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 )

Gas Saving Tips for Instant Savings

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After recent low prices, gas prices are on the rise again in White Bear Lake. Whether prices are low or high is out of our control, but there’s plenty we can do to make our cars more fuel efficient. Here are a few engine tweaks that will lead to big savings at the pump! Replace the Air Filter so Your Engine can Breathe! Just like your body, your car needs to breathe in order to …… ( more )

Rusted Brake Rotors – Hidden Danger

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If you feel a vibration in your steering wheel each time you brake, the brake rotors may be damaged. Don’t risk your family’s safety! Have your brakes inspected as soon as possible. One of the biggest factors affecting your brake’s rotors is rust. Because brakes are exposed to outside elements, including road debris, mud, and salt from winter roads, oxidation can occur. You may not notice the rust initially, but as it continues to grow …… ( more )

Size Matters: Brake Pads

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When we think about brakes, the first thing we think about are the pads. This is the part that needs replaced most frequently and provides a fundamental function: Stopping your car. The brake pads are attached to your brake calipers (think of the pinching mechanism around a bicycle tire). When you apply the brakes, the brake pads grab on to the rotor on both sides. This pressure stops the wheel from spinning to slow and …… ( more )

Freezing Temps, Broken Windows

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Cold winter mornings in Minnesota mean ice, slick roads, low traction, and hidden dangers on the road. But there’s one danger to your vehicle that you might not have considered: Frozen Windows. On a warm day when you’re driving on the roads in White Bear Lake, you probably reach mindlessly for the button that controls your power windows. But what really happens? Inside the door, that button activates a belt that pulls the mechanism that …… ( more )

Winter Car Health

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As the mornings turn chillier and snow begins to fall in White Bear Lake, it’s time to pay attention to winter car health. Here are some important items on your vehicle to pay attention to in lower temperatures. ANTIFREEZE Antifreeze (also known as coolant) is a key part of being ready for winter. Because it lowers the freezing point and raises the boiling point of water, it makes it so the water in your radiator …… ( more )