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How Does the Quality of Aftermarket Parts Compare to Original Equipment Parts?

How Does the Quality of Aftermarket Parts Compare to Original Equipment Parts?

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There’s an ongoing debate about aftermarket parts versus original equipment parts. Does one type work better than the other? Will your car’s warranty suffer by using aftermarket parts? Though dealerships and specialty shops tend to use original equipment parts, many standard mechanics prefer aftermarket parts. If you’ve never been sure what the fuss is about,…
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Why Does My Car Heater Smell Like Something Is Burning?

Why Does My Car Heater Smell Like Something Is Burning?

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You’re driving along and it’s getting cold inside your car’s cabin. You flip on the heater and are met with a burning smell. You panic, naturally, and flip the heater off. The smell dissipates. You flip the heater again and the same thing happens. Why is your car heater producing a burning smell? Doc Motor…
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Most Common Car Problems

Most Common Car Problems

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Do you wonder if other drivers have the same trouble with their car that you have with yours? There are a handful of car issues that aren’t specific to make, model, year, car, truck, or SUV. At Doc Motor Works, we find our customers bring their vehicles regularly for the following five reasons and we…
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What Temp Should My Fan Kick In?

What Temp Should My Fan Kick In?

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Your radiator fan should kick in at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice your vehicle is overheating or at the very least running hotter than it normally does, listen for the fan to see if you can hear it. If you can’t and it doesn’t turn on eventually, Doc Motor Works can repair or…
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I Need To Replace A Burned-Out Fuse, What Should I Do?

I Need To Replace A Burned-Out Fuse, What Should I Do?

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Don’t fret if you need to change a fuse in your automobile. It isn’t hard. In fact, it’s just about as easy as heading to your home’s breaker box and flipping a blown fuse back on. Signs you need to change a fuse include light flickering or failure, including interior and signal lights; climate control…
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Should I Use Synthetic Motor Oil in My Car?

Should I Use Synthetic Motor Oil in My Car?

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To answer the titled question quickly: Yes, in the winter, but let’s dig a little deeper before you rush your vehicle in for an oil change and request synthetic oil. There are numerous advantages to synthetic oil, which we’ll get into below, but if you’re on a budget, there’s no reason why you cannot use…
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Why Do I Need to Change My Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

Why Do I Need to Change My Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

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We are asked the titled question a lot here at Doc Motor Works Auto Repair. We get it. It’s a pain to bring your vehicle in every 3,000 miles for an oil change, but it’ll be an even bigger pain if you have to bring your vehicle in for engine repair. It’s one thing to…
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Why Your Car Stalls While Driving

Why Your Car Stalls While Driving

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If you’ve ever had your car stop running in the middle of a commute, you know the scary, panicked feeling. Engine stalls are dangerous, to say the least. Although several factors can contribute to engine failure, these are the most likely culprits. A Defective Battery A failing battery is the number one cause of engine…
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How To Keep Car Windows From Fogging Up

How To Keep Car Windows From Fogging Up

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With freezing precipitation and hazardous road conditions, chilly winter months can be downright dangerous for drivers. Even when snow and ice don’t muck up the roads, foggy windows can impair your vision, making driving tricky, at best. This unfortunate scenario happens because warm, moist air inside the car forms condensation on cold windows, creating fog.…
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The Best Ways To Prepare Your Car For The Cold Illinois Winter

The Best Ways To Prepare Your Car For The Cold Illinois Winter

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You might be basking in beautiful fall weather now, but winter is right around the corner. With freezing temperatures and winter precipitation compromising driving conditions, taking proper precautions early means you’ll be set throughout the season. Here’s a list of tasks to help insulate yourself and your vehicle from another frigid Illinois winter. Check Tires…
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