Exhaust System Components and Maintenance

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Your vehicle’s exhaust system is one of those things you don’t notice… until you do. Maybe you’ll smell leaking fluids. Or hear loud clicking and noises from the engine. Or see a billowing cloud of grey or green smoke lingering behind you on the road. When everything is working properly, you’ll hardly ever have a reason to think about the exhaust system in your vehicle. So what does the exhaust system do? The exhaust system …… ( more )

Spring Car Care Tips

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Spring has officially arrived in White Bear Lake! But that doesn’t mean your vehicle is in the clear – changing seasons means it’s time for maintenance to make sure your vehicle will keep you safely and comfortable on the road through the spring and summer. As we kick off National Car Care Month, here are 8 things you should check on your vehicle to prepare for spring: 1. Antifreeze Many people think of antifreeze only …… ( more )

Don’t Ignore that you just Hit a Curb!

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Winter roads are slick in White Bear Lake, and across Minnesota. As you drive along snowy, icy roads this winter, use extra caution to remain in control of your vehicle to avoid slides and skids. At AM-PM Automotive Repair, we’ve seen many of our customers’ vehicles suffer damage from sliding into a curb on slick winter roads. Even though this seems like a small mistake, hitting a curb can have major impacts on your car. …… ( more )

October is Fall Car Care Month! (Infographic)

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: preventative maintenance is critical to keeping your car safe on the road. And now – during National Fall Car Care Month – is the perfect opportunity to review car care basics! Regular oil changes, properly inflated tires, and keeping up with recommended maintenance can help you extend the life of your vehicle and improve the way it drives. Check out this infographic for 5 key systems …… ( more )

Do I Really Need a Transmission Flush?

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We’ve had many conversations with our customers here in White Bear Lake, MN – any time we recommend a transmission flush, our customers ask questions. So what is a transmission flush? Can’t you just top off the fluid? Is it really necessary? We understand your confusion – a transmission flush isn’t one of the aspects of preventative maintenance that usually come to mind. An oil change, new tires, wiper blades… but a transmission flush? Just …… ( more )

Car Waxing and Polishing – What’s right for your car?

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Car polish and wax are among many products used to protect your vehicle and keep it looking its best. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception among car owners about these products and what they are used for. So what is the difference between a wax and a polish? And what’s right for your car? Polish A polish is used to give your vehicle a smooth, shiny surface. The primary purpose of polish is to remove …… ( more )

Pitfalls of Delaying Routine Maintenance

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With the economy the way it is, it’s easy to justify passing on routine maintenance. While it may seem like you’re saving money by not visiting our local White Bear Lake auto service, the truth is the longer you delay routine maintenance, the more damage is being done to vital components in your vehicle. To be honest, by delaying routine maintenance, you may not see significant damage initially, but it will catch up to your …… ( more )

AM-PM Auto Repair: Winter Checklist in White Bear Lake

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While it’s recommended you visit an auto service to have maintenance performed on your vehicle every 3 months, there’s plenty of simple, minor maintenance items you can manage yourself to ensure a healthy vehicle. We’ve broken down a checklist that allows you to inspect something minor on your car for literally seconds every morning before your commute. So while you’re enjoying your morning coffee or perhaps right before you take off for work, check these …… ( more )

AM-PM Auto Repair- Retaining Resale Value

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Buying a car is a big commitment, but not for life. It’s not like marriage, having kids, or even your cell phone contract with Verizon. So let’s just face the facts here: Eventually, you’re going to trade in your old ride for a newer, better, more fuel efficient model. That said, it’s important to retain your vehicle’s resale value so you get the most out of it when you either sell or trade in the …… ( more )

AM-PM Auto Repair Tip: Clean Fuel Injectors Improve Your Fuel Efficiency

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Did you know that fuel injectors are extremely critical components that keep ignites easier and burns more evenly and efficiently, which saves you money by improving your gas mileage and increasing horsepower? Vehicle fuel systems are generally very clean nowadays because today’s gasoline is designed for fuel injection and there are filters in the system that trap a bulk of unwanted dirt. However, some dirt can get past the filters, especially in vehicles driven at …… ( more )