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Under Hood

Alternators and Starters


The alternator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. It sends power to essential parts of your vehicle like the headlights, the engine fan, ignition coils,  various parts of the fuel injection system, and convenience options like the radio and air conditioning system.

It’s important to have your alternator checked regularly because it’s not always readily apparent when it fails. It can fail in stages and even when it goes completely, your battery will take over for a short period of time.

We are electrical systems experts who check your alternator, battery, ignition and starter.


A/C Systems

Air conditioning services performed by the Joe's Garage and Customs certified experts include:

  • Testing of air conditioning system for refrigerant leaks and interior  temperature
  • Restoring proper system refrigerant and lubrication levels
  • Restoring interior cooling ability
Belts & Hoses

Help avoid overheating and other serious engine damage by periodically replacing your belts & hoses if your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working, stranding you wherever you may be. Even worse, it could cause major engine damage. That’s why it’s important to have your timing belt regularly inspected. A regular belt and hose service at Joe's Garage and Customs includes:

  • Thorough visual inspection
  • Replacing all worn belts and hoses that show evidence of wear or damage
  • Ensuring the fit of installed belts, hoses, and related components

Car Batteries


Battery failure is the leading cause of vehicle breakdown.

Not only does your vehicle’s battery provide for the starting power, it’s also responsible for delivering the power needed to run your interior and exterior lighting, power seats, windows, radio, and other electrical components and accessories. You can optimize your vehicle’s battery life by dependable battery service. The battery service at Joe's Garage and Customs includes:

  • Premium battery replacement (as needed)
  • Corrosion removal from cable terminals
  • Proper disposal of the existing battery



Complete Engine Repair


Each engine has different needs, and these can be determined by many factors including driving conditions, past use, and how well it has been maintained. At Joe's Garage and Customs we use our engine repair experience to provide the services you need to get your engine performing at its very best.

In addition to engine repair, we also offer the option of exchange of and old engine with new, or and used and rebuilt engine.

Whatever you need, Joe's Garage and Customs delivers from transmissions to tune-ups, cam shafts to catalytic converters we have you covered.

 Investing in engine repair can add life to your vehicle, well over 200,000 miles, saving you thousands on a new car.



Computerized Engine Diagnostics


Today, most cars are controlled by computers. The fuel injectors, the spark plugs, the steering system and more, are all told when to fire and when to move by an onboard computer system.

If something’s going wrong with your car or engine, this computer can tell you about it. If the computer senses something is wrong with one of your car’s systems, it will turn on a dashboard light, such as “ABS Brakes” or something less specific, like “Check Engine.”

 Joe's Garage and Customs has the latest diagnostic equipment to identify what part of your engine or vehicle needs service. Often, it has something to do with increased emissions, but it is your best option to let us check to know it for sure.



Cooling System Repair & Service


Your cooling system plays an important role in vehicle’s performance. Without it, an engine would become extremely hot, overheat and even begin to melt. The cooling system helps keep your engine cool, and running. At Joe's Garage and Customs, we check- antifreeze/coolant, cooling fan, pressure cap, coolant reservoir, thermostat, heating and air conditioning, radiator caps and all coolant and bypass hoses.



Electrical Systems & Repair Service


From alternators to headlights, and everything in between, we have you covered; we can service all the electrical components of your vehicle:

  • Power windows
  • Power steering
  • Headlights and other exterior lights
  • Windshield wipers
  • Defroster and more


 Joe's Garage and Customs is an automotive electrical expert.



Emission Repair


Emission testing is required in Illinois.

One of the best ways to ensure you pass is by keeping your vehicle properly maintained,  following routine maintenance schedule.

Joe's Garage and Customs can help. We’re emissions experts, and have the right diagnostic tools to determine the cause of the increased emissions and the know-how to fix the problem.



Fuel System Injector Cleaning


Joe's Garage and Customs recommends you schedule a fuel injector cleaning every 25,000 miles. Drivers who make a lot of short trips or have a lot of miles on their car are especially susceptible to clogged fuel injectors. Regular fuel injector cleaning will improve your vehicle’s acceleration. You’ll save money on gas and cut down on harmful emissions. It can even extend the life of your engine.

As a car care experts, we have the equipment, skills and know-how to keep your fuel injectors flowing and your vehicle running at its best.



Fuel Pumps and Lines


When you come to Joe's Garage our  technicians will fit your car with a brand name pump and send you off for as little money and time spent as possible.

Saving you time and money is what Joe's Garage and Customs is all about. Making sure you get the right fuel pump for your car and getting it installed properly the first time are just two more reasons you don’t have to worry when you visit our Garage.


Oil Change and Filters & Lube


Oil changes are an important part of a regular vehicle maintenance program. Engine oil keeps mechanical components lubricated to prevent wear and heat build up due to friction. Regular oil changes ensure that your vehicle has a constant supply of clean and fresh oil.



Radiator Repair & Services


The job of your radiator is to keep coolant flowing throughout your engine. If there’s a block or a leak, your engine can quickly overheat and your vehicle will break down.

Coolant leaks are caused by cracked or ill-fitting hoses or a hole in the radiator itself. Radiator metal is thin and easily damaged, but the number one cause of coolant leaks is corrosion caused by a lack of routine maintenance. That’s why it’s so important to visit Joe's Garage on a regular basis.

Joe's Garage and Customs is a coolant system expert. We recommend having your coolant system professionally inspected at least once a year. We know how to keep the coolant flowing for your car best performance. If we detect any coolant leaks we can repair them or replace the damaged part.

Stop in today for a free inspection.



Timing Belts and Chains


The timing belt drives the camshaft(s) in the engine. The camshaft(s) cause the intake and exhaust valves to open in perfect timing to the piston movement so that your engine will run properly. For expert timing belt repair and service come into Joe's garage and Customs where you're engine will run the way it should.



Tune Ups


A standard tune-up, or spark plug replacement, done at the suggested maintenance interval will make an engine easier to start, can improve fuel economy, lower emissions and restore lost power.

 Another service designed to help your vehicle's engine run properly is the cleaning of fuel injectors and the fuel intake system. When dirt and deposits collect on fuel injectors, the amount of fuel delivered to the engine is restricted, leading to loss of performance and responsiveness.

Our  technicians are trained and experienced in performing  a fuel system cleaning that will remove all deposits and help maximize its performance and gas mileage capabilities.

From fixing a fuel system problem when it occurs, to helping you prevent one from happening in the future our techicians can help. Regular maintenance of your vehicle's fuel ignition system is the key to reliability, fuel efficiency, and effective engine performance.



Transmission Replacement & Repair


Transmission services and repair can at times be very expensive. It is important to maintain your transmission accordingly to your car manufacturer’s suggestions.

The replacement of transmission fluid at certain intervals is recommended by all manufacturers.

Joe's Garage and Customs offers affordable transmission fluid changes, transmission repair, as well as free visual transmission inspection.