Car Care Tips: Coolant/Heater Hoses

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April is National Car Care Month in the United States, with the Car Care Council encouraging drivers from coast-to-coast to take some time to assess the health of their vehicle(s). Click HERE to download a complimentary ebook from the Car Care Council and check out some info on your vehicle’s hoses below: • Coolant hoses and heater hoses are components that CAN, and WILL, wear out in the lifetime of a vehicle, possibly even multiple …… ( more )

Spring Driving Hazards

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Spring has sprung in Ramsey County! As we’re enjoying nicer days and daydreaming about road trips, don’t forget that spring driving can sometimes be unpredictable. Watch out for these common hazards on the roads this month: • Construction. When snow melts, it leaves behind cracks, rocks, and potholes. Spring is one of the busiest seasons for road construction to repair winter damage. Be aware of traffic conditions in work zones. Look ahead at traffic reports …… ( more )

Check Your Headlights

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During the winter months here in Ramsey County, the days are short and the snowstorms are frequent. As such, visibility is a constant issue for Minnesota drivers at this time of year and your headlights become more important than ever. While checking your vehicle’s headlights may not be at or even near the top of your list of maintenance priorities while you’re dealing with the elements this winter, there are some things you can look …… ( more )

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 )