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Engine Coolant Engine coolant is a critical component of a vehicle’s cooling system. It reduces the temperature of an automotive engine while it is running. It also prevents any cooling system fluids from freezing when outside temperature drops below freezing. Coolant Systems Vehicle cooling systems are made up of a radiator located behind the vehicle’s […]
When Jack was seeking Chicago exhaust repair, he turned to Openbay to assist him with finding a reliable auto repair shop. Here’s his story of his experience, and why he’ll continue to use Openbay for all his future repairs. Where do you live and what type of car do you drive? I live in Lisle, IL, […]
Your car is running fine, right? Mileage is what it’s always been, there’s no funny noise from underneath, no inscrutable icons lit up on your dashboard. So I can skip routine car maintenance right? It’s easy to get blasé about keeping up with routine car maintenance when all seems well. Modern cars are far more reliable […]
Regular preventative car maintenance is virtually always cheaper in the long run than episodic repairs. Write that down somewhere, because there will be a test later. The service writer at your dealership or garage should always be advising you about what maintenance is needed (if not, check for yours here), and generally, it’s best practice […]
Exhaust systems are pretty long-lasting nowadays. A generation ago, exhaust pipes and mufflers were made of inexpensive aluminum-coated steel. After a few years they would rust out, leaving you with a loud exhaust and the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Ultimately, these car exhaust systems would rust out from the inside, for the most part. How […]
The winter months bring many joyful things: the holidays, skiing, warm and snuggly clothing, hot cocoa by the fireplace, and icy windshields on your car. Okay, that last one’s not so fun – but it’s going to happen to just about everyone, with the exception of those lucky devils living in tropical environments. Scraping ice […]
We all know you will need to replace your brake pads at some point, but because the life of brakes varies so greatly with the type of driving, we never know when is when. Here is a short primer for all drivers to understand when it’s time for a brake replacement. What to Look (Or Listen) For… […]
The dog days of summer are approaching, and with high temps and your AC pumping away, your car may be more likely to overheat, sending your car’s temperature gauge (and your blood pressure) off the charts. If you’re on the highway, in the middle of nowhere, or stuck in heavy traffic, and your car overheats, […]
For the uninitiated, keeping track of recommended car maintenance items can be daunting. There’s so much to know, in addition to high costs associated with a trip to the shop.Below is a look at some relatively low cost items worth keeping an eye on: your automotive filters. Here, we explain what they do, when and […]
We all hope to get the most out of our cars to retail the all-important resale value. By understanding some simple rules, including which car fluids you should keep an eye on, we can keep our cars in shape while pushing them to higher mileages. Though there are numerous reasons to read an owner’s manual, […]
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