Teson Automotive

1200 Armstrong Street

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

Mon -Fri  7:30am to 5:30pm

Phone: (847) 658-7700

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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!

 

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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!