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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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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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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heater core

Evanston, Rogers Park, Skokie and other area drivers may wonder where the air in a vehicle’s 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…

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