Common Problems with Coolant/Antifreeze

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The job of coolant is to keep your engine running at the appropriate temperature. Also known as antifreeze, coolant prevents both overheating and freezing, making it a vital component for your vehicle. If your coolant isn’t functioning properly, your engine is at risk for significant damage. As such, it is recommended that you have your coolant checked every time you get your oil changed. Some coolant/antifreeze-related problems that can arise include: Deposits. Over time, contaminants …… ( more )

Wintertime Car Battery Maintenance

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As we reach the zenith of winter here in Ramsey County, you will undoubtedly be contending with a lot of issues as you try and stay warm and safe while faced with a variety of weather-related issues. One of the most common and most frustrating ordeals to contend with during the winter months is a dead car battery. Low temperatures affect your battery in a couple of ways. First, since oil has a tendency to …… ( more )

The Dangers of Black Ice

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Roads in Ramsay County can be extremely volatile during the winter months, with snow and ice taking turns making life difficult for drivers. The most dreaded element of all, black ice, is also an omnipresent danger as temperatures fluctuate and moisture hardens quickly. When icy patches are hard to see, the odds of drivers hitting a curb after briefly losing control of their vehicles become much greater. Encountering black ice and colliding with a curb …… ( more )

Preventative Maintenance Checks

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In addition to following a preventative maintenance plan with ASE-certified technicians, making regular checks on your own will protect your vehicle from incurring any serious unexpected problems on the road. Make sure to take some time to get familiar with what is under the hood of your car. Check hoses and belts – Check your hoses and belts for cracking.  Hoses connect engine parts that don’t always move in relation to each other, so the hoses should …… ( more )

The Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

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With all the things you have to do each day, why bother with preventive maintenance for your vehicle? It’s just one more thing to add to your to-do list, right? Wrong! Preventive maintenance can save you time, money and headaches galore. Here are some reasons why smart vehicle owners take the time for preventive maintenance: Saves money: Preventive maintenance on your vehicle saves you money in many ways. Routine oil changes, for example, remove dirty …… ( more )

Why To Avoid DIY A/C Recharge Kits

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Now that summer is in full swing here in Minnesota, one of the more popular things for car owners to try to do themselves is to recharge their 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 cold hard facts around these kits. Dangers of DIY A/C Recharge Kits One of the biggest issues with …… ( more )

Summertime Car Maintenance

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While summer is here and winter can somewhat be forgotten about for a couple of months at least, 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 your tires will …… ( more )

The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

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Wheel Alignment

The average driver has no idea what kind of obstacles they may encounter on a given day or trip, which is why it’s imperative that their vehicle’s wheels are properly in-line. Wheel alignment is extremely important when it comes to how your car handles the road. Suspension is what connects your vehicle to its wheels and provides a smooth, safe ride over uneven streets. As a result of accidental run-ins with curbs or potholes, parts …… ( 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 )