Triangle Auto Blog

Overheating Engine

What to do when car is overheating September 16, 2010

First step when a vehicle is running hot is to pull over and shut down the engine.  If it is safe open the hood of the vehicle.  Be careful of steam.  If needed you may need to wait until the car cools down before doing this.  After the car has cooled completely, check the coolant overflow bottle level.  What your more

A/C tips

A/C tips September 21, 2010

An air conditioning system's worst enemy is moisture.  Whenever an air conditioning system is opened up for repairs, it is a cheap insurance policy to replace the accumulator/drier at that time.  Although most driers or accumulators seem to never fail, the dessicant inside can become saturated and will not more

fuel saving tips
Fuel Saving Tips September 23, 2010

Please feel free to call or stop in, we can check your vehicle to be sure it is operating to manufactures spec's which will incerease fuel economy.  Triangle auto service, 4060 N. Elston, Chicago Il. 60618, 773-539-5858,,, more

What our oil change includes
oil change special September 28, 2010

Changing your cars oil at regular intervals keeps the inter working components cleaner, well lubricated, and catches and removes combustion elements that can lead to wear in the engine.  This is the simplest, least expensive, and most important service you can do to extend your vehicles life.  The advantage of having more

We repair all kinds of radiators!

Plastic Radiator Repair September 29, 2010

Plastic, Aluminum, Copper, Brass.  Domestic ....Import

Don't throw that radiator away...until you've checked with us!

Why?  Because you may not need a new one.  Contrary to what some people would like you to believe, the "new" radiators on today's cars CAN be repaired, more

Anti-Cruelity Society \\\\

Business of the Year September 30, 2010

We were nominated for the award of "business of the year", an award that the Anti-Cruelity Society awards one business per year that they felt went over and beyond what was expected.  We were excited to be nominated considering all the other great business that the Society works with.  We do the maintenance, repairs, more

Cooling system flush VS Drain and Fill
Cooling system flush October 6, 2010

A cooling system flush consists of: Draining the cooling system, radiator, engine block, and all heater - related components.  De-scale as necessary and inspect tubes in radiator for cleanliness.  Reverse flush cooling system with fresh water and air pressure.  Flush cooling system until fresh water is coming from cooling system, more

Cold air blows, when heat is on.
insufficient heat October 13, 2010

With winter on its way we are getting a lot of concerns of insufficient heat in customers vehicles.  The problem is when summer months approach and you turn the heat off in your vehicle.  The antifreeze just sits in your heater core and starts to produce a scale on the inside of the heater core.  Once this scale gets heavy more

We recycle:

We recycle October 27, 2010

We recycle every fluid that we remove from your vehicle.  We were recycling referigerant before it was required.  Venting of CFC's and HCFCs during servicing will be prohibited after July 1, 1992, as dictated by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.  We were recovering and recycling refrigerant since 1989.  All oil more

recycle refrigerant

A/C tips October 28, 2010

When having your vehicle's A/C system professionally serviced or repaired, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

We recycle every fluid and refrigerant that more

Fully certified mechanics
Certified Mechanics November 1, 2010

We are family owned and operated since 1966, we have serviced Chicago's cars, light trucks as well as medium duty trucks.  Triangle has the tools and knowledge to work on all foreign and domestic vehicles. With pride, we offer services in the following areas:

  • Oil changes / more

    Chicago auto repair
    Chicago auto repair November 5, 2010

    We started in 1966 as a one-man auto servicing center in Chicago. We have grown since then, adding another location also in Chicago and many more employees. We still pride ourselves in being a "quality-first" auto repair shop, meaning that we use and suggest quality auto parts to all our customers. We are still family owned and more

    Why do my brakes squeak

    Brake noise November 17, 2010

    Brake noise can indicate a problem with your braking system or may be a simple repair you can do yourself.  Sometimes brake squeal is nothing more then dust or dirt build up inside the wheels, running your car thru an automatic car wash or pressure washing the front and rear brakes at a self service car wash will sometimes do more

    Side mirrors

    Exterior side mirrors December 8, 2010

    Winter is the time of the year that we see a lot of customers having broken or damaged mirrors.  Since there is snow on the streets cars are parked further from the curb and the mirrors get hit by passing cars with drivers not paying attention.  Don't bother going to the dealer and buying a full price side mirror.  We at more

    What can I check?
    insufficient heat December 29, 2010

    There are several different reasons why your vehicle may not have enough heat.  Some of them may be an easy fix, others may be a little more involved.  The first and easiest step would be to check the coolant level in your vehicle.  The heater core is typically the highest point in your cooling system so if you are a little more

    We recycle December 29, 2010

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    Run your vehicles air conditioner year round

    A/C tips January 7, 2011

    Once the summer heat has lifted most people shut off their vehicles air conditioner and to never think about it till spring.  Running your vehicles air conditioning system in the winter months, keeps the system operating in peak condition all year.  Running the system even for only a couple minutes once a week keeps the more

    Spring brake specials

    Brake Specials February 24, 2011

    Have your car or trucks brakes checked when you start to hear brake squeal.  You may be able to have a repair done before it becomes a serious problem.  Because of our harsh winters in Chicago we never hear our brakes making noise until that first nice spring day when we open our windows for the first time.  The problem more

    routine maintence
    Routine maintence February 24, 2011

    Schedule routine maintenance for your cooling system.  Cooling system flush and fills should be performed annually for cars older then five years or older.  Newer vehicles can be serviced every other year.  Drain and flush the cooling system, inspect hoses and belts.  Fill cooling system to specs, warm vehicle makes more

    Be aware of different refrigerants
    A/C tips March 1, 2011

    Be aware of replacement refrigerants.  R415b is being sold as a r12 and sometime's a r134a replacement.  This refrigerant is commonly given a  ASHRAE certification. This r415b is a blend and is also highly flammable.  Although it may work in a vehicles a/c system it will invalidate warranties on OEM products more

    Summer maintenance

    Summer travel inspections March 22, 2011

    Itís summer time, and the weather is getting hot. With summerís prime driving season coming up, itís more important than ever to make sure your car is in tiptop shape.

    More miles are traveled during the summer months in the United States than during any other time of year. As a result, it is important to make sure your car or truck more

    Original Navigation systems

    OEM Navigation March 31, 2011

     If your vehicle is equipped with a factory navigation / radio system, it is a great feature on your vehicle.  These navigation systems can carry a hefty price tag for the convenience of the navigation system.  What do you do when there is a problem with the navigation system?  Take it to the dealer and pay the $ more

    A/C not cold
    A/C Not blowing cold July 1, 2011

    A large number of things and other systems contribute to a properly working A/C system. 

    1. The A/C compressor must be engaged to operate. If the A/C compressor does not engage there is a reason the compressor is not engaged, the most common problem is lack of refrigerant which means the system is leaking.

    2. If the A/C more

    How A/C works
    A/C system July 14, 2011

    Where does the cold air come from?  Modern A/C systems use refrigerant to absorb heat.  The refrigerant absorbs heat from the interior of a vehicle in a component called the evaporator.  Air is pushed across the evaporator and since the evaporator is colder then the air coming across it the heat is absorbed by the refrigerant, more

    Auto Maintenance

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013



     If youíre reading this article in Chicago, Illinois, then you probably care about your car and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your service technician tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, more

    Auto Maintenance Chicago

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013,, read more

    Battery maintance
    Auto Batterys June 13, 2013

    Hello, welcome to Triangle Auto Service. Todayís focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Chicago runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries weíre most concerned with here at Triangle Auto Service are those in our customerís vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, car batteries wear out and need to more

    Antifreeze Coolant
    Oil Change Specials June 13, 2013

    Today Triangle Auto Service is talking about the proper fluids for your vehicle. Itís become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. Itís not that people in Illinois are confused as much as they donít realize how much things have changed in recent years.
    If you have questions about the fluids in more

    New tires

    Brake Specials June 13, 2013

    You know you need new tires, but youíre not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind more

    New car tires

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Everyone in Chicago Illinois eventually replaces their tires, whether itís because theyíre worn out or theyíre just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in Chicago Illinois, it can be difficult to sort them out. Letís group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the more

    Auto maintence
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Chicago drivers, Minivan manufacturers publish two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should you follow?
    Here are some questions to ask yourself:
    Are most of your trips less than four miles?
    Are most of your more

    new tires Chicago
    Oil Change Specials June 13, 2013

    Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Jefferson park tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Jefferson park more than most? If so, some additional more


    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    Some Chicago car owners wonder why Triangle Auto Service and other Chicago auto repair shops charge a fee for diagnostic services.
    Think about it: When you hire a local Chicago HVAC technician to check out a problem with your air conditioner youíll probably pay a diagnostic fee. When you visit your Old irving park doctor for a more

    Power steering noise

    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    For most of us living in the Chicago area, it is hard to remember life without power steering Ė cranking those great big steering wheels? It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. more

    Fuel injectors
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    The last new car sold with a carburetor in North America rolled out of the dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time more

    Summer travel inspections June 13, 2013

    When you hear the word ĎsuspensionĎ, you may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your carís suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your car up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride. It needs to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. more

    Used car inspection

    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    So youíve bought a used car in the Chicago area. How do you know what youíre getting? It is hard to know what youíre getting because people in the Chicago area sell cars for different reasons. Think about why youíve sold cars. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from. Maybe it was a little more

    Exhaust leak

    Summer travel inspections June 13, 2013

    Whenever we talk about exhaust service, most people normally think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced more

    Cabin air filter
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    What is a cabin air filter?
    Is it:
    A filter for a house in the middle of the woods?
    A fresh, piney scent?
    A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?
    Clever you, itís 3.
    A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, more

    pcv valve
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly more

    Brake noise

    Brake Specials June 13, 2013

    Richard Petty once said, ďYouíve gotta have good brakes. If youíve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.Ē
    Thatís why a regular brake inspection is on every Chicago carís maintenance schedule. An inspection at Triangle Auto Service will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. more

    Summer inspection

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    North Americans love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than the road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road Ė itís great! But thereís nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.
    Now you canít always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of more

    Cooling system Chicago
    Cooling system flush June 13, 2013

    The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common, it is easy to prevent.
    Triangle Auto Service
    4060 N. Elston
    Chicago, Illinois 60618
    The most recognizable part of the coolant system is more

    Automotive fuel systems
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your Minivan into Triangle Auto Service for a check up.
    4060 N. Elston
    Chicago, Illinois 60618
    Today weíre talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. You need fuel to go, and the cleaner your fuel system, more

    Leaking or low fluid

    Oil Change Specials June 13, 2013

    If youíre a quart low in your Minivan, there isnít enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while youíre driving around the Chicago area.
    The same goes for dirty oil; it doesnít reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local more

    Worn tires

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Hey Chicago, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our Illinois streets? How can you tell on your Minivan?
    While there may be legal requirements for the Chicago area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.
    2/32 is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law more

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Todayís report from Triangle Auto Service is on car batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadnít. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Chicago vehicle batteries last for 48 months.
    Now thatí more

    suspension components
    Summer travel inspections June 13, 2013

    If youíre like most of us in Chicago, you want your car to handle well. Thatís the job of your suspension system.
    There are different types of suspension systems, but they all work on the same basic principles. First, there are the springs, which bear the weight of the car. The most common springs are coil or leaf Ė although we see more

    oil change specials

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    When it comes to their vehicles, some Chicago people donít have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Chicago drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to more

    Fuel filter

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your car feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filterís job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that more

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Sometimes the unthinkable happens in Chicago Illinois. A terrible accident and those involved arenít able to provide rescuers with emergency contact information.
    You have people in the Chicago Illinois area who youíll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, and inform paramedics of medical conditions, more

    Transmission repair
    Chicago auto repair June 13, 2013

    So you have some exciting plans for the Illinois weekend. Youíre going to take some of your Chicago, Illinois friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, youíve gotten the boat all ready. And you havenít forgotten about your tow vehicle. Youíve gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. But you want to make sure that your more

    auto inspections

    Oil Change Specials June 13, 2013

    Most people in the Chicago area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed more

    Auto Diagnostic

    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Triangle Auto Service in Chicago Illinois is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.
    Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So itís challenging to track down the more

    Diesel engines
    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    For those of you in Chicago Illinois who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.
    For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct more

    car diesel engines
    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    At Triangle Auto Service we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUVís. But our Illinois friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. more

    Winter driving tips

    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    When winter approaches in Chicago Illinois, we break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing you want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. Itís a good idea to get caught up on more

    E85 gasoline

    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    Today at Triangle Auto Service we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. Youíve probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the Chicago area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 Ė the rest more

    automotive maintenance
    Chicago auto repair June 13, 2013

    In our auto video today weíll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that ďmodern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance freeĒ.
    Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Chicago Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth more

    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    No matter how well theyíre made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice to Chicago residents and to fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of more

    road distractions

    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Chicago?
    Is it:
    A Hamburger;
    A Soft Drink, or
    Gummy Bears?
    Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving, but if you chose Ďcoffeeí, then give yourself more

    Nitrogen tire inflation

    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    So, everyone in the Chicago Illinois area knows how great helium is Ė you know, party balloons, squeaky voices. But a lot of people around Chicago still havenít heard about the benefits of nitrogen in your tires, and how it can help your tires. Hereís some great advice from AutoNetTV, brought to you by Triangle Auto Service. more

    Cooling system
    What to do when car is overheating June 13, 2013

    Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your car from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system:
    the radiator
    the radiator cap
    the hoses
    the thermostat and
    the water pump
    The water pumpís like the heart of your cooling system, more

    oil change intervals
    oil change special June 13, 2013

    We live in such a disposable society. Itís amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days people were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough Ė they had to do without. Most people couldnít afford new cars more

    Travel tip

    Exterior side mirrors June 13, 2013

    Hereís a travel tip thatíll Iíll bet you didnít know, and, it might keep you saferÖ
    The average American commuter in Illinois spends two and a half hours daily in their car.
    The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one more

    Fuel injection

    oil change special June 13, 2013

    In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your Minivan engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Old irving park, more

    What to do in case of car accident
    Business of the Year June 13, 2013

    If youíve ever been in a car accident around Chicago Illinois, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. Itís hard to think straight and know what to do.
    Letís review what you should do in case of an accident in Chicago, Illinois:
    When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident more

    cooling system
    insufficient heat June 13, 2013

    The cooling system keeps our engine from overheating while you are driving around Chicago Illinois. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Letís talk about the various components of the system and how they work to accomplish this.
    The radiator is the part most everyone associates with the cooling system. Coolant flows through more

    Under inflated tires

    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    Under-inflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Old irving park area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand Ė you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires donít have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from Chicago to Old more

    Service advisors

    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    We find that a lot of Chicago service and repair at Triangle Auto Service are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions, but donít want to be embarrassed or to seem pushy. Cars are very complicated and thereís more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe ití more

    Cooling system repair
    Plastic Radiator Repair June 13, 2013

    You may know that most automotive failures in Chicago Illinois are tire related, but do you know the second most common cause for vehicle failure? Nope, itís not teenagers. It is the coolant system. But, if you take good care of your coolant system, it will take good care of you.
    A carís engine creates a lot of heat Ė so much heat, more

    Tire pressure
    Oil Change Specials June 13, 2013

    We all know that under inflated tires wear out more quickly. Under-inflation is also a major cause of tire failure. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of under-inflated tires.
    Itís hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your more

    Stopping power

    Brake Specials June 13, 2013

    Welcome to the Triangle Auto Service blog. Today, letís talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most of us Norwood park drivers tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isnít enough. Safe Norwood park drivers need to have more

    Oil filter

    Oil Change Specials June 13, 2013

    Before the recession hit, the median age for cars in the Chicago Illinois area (zip code: 60618) was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Triangle Auto Service we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise.
    If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Chicago area, bring it in for more

    Suspension system
    Chicago auto repair June 13, 2013

    Suspension systems will continue to operate effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles. Eventually Minivan components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in Jefferson park.
    As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Illinois highways, your shock absorbers will last a more

    Cooling system factory schedule
    Cooling system flush June 13, 2013

    Today we want to talk about a very important system in our cars Ė the cooling system. Itís one of those things that you donít give much thought to until it fails and then youíre stranded by the side of the road.
    Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system Ė usually because of neglect. Donít you hate it more

    Air filter

    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    This is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your Chicago car burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.
    Thatís like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount more

    Menu boards

    Certified Mechanics June 13, 2013

    Letís talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Chicago, Illinois service centers like Triangle Auto Service have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people donít know what these services really are unless they ask. Letís go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air more

    Routine maintenance
    Business of the Year June 13, 2013

    The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Chicago Illinois: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Chicago Illinois motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.
    Because new cars are more expensive, more

    Fuel economy vs weight
    Fuel Saving Tips June 13, 2013

    Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Norwood park knows this makes sense.
    Some of us in the Norwood park area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and Iím not talkiní what you see in the mirror.
    Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think more

    Cooling system inspection free

    Cooling system flush June 13, 2013

    For advice on how to make your Minivan last longer, visit us at Triangle Auto Service
    4060 N. Elston
    Chicago, Illinois 60618
    These days many people in the Chicago area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: youíve got to start with what youíve got. Itíd be ideal if people more

    Power steering service

    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    Today weíre going to talk about power steering service in Chicago. If you took an informal poll around Chicago youíd probably find that most have never heard of power steering service. Thatís not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in Chicago arenít aware that it needs periodic service. more

    Car repair schedule, brake service
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Chicago. Some days itís all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. Thatís why youíve gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps Ė we have to keep track of it all.
    So letís talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service more

    recommended service
    Routine maintence June 13, 2013

    At Triangle Auto Service weíve had a lot of Chicago, Old irving park, and Norwood park clients asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend thatís been building for several years. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on more

    Overheating engine

    What to do when car is overheating June 13, 2013

    Overheating Engine

    What to do when car is overheating
    First step when a vehicle is running hot is to pull over and shut down the engine.  If it is safe open the hood of the vehicle.  Be careful of steam.  If needed you may need to wait until the car cools down before more

    Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Triangle Auto Service

    Chicago auto repair June 28, 2013


    A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Chicago people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate.

    A lot of Chicago motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. Theyíre good commuters, grocery getter or toy haulers. more

    Snow blower repair Chicago
    Small engine repair Chicago February 13, 2014


    snow blower repair Chicago

    Small engine repair Chicago. Yard machine 8 H.P. brought in for repairs. more

    Wheel alignment Chicago
    Fuel Saving Tips February 13, 2014

    All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service At Triangle Auto Service

    When all of your vehicleís wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in Chicago can cause your Minivan's wheels to be out of alignment. more

    Brake inspection Chicago

    Brake noise February 13, 2014

    Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

    Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the Chicago area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem, and how to make good repair choices.

    Often, the first more

    Cabin air filter, Chicago

    Routine maintence February 13, 2014

    Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

    Bad air quality while you're driving around Old Irving park is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.

    These filters clean the more

    Small engine repair Chicago
    Small engine repair Chicago February 13, 2014

    Small engine repair Chicago.  We have been servicing  snow blower and small engine repair for years.    The Ariens snow blower had a bad bearing, replaced the bearing, two belts reassembled and runs like new.  The Toro below had a carburetor that needed to be completely cleaned out.  A popular belief more

    Recommend oil change intervals Chicago
    oil change special February 13, 2014

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    Timing belt replacement Chicago

    Certified Mechanics February 13, 2014

    Timing Belt Replacement in Chicago

    Today we want to talk about timing belts. Theyíre something that many Chicago drivers donít know much about and yet your vehicle wonít run if itís broken Ė and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though more

    Fuel saving tips Chicago

    Fuel Saving Tips February 13, 2014

    Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment For Your Chicago Minivan

    Imagine you've left Chicago and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.

    Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground fast. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to more

    No heat in my car, Chicago
    insufficient heat February 13, 2014

    aCheck your heater hoses going to your heater core by the firewall. If one is hot and the other is cool your heater is plugged up. This does not mean the heater core needs to be replaced. It may be flushed out and you will get good heat again. This service will need to be done by a qualified shop. Reverse flushing the heater core needs more

    Buy or lease, Chicago
    Fleet accounts February 13, 2014

    Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Chicago car financing. It's always a tough question for Chicago auto owners. But here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.

    If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the more

    Auto repair Chicago

    Chicago auto repair February 13, 2014


    auto repair Chicago

    All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service At Triangle Auto Service When all of more

    What to do in case of an accident in Chicago

    Certified Mechanics February 13, 2014

    aWhat To Do In Case Of An Accident in Chicago

    Screeching tires, crunching metal Ė itís an accident! If youíve ever been in a car accident in Chicago, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. Itís hard to think straight and know what to do.

    Letís review what you should do in case of an accident:

    When more

    Chicago auto repair
    Routine maintence February 13, 2014

    People near Chicago Illinois often ask Triangle Auto Service how often they should have a particular service done. Itís a great thing to ask. You can look at your ownerís manual, or have your Chicago Illinois service advisor at Triangle Auto Service look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people Ė more

    tire pressure Chicago
    Routine maintence February 13, 2014

    aFlats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of Chicago car owners driving around on under-inflated tires. Admittedly, itís hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your Minivan tireís considered significantly under inflated at 26 pounds. more

    Freightliner radiator Chicago

    Plastic Radiator Repair February 13, 2014

    Freightliner A0516366004.  Core 3AC00022SP.   We can recore this radiator without the costly replacement.  Also our price on a recore is considerably less then what Freightliner wants for just their radiator core.  This more

    A/C compressor Chicago

    A/C tips February 13, 2014

    aA/c compressor replacement.  Sometimes we get sticker shock when we get our estimate for vehicle repairs.  This is a Audi R8 with a seemingly simple  A/C compressor replacement.  The amount of work that has to be done to remove parts on some newer cars can be in the 10+ hours of labor.  Triangle Auto Service more

    Vehicle noise Chicago
    Chicago auto repair February 13, 2014

    aG.M. pickup grinding noise.  G.M. pickup came in with a grinding noise at idle.  We checked the pick up and the noise was coming from the transmission area of the truck.  After careful inspection we determined the noise was being generated by the flywheel.  We got the approval removed the flywheel, and sure enough more

    Jeep overheats
    What to do when car is overheating February 13, 2014

    Jeep Grand Cherokee overheats.  Jeep came in with a overheating problem at idle, on the expressway the temperature came back to normal.  We checked the cooling system, the antifreeze was dirty.  We diagnosed the vehicle as a water pump not pumping water properly.  We removed the water pump and saw the impeller more

    Ford Fusion A/C not working Chicago

    A/C tips February 13, 2014

    aFord Fusion a/c problem. Ford Fusion came in with the a/c not working. The vehicle was at another shop, so we knew were in for a tough one. After checking complete a/c system found system was full of refrigerant. We scanned the a/c control system and found the a/c temperature probe was reading -88 degrees. The computer was more

    Motor Mounts Chicago

    Certified Mechanics February 13, 2014

    aNew motor mount. When motor mounts begin to wear the rubber part of the mount will develop cracks. These cracks then become larger from the mount holding the engine in place. A broken motor mount can lead to unnecessary repairs because of the additional movement in the motor. Triangle Auto Service 4060 N. Elston Chicago, more

    Car overheats Chicago
    What to do when car is overheating February 13, 2014

    aChevy Lumina overheats. Chevy Lumina came in with overheating issues. The first step was to pressure test car to make sure there were no external leaks in cooling system. After careful inspection, we determined a cylinder head gasket test was in order. We tested the condition of the heads and the test showed that combustion more

    Brake Noise Chicago
    Brake noise February 13, 2014

    aBrake repair, brake replacement. A customer came in with a complaint that the vehicle was making a noise while driving, when they stepped on the brakes the noise went away. We inspected the vehicle and found the wear indicators were causing the noise. We replaced the pads, rotors and cleaned, greased the calipers. The vehicle more

    Power steering noise Chicago

    Chicago auto repair February 13, 2014


    Power steering

    Steer Right In Chicago Virtually all vehicles come with power steering so many more

    Air conditioning service Chicago

    A/C tips March 5, 2014

    aAir Conditioning Maintenance At Triangle Auto Service In Chicago

    Warm weather or cold, Chicago drivers still need to think about their Minivanís air conditioning. Most Chicago people donít service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Triangle Auto Service, we can advise you on your 's preventive maintenance schedules for more

    Fuel injection Chicago
    Fuel Saving Tips March 12, 2014

    Triangle Auto Service 4060 N. Elston Chicago, Illinois 60618 773-539-5858,,

    Fuel System Cleaning at Triangle Auto Service for Better Performance

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    Menu board Chicago
    Certified Mechanics May 6, 2014

    Triangle Auto Service Helps You Decipher The Menu Board: Part 2

    Chicago service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Chicago drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed. more

    Intro Triangle

    Chicago auto repair May 6, 2014

    Triangle auto service
    We are family owned and operated since 1966, we have serviced Chicago's cars, light trucks as well as medium duty trucks.  Triangle has the tools and knowledge to work on all foreign and domestic vehicles. With pride, more

    Chicago driving

    Fuel Saving Tips July 25, 2014

     To Save Gas Around Chicago: Keep Up with Your Scheduled Service
    One topic that hits the news in Chicago on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some Illinois auto owners is to buy a vehicle that gets better gas mileage. For those of us Chicago drivers who don't want to add a car more

    differential service
    Certified Mechanics July 25, 2014

     What Is A Differential And Do You Have One?

    With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Chicago, Illinois, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Chicago drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it' more

    VAB 1003749
    OEM September 18, 2014


    We stock the replacement radiator with plastic tanks and aluminum core.  We have it available with the frame if needed.  The radiator fits a 07 Thomas flat nose bus.  Our price is much better then the OEM radiator from Thomas bus inc.  OE# is VAB1003749.   Ask for Bryan more

    Diesel repair Chicago

    Fuel Saving Tips September 18, 2014

    Introduction to Diesels for Chicago, Illinois
    Something youíre going to be hearing a lot about around Chicago, Illinois is diesel engines. Weíre not talking about semi-trucks and buses Ė Weíre talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.

    Most people in Chicago, Illinois are surprised to more

    service engine soon light Chicago

    Chicago auto repair September 18, 2014

    Car runs rough Chicago

    This G.M. car came in and was running rough.  The vehicle had a service engine soon light displayed on the dash.    We had a code for a miss fire.  On closer inspection we noticed a nest under the hood.  After cleaning out the nest we saw the ignition wires were chewed up by some more

    Checking auto codes
    Business of the Year September 25, 2014

        Automotive Detective Work In Chicago
    Thereís a reason we use the word ďdiagnoseĒ when we talk about fixing cars in Chicago. Figuring out whatís wrong with your Minivan has a lot of similarities to figuring out whatís wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems more

    chicago car repair
    Chicago auto repair September 25, 2014

    Brake service Chicago

    Triangle auto service is a full service is a full service auto repair center located in Old Irving Park area in Chicago.  It is our goal to always provide great service and high quality workmanship at a fair price.  Our commitment is to provide you the the best possible service for more

    Steering Alignment Chicago

    Chicago auto repair September 26, 2014

    dStraight And True In Chicago: Wheel Alignment

    Most Chicago folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles ó that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get more

    Check engine light

    Fuel Saving Tips October 7, 2014

    Triangle Auto Service Fuel Saving Tip for Chicago: Check Engine Light
    Here's a question for Chicago, Illinois motorists: How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your check engine light?

    Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, more

    Brake service Chicago
    Brake service Chicago October 7, 2014

    Brake service Chicago

    Triangle auto service is a full service is a full service auto repair center located in Old Irving Park area in Chicago.  It is our goal to always provide great service and high quality workmanship at a fair price.  Our commitment is to provide you the the best possible service for more

    Antifreeze Flush Specials Chicago
    Antifreeze flush special Chicago October 7, 2014


    When should I change my antifreeze in my car?

    If you have an older vehicle pre 2009, it is a good idea to flush out your cooling system every two years.  The coolant may still look good but the inhibiters in the antifreeze start to break down and become acidic.  Once the antifreeze breaks down the freezing more

    Fuel Filter Replacement Chicago

    Fuel filter replacemnet Chicago October 10, 2014

    Fuel Filter Service in Chicago Illinois

    There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.

    Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember, because it is a long list, more

    A/C compressor replacement

    A/C system October 21, 2014

    New A/C compressor Chicago,
    We have a full line of A/C compressors and parts.  When a A/C compressor needs to be replaced, it is imperative to replace the accumulator / drier at the same time.  The drier will help filter out debris and dry the moisture in your A/C system which will keep your A/C system running properly. more

    Fuel Tank Repair
    Fuel Tank Repair October 24, 2014

    Aluminum fuel tank repair.

    This fuel tank came in to us, looks to be in rough shape.  Cleaned fuel tank, pressure test tank found leak.  We called the customer before we do any repairs, customers was happy to have it repaired compared to price of replacement tank.  Welded patch on tank, pressured tested tank, more

    Service Engine Light
    Service engine light October 30, 2014

    Watching Your Check Engine Light

    Did you know that most of the cars driving around Chicago, Illinois carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?

    New cars sold in the Chicago area have as many as twelve networked computers and over five miles of wiring. In fact, for the more

    Car Tires Chicago

    Car Tires Chicago November 11, 2014

    Helping Chicago Drivers Get the Right Tires
    Every Chicago vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so itís a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for more

    Tire Depth Chicago

    Car Tires Chicago November 11, 2014

    Tire Tread Depth for Chicago, Illinois Drivers
    Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.

    The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider more

    Car Repair Chicago
    Auto repair posts November 11, 2014 more

    Tune up Chicago
    Routine maintence November 13, 2014

    Triangle Auto Service Engine Air Filter Replacement

    When your experienced Triangle Auto Service service adviser technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldnít need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service professionalís auto advice if more

    Fuel Filter Replacement

    Fuel filter replacemnet Chicago November 26, 2014

    Keep it Flowing With A Fuel Filter Replacement At Triangle Auto Service
    The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Chicago Illinois use fuel filters.
    For more more

    Auto repair Cgicago

    Routine maintence November 26, 2014

    PCV Valve Service At Triangle Auto Service In Chicago

    Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. The PCV Valve is a little, inexpensive part that does a vital job for Chicago drivers. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation.

    The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the Minivan engineí more

    Changing cooling hoses
    Cooling system flush December 2, 2014

    How often should I change my cars radiator hose's?

    The radiator hose connects the radiator to the engine.  Coolant flows thru these hoses from the engine to the radiator which cools the coolant and returns back to the engine.  The radiator is important because it keeps the engine from overheating.  Over time, more

    Car Pulls to Side While Driving in Chicago.
    Car Tires Chicago December 9, 2014

    Tracking True In Illinois: Wheel Alignment In Jefferson park

    Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Jefferson park and Norwood park motorists until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment by hitting a curb or pothole on more

    Tire pressure light

    Fuel Saving Tips December 22, 2014

    Under Pressure in Chicago: TPMS

    Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat fixed in Chicago or your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

    The federal government began requiring a TPMS system more

    Chicago Driving Conditions

    Chicago Driving Conditions January 7, 2015

    Easy Miles � Do Chicago Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

    Have you ever noticed that your auto manufacturer has a schedule in your ownerís manual for what is called ďsevere serviceĒ maintenance? Letís define what severe driving conditions arenít: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on more

    Chicago Driving Preventive Maintance Schedule
    Routine maintence January 7, 2015

     It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at Triangle Auto Service

    There are a lot of things in life that Chicago residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. more

    Gas saving Chicago
    Fuel Saving Tips January 26, 2015

    The team at Triangle Auto Service in Chicago and Illinois car owners are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Chicago drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.
    And we all knowóor should knowóthat preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more

    When should I change my cars oil

    oil change special January 30, 2015

    How to Know When to Change Your Oil At Triangle Auto Service

    Today in the Triangle Auto Service auto care blog, weíre going to talk to Chicago motorists about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer for Triangle Auto Service customers. High quality oil more


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