Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Charlie's Fast Lube Anna

May 19, 2024

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Illinois news. Anna people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Anna motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, gro... More

Anna Customer Detective Work

May 12, 2024

One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Charlie's Fast Lube Anna 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, it's challenging to tr... More

It Wears on You (Tire Rotation)

May 5, 2024

If someone told you there was a fairly inexpensive way to improve your vehicle's handling, fuel economy and extend the life of your tires, you'd probably ask, "What do I have to do?" The answer is to rotate your tires. But you have to do it regularly. A lot of drivers think skipping tire rotatio... More

Speak Up: Talking with Your Charlie's Fast Lube Anna Service Advisor

April 28, 2024

About 80% of the vehicles on Anna roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Illinois. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Othe... More

Have a Ball! Know your Ball Joints (Ball Joints)

April 21, 2024

We all have joints in our own skeletal system, but did you know your vehicle has some joints of its own? One of the most important is called a ball joint. One of the interesting things is that it's somewhat similar to the ball and socket joints we have in our hips and shoulders. A ball joint all... More

Fuel System Cleaning at Charlie's Fast Lube Anna

April 14, 2024

Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of ... More

Charlie's Fast Lube Anna On Your Serpentine Belt

April 7, 2024

Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Anna, Illinois, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then th... More

Let?s Shift Gears (Transmission Fluid Replacement)

March 31, 2024

If you have a vehicle with an automatic transmission, you probably never think about gear shifting. When motor vehicles were invented, all of them had to be shifted manually. But that wonderful self-shifting transmission, referred to these days as simply an automatic, changed everything. Automa... More

The Charlie's Fast Lube Anna Guide to Servicing Your Differential

March 24, 2024

Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for Anna drivers. A lot of us in Anna don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every vehi... More

Why Alignment Matters (Vehicle Alignment Maintenance)

March 17, 2024

It's one of those things that can happen on a multi-day road adventure or a quick trip to the grocery store. You hit a pothole, go too fast over a speed bump, nail a curb. When it happens, you think, "I wonder if that was hard enough to do any damage?" But things seem ok and you continue on yo... More