Your engine is one of, if not the most important major component of your car. Without it working in good order, it's impossible for you to go anywhere. If it runs inefficiently, you may face a whole host of problems that can be avoided with relatively simple maintenance. At State Road Auto Repair we provide all of the expertise and parts needed to keep your engine running happily and at peak efficiency.
One of the simplest ways to determine the condition of your engine is to examine the oil that drains out during an oil change. The oil circulates through much of your engine, so it's a great way to determine the overall health of your car's power plant. Ideally, we want your oil to be darker than when it went in with uniform viscosity and no solid particles. Solid particles are a major concern because they mean that something inside the engine, be it a seal or anything else, is breaking apart. Engines contain a lot of finely balanced mechanisms with only a few micrometers of space for moving parts to clear each other. Any solid particles moving through your engine can cause a massive amount of damage very quickly. At State Road Auto Repair we perform expert analysis on your oil to make sure that everything is working perfectly within your engine's internals, and we carry the best oils to replace that fluid in your vehicle.
Another simple item that can save your engine untold misery, is the coolant fluid, which keeps everything running at the correct temperature. The many moving parts inside your engine, as well as the explosions taking place within its combustion chambers, generate a significant amount of heat. As with any machine, your engine has temperature tolerances at which it happily operates. Once those tolerances are exceeded, things can start to go wrong. A common side effect of overheating can be radiator failure. The water that cools the engine becomes heated and pressurizes the radiator past a safe level causing the scalding water to spray out. This dangerous problem can be avoided with the engine coolants used by State Road Auto Repair.
To work efficiently, your car's engine needs the ingredients for combustion to be delivered in the purest form possible. To this end your engine contains a number of filters which keep everything nice and clean. State Road Auto Repair's engine thorough maintenance keeps checks on your air, oil, and fuel filters, replacing them as needed to keep your car running at its highest efficiency.
Fuel Injector Cleaning
Working alongside your spark plugs are the injectors that shoot a precise amount of fuel into the combustion chamber. Over time these injectors can become clogged with contaminants from fuel. State Road Auto Repair carries a line of specially developed injector cleaning solutions which open the injector tubing back up and get your car back to making the most power that it can.
Engine accessories such as the alternator and air conditioning compressor rely on belts that take power from the engine to run them. Over time, these belts can become frayed and damaged. If your alternator belt snaps, for example, your engine won't be able to generate the electricity it needs to charge the battery and keep itself running. State Road Auto Repair can keep a close eye on the health of your accessory belts and ensure that all your engine's pulleys are lined up perfectly to allow for the maximum amount of use from your belts.
Check Engine Light
No one likes to see their car's "Check Engine" light come on. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. At State Road Auto Repair, we can pull the code and diagnose the problem for you. Give us a call at 815-271-6500 or stop by the shop for our expert assistance.
Although diesel engines don't require tune-ups and tend to last longer than gasoline engines, they do require regular maintenance. Typical maintenance tasks include:
You can count on the experts at State Road Auto Repair to help your diesel engine last a long time.
Fuel injection is a system for admitting fuel into an engine. Since 1990, fuel injectors have completely replaced carburetors as the primary means of getting gasoline into the engine. A fuel injector atomizes the fuel by forcibly pumping it through a small nozzle (under high pressure). Failure of the fuel injection system means poor performance and ultimately destroys the engine. Make sure your vehicle's fuel injection system is maintained properly. For all your fuel injection maintenance and replacement needs, call 815-271-6500 or visit State Road Auto Repair today.
An ignition system is a system for igniting (using an electric spark) a mixture of fuel and air in a gasoline engine. A properly working ignition system means a properly starting engine and high performance from your car. For all your ignition system maintenance and replacement needs, call or visit State Road Auto Repair today.
Ignition Wires & Cables
Ignition cables also known as spark plug wires are an important part of your car's ignition system. They transfer the spark from the ignition coil to spark plugs that ignite the mixture of fuel and air. The mixture starts the engine. Over time, ignition wires and cables get weak and break down. This makes it impossible for the spark to reach the engine cylinders. This results in the engine misfiring. The car will eventually fail to start. If it does start, it will run poorly. Common symptoms of faulty ignition cables and wires are: poor gas mileage, engine misfires, engine light is on, and engine may vibrate. If your car needs new ignition cables and wires, call or visit State Road Auto Repair in Lakemoor, IL 60051. Here, you will have the wires and cables changed by a top-rated mechanic.
Oil, Lube, and Filter
To keep running smoothly, your car highly relies on oil, lube, and oil filters. Oil helps in lubricating, cooling, and cleaning the internal engine components. With time, motor oil becomes contaminated. Your car needs an oil, lube, and filter change every three months (or 3,000 miles). When it is time for a lube, oil, or filter change, take your vehicle to State Road Auto Repair in Lakemoor, IL 60051.
A spark plug delivers electric current to the combustion chamber from the ignition system. Spark plugs that haven't been changed for a long time can cause ignition problems. At State Road Auto Repair, we have automotive experts who will check and replace your spark plugs. For all your spark plug repair or replacement needs, call 815-271-6500 or visit State Road Auto Repair today.
Whether you're in need of simple oil service, or more significant engine maintenance, call State Road Auto Repair at 815-271-6500 to learn how we can help you get back on the road quickly!
These guys are great!! They were able to get my car in and were fast doing the repairs. They took the time and showed me what they were going to do to my car and not try to say "you need this and that and yada, yada, yada". Then to top it off my car ended up being cheaper than the original final estimate, which I was thrilled with. If my regular mechanic can't fix my car I will definitely come here again.
Came in on a Saturday to fix a rusted 02 sensor so I could pass my emissions test. Fixed the problem same day and for a very reasonable price. Awesome staff and talented mechanics!
Great service and the owner Dominic is very knowledgeable and on the premise. They don't RIP off customers like some shops do.
Great service will not find a better more friendlier fair repair shop in this corrupt state. Fair price honest great work it's almost unbelievable to have a great place like State Road!!
We own 5 cars and take all of them in for various repairs and/or general maintenance. Every time we are there they are helpful and do a great job. The mechanics have been there forever, and are always helpful. I love that they are a family owned business! I would recommend them for sure!
Amazing customer service! Everyone I talked with was very kind/patient and willing to help however needed. I will definitely be going back if I need any repairs!
Reasonable prices, and knowledgeable, hardworking owners. I will be bringing my car there from now on!
Dominic and Joshua, his son, run State Road Auto and they are always fair and professional. Also Dominic and Josh and everyone else there will do whatever it takes to keep costs down to a minimum. The whole shop is outstanding and has great service and outstanding employees.
Dominick and his crew are very knowledgeable. Work gets done quickly and at a fair price. Thanks guys.
I recently needed brake work and my usual mechanic couldn't fit me in for a week. I checked the reviews for State Road Auto Repair, called and talked to the owner, Dominick. He not only took my car right away, but gave me a ride home (I live close by) and came back and picked me up. Excellent work, fair prices, and fantastic customer service. My usual mechanic just may have lost my business to State Road Auto Repair! Thanks to Dominick and his crew.