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 )

Three Tools to Protect from Ice

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This winter has brought snow and ice to Minnesota. When moisture and freezing temperatures combine, roads and driveways in White Bear Lake become covered in ice. Slick and slippery surfaces can be dangerous to pedestrians and cars on the roads, but a few precautions can help you stay safe in icy conditions. Salt or sand. When the ice is thick and slick, a layer of ice melt, road salt, or sand can provide extra traction. …… ( more )

Defrosting and Removing Fog from Car Windows

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Why do car windows fog up when it’s cold outside? That fog is condensation, or water vapors that rest and collect on your car windows and windshield. Water vapor within the car, even your own breath, can fog up your windows. When you hold a warm cup of coffee or tea and breathe across the hot liquid, you may see moisture collecting on the edge of the mug. Cover the top of the mug with …… ( more )

Winter Travel Safety Kit

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While driving around Minnesota this winter, we never expect to become stranded in our vehicles. If you do end up in this predicament, here are 7 things you will want with you as part of your Winter Travel Safety Kit. 1. Cat Litter. Cat litter can be used as a traction aid. It may help get you out of that slick parking lot or ditch. 2. Mini Shovel. If you can dig yourself out, it …… ( more )