Why To Avoid DIY A/C Recharge Kits

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Since the summer is here, one of the more popular things for car owners to try to do themselves is to recharge their auto air conditioning unit with a store-bought recharge kit. While this may seem for the typical owner to almost be too good to be true, let us tell you some facts around these kits. Dangers of AC DIY Recharge Kits One of the biggest issues with these kits is that they do …… ( more )

Cooling System Flush FAQ

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During the summer, overheating of vehicles causes many breakdowns and potential internal engine damage. Many people come to our shop with breakdowns due to cooling system failures. Here are some facts about cooling systems, what they are and what to know when someone says that you need to have your cooling system flushed. What Is A Cooling System? The cooling system in your vehicle is what keeps your car from overheating. An engine works best …… ( more )

Summertime Car Maintenance

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While everyone in Minnesota is thrilled that summer is here and winter can be forgotten about for a couple of months, there are still a few important things to remember when it comes to vehicle maintenance during the hottest season of the year: Tire Pressure Warming temperatures raise air pressure – a 10 degree increase can affect tire pressure by 1-2 psi. High tire pressure means you’ll get fewer miles to each gallon and means …… ( more )

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 )