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The operation of your transmission depends on your hydraulics. Even if that sounds like a foreign language to you, at Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, we speak the automotive language. We want you to understand what we're talking about, so here are the basics of the hydraulic functions behind your transmission.

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Are you considering upgrading to a better transmission on your classic? Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL can help.

If you drive something old, there’s a good chance it has fewer gears than you’d like. With all the 6 and 8 speed transmissions on the road today, it’s hard to imagine that just a few decades ago we were getting by with just 2 or 3 gears. These days, there are some simple swap options - here are some things for you to consider.

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If you’re running a truck (or trucks) without an auxiliary oil cooler, it may be something you want to consider. Here’s some information on auxiliary oil coolers, what they are, and why they’re a great upgrade, from Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL.

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If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle, there are important points to remember in preserving not only your car or SUV, but it's resale value as well. Luxury and performance vehicles depreciate more quickly than other cars. Many who own these cars like to have the newest and the best of the best. In that way, the odds are stacked against you when trying to get a good price for your car. Fortunately, Hale's Automotive has some steps you can take to ensure you get the most for your car when it’s time to sell. 

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Do you have a performance car, truck, or SUV that you’re looking to upgrade? A stall converter might be your next step; from Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, here’s what you need to know.

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At Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, we understand that driving style affects your vehicle’s performance and reliability. You probably know that frequent, hard acceleration is bad for your engine and transmission, but what about speed?

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At Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, we understand how frustrating it is when your vehicle makes mysterious noises that it shouldn’t be making. Here’s a rundown on suspension bushings, to help you figure out what that sound is you keep hearing.

ball joints

You’re Chevrolet, Ford, or Ram diesel pickup is a heavy-duty machine, designed to tackle all kinds of situations. The ball joints that connect your suspension to the rest of the truck are under a tremendous amount of strain, both on and off-road - it’s important to keep an eye on them, and make sure they’re in proper working order. Here’s how to gauge the condition of your ball joints, from the professionals at Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL.

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