7402 Hancock Dr Wonder Lake IL 60097
Mike's Automotive Service Inc
7402 Hancock DR
Wonder Lake, IL 60097
Mike's Automotive Service is the preferred full-service facility for those who care about the value and quality of service their vehicle receives. Mike Lovergine, a trusted technician in the area for over 27 years, is the owner and head service technician, providing you with the highest level of preventative maintenance and repairs for your vehicle. Located at 7402 Hancock Dr Wonder Lake IL, Also, one of the only service centers in the area to provide Free Towing with repairs over $200.00 in repairs with in 15 Miles
Making sure your vehicles engine oil is changed regularly is the cheapest maintenance you can do for your vehicle and the most important. With non-synthetic oil, you should change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles. Most synthetic oil changes are good anywhere between 6,000 and 10,000 miles. There is also engine oil that can go without changing to about 25,000 miles. It can’t be stressed enough that you have to change the oil and filter on time. If the oil is not changed there are number off problems that can occur. Oil pressure can get low causing engine internals to fail. When oil is not changed on time, sludge can build up inside the engine causing engine parts to stick and get clogged.
Keeping you transmission and its fluids in good running condition is a must for your vehicle, whether it's automatic or manual. The easiest way to make sure your vehicle's transmission runs great is to get preventative maintenance done. The two ways to service your transmission is to get a trans flush or a trans service. Only automatic transmissions can be flushed. With a transmission flush it is only recommended to flush a transmission if the vehicles mileage is under 60,000 miles, unless the vehicle has had transmission flushes prior. Due to build up in transmission lines and the transmission, flushing out the transmission after 60,000 miles could lead to failure. A transmission flush includes flushing out all the old transmission fluid including fluid inside the torque converter and replacing it with new fluid. When having a flush done the filter does not have to be changed out because the new fluid and the pressure of the flush cleans out the filter (we can change the filter if you prefer). A transmission service includes draining out transmission fluid and changing out the filter kit (filter kits include new filter and transmission pan gasket). During a transmission service there are about 2-7 quarts of new transmission fluid being changed. It is better to do a transmission flush than a service, if you can.
The components of the cooling system includes radiator, radiator fan assembly, coolant, water pump, thermostat, coolant hoses, and heater core. The importance of keeping all your coolant components in good running condition is so the engine does not overheat. If an engine overheats, there are many potential problems that can and will most likely happen. If your car does overheat shut it off and take it to a automotive repair shop to get the proper diagnosis. The heater core serves the purpose of heating the inside of your car; if the heater core gets clogged, there will be no heat inside your vehicle. On most vehicles the coolant in your vehicle should be flushed out and changed about every two years if green antifreeze and about four years for extended life coolant.
Running the right fuel and having the fuel system cleaned periodically is very important in keeping your vehicle is great running condition. The parts that make up the fuel systems in most gas vehicles are fuel pump and sending unit, pressure and return lines, fuel filter, fuel pressure regulator, and fuel injectors. If any one of these items should fail, it could cause problems, or even cause the vehicle to not run. The fuel filter in your vehicle prevents any kind of particles from getting into the engine. The fuel filter should be changed out about every 30,000 miles. Running your vehicle low on gas all the time puts a lot of stress on the fuel pump and sending unit, which usually will cause the pump and sending unit to fail earlier than normal. A good way to keep your vehicles fuel system clean is to put fuel injector cleaner into a full tank of a gas roughly every 6,000 miles or so. The fuel injector cleaner cleans off most if not all the build up on the end the fuel injectors. When the fuel injectors are clogged, the engine will not get the right amount of fuel, causing the engine to run poorly.
There are little things in your vehicle that are easy to take for granted. Air filters and cabin filters if not clean could affect your vehicle. If the air filter in your vehicle is dirty and/or clogged it could hurt your vehicle's gas mileage. Cabin air filters keep the air that flows through your car clean and particle free. When the cabin filter is dirty, it restricts clean airflow coming into your vehicle. Filters should be checked at least every other oil change. Drive belt(s) are responsible for driving your vehicles water pump, power steering, and alternator. If your vehicle's drive belt breaks, your engine can overheat, your battery will die, and you could have a loss of power steering. It is very vital to make sure the belts do not have any cracks, weird wearing patterns, or rips. If a belt has any defects, it should be replaced immediately. Most OEM drive belts last between 80,000 and 100,000 miles. The timing belt or timing chain is possibly one of the most important parts of the vehicles engine. The timing belt or chain keeps the internals and the engine running exactly how it is suppose to. The timing belt should be replaced between 60,000 miles and 80,000 miles. If your vehicle has a timing chain, it does not typically need to be changed. Wiper blades are a must when it comes to your vision and safety. Most wiper blades last about six months. They should be replaced about twice a year, or when they start to leave streaks on your windshield.
Suspension and steering in your vehicle should not be taken lightly. Suspension parts on your vehicle are upper and lower ball joints, control arms, shocks and struts, coil springs, sway bars, and stabilizer bushings. This components make sure your vehicle stays tight on the road and also make your ride comfortable. When any of these parts are failing or broken they affect all of the other suspension components. All suspension parts should be inspected every oil change to make sure they are in good working condition. Steering components in your vehicle are usually easily over looked. Your vehicle's steering system consists of inner and outer tie rods, rack and pinion. Older vehicles also have an idler arm, pitman arm and center link. When those parts are bad or loose it affects how the tires wear and could affect other steering parts as well. An alignment should be performed anytime you replace any steering or suspension parts. Power steering fluid in the rack and pinion should be flushed every 30,000 miles to make sure your vehicle's steering is smooth. Make sure you have steering parts checked every oil change.
Tires play an important role in your vehicle in almost every way. If tires aren’t in good shape they could cause your vehicles alignment to be off, hurt parts in your suspension, not get as good of gas mileage, and could blow out if worn bad enough. Tires should be inspected and rotated every 6,000 miles so that all the tires wear evenly. Make sure your tires are inflated to the vehicle's and tire manufacturer's standards. A good way to maintain your vehicle's tires, is to have your vehicle properly aligned. Going over or under the right speciation of the tire pressure could void most tire warranties and will cause uneven wear on the tire. Most tires are good for 50,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on the grade of the tire.
The exhaust system in your car is very important from state/federal emission standards and for engine back pressure. The exhaust system usually contains exhaust manifold, headers or down pipe, flex pipe, catalytic converter, resonator pipe, and muffler. If your vehicle is running poorly it can cause the catalytic converter to prematurely fail. The catalytic converter can also fail when the material inside of it breaks down, causing it to clog. Catalytic converters are in vehicles to reduce exhaust gases going into the atmosphere. Each state has there own emission regulations. During any off your vehicles maintenance you should always have the exhaust system inspected. Stainless steel exhaust systems are recommended because they do not corrode or fail as fast as galvanized steel systems.
Air Conditioning System Service
The components that make up an air conditioning system are the A/C compressor and parts, A/C belt, A/C lines and hoses, and Freon (coolant) which helps cool the air. Freon is very harmful to the environment, so there are many regulations on how A/C repair is to be done. Every time an A/C system is being worked on all the Freon has to be removed and stored in a tank and than refilled when finished and perform a leak test. If your A/C system is not working, it must be properly repaired; just topping off the Freon is not adequate, as leaks may be present. Most auto repair shops do not work on A/C systems because of the rigorous state and federal regulations. A/C systems should be leak tested at least once a year or when you notice the air is not as cold.
When any of your vehicle's service lights (check engine, battery, oil lights, etc) turn on, you should have the vehicle checked immediately. The repair facility scans the service lights, and then would perform the proper diagnosis according to the codes they find (i.e. P0420 - catalytic converter efficiency). When diagnosing service lights, you may encounter multiple issues with electrical/driveability systems. On any given vehicle you have up to 10 or more modules interfacing with each other. Diagnosing a vehicle properly could take from minutes to hours, depending on the problem. Making sure your vehicle's service lights are diagnosed/repaired in a timely fashion will extend the life of your vehicle.
Free Code Reading and Battery/Alternator & Starter Tests
Is your vehicle's check engine light on? Come in to have us check the code and give you a read out free of charge. If you would like further diagnose of the vehicles codes we can provide that for per half hour. At Mike's Automotive Service we also provide FREE battery/Alternator and starter test.
After market Accessories
We offer a full line of after market accessories here at Mike's Automotive service. Feel free to ask about any kind of accessory. In our shop we carry/stock Dualliner bed liners, Weathertech custom fit floor liners/mud flaps, and novelty floor mats. We can order any accessory such as but not limited to tonneau covers, truck caps, side rails, rims, step tubes, brush guards, rain guards, air intake systems, stainless steel exhaust, any engine performance part, and much more. Ask us if we could help. Mention our website when order any after market accessory and receive 10% off purchase.
Fleet discounts available!
If your business or company has a fleet of vehicles needing regular preventative eminence and service, ask us about our discounts available for you today.
Mike's Automotive Service Inc
7402 Hancock DR
Wonder Lake, IL 60097