Inspecting the Tires for Proper Condition



The first thing to check is the air pressure. Under inflated tires wear out faster, create more heat, increase fuel consumption, and make your vehicle more difficult to handle. Tires that are over inflated can also wear out quicker, be more prone to picking up sharp objects on the surface of the road, and make the vehicle unsafe to handle. If you are not sure if the tires are inflated correctly, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.


Also inspect each tire. Look for things that may be embedded in the tires. Look for nails, stones, or other debris that could be embedded in the tread. If you hear a hissing sound when you pull out a nail, push it back in quickly and bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect and fix the tire. If you notice a tire goes flat on a consistent basis, there could be something that has punctured the tire. Take some soapy water and cover the tire. Look for any bubbles made by the escaping air.


Also look at the sidewalls of each tire. Check for deeply scuffed or worn areas, bulges, or bubbles. The tires should fit evenly and snugly around the wheel rims. Also check the tread of each tire. Place a penny upside down into the groove between the treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tires may need to be replaced. You can also use a thin ruler in the tread to measure the distance. The tread should be more than one sixteenth of an inch deep. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can properly inspect the condition of the tires for you. This will help you to have safe and reliable tires when you drive. If the tires need to be aligned, rotated, or inflated, we can do so for you. We can also inspect them for any puncture marks or wear that they might have. By fixing the tires at the sign of an issue, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.


The Benefits of Regular Maintenance






One of the biggest benefits for having regular maintenance done is that it can help improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. A vehicle that is well maintained can run better. By following the schedule to change the oil, the engine can run as it is designed to do. Parts of the engine can become lubricated which can also help it to run smoothly. Having the proper oil in your vehicle can also help to lower maintenance costs. A vehicle that is properly maintained can help ensure that the parts and components are working the way that they should be. This will reduce the amount of strain and stress they cause, which also decreases the amount of fuel that would be used. If you notice that the fuel mileage is poor, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.





When regular maintenance is done on your vehicle, you can help to improve the lifespan of it. This can reduce wear and tear on the vehicle. By checking the fluid levels, tire pressure, lights, and brakes, the vehicle’s life can be extended. If you start to notice an issue with the vehicle, bring it in as soon as possible. This can reduce the chance of parts causing strain with one another and leading to a further issue. Regular maintenances now can help prevent more costly repairs in the future.





Another benefit of having the vehicle maintained is that you can improve the safety level. We can inspect the parts thoroughly to ensure that everything is as safe as it should be. This can help prevent an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. The tires can be inspected to help reduce the chance that they go flat at an inconvenient time. If you notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or another, bring it in as soon as you can. This could indicate an issue with the tires or alignment. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.  


Why you Should Not Ignore Engine Issues



The best way to handle engine repairs is to make sure you bring the vehicle in at the first sign of an issue. We will inspect the vehicle, and look at the engine and under the hood. Get into the habit of getting any strange noise or experience checked out as soon as you can after hearing it or experiencing it. Sometimes it may not seem as if the noise is detracting from the smooth running of the vehicle. You just never know what is going on underneath the hood. It is better to get it checked out and to be told there is nothing wrong than to leave it and find you have left something that could easily have been fixed, but which is now more expensive.



There are various repairs that might be needed. Fluid leaks can occur from different parts of the engine and are easily spotted if you check under your car every time you pull away from a parking space. Timing chains can also pose problems and make noises if work needs to be done. Sometimes a replacement part is required, whereas other times something might just need adjusting. The worst-case scenario is a complete engine replacement, but if you take good care of it and check out any potential problems before they have a chance to escalate into something worse, you should not find yourself in this position.



As you can see, it makes sense to be better safe than sorry when it comes to engine repairs. It is tempting to ignore them but you will be doing so at the chance of potential and costly peril later on. Major engine problems are always a lot more expensive than minor ones. If you have an older vehicle, you might even find it is not worth getting the major repairs done. A minor engine repair could be all that is needed to keep your vehicle on the road for a long time to come, so look after it and remember to keep an ear out for any unusual noises.

Check the Tires thoroughly for any issues



One of the most important things to check in the tires is the air pressure. The correct amount of air pressure that is needed for the tires can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. The correct amount can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. It is important to check all four tires regularly for the amount of air pressure that is in them. If a tire is under inflated, it could lead to a blowout. The tire will also start to wear unevenly when you operate. If the tire is over inflated, it will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can lead to poor handling when you drive. The tire can also be more prone to picking up sharp objects that are in the road.



The tread of the tires should also be inspected. The tread is important because it helps to grip and handle the road as you drive. If the tread is worn down, it may make handling when driving more difficult. If the roads are wet or slippery, the tread of the tire should be the best possible. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires and tread for you. We can also alert you for if you need to invest in a new set of tires. Also check to ensure the tread is wearing evenly around each tire. If one spot is more worn down than another, it could mean there is a problem with the alignment of the tires.



The tires should also be checked to make sure they are wearing effectively. If there are any cracks or puncture marks in the tire, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. Also check for any bald or flat spots where part of the tire may be worn down. If one spot wears quicker than another, it could mean a more serious issue than just with the tires. By bringing the vehicle in we can inspect the tires for you. We can also check the alignment of the tires. When recommended, we can also rotate them so they can last as long as possible.

Noticing an Issue with the Transmission


The transmission of your vehicle is essential for proper function. It allows you to switch gears and run the vehicle. A transmission is an assembly of parts that allows power to be sent from a power source that drives the vehicle. Some transmissions use gears and a clutch to covert the speed of the vehicle. Transmissions are needed because it helps regulate the maximum RPM in which the engine can go without damaging the part and exploding. The RPM range depicts the amount and horsepower and torque needed for the vehicle to work properly.


An automatic transmission is the simplest form of transmission in that there is no clutch pedal or gear shifting needed to operate the vehicle. However, transmissions are one of the most important and complex pieces of your vehicle. The automatic transmission’s primary job is to allow the engine to operate in a narrow range of speeds while providing a wide range of output speeds. Once the vehicle is put into drive, it is ready to be driven and no further shifting is needed. This is unless reverse or park is required, because manual transmissions change gears without driver input.


Manual transmissions are more difficult to operate because of the clutch and gear operating system. Most manual vehicles use a five-speed transmission that applies one of five different gear ratios to the input shaft to produce a different RPM value. In order to know when you should shift gears, you should pay attention to the RPM on the dashboard. Once the RPM reaches a certain number that is when you will know to push down on the clutch and use the shifter to move the gear up or down. This allows the vehicle to stay at the appropriate RPM for the speed in which you are driving.


Replacing a transmission can become extremely costly. That is why it is important to pay close attention to the signs of your transmission going bad before it is too late. If you notice any odd noises when the vehicle shifts gears, schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the vehicle and under the hood for any damage that it might have. We will specifically pay attention to any red color in the transmission fluid. If the transmission fluid is cloudy, muddy or has a burnt smell to it, this means that the fluid should be changed. If you feel vibrations or jerks when you are shifting gears, this can mean that your vehicle is low on transmission fluid and should be looked at. Any type of grinding noise coming from under the floorboards is a concern and can indicate a major problem. Also, when switching gears if you notice an unexpected delay this is yet another sign of a failing transmission. Bring the vehicle in, and you will know what the issue may be.

What to know about the Gaskets


The engine in your vehicle is among the most important things you should pay attention to. If you notice anything unusual from the engine, you should bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. After all, without the engine, there is no possibility that you will be able to drive down the road. There are a few different things that you can do in order to accomplish this. Among the often ignored items that you need is gaskets. These provide a seal, which allows engines to not leak fluids and also helps in making sure that the engine will not release any kinds of vapors it needs to maintain pressure. If any lights illuminate on the dashboard when you drive, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can check for the source of the issue. This may even include checking the gaskets in your vehicle. The kinds of gaskets you will need will depend on where you are using them. Those which hold in engine bearings will differ greatly from those being used near the cams. It is important to make sure that they are installed correctly. This will help in making sure that your engine will work properly at all times.




When there is an issue, it is important to know what kind of gaskets you will need to replace them with. While many will be made out of a high-grade rubber, there are others, which are made from steel or aluminum. The idea is to get the gasket which will properly create the tight seal between the two components. This will help in making sure that the fluids are kept running from one location to another without any hassles. These work by forming to the two pieces which are being joined together and creating a tight seal which nothing will be able to pass through.




After purchasing the gaskets, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in so we can change them for you. Having them installed properly is important because if you have it off just slightly upon installation it can ruin the gasket and create a bad seal. Many will only be able to be used once. This means that any mistakes are highly costly. We can replace the gaskets so your vehicle is back to being safe and reliable again. Anytime there is an issue, it should be inspected as soon as possible in order to help prevent further problems from developing.



Your Brakes should be Inspected Regularly



There are a number of signs that can predict when brake repair will be needed. The most common ones are the easiest to detect. A steering wheel that wiggles could be a sign of brake problems. If the steering wheel jiggles back and forth every time you come to a stop, then this is a sign of worn out brake rotors. Brake rotors do not need to be changed as often as brake pads, but should still be replaced every few years. It is suggested to have your brake rotors changed every three times your brake pads are replaced. When it comes to brake pads, another observable sign of brake damage is high pitched squeaking. When your vehicle squeals anytime you apply pressure to the brake pedal, this could be an indication of bad brake pads. The squeaking sound comes from a piece on the actual brake pad that gets exposed once the pad is worn down enough. When this indicator is exposed, it is time to replace the pads.



Most brake repairs involve work related to the brake’s main parts, ranging from the master cylinder and brake lines to the brake pads, rotors, and calipers. The master cylinder is normally reliable and experiences few malfunctions but they can develop internal leaks. When left unattended, the leak can cause the brake pedal to work intermittently or fail altogether. A warning light on your dashboard will alert you if your master cylinder has failed. Healthy brake fluid is clear or slightly yellow in color. If you notice the fluid has turned dark or is dirty, ask your mechanic to change the brake fluid. Brake lines are composed of steel tubes and rubber hoses, and they provide a way for brake fluid to travel from the master cylinder to the wheels.



An emergency or parking brake is used in the event of a failure of the regular brakes. However, the parking brake is most commonly used when parking on a steep hill to prevent the car from rolling. When the emergency brakes fail, the probable cause is that the rubber hose that covers the brake cable has deteriorated. When this happens, the metal cable rusts rapidly and eventually breaks. If you notice that your emergency brake cable is broken, replace the brake immediately. Also be aware of anything out of the norm with your vehicle. If you notice something, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can look at it as soon as possible for you.


Noticing the Check Engine Light


It is important to drive your vehicle as safely as possible. One way to do so is by making sure that the vehicle is brought in for regular maintenances. Another way to tell of an issue is if the check engine light illuminates. This light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. It is important to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of the issue because we can inspect it to ensure that everything is working efficiently with one another. If you ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your vehicle is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants.


The check engine light is part of the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system. Since the 1980s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing. In some vehicles, the computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift. When it finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it cannot correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that is labeled check engine, service engine soon, or check powertrain. The light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International Check Engine Symbol, perhaps with the word check.


If your check engine light illuminates, make sure to contact us and bring the vehicle in. If the check engine light illuminates, it will either blink or remain constant, depending on the problem. Either way, you should have the vehicle checked by a mechanic, although a blinking light or, on some cars, a red light instead of a yellow/orange light indicates a problem that needs immediate attention. In late-model cars, a blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, requiring an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power and have the car or truck looked at as soon as possible. If the light is steady, the problem is not an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


If you notice the check engine light turns on, make sure to do all that you can so the vehicle is operating the best it can. Look for any serious problems that might cause the issue. Check the dashboard for any other lights that might illuminate as well. Another tip to do is to tighten the gas cap. This may resolve the check engine light that is on. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues that it might have. This can get you back to a safe and pleasant driving experience when you travel.

Make sure the Headlights are working Properly

The headlights are an important part for your vehicle to your safety. Headlights serve the purpose of illuminating the road ahead to provide visibility for you. It also helps to make you visible to others around you. Good headlights can help reduce the chance of an accident and allow you to see what is on the road ahead. This is beneficial if you are driving at night or if it is storming out.


Since the invention of vehicles, headlights have been through numerous designs in order to improve their efficiency and safety for drivers. The most common type of headlight today uses incandescent light bulbs. These type of bulbs work like ones in average house lamps, but are very much more powerful. The filament used in these bulbs evaporates over time and burn out just like any bulb does, leading for replacement every so often. With newer technology, the halogen bulb is starting to emerge in newer vehicle makes and models. These bulbs are similar to traditional incandescent bulbs in that they both require a tungsten filament. However, the halogen bulb uses a thinner filament that offers a brighter white light and the bulb is filled with halogen gas that extends the life of the filament.


The fog lights are designed and aimed low at the road to maximize visibility in fog, rain or snowy conditions. Since fog lights are angled toward the road at an angle, the light is thrown across the road in front of you and not straight ahead of you where it can be reflected back. Fog lights provide you with more visibility while driving and reduce the glare on a foggy road. Fog lights only light up a small section of the road and they do not give other drivers enough of a warning sign that your vehicle is approaching.


Headlight maintenance is important for the safety when you drive. Start by checking the lenses for any fogginess or yellowing. Headlights will become cloudy overtime and diffuse the beams of your headlights. This impairs your visibility and makes it difficult for other cars to spot you. Headlights will naturally dim over time. Also make sure you inspect how the headlights are positioned. The beam should be aimed straight ahead. Make sure that when they are on, you are able to see the road in front of you and they are not positioned in any angle or corner. When replacing your headlights it is best to replace them in pairs, that way one of your headlights isn’t bright and the other is dim. This is not only again for safety, but also for maximum illumination on the road. Your headlights are important and should not be overlooked when doing a routine vehicle inspection. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the lights for you. This can help increase the safety when you drive.


Reasons why the Oil needs to be Changed


Oil changes are necessary to help keep the vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. We can change the oil for you when recommended, and we can also look at the oil filter. The oil filter is important because it can filter out pollutants, contaminants, and other debris. It will then allow the clean oil to filter through to parts of your engine to help it run effectively. We can help to look for signs of abnormal wear and tear to the vehicle as well.



Having the oil changed on a regular basis can help prevent dirt and debris from building up. The old oil may contain amounts of debris and contaminants in it. This can cause damage to parts of your engine. This is especially true if you drive in dirty or dusty conditions. Changing the oil and oil filter can help to prevent the debris from entering the engine. Regular oil changes can help keep the engine and other components clean and working efficiently.



Oil changes can also help reduce the chance of harmful emissions being released. Over time, the oil can become dirty and contain pollutants and debris. By having the oil changed, as well as the oil filter, these particles can be removed. The new clean oil will also be able to burn cleaner when it travels through the engine and other moving components.



By having the oil changed when recommended, you can help to extend the life of the engine. It can also help the vehicle to last longer on the road. Having new clean oil is the best way to lubricate and protect the engine. It can also keep other parts free from harmful debris and build up. This can then result in better performance of the vehicle. Oil changes can also help prevent the engine from wearing and breaking down prematurely.


Inspecting the Tires Regularly


Tires are subjected to one of the harshest environments experienced by any consumer product. In addition to being stretched millions of times as they roll through their life, tires are exposed to rain, brake dust, harsh chemicals and direct sunlight, as well as summer’s heat and winter’s cold. While a tire’s rubber compounds have anti-aging chemicals in their recipes, exposure to the elements will eventually cause rubber to lose some of its elasticity and allow surface cracks to appear.


The surface cracks that occasionally appear have been called many things. This could be known as weather checking, weather cracking, or ozone cracking. These small cracks typically develop in the sidewalls or at the base of the tread grooves. Depending on their severity, they may be cosmetic in nature if they do not extend past the rubber’s outer surface, or may be a reason to replace the tire if they reach deep into the rubber. Since all tires are made of rubber, all tires will eventually exhibit some type of cracking condition, usually late in their life. However, this cracking can be accelerated by too much exposure to heat, vehicle exhaust, ozone and sunlight, as well as electric generators and motors. For example, a vehicle parked outside instead of in a garage will constantly expose its tires to the rays of the sun, increasing the likelihood of cracking. Additionally, some sidewall cracking has been linked to abrasion from parking against a curb, or the excessive use of tire cleaners that inadvertently remove some of the tire’s anti-oxidants and anti-ozone protection during every cleaning procedure. Interestingly enough, when sun exposure or excessive cleaning is the cause of the small cracks, the sidewall of the tire facing outward will show damage, while the sidewall facing inward is rarely affected.


The anti-aging chemicals used in the rubber compounds are more effective when the tire is exercised on a frequent basis. The repeated stretching of the rubber compound actually helps resist cracks forming. The tires used on vehicles that are driven infrequently, or accumulate low annual mileage are more likely to experience cracking because long periods of parking or storage interrupt working the rubber. In addition to being an annoyance to show car owners, this condition often frustrates motor home and recreational vehicle owners who only take occasional trips and cannot even park their vehicle in a garage or shaded area.


The same types of cracks can also be caused by poor tire maintenance practices. Driving on a tire that was flat, or one that was underinflated or overloaded causes excessive stretching of the rubber compound, and may result in cracks that appear similar to the surface cracks mentioned above. If you notice any damage to the tires, bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect the tires for you.


Why the Battery should be kept Clean



The most important thing you can do to help maintain your battery is to make sure it is clean. It is equally important to make sure all of the battery’s components are clean and clear as well. If the battery is showing signs of corrosion, a replacement may be needed in the near future. If any dirt or debris on the battery starts to form, it may cause the battery to drain. This is especially common in tight spaces of the battery. It is also important to clean the terminals of the battery where the connections are. The harness clamps should also be looked at and cleaned if needed.



An important part to a well working battery is to make sure it is holding a charge properly and efficiently. You should have your battery brought in to have it tested if you start to notice that your vehicle is starting slow, or does not start at all. It is possible to have a battery that is overcharged, which will result in it not working as well or efficient as it should be. This can be hard to diagnose because an overcharged battery will act like a battery that is losing power.



Without the battery for your vehicle, you will not even be able to start your vehicle. If your battery fails when you are traveling, it can be a stressful and inconvenient issue. By keeping the battery in good condition and making sure it, as well as all of its components, is clean you can help to preserve the life of the battery as long as you can. If you are experiencing any issues with starting your vehicle or the battery losing charge, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the battery to see what the issue might be.

Why Wheel Alignments are Needed

Having the tires aligned are important because the tires will wear out more quickly and could create a driving hazard. When the tires are not aligned, they wear out unevenly compared to each other. The tires will also likely show a rough and slightly torn appearance. When tires wear unevenly, their life span is shortened significantly. Since the tires will not wear as long, you will have to replace them more often. More importantly, bad tread on the tires can decrease the traction as you drive.


You can check the condition of the tires by standing in front of the vehicle. If the tires tip in, the tops are closer together than the bottoms, the tread will wear away on the inside of the tire first. If they tip out, bottoms closer than the tops, there will be more wear on the outside.


One of most important things you can do for your vehicle is to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. This can help to be aware of any issues that might be starting to form. We can then advise you what the options are to resolve the issue. We can also inspect the tires. This is important because well-maintained tires will be able to rotate efficiently when you drive. It can also help improve the fuel mileage of your vehicle. That is because the tires can rotate correctly with one another.


Having the tires inspected can help provide several benefits. The most visible benefit of an alignment is less tire wear. The cost to keep your wheels properly aligned should be far lower than having to replace four tires that wore out too soon. This makes an alignment a cost-effective procedure that should be part of regular car maintenance. An auto accident can also be a much larger expense than a realignment bill. Proper alignment can help avoid accidents caused by uneven tire wear. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can check it for you.



Remember to Check the Fluids for your Vehicle


The vehicle has several different fluids that run through it. Without these fluids, the vehicle would not be able to operate properly. It is important to make sure to inspect these fluids on a regular basis. If you notice that they are running low and you have to add to them, there could be a leak somewhere.


Keeping the fluids at the levels they should be at can help to increase the driving performance of the vehicle. It can also help to reduce the maintenance costs on the vehicle. By keeping the fluids at the line indicated on the reservoirs or dipsticks, you can help improve the performance of the vehicle. If you are unsure of the fluids for your vehicle, bring it in and we can inspect the levels for you. This way your vehicle can run as efficiently as possible when you drive.




The oil is an important fluid for the vehicle. It helps to keep the engine running properly and efficiently. It is recommended to have the oil changed on a regular schedule. By changing the oil, you can help to keep the engine and moving parts properly lubricated. This can prevent parts wearing against one another over time.


Brake Fluid


Most vehicles will have the brake fluid in a reservoir that will allow you to see through it. This can help for you to check the fluid level without having to open the cap. If the brake pads are starting to wear, the brake fluid will decrease. If you notice an issue with the brake system, it is always important to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
Power Steering Fluid


Another fluid to check is the power steering fluid. This fluid should stay the same amount. If you notice that more power steering fluid needs to be added, it can indicate that there is a leak in the vehicle. Make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to keep it running efficiently and safely.




When you check the coolant level, make sure to allow the vehicle time to cool down. Having enough coolant can help prevent the engine from becoming damaged or overheating. If you find yourself adding more coolant to the reservoir, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can.


Windshield Washer Fluid


The windshield washer fluid should also be inspected on a regular basis. This can help to ensure you have proper visibility when you drive. Keeping it as full as possible can help to ensure you can have the windshield cleaned. Over time, road grime, dirt, or other debris could collect on the windshield. Have the washer fluid helps to remove it. This can also help to improve the safety of your vehicle. It is also recommended that you leave some extra windshield washer fluid, incase of an emergency.

Service Area

St. Paul
Inver Grove Heights
Cottage Grove
Mendota Heights

Contact Info

1095 Highway 110
Inver Grove Heights,
MN 55077

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