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 )

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 )