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Top 5 Most Common Auto Repairs in the Midwest

Each year, CarMD conducts a national auto repair study to determine average repair costs, top repairs my model year and even the Most Common “Check Engine” Light Repairs. While we may find it way more fun to dig into the data than many of you, here is information we think will be helpful for you.…
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11 ways to maintain, clean and deodorize your car with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar and baking soda are useful home remedies for removing stains, unclogging drains and cleaning windows. Turns out, they’re also useful in your cars and trucks—for killing odors, removing bugs and tar, and fighting off frost—and they’re environmentally friendly compared to many of the chemicals we buy to do the same tasks. Here are 11…
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What you need to know about your “Low Tire Pressure” warning light

For those of us who dread long, cold and dreary Chicago winters, the mid-February thaw we had was a sunny and joyful reprieve. But sudden and extreme swings in the air temperature can also trigger a dashboard warning light that many of us might not recognize: A glowing orange or red “Low Tire Pressure” indicator.…
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Do I really need to change my transmission fluid?

Question: My SUV has about 75,000 miles on it, and when I took it to the dealer for a recall recently, they said I need to change the transmission fluid. Is that really a service I need? If so, why? Answer: Yes, servicing the transmission is a legitimate maintenance service, one that could save you $3,000…
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Thinking of buying a used car? Invest in a pre-purchase inspection.

Buying a used car? 3 money-saving reasons to schedule a used car inspection

Question: We’re looking for a reliable used vehicle for our daughter, who’s going to be driving this spring. We’re considering cars that are 3-4 years old with 40,000 to 50,000 miles on them. Given that the cars are newer, is there any value in a used vehicle inspection? Yes, absolutely. Why? Reason #1: A pre-purchase…
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Home remedies for winter woes

Even though it’s been a fairly mild winter to date, you never know when the “snowstorm of the year” will descend upon us. And when it does, we have some automotive home remedies to help cure those snow- and ice-related winter woes. Quandary #1: Goop-covered headlights Cure: Car wax Car wax’s water repellents not only protect…
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Top picks: Your favorite car repair articles from last year

Throughout the year, we like to bring you articles about how to save time, money and headaches by taking care of your car. We want to give you the information you need to make the right auto repair decisions for you. And every January, we like to do a roundup of our clients favorite articles—in…
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Oil change, changing engine oil at Hong Kong Auto Service in Wilmette, IL

Why choose Hong Kong Auto Service for an oil change over a quick lube?

Question: A lot of places advertise oil changes for $14.95 or $19.95, and they promise to get me in and out in 15 to 20 minutes. Why should I pay more and wait for about an hour at your auto repair shop? Answer: Great question! It’s one we hear a lot. And I can see how…
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Car gift ideas for the auto enthusiast – or ‘practicalist’ – on your list

Forget the bling, bling this holiday season and opt for some vroom! vroom! You can say “Happy Holidays” with a gift that makes anyone’s daily commute or holiday travels more pleasant, practical or fun. Here are nine gift ideas to give or put on your wish list this holiday season:   Performance Driving School Experience. Whether the…
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