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We hope to provide our customers the opportunity to truly understand the concept of routine maintenance.

From the rich times to the lean times, maintaining ones vehicle still remains a important investment for dependable transportation.  Time and mileage has shown that a little preventive maintenance goes a long way.

Making customers aware severe repairs can be prevented throughout a years time when their car undergoes regular routine maintenance suggested by our team.

A&R Auto Repair knows you need the confidence of knowing when you press your foot to the brake, your vehicle is coming to a stop. Your car’s brakes should be examined at least once a year for the safety of you and your family. Preserving your vehicle's brakes is among the most crucial measures you could take and A&R Auto Repair offers quality, brake service in Villa Park, IL and surrounding areas..Find out more continue reading

Brakes are one of the most important safety attributes on your vehicle. There are 2 types of braking systems on most cars; traditional brakes and anti-lock braking system (ABS). A typical braking system is comprised of the rotor, the caliper, and brake pads or shoes. If your brake pads wear and are not changed, the rotors could need to be replaced as well.

Why brake repair is essential:

In order to properly stop your car, brake pads have to be in functioning condition and not worn down to the rotors. Because brakes are a system you use every time you use your car, don’t ignore any sort of complications. Even small changes may indicate your brakes need repair. For ideal performance and safety, have our team at A&R Auto Repair check and service your brakes routinely.

Follow these pointers to help keep your brakes working effectively:

• Have your brakes inspected at least once a year, and more often if you typically drive in city traffic or live in a location with a lot of hills
• Never drive with the parking brake on
• Have brake fluid checked and changed as required, but if you have to add fluid more than every couple of months, you may have a leak

Have your mechanic at A&R Auto Repair check your brakes right away if you observe any of the following:
• A high-pitched squeak when you push the brakes
• A scraping or grinding sound when not braking, this also can be a sign of a brake or bearing problem and must be checked immediately
• Shaking or vibration during braking
• Using more pressure than normal when trying to stop

The quicker you inspect problems and replace brake pads, the safer your automobile will be. Prolonging brake concerns may cause other more costly repairs. Serving the Villa Park, IL and surrounding areas, A&R Auto Repair is thrilled to be your number one auto repair shop .
Call us to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection today.

Suspension is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two.

Suspension systems serve a dual purpose; contributing to the vehicle's roadholding/handling and braking for good active safety and driving pleasure, and keeping vehicle occupants comfortable and a ride quality reasonably well isolated from road noise, bumps, vibrations,etc. These goals are generally at odds, so the tuning of suspensions involves finding the right compromise.

It is important for the suspension to keep the road wheel in contact with the road surface as much as possible, because all the road or ground forces acting on the vehicle do so through the contact patches of the tires. The suspension also protects the vehicle itself and any cargo or luggage from damage and wear. The design of front and rear suspension of a car may be different..

Have the potholes had their way with your wheels and tires already this Spring?

We can take care of those bent wheels and blown out tires at A&R Auto Repair, Villa Park Il location. We can straighten most alloy wheels which will help save money or replace them if needed. We can also get many different size and brands of tires when that pothole strikes. And don't forget to have the wheel alignment checked after encountering that "nasty" pothole. Give us a call we're here to help!

The radiator is the core of your vehicle’s cooling system. Responsible for reducing the heat generated from the coolant circulating through your vehicle’s cooling system, the radiator must be clean, leak free, filled with coolant and clear of blockages. Coolant that is not maintained becomes acidic over time and degrades the internals of your cooling system. This deterioration results in the structural break-down of hoses, gaskets and belts. Degraded coolant can also lead to premature water pump failure brought on by deteriorated seals. This means the leaky gasket or hose that you fix today might be the weakest of many weak points in your cooling system. Fixing these one-off leaks could just be a short term solution for a much larger problem. The good news is these issues can be avoided by performing coolant flushes at the intervals recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.

Our Comprehensive Coolant System Evaluation includes:

• Quality service performed by a professional Pep Boys technician
• Visual inspection of entire coolant system, including belts, hoses, caps, clamps, cooling fans, water pump and radiator
• Notation of any signs indicating overheating
• Perform a Combustion Leak Test designed to identify internal leak(s) in the combustion system which may not be visible upon inspection
• Oil and transmission fluid check to determine potential coolant leak in the engine
• Perform pressure test on radiator cap and record findings
• Top off coolant level if necessary
• Injection of an ultraviolet tracer dye for a black light inspection of all coolant components to detect leak points
• Courtesy Vehicle Inspection

How do driving conditions affect my vehicle's wheel alignment?

Bad roads can be your wheels’ worst enemy. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through pot holes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so. Your tires and your wallet will thank you later.
Have alignment questions? Need to schedule an Alignment Check call us 630 834 6790

How will a wheel alignment help my vehicle?

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A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability. It will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. And, when it drives more smoothly, it’s smooth sailing — or should we say cruising — ahead. Plus, your car will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required. When your car rolled off the manufacturer assembly line, it came preset with special angles that position your tires correctly. And for good reason. In order for your vehicle to travel the way it’s supposed to, it will need precise alignment. Mis-alignment can lead to uneven tire wear, poor handling and shorter tire life. Tires are expensive. Keeping them aligned isn’t.

At A&R Auto Repair, all AC repair and AC services are handled by ASE-certified technicians. They have also completed training through EPA-approved AC programs. Your car is in good hands with these expert auto technicians, and they will examine your car's A/C system to see if there is a leak – and if there is, they'll stop it in their tracks before it can affect anything else. When temperatures rise, there's nothing more refreshing than climbing into a cool, air-conditioned car. Over time, however, A/C fittings become loose, O-rings, hoses and seals wear out – and your refreshingly icy blast … stops. Get the blast back with A&R Auto Repair. Our expert auto technicians offer the best car AC service and AC repair in the business

There's nothing difficult about electrical systems. The basic theory of electricity is simple and easily understood if you are just a little patient and curious. So, we're going to start off with a few definitions. Armed with an understanding of the following six terms, you will quickly learn to "think like an electron". Take your time and read these over until you understand the concept fully:

Electron: The basic unit of electricity. Think of these little guys as "bullets", traveling down the wire. It's the movement of electrons which runs the devices which make our lives - and our cars - so comfortable and convenient.

Voltage: This is the force (or pressure, if you like) of electricity in the wire. If you think of your garden hose as the wire, the water pressure would be equivalent to the voltage. Most utilize twelve volt systems. All vehicles' manuals specify the system voltage.

Current: This is the movement of electrons in the wire, expressed in a unit called the Amp. The greater the rate of movement through the wire, the greater the number of amps. Think of this as the speed of the water coming out of the garden hose. When you tighten the nozzle the water shoots out further and faster.

Resistance: This is a restriction to the movement of electrons through the wire or circuit. The unit of resistance is called the OHM and you can think of it as a kink in that garden hose. The higher the resistance, the more current must flow to overcome it. The more current which flows through an area of high resistance, the hotter the wire will become, ultimately failing. Corrosion, loose terminals and too-small diameter wires are three very, very common causes of resistance.