serpentine belt

Any Evanston driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Evanston residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt….

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good fuel economy

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Evanston can relate to is our computers. You’ve probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get…

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car battery

You probably have heard that expression, “A stitch in time saves nine.” In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That’s certainly the case with your vehicle, and here’s a true story to demonstrate it. A driver noticed his vehicle was due…

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road trip inspection

Evanston area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it’s great! But there’s nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt. Now Evanston drivers can’t always avoid problems, but…

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wiper blades

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today’s Doc Able’s Auto Clinic article: wiper blades. While this isn’t the most exciting automotive subject, it’s important. You wouldn’t drive at night in Evanston with your headlights off, but a dirty or…

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high mile club

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Illinois news. Evanston, Skokie, Rogers Park, etc. people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Evanston motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good…

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used vehicle inspection

It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used. But it can feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you buy a used vehicle. I mean, people sell vehicles for a lot of reasons. Maybe they just wanted a new car, maybe there was something wrong with…

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new car vs. old car

Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It’s a question most Evanston drivers ask themselves at some time or another. Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because…

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fuel savings

There’s not much Evanston drivers can do about the price of gas in 
Illinois, but we can control – up to a point – how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave…

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Recommended Factory Scheduled Maintenance

As you know, your vehicle has factory scheduled maintenance items. These range from oil changes to timing belt replacement to brake inspection. These recommendations are usually made for certain mileage or time intervals. For some vehicles, certain recommendations are clustered around major intervals like 30,000/60,000/90,000 miles (50,000/100,000/150,000 kilometers). Following factory recommended service goes as long…

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