Teson Automotive

1200 Armstrong Street

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

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Phone: (847) 658-7700

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Show Your Car Some Love With Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the single best way to keep your car running smoothly and save you money down the road in Algonquin.  By periodically checking the fundamental systems in your car, you can spot anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a bigger issue – and it is easy to do! Show your car some love this month with these preventative maintenance services:Preventative Maintenance

Read your owner’s manual – Every manufacturer includes a schedule of recommended maintenance for the vehicle, so check your manual for the proper maintenance intervals for your vehicle. Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, following this schedule can help to avoid bigger issues that stem from delaying these services. It is also a necessity for maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty.

Check your oil and fluids – Most fluid or oil tanks have gauges or dipsticks to let you easily check the levels inside. If you are running low frequently, this could mean that your vehicle has a leak.  Leaks mean that contaminants can get into your oil, which can cause bigger problems down the road if you keep topping off your fluids instead of getting the repair completed. It is best to leave changing your oil to the professionals, but you should make a habit to check the levels so you can stay ahead of any problems that stem from low levels. If your fluids are regularly low, bring it to your local auto repair shop immediately so they can check for and repair any leak!

Check your tires – Make sure your tires have enough tread. Visually check that the tread is wearing evenly and there are no bare patches. If there is too little tread, your tires are stripped and more prone to flats or leaks. Check the air pressure in your tires with an air pressure gauge (your user manual should indicate the ideal air pressure level for your tires). Have your tires rotated and balanced and get your alignment checked periodically.  These steps will help your tires wear evenly, extend the life of your tires, increase your MPG, and ensure your car drives smoothly.

Check your battery – A battery tester is an easy, inexpensive option for checking the voltage level of your car battery to make sure it is charging properly. Visually inspect the battery for anything out of the ordinary, like leaks or residue, and clean any buildup from the contacts. Car batteries typically don’t require a lot of maintenance, but having them checked periodically can help prevent small problems from turning into big ones.

Replace your wipers – If your view is getting streaky, this is an easy, inexpensive fix! Windshield wipers are simple to change and fresh ones make for a more pleasant driving experience. Plus, being able to see clearly will make you a safer driver! Make sure to buy the right wiper blade for your vehicle. Check your manual or bring your car to our shop to make sure you’re getting the correct wipers.

Replace your air filters – Both your cabin air filter and engine air filter need to be replaced periodically. If these filters are dirty, make sure you bring your vehicle to our ASE-Certified technicians to have them replaced. A clean engine filter will help your car run better, and a clean cabin air filter will ensure a comfortable atmosphere in your vehicle.

Visual Inspection – While you are checking the parts listed above, do a quick look over the rest of your vehicle. Have your spark plugs, belts, and other components inspected for unusual buildup, leaks, or worn down areas. If anything is out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it! Schedule an appointment with your auto repair shop to address the issue right away.

Preventative maintenance is an easy way to show your car a little love and save money by avoiding the big issues. Let our experts work with you to develop a maintenance plan for your vehicle today! Just click here to contact us, or give us a call at 847-658-7700.

Myths about European vehicles

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Myths about European vehicles

Whether you drive a state-of-the-art Mercedes or a vintage BMW in Algonquin , your European vehicle is a finely-crafted machine. But does that craftsmanship require a special level of care and support? Let’s take a look at three common myths about European vehicles, and how these myths could be affecting your wallet.

Myth 1: There’s no avoiding it — You Have to go to the Dealership for Some Repair and Maintenance

The first thing we should call attention to is the Magnuson-Moss warranty act: the law says you don’t need to take your vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance to maintain your warranty.  As long as the maintenance is done according to the schedule in your vehicle’s manual, the dealer can’t void the warranty.

And if the dealership can’t hold your vehicle hostage, why not take your car where there’s a team that cares about you? The truth is, no matter how big or small the job, we’re here to protect your investment in your vehicle. We even provide friendlier service and usually a better price!

Myth 2: European Vehicles Need Premium Fuel to Run At Peak Efficiently

The thinking goes: premium fuel means better gas mileage, more power and a cleaner-running engine.  If you’re already driving a premium vehicle, shouldn’t you use the premium gas?

The truth, however, is that the fuel your car needs to run at peak performance and that will give you the most power and best efficiency is…the one your user manual recommends.  If your vehicle is designed to run on lower octane gas, filling up with premium won’t mean extra performance.

Of course, if your owner’s manual calls for premium gas, your vehicle needs a fuel that can be compressed more than regular unleaded. Using less than a premium gas can lead to “knocking,” caused by gas that spontaneously combusts before the spark plug has a chance to ignite it.  This can lead to engine damage over time.

In other words, your European-built car doesn’t necessarily need premium fuel just because it’s a premium machine. Check the owner’s manual to see what fuel it needs to run at top performance.

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Myth 3: European Vehicles can go 10,000 or even 25,000 Miles Between Oil Changes

Oil manufacturers aren’t shy about making extraordinary claims about their products. With more efficient, cleaner engines and a little dash of science, they claim, your car will hardly ever need an oil change. Dealerships often make the same claim, though they never stop to explain that it’s fine if you have a buy a new vehicle from them every few years because your engine wore out earlier than expected.

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle: it cleans, it cools, it protects and lubricates. And the longer it’s been since your last oil change, the more that oil will have cleaned and been repeatedly heated and cooled…all of which leads to engine sludge, a loss of viscosity, a lack of protection, and decreased ability to lubricate high friction components.

Despite the terrific engineering that went into your European vehicle, despite the tremendous scientific advances that went into creating synthetic engine oil, the truth remains the same: change your oil regularly.

Want to know more about how to protect your European-model car? Our team of ASE-Certified technicians is here to answer your questions and help with any of your repair needs. Just click here to contact us, or give us a call at 847-658-7700.

The 5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips Every Driver Needs to Know

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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.