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 )

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 )

Brake Maintenance Benefits

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Your vehicle’s brake system is obviously very important to your safety and having brake maintenance performed regularly is very important to keeping this vital system functioning at a high level. Taking these maintenance steps will go a long way towards keeping your brake system healthy: Inspect your brake pads for wear at least once per year under normal driving conditions. Some manufacturers recommend replacing brake pads if there is 1/8 inch or less of the …… ( more )

Protect Your Car From Ice This Winter

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Minnesota has already been hit hard by Old Man Winter this year and there’s still a lot of calendar space between now and Twins Opening Day. With Ramsey County roads currently less-than-ideal in terms of drivability thanks to snow, ice, etc., here are a few items you can keep stored in your vehicle to avoid being victimized by slick conditions the next couple of months: Salt/Sand. When you encounter ice that’s particularly thick and/or slick, …… ( 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 )

Vehicle Fluids 101

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While they might not be the first thing that come to mind when you think about vehicle maintenance, your car’s fluids are literally its lifeblood and they are a vital component of its health. A vehicle’s fluids are responsible for performing various functions that keep your engine running at an optimal level. Your car’s fluid levels should be monitored closely and, in some cases, you should have flushes performed in order to keep your vehicle …… ( more )

Check Your Antifreeze Before Winter

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As temperatures are dropping across Minnesota, it’s clear fall has arrived… with winter not far behind! Before the cold weather hits, make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge by checking your vehicle’s antifreeze. Antifreeze plays a critical role in your engine. It makes sure the fluids in your engine can stand up to very cold temperatures without freezing, while also preventing the engine from overheating. Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is mixed with …… ( more )

Tire Rotation 101

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No matter what make or model your vehicle might be, it needs to be equipped with healthy tires in order to perform effectively. As such, keeping your tires in good shape should be a big part of your vehicle’s maintenance plan and regular tire rotation should be a cornerstone of that plan. The life of a tire improves by a factor of 20 pct. when regular rotation is conducted which will ensure you get your …… ( more )

Is It Tune-Up Time?

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No matter how sophisticated they get here in the 21st century, automobiles still need to be tended to regularly and have the occasional tune-up performed in order to ensure optimum mechanical performance. But how do you know when to have a tune-up performed on your vehicle? As a rule of thumb, you should have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles while your other fluids and filters should be serviced every 30,000 miles or so. …… ( more )

Replace Your Timing Belt and Save Money

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The first time most drivers think about the timing belt in their vehicle is when the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule says it needs to be replaced. Other, less-observant drivers aren’t so lucky. These drivers are often lamenting a problem they didn’t know they had when the timing belt brakes and leaves them stranded on the side of the road with a repair bill of several thousand dollars. There’s an easy way to keep yourself and …… ( more )