piston down for its third stroke. The power that pushes the piston down is transmitted through the connecting rod to the crankshaft. It continues through the clutch, transmission, driveshaft, differential and so on until the wheels are spinning.

4. Exhaust stroke

Lastly, the burned gasses in the combustion chamber must be removed. The piston’s fourth and final stroke will move upward as the exhaust valve opens and the burned gasses are pushed out of the exhaust manifold into the vehicle’s exhaust system.

If you are having any ignition trouble or are concerned with your RPM measurement our ASE-certified auto mechanics are ready to help with any of your auto repair needs. If you’re looking for a reliable auto repair shop in Algonquin stop by, or call us at (847)-658-7700 to set up an appointment today!