Jim's Towing & Automotive

Jim's Towing & Automotive Jim's Towing & Automotive offers over 38 years of automotive repair experience to Elgin, IL and its surrounding communities.

Our mechanics believe in offering exceptional customer service by providing honest work for honest prices. We believe in putting the needs of our customers before anything else, and pride ourselves in earning and maintaining the trust and respect of each person who walks through our doors. Our Automotive Repair Services Include:

Brake service
Rear ends
Electronic diagnostics
Air c


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What constitutes severe driving when it comes to determining a maintenance schedule? If you regularly drive in any of these conditions you may need to consider adjusting your maintenance schedule to accommodate the additional strain on your vehicle. Call Jim's Towing & Automotive at 847-697-0746 today and we'll be happy to advise.


For rideshare and delivery drivers, it's critical to keep your car in the best shape you can in order to keep it on the road and avoid costly repairs.


In basic terms, the higher the UTQG treadwear rating, the greater the tire life. A tire with a 600 treadwear rating is forecasted to last twice as long as a tire with a 300 rating, and should accumulate three times the mileage of a 200 rated tire.



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On this day in 1965 the Ford Bronco debuted. The newest iteration, which launched in 2021, features retro styling that pays homage to its original roots.


Here are some great gadgets that will help keep your car safe and comfortable during your next road trip!


August is Back to School month which means buses are back on the roads. Drivers should be extra aware during morning commutes and parents can use this simple acronym to teach their kids to play it SAFE while waiting for buses to arrive.


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It definitely can be! Overfilling with oil can cause foaming, which turns a slippery lubricant into a sudsy fluid with air bubbles that diminish the lubricating and cooling properties. Frothy oil also is harder for the oil pump to distribute around the engine, so some moving parts might not receive as much oil as they need, increasing wear and raising the risks of engine damage. Leave this task to the experts at Jim's Towing & Automotive and call 847-697-0746 today for an appointment.


For most vehicles, the normal operating engine temperature is in a range of 195 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.


A hazy windshield is one of the most annoying occurrences when driving in the rain. While a new set of blades may solve the problem, sometimes the solution can be as simple as doing good cleaning or using the the defrost option to regulate temperature.


A car's range can be calculated by the approximate distance it can travel with residual fuel in the fuel tank. Most newer vehicles have a dashboard meter that calculates range. Here are a few tips from Jim's Towing & Automotive for increasing that number.


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Regular tune-ups will keep your vehicles running at top condition much longer than simply waiting for parts to fail. Call Jim's Towing & Automotive at 847-697-0746 today to make an appointment!


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Cars make all kinds of noises, some normal, some? less so. If you've had a new noise pop up, call or stop by Jim's Towing & Automotive today and let us take a listen.


Did you know that July is Collector Car Appreciation Month?


This car part is used to charge the battery and power the electrical system when the engine is on. When it starts to fail, the vehicle's lights will dim, the engine will stall and the battery will be drained.

Answer: Alternator


The seatbelt is one of our best protections in a crash. In fact, the use of seatbelts has been estimated to reduce the risk of fatalities and serious injuries from collisions by about 50 percent.


Stay on top of your regular maintenance with Jim's Towing & Automotive to keep the scary noises at bay.


It's peak travel season and many pet owners are loading up their furry family members for a summer road trip. If that's you, here are some tips to help keep you and your pet safe in the car.


Jim's Towing & Automotive wishes you a Happy 4th of July!


As the weather continues to heat up, here are a few tips for keeping your vehicle cool and comfy for the next couple of months. If you haven't already, call Jim's Towing & Automotive at 847-697-0746 today to schedule a full A/C system inspection and tune-up.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic collisions occur most often in the summertime. Distracted driving is a key cause so Jim's Towing & Automotive encourages you to be extra alert and stay safe out there this summer!


Do you ever wonder what other people say to the police when they're pulled over for speeding? The number one excuse, given by 26% of people is that they didn't realize they were speeding.
21% say they are late for work.
25% tell police there is a medical emergency.
20% say they have to use the bathroom.
14% say they didn't see a speed limit sign.
22% remarked that they were going as fast as everyone else.
15% blame being late to pick up or drop off a child.
13% remarked that they were late for a doctor's appointment.
13% said they were late for a court appointment.


These are brake calipers, which are the part of the brake that presses the pads against the rotor. Since brake calipers are such an essential part of a vehicle and since they're visible from the outside, it's unsurprising that some automakers paint them as a fashion statement.


June is National Camping Month. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of the great outdoors.


To all of the amazing dads out there who keep us rolling, Jim's Towing & Automotive wishes you a very Happy Father's Day weekend.


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Answer: According to the U.S. News and World Report as few as eighteen percent of drivers can actually drive a manual transmission vehicle.


Call Jim's Towing & Automotive at 847-697-0746 for a full vehicle inspection to avoid failures of belts and hoses BEFORE they happen.


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The check engine light on the dashboard can happen for a number of reasons and one of the most common in newer vehicles is a loose gas cap. If the loose cap is causing the check engine light, then tightening it can fix the problem. If not, call Jim's Towing & Automotive today at 847-697-0746 and let us take a look!


As warmer summer weather approaches, you need air conditioning to get you around town comfortably. Like many other systems in your car, A/C weakens with wear and tear. Call 847-697-0746 today to schedule an A/C check-up with Jim's Towing & Automotive and avoid these problems down the road.


Every vehicle should have an emergency supply kit in the trunk and there a few essentials everyone should always keep on hand. Additional items including road triangles, duct tape, blankets and portable chargers are also recommended. Kits should be checked every six months and expired items should be replaced regularly.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that drivers are 1.57 times more likely to be in a crash when eating. Reaching for a sandwich across the seat is not much safer, increasing odds of a crash by 1.38 times.


This Memorial Day Jim's Towing & Automotive honors and remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.


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