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What are your hours?

We are open Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm and closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Where are you located?

We are located at 303 North 7th Street DeKalb, IL 60115

What services do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of services to keep your vehicle running. You can view the list of our services over on our services page.

How often should I change my oil?

Your vehicle's owner's manual should have a recommended mileage to change the oil. If you don't have an owner's manual, the Car Care Council recommends changing the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

How do I know if my battery needs to be replaced?

If a battery is more than three years old it should be tested and replaced if necessary.

My check engine light came on. What should I do?

A check engine light could be on for any number of things. If your light comes on you can bring your vehicle in to the Car Hospital and we can test it for you.

What can I do to make sure my car is prepared for long trips?

The Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.

How often should I replace the bulbs in my headlights, tail lights, and/or brake lights?

The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

How often should I replace the wiper blades?

Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

Is there anything I can do to get better gas mileage?

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  • Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  • Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  • Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

Local Reviews

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Map of DeKalb, IL

Great Service!!!




Very friendly staff and knowledgeable service writer. Highly recommend for all your automotive needs.


Map of Cortland, IL

Excellent work & cool people!




The people at the Car Hospital have always been very friendly and welcoming! I am extremely satisfied with the level of service that I received! Thank you!


Map of Cortland, IL

Love this place for car work.




Friendly, honest and helpful


Map of DeKalb, IL

Great service





Map of Kingston, IL

Nice job





Map of DeKalb, IL

Always great service!





Map of Sycamore, IL

Great, quick service




Accommodating to our crazy schedules. I trust that they will do a thorough job. Feels good to know that my family is safe. Thank You!


Map of DeKalb, IL

Good




Nice


Map of Kirkland, IL

GREAT PLACE/AWESOME PRICE!!!




I was very impressed. Great price and quick service. Called the day before and in the next day. Clean place and very pleasant staff. Very welcoming place, made me feel respected. I can see why this place is doing great. If you need any service try them out and judge for yourself. You won't be disappointed.


Map of Cortland, IL

Love this place for car work.




Experience was great. They are always friendly, helpful and honest.


Bill W.

Bill W.

1980 Chevy El Camino- replace valve cover gaskets, replace shocks, replace front brake pads & rotors, replace choke thermostat, replace exterior bulbs, replace blower mother & relay, retro fit A/C system, replace speedometer drive seal on transmission, install flywheel cover, replace belts

Near Spears Rd, Sycamore, IL 60178
Sycamore, IL - 1980 Chevy El Camino-  replace valve cover gaskets, replace shocks, replace front brake pads & rotors, replace choke thermostat, replace exterior bulbs, replace blower mother & relay, retro fit A/C system, replace speedometer drive seal on transmission, install flywheel cover, replace belts
Bill W.

Bill W.

2013 Jeep Wrangler - synthetic oil change and 42 point safety inspection, lower exhaust & repair heat shield

Near Foxpointe Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178
Kevin D.

Kevin D.

Working on Industrial Dr. In Aurora today

Near NE Industrial Dr, Aurora, IL 60505
Aurora, IL - Working on Industrial Dr. In Aurora today
Bill W.

Bill W.

2002 Mazda Tribute - synthetic blend oil change, 42 point safety inspection, repair right front tire & adjust toe

Near N 7th St, DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, IL - 2002 Mazda Tribute - synthetic blend oil change,  42 point safety inspection, repair right front tire & adjust toe
Bill W.

Bill W.

2006 Ford Econoline E350 - test charging system, synthetic blend oil change, 42 point safety inspection, replace alternator assembly, replace front wiper blades

Near N 7th St, DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, IL - 2006 Ford Econoline E350 - test charging system,  synthetic blend oil change,  42 point safety inspection,  replace alternator assembly, replace front wiper blades
Bill W.

Bill W.

2009 Chevy HHR - remove & replace cylinder head gasket, head bolts, timing chain, timing cover gasket, coolant & heater hoses, radiator cap, transaxle oil cooler pipes, oil change

Near N 7th St, DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, IL - 2009 Chevy HHR - remove & replace cylinder head gasket, head bolts, timing chain, timing cover gasket, coolant & heater hoses, radiator cap, transaxle oil cooler pipes, oil change
Bill W.

Bill W.

2011 Mazda 6- Synthetic oil change and 42 point safety inspection, replace alternator drive belt

Near N 7th St, DeKalb, IL 60115
Bill W.

Bill W.

1998 Oldsmobile eighty-eight - remove & replace lower rear control arm,

Near N 7th St, DeKalb, IL 60115