The Charlie's Fast Lube Anna Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

May 26, 2024

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Anna drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Anna. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff l... 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

Shifty Letters PRNDL (Transmission)

March 19, 2023

You probably figured out those shifty letters. They're what you see on your automatic transmission shifter and stand for Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Low. Your automatic transmission is one of the great automotive inventions; here are some ways you can keep yours working well. Maintain you... More

Automotive Tips from Charlie's Fast Lube Anna: Timing Belt Overview

November 27, 2022

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Anna. The timing belts important job is t... More

Transmission Service at Charlie's Fast Lube Anna in Anna

December 12, 2021

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Anna drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Illinois to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper t... More

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Anna

September 19, 2021

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the c... More

Ask Charlie's Fast Lube Anna: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

August 30, 2020

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which co... More

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Charlie's Fast Lube Anna

August 2, 2020

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Anna. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understandin... More

Transmission Care in Anna, Illinois

May 10, 2020

Do you have any plans around Anna, Illinois, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots of snacks and the cooler's stoc... More

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Anna Drivers

August 25, 2019

Knowing how their engine works can help Anna drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while ... More