Outstanding Care For Almost 30 Years
Trouble free driving is everybody’s priority. Quality maintenance and repair is essential to keeping your Dodge reliable. Motor Works has been providing these services in DeKalb and Northern Illinois for over 30 years.
Schools and Special Tools
Superior Dodge care is no accident. These vehicles are at the cutting edge of the auto industry. It is not uncommon for the manufacturer to put literally dozens of computers on board to control lighting, engine and transmission functions, heating and cooling, cruise control, and a host more. Advanced engineering has launched the Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup into the top spot as Motor Trend Magazine’s 2013 Truck of the Year. Our staff is constantly going to classes to keep up with the brand’s ever changing technology.
Expensive special tools, computer scanners and three ASE Master Certified Specialists are another part of our commitment to the Dodge brand. Motor Works is determined to be the Dealership Alternative!
From The Smallest Service To The Biggest Repair
We offer everything from light bulbs to transmission overhauls, “check engine lights” to motor replacements. We are comfortable with all the companies’ models and strive to deliver the service you deserve.
Dodge owners in DeKalb and Northern Illinois choose Motor Works because of our reputation for excellence, we hope you’ll choose us too.
If you would like to bring your Dodge in for repair or service please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak with our friendly staff.
A Fond Story
Hi, I’m Marty Fay, the owner of Motor Works. The first part of my career as an automotive technician (years 1970 to 1983), was spent at a grand old shop called Southtown Service in DeKalb, Illinois. One of my jobs was to tow cars. Southtown’s tow truck was a converted 1959, 4x4, Dodge Power Wagon Pickup. This vehicle also doubled as their snow plow.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours in that old beast towing cars and trucks from all over northern Illinois. However, my most memorable (and terrifying) experience was towing a full length school bus. At the tow site I performed my normal connections to the bus. Not knowing quite what to expect, I raised the school bus slowly with the winch. And watched in ever increasing horror as the rear suspension on the tow truck went lower and lower until it finally bottomed out. “YIKES!”
At that point I finally had some grasp on just how heavy the school bus really was. I started to question whether the winch cable would hold. I let the bus dangle for a few minutes and watched with apprehension, but sure enough that rusty cable held.
What I hadn’t realized yet, is that neither the bottomed suspension nor the winch cable were my real problems. I climbed into the tow truck, put it in gear and began to pull onto the road. Suddenly I realized I had almost no steering ability and precious little braking. The bus was so heavy on the rear of the tow truck, it had levered the front wheels up until they barely touched the road.
My 40 mile tow was a 20 MPH cold sweat balancing act, steering the best that I could. I pretty much ignored the brakes and downshifted the engine to slow the truck. Somehow I made it back to shop without an accident and with the bus intact.
As I look back now, I’m stunned at how dangerous this all was. I’m also a little angry at this dopey kid, (I was about 19) , who didn’t have the sense to abandon a life threatening situation. But, truth be told, I’m also a little proud of what that little rascal pulled off. There is still room in this world for “can do” naivete.