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 )

Can I Top Off my Coolant?

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When you notice low levels of coolant, do not simply “top off” the coolant and ignore it. Bring your vehicle into AM-PM Automotive Repair for a cooling system inspection. Topping off fluids can have more negative impact than positive. There are two primary reasons: 1 – Leak. If the coolant level in your vehicle is low, it usually indicates a leak. Coolant is not “used up” during the normal operation of your vehicle. Rather, the …… ( more )

How Tread Keeps you Safe of Icy, Wet Roads

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Tread on a tire isn’t there only to help you know how old your tires are… the tread keeps you safe in icy, wet, slippery conditions! If you look at your tire straight on, you’ll see some grooves in both directions – from one side of the tire to the other, and along the full length of the tire. At first glance, many people think that the water on the road gets passed through the …… ( more )

Safety Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

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Even if you understand the basic steps to changing a flat tire, there are a lot of risks to changing a flat tire on the road. After dark, busy streets, or unintentional damage to your car… keep yourself, your family, and your vehicle safe with these tips to safely change a flat tire. Safety comes first. Look for a flat area with a wide shoulder. Low traffic areas are best. If you are on a …… ( more )

Brake Pads and Rotor Maintenance

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The vehicle brake system is simple, with brake pads grabbing the rotor to stop your vehicle. The rotor is attached to the hub where it spins with the wheel. When you step on the brakes, it’s the pad grabbing the rotor that slows you down. This rotor should be glass-smooth. When the pads take hold, you experience an even and easy stop. But when the brake pads get worn, the pad can become so thin …… ( more )

Spark Plugs FAQs

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Spark plugs are a small part of a vehicle that most drivers don’t think about… until something goes wrong. The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule that comes with your vehicle includes regular spark plug replacement. Unless you know to look for it, you may want to rely on the advice of a trusted technician to help you care for the spark plugs in your vehicle. This month, we’re answering three frequently asked questions about spark plugs in …… ( more )

Must have apps for your summer road trip

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Over 90% of adults in American will hit the road this summer for a trip of some kind. Make the most of the experience by loading helpful and fun apps on your mobile device. After making these five downloads, hand your phone to your navigator, and enjoy the ride. Google Maps. It is simple to use, and incredibly reliable for mapping, traffic, time to destination, and great satellite visual cues to help identify your location. …… ( more )

What is Flex Fuel?

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We’ve had a few customers ask about E85 fuel and flex-fuel vehicles, so we know there’s a lot of confusion about this “gas saving” trend. So this month, we’re answering common questions to clear up some of the confusion and misperception about flex fuel systems. What is E85? Many people associate “flex fuel” with alternative fuel sources, specifically ethanol produced from corn. Much of the gasoline sold in the US (about 1/3) contains some ethanol. …… ( more )