Fall and Spring Checkup in Sikeston

September 24, 2023

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Charlie's Fast Lube Sikeston for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (techni... More

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around Sikeston

September 17, 2023

With high fuel prices in Sikeston, Missouri, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on is great. When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?Do so... More

A "Mounting" Problem (Motor Mounts)

September 10, 2023

You know how heavy your engine and transmission are, so you can imagine how tough the parts that hold them onto your vehicle's sub-frame must be. Not only must they support the weight, they also have to isolate vibrations and noise from the passenger cabin. Pretty tall order, wouldn't you say? ... More

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Sikeston, Missouri

September 3, 2023

The median age for cars in the Sikeston, Missouri area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Charlie's Fast Lube Sikeston we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Sikeston area, bring it into Charlie's Fast Lube Sikesto... More

Serpentine Belt Service at Charlie's Fast Lube Sikeston

August 27, 2023

Most Sikeston folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Sikeston market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have b... More

Mercury Rising (Hot Weather Vehicle Concerns)

August 20, 2023

The heat is on, and your vehicle takes a beating when it is. Several of your vehicle's systems are under extra stress in hot weather, so here are a few to make sure are getting the care and maintenance they need. It makes sense that the cooling system is one to make sure is in top shape. Vehicl... More

Shifty Letters PRNDL (Transmission)

August 13, 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

DOG FOOD IN YOUR ENGINE (Keeping Rodents out of your Engine)

August 6, 2023

A technician was telling us the other day that he was servicing an engine and spotted something he'd never seen before: A collection of dry dog food siting on a horizontal metal ledge near the base of the engine. It was neatly stashed and was in a spot where the food pellets couldn't have simply... More

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

July 30, 2023

Most Sikeston drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Missouri folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we Sikeston drivers all know or should know that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something mo... More

PCV Valve: What Is It?

July 23, 2023

Most Sikeston drivers know something about preventive maintenance on a vehicle. We know we should routinely replace the oil and wiper blades and other fluids. But have you heard of a PCV valve ? This little car part needs to be replaced regularly or it can cause some serious problems in your vehi... More