About 80% of the vehicles on Evanston roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren’t performing as well as they could be – thousands right here in Illinois. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There…

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owners manual

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow…

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EGR Valve

Evanston, Skokie, Rogers Park and other area drivers realize it is pretty amazing how auto makers have been able to consistently build more powerful engines in vehicles that get better fuel economy while at the same meeting increasing environmental standards. One of the little miracles that helps make this happen is the Exhaust Gas Recirculation…

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When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost…

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good fuel economy

Whether we’re trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us Evanston drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We’ve all heard about ways to save money on gas in Illinois, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive maintenance…

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oil change

As engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer. High quality oil in a well-engineered engine has led to extended intervals. Here’s the problem: With longer oil change intervals, it’s important for Evanston drivers to follow them closely. Back in the day of 3 months or 3,000 miles (4,500 kilometers), if you went…

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engine air filter

Every Evanston car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change may have been told that they may need to change their engine air filter. Here’s what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be…

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