Washing Your Car in the Winter

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As Minnesotans know all too well, driving during the winter months in this part of the country can be problematic to say the least. Snow, mud, ice – our roads bear the brunt of Old Man Winter’s fury and our vehicles can be collateral damage during his chilly reign. In addition to the inherent dangers that come along with winter driving here in Ramsey County, your vehicle also tends to take a hit aesthetically as …… ( more )

Improve Your MPG This Winter

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Now that winter has arrived in Ramsey County, you’ve probably already been dealing with the typical issues and elements we get to contend with every year: slush, snow, sludge, etc. While dealing with Old Man Winter is always an arduous task, here are a few tips on how to improve your gas mileage during the coldest season of the year: Check your Tire Pressure. Having your tires inflated to the factory-recommended air settings improves your …… ( more )

Prevent Corrosion from Road Salt this Winter

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Winter roads in Ramsey County can be messy. With snow, ice, mud and road salt to deal with, it can seem like keeping your vehicle clean can be next to impossible this time of year. However, in addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits, keeping your car clean during the winter is even more important than other seasons because of one major enemy of vehicle health: corrosion. As we all know, salt is used by our …… ( more )

Winter Driving Tips

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Winter seems to hit the Gopher State in an instant. All of a sudden, we go from having leaves on the ground to mountains of snow all around us. As such, being able to navigate treacherous wintry conditions is extremely important for Minnesota drivers. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your car for the impending invasion from Old Man Winter: Tire Pressure A quick drop in the temperature can affect how much …… ( more )

Vehicle Breakdown Survival Guide

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Breakdowns can affect drivers at any time during any season. One minute you’re driving your kids to school, heading to work, or running errands and the next your car is emitting smoke, forcing you to pull off the road immediately. A total disaster? It doesn’t have to be. Remaining calm and being equipped with a few important tools and a bit of knowledge can turn a potential disaster into a mere inconvenience. Here are a …… ( more )

Three Easy Ways To Maintain Your Car This Summer Driving Season

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Whether you are going to go on vacation just around the corner, drive around the country on a long trip, or head to the beach or mountains to get away for a few days, summer driving has it’s own unique challenges for your car. Intense sunlight, oppressing heat, and harsh weather or just some of the extreme conditions that are faced by our vehicles over the summer. Here are three easy ways to help maintain …… ( more )

How To Avoid Being Ripped Off By An Auto Repair Shop

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A relationship with the right car repair shop will protect you from being ripped off on auto repairs as well as being aware of these three scams: The auto repair shop tries to sell you something you don’t need This is the worst kind of rip-off and occurs regularly in certain shops. How to Protect Yourself: Before agreeing to any repairs, be sure you understand what work is being done. A reputable shop will take …… ( more )

How do you know when to replace the Timing Belt?

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The timing belt is a critical component in your vehicle. It ensures the moving parts in your engine work in sync – otherwise these parts could interfere with each other causing damage to the engine and leading to a breakdown. Unfortunately, because of its location in the engine, it’s often difficult to spot warning signs when the timing belt is nearing the end of its life. For best results, follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule …… ( more )

Carefree Highway: Road Trip Tips

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Spring break is here! With a bit of planning, you can make some memories to last a lifetime. If you are lucky enough to be making a break for it (in the form of a road trip), here’s a few tips to keep in mind. Get your vehicle checked out. Stop by AM-PM Automotive Repair for a pre-trip safety inspection. Our experienced auto technicians will review your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and alert you to any …… ( more )

Key Benefits of Brake Maintenance

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The Need for A Maintenance Schedule Your owner’s manual is a wonderful resource to keep you from forgetting when it’s time to service one of the most important and hardest working components on your car: the brakes. If you have become separated from your owner’s manual through loss or distance, many car manufacturers have their owner’s manual available online. You can download the owner’s manual, then search (CTRL-F) for specific words. Or call our experienced …… ( more )