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316 East Taylor DeKalb, IL
(815) 206-8908
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:30pm
 |  Saturday & Sunday Closed



Here A Jeep, There A Jeep, Everywhere A Jeep, Jeep. Old MacDonald…
Boy do we work on a lot of Jeeps! I’m not sure why so many come to Motor Works. Maybe it’s because their owners talk to each other, and word has spread we provide top flight repairs and maintenance at a reasonable cost. Motor Works has been providing repair and service to these tough vehicles in DeKalb and Northern Illinois for over 30 years.

Bye the way, some of our owners are approaching and passing 300,000 miles on their vehicles.

Unique Needs
Jeeps are a unique combination of high tech electronics and complicated 4 wheel drive systems. It requires a staff skilled in both areas to work on them properly. Motor Works has this staff.

We have been working on the companies’ 4 wheel drive systems, including axles, hubs, transmissions, transfer cases, and differentials since 1984. We also provide high performance modifications to Jeep drivetrains for off road enthusiasts.

Schools and Tools
Superior Jeep care is no accident. The high tech electronics I spoke of earlier refers to the dozens of computers mounted in each vehicle. These computers control the engine, transmission, 4 wheel drive, heater, lights, antitheft, door controls and a vast array of other functions. Our staff is constantly going to classes to keep up with the brand’s ever changing technology. Three of our technicians are ASE Master Certified Specialists.

A large inventory of special tools and computer scanners are another part of our commitment. Motor Works is determined to be the Dealership Alternative!

Schedule Now
We offer everything from light bulbs to transmission overhauls, “check engine lights” to motor replacements. We are comfortable with all models and strive to deliver the service you deserve.

Jeep owners in DeKalb and Northern Illinois choose Motor Works because of our reputation for excellence, we hope you’ll choose us too.

Schedule Today!
If you would like to bring your Jeep in for repair or service please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak with our friendly staff.

Motor Works’ First Snowplow Was A 1949 Willys Jeep Pickup
Hi, I’m Marty Fay, the owner of Motor Works. The year quoted in bold print above is not a mistake. It was a 1949 Willys Jeep Pickup. What an amazing vehicle. I wish I had a picture to show you.

I bought this from a snowplow business around 1984. It was painted orange and affectionately called “The Tank”. It only had a flat head 4 cylinder engine, but the low gearing and tall narrow tires would allow it to pull through mud and snow that seemed to stop every other 4x4.

Our primitive plow had live hydraulics to raise and lower the snow plow blade but nothing else. That means every time I wanted to change the angle I would have to get out of the truck, pull a pin, reposition the blade manually, reinsert the pin, and get back in the truck. This was a frequent and depending on the weather, often miserable proposition.

Despite its short comings I was terribly fond of that vehicle. I eventually sold it, and have managed to keep lose track of its ownership. Our snowplow became the possession of one of our best customers for many years. The customer was surprised and delighted to learn the jeep had once been ours. There was mention of a broken frame and possible restoration. It might be fun to see old “Tank” again. I think I’ll make a phone call.