Mundelein Tire & Service

900 N Lake St
Mundelein, IL 60060

847.949.5110

Keep it Flowing With A Fuel Filter Replacement At Mundelein Tire & Service

Posted on October 28,15 by truck2

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Mundelein IL use fuel filters.

For more information about your fuel filter, visit Mundelein Tire & Service or come by our shop located at 900 North Lake Street in Mundelein, IL 60060.
Please call 847.949.5110 to make an appointment.

Generally speaking there’s not a lot of dirt in our Mundelein IL auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your sedan is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.

That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your sedan ages. It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.

A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can’t get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can’t get enough power to get you out of harm’s way.

For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.

This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don’t want to cause them damage just because you didn’t spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.

You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It’s a little part, it’s simple and it’s cheap to take care of. But if it’s neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars of repair bills.

Those auto service schedules in your owner’s manual are there for a reason. If ever you don’t understand a recommended service, just ask your Mundelein service advisor at Mundelein Tire & Service. We’ll be happy to explain.

Introduction to Diesels for Mundelein, IL

Posted on September 15,15 by truck2

Something you’re going to be hearing a lot about around Mundelein, IL is diesel engines. We’re not talking about semi-trucks and buses – We’re talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.

Most people in Mundelein, IL are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import car makers offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven’t been available in Mundelein, IL. But that’s about to change.

In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Mundelein, IL so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered to Mundelein drivers over the next few years.

Why are so many Mundelein motorists interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. There’s more power in a barrel of diesel fuel than there is in a barrel of gasoline. The result? Better performance and improved gas mileage.

Diesel powered vehicles get about 20 percent better MPG. And as for power – why do you think that the majority of new heavy duty pick-up trucks are being sold in Mundelein with diesel engines?

If you think back to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, you may shudder when you think of the diesel powered cars of the day – noisy, smoky, under-powered beasts that rattled and shook their passengers. Modern diesels sold in IL have evolved considerably.

They are quiet, clean – and powerful. They’re so refined that many Mundelein auto owners can’t even tell they’re riding in a diesel powered sedan. In addition to fuel savings, diesels generally last longer than gasoline engines because of their heavy duty construction.

Another thing the Mundelein green crowd takes advantage of is the use of bio-diesel in diesel vehicles. Bio-diesel is made from vegetable oil – even recycled cooking oil from Mundelein restaurants. There is a lot of buzz about Hybrid cars in IL. Look to diesel-electric hybrids in years to come to make a good idea even better.

Every year, vehicle manufacturers introduce new diesel models. Look for diesels in domestic light trucks, SUVs and passenger cars. Import vehicle manufacturers have plans to bring more of their outstanding diesel engines to Mundelein, IL as well.

New Mundelein diesel owners need to know that properly maintaining a diesel engine is somewhat different than a gasoline engine. Fluid change intervals are different. Emissions control devices have to work harder to filter diesel fuel and to scrub the exhaust so you will need to pay attention to that. And the fuel injection system operates at much higher pressures than gas fuel injection systems, so it’s important to keep your fuel system clean with a diesel.

The good news is that Mundelein Tire & Service in  Mundelein is keeping up with the new diesel technology and will be able to advise you on maintaining your diesel.

When we tell you to look for more diesels on Mundelein streets, you won’t be looking for smoky tail pipes as a clue. You also won’t be listening for that familiar big rig rattle. And, you certainly won’t be waiting for them at the stoplight, because modern diesels are as quick as their gasoline counterparts.

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Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine In Mundelein, IL

Posted on August 28,15 by truck2

 




If the fuel system in your sedan is dirty, you will be hurting your gas mileage and losing performance as you drive around Mundelein, IL.

Unless they drive a vintage car, Mundelein auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your sedan owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

Your honest service advisor at Mundelein Tire & Service in Mundelein has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Mundelein Tire & Service uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.

After a professional fuel system cleaning at Mundelein Tire & Service, you’ll notice more power, improved fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions. AutoNetTV strongly recommends you follow your car makers fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your sedan running strong.

Mundelein drivers don’t need the added expense of replacing a fuel injector that’s been damaged by neglect. Check with your honest Mundelein Tire & Service service professional and see when your car is scheduled for an essential fuel system cleaning.

Engine Air Filter From Mundelein Tire & Service

Posted on July 15,15 by truck2


Many Mundelein motorists have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their honest Mundelein Tire & Service technician recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don’t know what an air filter is or what it does.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Mundelein Tire & Service service advisor for more information. It’s your cash and you have a right to understand what you’re paying for.

Let’s review: “What does an air filter do??”:

Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in Mundelein right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in IL with hay fever can tell you that there’s plenty in the air that you can’t see. Well, the engine air filter’s critical job is to clean that air before it goes into your sedan engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your sedan engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.

In fact, for every gallon of gas you burn, your sedan engine needs 12,000 gallons of air. That little filter does a very big job. It’s no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn’t clean as well. It can’t move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way – the sedan engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced gas mileage.

That’s why your auto maker has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the Mundelein conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive in IL where it’s very dusty or where there’s lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your honest Mundelein Tire & Service service advisor can quickly make the call. He might recommend immediate replacement, or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you’ll need to replace it soon – like at your next oil change.

Because a severely dirty sedan air filter hurts your MPG, many Mundelein auto owners find that a new air filter pays for itself in better fuel efficiency before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.

The better your car breathes, the better it runs – kind of like Mundelein people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just ask your Mundelein Tire & Service technician.

900 North Lake Street
Mundelein, IL 60060
847.949.5110

Diesel Maintenance For IL

Posted on July 03,15 by truck2

At Mundelein Tire & Service we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV’s. But our IL friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there’re nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.

Here’s who’s announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru. Of course, the US auto makers will be expanding their diesel offerings as well. Diesels will become a very big deal here in IL.

You may ask, why has it taken so long getting to IL and North America? There are a bunch of reasons like fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurtle was that IL diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of highly refined diesel engines. Recent government mandates to remove sulfur now opens up IL to the engines the rest of the world’s been enjoying for a long time.

Why are diesels so popular worldwide? Well, for starters, diesels get up to 30% better fuel economy than gas engines. And they last a lot longer. And modern diesel engines are refined, quiet and powerful – and there’s none of that black smoke we used to see.

Some people may think that diesels create more pollution. But, you need to rethink diesels. Environmental pollution standards for diesel cars and light trucks are scheduled to be as strict as they are for gasoline vehicles. A modern diesel engine is as clean as a gas engine.

You may also have heard a lot in the news about bio-diesel. The exciting thing about diesels is that they’re not limited to fossil fuels. They can run on fuel made from vegetable oil. There are refineries that make diesel fuel from cellulosic waste like woodchips from lumber mills. There’s even this cool new process where a special strain of algae is used to convert carbon dioxide, water and sunshine into bio-diesel. That’s still a ways off, but you can see that diesel can become a sustainable source of fuel.

And, there are not a lot of trade off’s with diesel in terms of performance. A modern passenger car diesel is very smooth, quiet and quick. Most folks wouldn’t notice any difference. For those who tow trailers and haul heavy loads, diesels will be an improvement.

Now diesel engines are heavy duty, so they cost more than gas engines. But they get better fuel economy – so the break-even point is largely dependent on the difference between IL gas and diesel prices at the pump and how many miles you drive. And diesels have a higher resale value.

Now, let’s get back to diesel maintenance. You have to keep in mind that most of the new diesels are just coming in, or will be over the next couple of years, so we don’t have the maintenance schedules to make direct comparisons yet.

But going off what we already have in IL, we can expect fluid drain intervals to be similar to gasoline engines. Diesels do require very clean fuel, air and oil, so their filters are much higher capacity than gasoline filters and cost more. The engine air filter needs to be changed more frequently as well.

Repair costs are similar. As with gasoline engines, proper maintenance is the key to long engine life and to avoiding repairs. So pretty much what we have come to expect with gas vehicles; coolant system service, transmission service, power brakes, power steering, differential, filters, fuel system, and so on. And the payoff for you, if you’re the kind that likes to keep your vehicles for a long time, is that a properly maintained diesel engine can last for hundreds of thousands of miles.

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