Yearly Archives: 2018

Why Wheel Alignment Is Essential On All Vehicles

Are you one of those people who only brings in their vehicle when something is broken? While we understand that you have a tight budget, avoiding regular vehicle maintenance can cost you money in the long run. There are also certain components of your vehicle that should be 100% operational, otherwise they’ll cause problems on the highway. One of the most essential services for your vehicle is having wheel alignment checked. While you can do an oil or filter change at home, wheel alignment isn’t something the average person can do. Here at Alpine Automotive we use state-of-the-art wheel alignment machines, as well as fully trained technicians and mechanics who have the experience. They’ll adjust the angles of your wheels so that your vehicle drives straight on the highways of Illinois, which can be fast and furious at times. During your scheduled auto repair service your vehicle’s wheels will be adjusted to the specifications laid out by each manufacturer. Better alignment of your ... read more

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How Do I Know If My Car’s Timing Belt Is Failing?

Your car’s timing belt is one of the most essential components of the engine because if it fails or breaks, your car won’t function. A timing belt looks exactly like a long narrow strip of rubber that wraps around camshafts, pulleys, and crankshafts in your engine. It’s an essential component that can offer some warning signs that it’s failing. It’s best to get auto or truck repairs done at the first sign of trouble. The timing belt is composed of rubber teeth that fit into the gears of the crankshaft. The rubber of the timing belt can wear down over time, which will make it more difficult to grip the gear. This can cause it to slip when your engine is functioning at a high RPM. The timing belt may also be responsible for general performance problems. It’s what syncs the movement of the pistons to the engine valves. If the belt isn’t functioning properly, it can affect the performance of your engine.   Even something as simple as a timing belt can cause your engine to misfire if i ... read more

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Do I Need Vehicle Emissions Testing?

One of the services we provide at Alpine Automotive is emissions testing so that your vehicle will pass your Illinois state’s emissions testing program. If your vehicle passes, then you won’t need further auto repairs, but if it doesn’t, then it may need to repairs done. Your check engine light may be the first warning you get that something is wrong and your vehicle needs maintenance. With vehicles on our roads and highways contributing to about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions, it’s important to care about the future we leave our children, and be aware of how we can stay as green as possible. Emissions testing involves a minimal fee for your vehicle. It’s better to do the testing now then to have to do it after your car breaks down. During the testing it will be determined if your vehicle will pass, or whether it will fail and need necessary repairs. Often a conditional pass will be granted if there are substantial repairs that need to be ... read more

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What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

One day you may see a mysterious light pop up on your dashboard. It may be yellow or red. Many people choose to ignore the auto repair or oil change lights until one day their vehicle is dead on the road. It’s important that you pay attention to what your check engine light is telling you. While it can be an unpleasant feeling to learn that you need auto repair services, it’s best to bring your car or truck to Alpine Automotive immediately, before you need to hire our towing services. Engine lights may involve something as minor as a loose gas cap, or something costly, such as a bad catalytic converter. It’s important that you visit Alpine Automotive to get it checked out now. A check engine light is formally known as an MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp). This is a sign from your vehicle’s computer that something has gone wrong. Generally, there is a minimal charge at Alpine Automotive to determine what’s wrong, but it’s best to visit our auto repair shop, as delays can add conside ... read more