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PATRICK MINI EXPLAINS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALL SEASON TIRES AND WINTER TIRES

December 15th, 2021 by

As the temperatures drop more and more in ChicagoLand, the weather conditions will only worsen as well. It’s important to know if your vehicle has been outfitted with the proper tires for the season. We at Patrick MINI have fielded a lot of questions about what the differences are between all-season and winter tires. In…

WINTER SERVICE YOUR MINI BEFORE WINTER HAS YOUR MINI NEEDING SERVICE

January 15th, 2021 by

Winter in the Chicagoland area: it’s an achievement for your vehicle to overcome yearly. Freezing rain, snow, the polar vortex and black ice are just a few challenges your vehicle endures. Making sure your vehicle is serviced for the season can extend the life of the vehicle and it helps to protect your checkbook from…

WHAT DOES AN ALTERNATOR DO?

December 8th, 2020 by

The starter and battery are responsible for ensuring that there is enough power to turn the engine over when you put the key into the ignition. However, the alternator is the part that keeps the headlights and radio on after the engine turns over. It is also responsible for making sure that the power windows…

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT WINTER WIPER BLADES?

December 1st, 2020 by
Winter Wiper Blades

This time of year is the perfect time to begin preparing your vehicle for the long winter that lies ahead in Schaumburg, IL. While oil changes, winter tires, and other maintenance items are certainly important, be sure that you don’t overlook your windshield wiper blades when having your vehicle serviced at Patrick MINI. By changing…

WHY CHOOSE PATRICK AUTO BODY & COLLISION CENTERS OVER A LOCAL BODY SHOP?

October 15th, 2020 by
Body Repair

Unfortunately, accidents do happen; and when they do, you want to forget about it as soon as possible. If you weren’t aware, you can choose your own auto body repair facility under Illinois law. While you might like the people at your local body shop, they may not have the experience or equipment to help….

HOW TO: CHANGE A FLAT TIRE

October 7th, 2020 by

Many of our Schaumburg customers at Patrick MINI ask how to change a flat tire. Although it may seem like a difficult task, it’s quick and easy if you understand the right way to do it. If you’ve never changed a flat tire, it’s suggested to give it a test run before it happens when…

WHAT ARE GASKETS?

October 7th, 2020 by

Gaskets form airtight seals between many different components in your car. The seals keep crucial automotive fluids from leaking or mixing. Gaskets also keep foreign matter, such as dust, debris, and water, from getting into your car’s parts. According to our service department techs here at Patrick MINI, gaskets are one of the smallest but…

KEEP YOUR BRAKES STOPPING ON A DIME

October 7th, 2020 by

Disc Brakes Give Your Vehicle The Power To Stop Modern vehicles are equipped with metal disc brakes that sit on each side of a spinning rotor on each wheel. When you press on the gas pedal, you are putting hydraulic pressure on the brake lines activating the brake pistons at each wheel. These pistons squeeze…

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE IN AN ACCIDENT

July 27th, 2020 by

If you’re involved in an accident, make sure that you and everyone involved is safe. From that point, Patrick MINI has some advice as to how you should proceed. Check yourself and any passengers in your vehicle for potential injuries quickly. Then check your immediate area outside of the vehicle to make sure that you…

WHY AUTO-DIMMING REARVIEW MIRRORS ARE IMPORTANT

June 30th, 2020 by

If you’ve ever driven on a crowded highway at night, you know how hard it can be to see with the headlights of cars behind you shining in your eyes. It can make you feel like you’re blinded if it goes on for too long. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors eliminate this problem and make it easy…

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