What is Tire Rotation?

February 13th, 2019 by
Mechanic who has just finished reattaching a tire.

What is a tire rotation? It is a basic vehicle maintenance task that ensures the tires on your car wear evenly, helping to maintain safety, improve traction, and improve fuel efficiency. Schedule Service What Does Rotating Tires Mean? A tire rotation is a pretty simple process, though it can be complicated to do without the…

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Incorrect Car Tire Pressure Really Matters

April 30th, 2018 by
Tire Pressure

If you get a notification from the tire pressure indicator in your vehicle, take these warnings very seriously. Here are a few things that could be happening if you are driving with tires that do not have the recommended tire pressure. If the tire pressure is too high, the tires are not riding on their…

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What are Chain-Driven Transfer Cases?

April 17th, 2018 by

In snowy, icy, or hilly areas, it can be hard for 2-wheel drive vehicles to get around, even when you’ve shifted into low gear. At times like these, it can be of vital importance to have access to 4-wheel drive power. As it so happens, some cars offer drivers both options, and these cars often…

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Signs of Cooling System Failure

February 28th, 2018 by
Cooling System

Making sure that your car’s cooling system is properly maintained is vital to the longevity of your engine. If you begin to notice signs that your cooling system may be starting to fail, it is important to have it serviced as soon as possible to prevent serious damage to your car’s engine if it overheats….

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Vehicle Batteries: No Match for the Weather

February 16th, 2018 by

If you realize that your car battery stops generating power for your engine, intensely cold temperatures may be the nasty culprit. Intense cold has the power to minimize lead acid battery capacity significantly. Intense heat, on the other hand, has the power to boost this capacity. A handful of different components commonly bring on wintertime…

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Extend Your Tire Life with a Suspension Adjustment

February 9th, 2018 by

If you are like most drivers, you appreciate the feel and handling of a new set of tires. However, if your new tires are attached to older or damaged suspension system parts, they could be wearing out faster than they should, even if you’re rotating your tires regularly. Fortunately, if you have regular suspension system…

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Signs You Need to Service Your Muffler

January 30th, 2018 by

We here at Sam Leman Automotive Group know that you are busy with work, school, family, friends and your home. You may have noticed that there is something amiss with your muffler or exhaust but have been putting off having it looked at because you are so busy. We want to make routine maintenance and…

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Get Winter Blades for Improved Visibility

January 8th, 2018 by
Winter Blades

You probably already know that it’s important to have wiper blades that are in good condition or they will not be able to do their job. Wiper blades that are lacking are not even worth having, especially during our harsh Illinois winters.   Winter is very hard on wiper blades and you are probably going…

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The Importance of Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

December 29th, 2017 by
Wiper Fluid

Everyone pretty much knows why windshield wiper fluid is important. It keeps your windshield clean of dirt and grime. When choosing windshield fluid, it’s important to choose the right kind. Ideally the mixture of the windshield fluid should not be just water. It should be a mixture of water, some alcohol so it won’t freeze,…

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Make Your Driveway Easier to Navigate With 3 Ingredients

December 28th, 2017 by

When the temperatures start dropping and the snow accumulates, roads and driveways get slippery as snow gets packed in and temperatures rise and fall. But you don’t have to be caught unprepared for these situations because your driveway and walkway can have either salt, sand or kitty litter poured on them to make sure they’re…

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