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An inexpensive hydrometer, such as this, is available at almost any auto parts store. However, for a more thorough examination of your cooling system before summer, you may want to bring your car in to a certified auto repair shop, such as Performance Unlimited in Ringwood.
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Will your antifreeze perform as well as a coolant this summer?

Well, your antifreeze kept your engine block from freezing and cracking last winter. How should you reward it? How about giving it a physical examination … Read more ›

Metra riders, many with backpacks and rolling bags, exit trains Friday downtown. Metra is advising passengers on all its lines that they will be subject to screening and restrictions on what they can carry on trains during the NATO summit. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune / May 11, 2012)

Metra: Customers will face screenings, searches during NATO summit

Forget that cup of coffee or water bottle. And leave your backpack at home. Those are among the messages Metra is sending to riders who … Read more ›

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What kind of parts is your mechanic using? Aftermarket parts are not always cost effective

The bad news was that your car threw its timing belt. But, once you recover from the sticker shock of an operation such as that, … Read more ›

Illinois to spend less on highways and arterial streets

Spending on highways and arterial streets maintained by the state will decline about 20 percent overall in Illinois in the next six years under an … Read more ›

U.S. gas prices see first drop since December; Chicago still highest

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States declined for the first time since mid-December, dropping 5.44 cents over the … Read more ›

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Spending a little on maintenance can save a lot on auto repairs

The Performance Unlimited auto repair technicians at 5415 Austin Court, Ringwood, have built a strong reputation for more than quality repair services; they’re also known … Read more ›

A Metra train passes underneath McCormick Place this month. Trains will be allowed to run under the convention center during next month's NATO summit. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / April 11, 2012)

Trains to run under NATO summit at McCormick Place

In a signal that downtown Chicago won’t be placed on a virtual security lockdown during the NATO summit next month, trains will be permitted to … Read more ›

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National Car Care Month – good time to consider your car

Apparently, April is National Car Care Month (incidentally, October is Fall Car Care Month). Online offers pertaining to this celebration include a suggestion that this … Read more ›

Metra: Won’t know until end of month whether summit will disrupt commute

Metra riders aren’t likely to know until the end of April how the upcoming NATO summit will affect their commuting plans, Metra CEO Alex Clifford … Read more ›

Bucky's Express gas station in Hoffman Estates is selling premium gasoline for $4.71 a gallon. (Mary Rakoczy/TribLocal)

Gas prices: Can you top that?

Shelling out wads of cash to fill up the car can make any jaw-dropped driver gulp. Next time you top off at the pump, see … Read more ›