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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check engine light

Okay. You went to your local Evanston car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest Evanston service center, but on the way, the Check Engine light stops flashing and…

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Car Maintenance

If you haven’t shopped in the Evanston area for a new vehicle recently, you’re likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Evanston, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years…

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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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