Itasca Automotive Repair, Inc. 210 W. Irving Park Rd. Itasca, IL 60143
Itasca Automotive Repair, Inc.210 W. Irving Park Rd.Itasca, IL 60143
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Welcome to Itasca Automotive Repair Inc.

Per state mandate, please wear a mask when visiting the office.

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In Light of the Covid-19 "Pandemic" Please understand, this is a "little to No-contact" office, we are sanitizing the areas in the office that are touched after each customer drops off their vehicle. We are practicing the safety guidelines given by the CDC by washing our hands and using hand sanitizer, and limiting contact. The mechanic wears gloves while working on your car.  


At this time, we will still be offering a discount to Itasca residents and employees, but at  a lower rate, in order to cover the increased cost that Covid-19 has caused accross the board on parts and availability. To help compensate, we have also lowered the hourly labor rate.


We want to be able to assure your safety when your car is on the road. That's why we don't merely provide comprehensive services, but we also perform important safety checks for you. Our shop is equipped with some of the latest automotive diagnostic equipment and your vehicle is repaired by our qualified and experienced mechanic.


Friendly customer service, honest advice and fair prices, as well as performing quality work are of the greatest importance to us. We will be honest with you and only offer you services that you need. We do our best to ensure your comfort and safety on the road. Please feel free to call for your appointment today!


Check out our interview on NBC Channel 5 News with Chris Coffey!


Did you know.....

We are right across the street from the Itasca Train station, and you can drop off your car, with our convenient before/after -hours drop box? We can work on your car while you work.  You can pick up after work with no hassels!

Call us today!



FYI - Vehicle Maintenance


Oil changes are the #1 way to maintain your Vehicle. When you are given the advice of 3

months or 3,000 miles, that is an average that helps you maintain all aspects of your vehicle.

It used to be normal to change the oil every 3,000 miles, but with modern lubricants, most

engines today have recommended oil change intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles. And,

if your car's engine requires full-synthetic motor oil, they might go as far as recommending

15,000 miles between services! If you do not put 15,000 miles on your car per year, that means your vehicle is not being looked at for a whole year!


What it comes down to all depends on your driving habits. If your driving routine consists

mostly of trips that are 10 miles or less, you should consider changing your oil more often than

every 5,000-7,500 miles for two reasons:

1.   If you are not making long trips at high, steady speeds (like you would on a highway) then

your engine is not getting hot enough to boil off condensation that accumulates in the system.

That can cause oil to break down faster. Especially as a car ages, we start seeing black, burnt

oil after 3,000-4,000 miles.


2.   Most of the wear and tear on your engine occurs when you are starting your car, and if you

are not driving very far, most of your driving is of the type that is very hard on your engine and

your battery. With all the electronics on newer cars and all the phone and/or computer

charging done in your car, the shorter your battery life. More frequent oil changes or check-

ups can and will help minimize the damage.


In short, if you drive your car infrequently, as in much less than the mileage of your

recommended service interval, you should still change your oil at least twice a year since the

oil degrades over time.


That being said, we are not a quick-change oil shop, our oil changes can take up to 45

minutes, so we prefer to schedule oil changes first thing in the morning. Why do our oil

changes take longer? Because when we do your oil changes regularly, we monitor the battery

health, oil condition, anti-freeze strength, tire pressure, tire conditions, we check your wipers,

lights and brakes and check grease fittings during your oil change, plus we keep notes and

even take pictures of your vehicle so that we can monitor the progression, giving you a heads-

up for when you will need more service. We also use a synthetic blend on all oil changes except

for the full synthetic oil changes. This gives your car the longevity between oil changes and a little more added protection without the cost of full synthetic. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

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