Heater Core

You may have wondered where the warm air in your passenger compartment comes from. Well, as your engine starts to warm up, it also warms the coolant/antifreeze that circulates around the engine and through the radiator. There is also a hose that carries coolant/antifreeze from the engine to the heater core and another that takes…

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Automotive Diagnostics

Some Evanston vehicle owners wonder why Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, Inc. and other Evanston auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at Doc Able’s Auto Clinic for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Evanston area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear…

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diesel

Something you’re going to be hearing a lot about around Evanston, Illinois, is diesel engines. We’re not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we’re talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs. Most people in Illinois are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import…

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wheel alignment

At Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Doc Able’s Auto Clinic alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against…

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cabin air filter

Here is a question for Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie and other area drivers: What is a cabin air filter? Is it: 1. A filter for a house in the middle of the woods? 2. A fresh, piney scent? 3. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it’s 3. A cabin air…

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A/C - Heating Repair

Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie, and other area drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant. Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the…

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ABS Brakes

There’s a common misconception that anti-lock brakes (ABS) help you stop faster. That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. Anti-lock brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation. Imagine you are driving on a snowy IL road. You need to…

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Air Blend Box

You push a few buttons or turn some knobs, and voila! You have air blowing on your feet or cool air chilling your face. But how does all that happen? Well, it’s all thanks to the air blend box. This box lives behind your dash and helps direct the right temperature of air where you…

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wiper blades

If you’re gonna drive around Evanston, Skokie and the area, you’ve got to be able to see! So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. We’ve all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty. It seems like…

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wheel alignments

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Evanston, Skokie and surrounding area drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While…

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