651-455-1604
1095 Highway 110 • Inver Grove Heights, MN

651-455-1604
1095 50th Street E • Inver Grove Heights, MN

Remember Kids and Pets when Getting out of your Car

When driving this summer, always remember kids and pets that might still be in your vehicle when you park. With the hot summer months and abundant sunshine, staying in a vehicle that is turned off can become dangerous and deadly. The interior can reach temperatures of over 100 degrees in a matter of only a few minutes. If the temperature outside is 85 degrees, this can take as little as ten minutes to get that warm. As the temperature outside becomes hotter, the interior will also heat up faster as a result. If you have kids or pets in the vehicle, always make sure to take them with you once you turn off the vehicle.

Remember Kids and Pets in the Car

Never forget kids or pets in a vehicle, as it can have deadly consequences. Children are not able to handle the hot temperatures like adults can. So even in a few short minutes they can develop heat stroke. Even with the windows cracked, it will become too hot for those in it. The last thing you want is to accidentally leave a child or pet in the vehicle. If you take the children to daycare before work, remember to not forget about them in the vehicle. To help prevent this, place your work things in the back seat. That way as you get the work items out of the back seat, you can double check they are empty. This can include children, pets, or even groceries you just bought.

 

Even if you crack the window in the car, it will not be enough to keep it cool. As the sun warms up the vehicle, it will act as a greenhouse. It will also warm up the dashboard and seats, and these will radiate heat as well. Without the windows open, there will not be any air circulation. This will also trap the heat and humid air in the vehicle. Always make sure to be aware of your passengers, especially if they are in the backseat of your vehicle.

How the Summer Heat can Cause your Vehicle to Overheat

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During the summer, the heat will cause issues with your vehicle, resulting in it overheating. Make sure that the coolant levels are checked regularly. If they start to leak or become low, contact us so we can inspect the vehicle as soon as possible. Over time the leaks will get worse, which will result in a costly repair bill as well. Make sure to follow regular maintenance inspections for the vehicle. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. We can also help to advise you on a schedule that is best for your vehicle.

 

Be aware of the temperature sensor for your vehicle as well. This will determine when the engine is running hot. It should always show the reading as an ideal temperature. If it rises quickly into the red, make sure to pull over as soon as possible to turn the vehicle off. This will prevent the engine from blowing completely. Also make sure to turn off the air conditioner if you notice the temperature gauge rising. Ideally, turn on the heater to help remove some of that extra heat from around the engine. Make sure to crack the windows so it does not get too warm in the vehicle.

 

Remember that traffic can also affect the vehicle and if it overheats. When it is hot, driving in slow traffic or stop and go can cause the engine to start to overheat. This is because the vehicle will not be moving to keep the air flowing around the engine. Be aware of any noises from under the hood, as this may indicate there is an issue happening. Also look for any steam that could start to come out from under the hood. If this happens, remember to pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible and turn the vehicle off. Open the hood to allow the engine to cool off. Doing so will help prevent further damage to the engine in the long run.

 

 

On the Road this Memorial Day Weekend

As you head on the road this Memorial Day weekend, make sure that your vehicle will be in the best condition. You always want your vehicle to be in a safe and reliable condition, but this is especially true when having a weekend getaway. Keep up to date with the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. If you are not sure how often this should be, you can look in the owner’s manual. We can also advise on when certain tasks and maintenance should be done. Before taking any long trip, make sure to have your vehicle in for a bumper to bumper inspection done.

Road conditions and Traffic

With people on the road, make sure to drive safe and smart. Allow enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If they slam on their brakes, having adequate time and space is important. By allowing space, there is a decrease in the chance of an accident to occur. Always be aware of the traffic around you. If the weather is less than ideal or the traffic is heavy, slow down the speed you are driving. Also make sure you are aware of any road construction or detours that you might encounter. By leaving in plenty of time, you will not feel the rush and frustration to speed to get there in time.

 

Also remember that if the windshield wipers are operating, the headlights for the car should be on as well. If it is raining, early morning, or later in the afternoon, the headlights will help others to see your car, reducing an accident. Make sure that the lights are checked regularly. If a bulb is out, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the lights and the placement of them as well. Any issues can be fixed quickly to help get you back on the road for a safe drive.

Improve the Drivability of your Vehicle

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Improve the way your vehicle handles by going to regular maintenance. You can also make sure that this improves the reliability of it as well. Having the vehicle balanced will increase the performance and efficiency. You may not notice any balance issues until they have been severely damaged. Noticing a shudder or vibrations when you are driving is an indication that the driveshaft is out of balance. It could also have a bend in it. You will want to schedule an appointment so that we can inspect the driveshaft and balance the vehicle properly for your vehicle. Even if you think it is a minor issue, you will want to have it inspected as soon as possible.

Improve the Starting Reliability

Keeping the battery in proper condition will help with your drivability as well. If the vehicle has been sitting for a couple months, the battery will start to lose charge. You will either have to charge the battery or jump start your vehicle if it happens. Even if you are driving your vehicle regularly, you may notice a battery issue beginning. If the vehicle is slow to start or keeps turning off, it could be caused by the battery. Always be aware of the dashboard warning lights for your vehicle. When one illuminates, there is an issue that will need to be checked.

 

You will also want to keep the suspension and shocks of your vehicle. Replace the worn shock absorbers so that you can have a more comfortable ride. Over time, these will start to wear for your vehicle, resulting in an uncomfortable ride for you and your passengers. The sway bar should also be inspected by a professional. Every part that helps your vehicle to operate efficiently will need to be inspected based on a recommended schedule. This is the best way to notice something before it becomes a larger and more costly issue in the long run. No matter what issue you notice, it is always best to have it inspected.

Record Low Gas Prices

 

There are record low fuel prices right now. This not only can help save you money at the pumps, but also for the maintenance of your vehicle. By not driving it, you will help save on wear and tear of some parts of the vehicle. If you are working from home, you can take money you have saved, and go to have the vehicle inspected. Proper maintenance and inspections are important for helping the vehicle run efficiently. If you notice any issues between visits, make sure to contact us right away. This will help save extra damage and a costly repair bill in the long run.

Record low prices mean savings with your car

By bringing your vehicle in now for routine maintenance, you are helping to support local auto repair shops. We can give your vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection. This will help determine if there are any parts or components starting to fail. Following regular maintenance should include things like oil changes, tire rotations or alignments, and brake inspections. If you ignore these, your vehicle can have an unexpected breakdown when you least expect it to. Also contact us if you are not sure when these maintenance tasks should be done.

 

Any odd noises or odors from your vehicle should always be inspected. Ignoring them will only cause them to become worse. Noises can indicate that a part is no long wearing correctly with the other parts. It may start to grind against other parts of the vehicle. If a noise is coming from under the hood, it could even mean a belt is starting to slip. A hose may also be starting to crack resulting in a fluid leaking. Over time and age, things will become brittle and crack. This is why it is important to have everything inspected. No matter what the issue is you notice, make sure to contact us as soon as possible.

Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe

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Staying healthy and safe while out is important. You will want to remember to practice social distancing. This means staying six feet away from other people. If someone is sick, this is the appropriate distance so that the germs cannot spread. When you sneeze or cough, also remember to do so into your elbow. This will also help to contain the germs as well. Never cough into your hand, as it can increase germs spreading to everything you touch afterwards. Always make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water, as this kills germs too.

 

While it is recommended to stay home right now, there are some things you can do. One option you have is to drive around. Taking a nice casual drive will help you get out of your home, while also being able to stay away from others. A leisure drive will help you to enjoy the fresh air and scenery as well. As you do so, make sure that your vehicle is always operating at top performance and efficiency. You will want to make sure that you still are following maintenance requirements. Things like oil changes, checking the tires, and noticing odd noises are important. The last thing you will want it an unexpected breakdown.

 

If you are driving to store to pick up essential items, make sure to call ahead. Doing so will allow you know the hours that they are open for. Many businesses have adjusted their hours in order to follow the new guidelines. If you are traveling to these stores, you will want to make sure they are open. This will help you from making a wasted trip incase the store is closed when you get there. For our response on Covid-19, make sure to read it here at… https://kremerservices.net/covid19

Stay healthy and safe!

Checking the Tires in the Spring

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Checking each tire is important to help keep the vehicle operating efficiently. As long as the tires are inspected, and up to the best condition, you can have a reliable ride. Having the air pressure inspected for the tires will help you to have a comfortable drive. If the tires are over inflated or under inflated, it can cause issues overall. Tires that are over inflated may pick up sharp objects on the road. If they are under inflated then the tires may blow out when you least suspect it. You will also want to make sure to check the spare tire. This is important because you may need it if a regular tire has damage.

Checking the Tires

Remember to check the tread wear of each tire as well. Place a penny upside down in the groove of the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn down. When checking the tread, you will want to check each tire. Check various parts of each tire as well. If the tread is wearing unevenly, then if will be reflected when you use the penny. When you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect each tire. We will check the alignment to ensure that the tires are positioned correctly.

 

Besides an alignment, also make sure to have the tires rotated regularly as well. By having them rotated, they can wear more evenly. Parts that might wear can be rotated to the opposite side. If you are not sure when the tires should be rotated, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the tires should be rotated and inspected. Doing so will help you to have a reliable and comfortable ride for your vehicle. It will also help prevent costly repairs in the long run.

Care of the Car when you Hit a Pothole

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Take care of your car year round, especially during the spring when there are potholes. If you do hit a pothole, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you. Doing so will help to determine if there are any issues or problems. We will give it a bumper to bumper inspection and check the parts. If you hit a pothole, the first thing to do is care for your vehicle. You will want to get out and check the tires. The tires will hit the pothole and it can cause damage to them. It may also cause the tires to lose air pressure over time.

Care of the Vehicle when hitting a pothole

Another thing to check on the vehicle is the suspension and shocks. If you hit a pothole too hard, it can cause damage to either of these. You will first notice suspension issues by poor handling of the vehicle. If the ride is uncomfortable and bumpy, then the suspension was probably damaged. This can also lead to further wear and tear for the parts of the vehicle. If one part starts to wear, then the others can become damaged as well over time.

 

If you see a pothole on the road ahead, make sure that you avoid it. If you cannot avoid it, you will want to slow down as much as possible. Hitting it at a slower speed will reduce the amount of damage for your vehicle. Also be aware of potholes because you will not know for sure how deep they are. One that is significantly deep can cause immediate damage to the tires. Drive with care this spring when on the road. Also make sure to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance. Doing so can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when driving.

Clear the Windshield of Snow and Ice

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When you clear the windshield, remember to scrape the entire windshield. While you may be tempted to scrape only a spot large enough to see out of, you decrease safety. If you are not able to see the complete road and area in front of you, you increase the chance for an accident. You will also want to make sure to scrape all the side windows as well. This way you will be able to see any oncoming traffic. If you are at an intersection, you will want to be aware of vehicles from all directions. Also remember to scrape the side mirrors of the vehicle so you can see those behind you.

 

As you go to start your vehicle on cold winter days, take some extra time. This will allow you to have the vehicle running for a few minutes. Not only will it warm up the engine, it will warm up the interior of the vehicle. When you turn on the defrost, you can warm up the windshield as well. This will help make it easier to scrape and clear off. If the defrost is not working, always make sure to schedule an appointment with us. This way you can ensure the vehicle is working properly and efficiently.

 

Also remember to remove any snow or ice that may cover the lights of the vehicle. If snow is covering it, you will not have the best visibility when driving. The lights help illuminate the road, but also help others see you. If they are covered with snow, your safety decreases when driving as well. Always be aware of any issues you notice with your vehicle. If something is wrong, make sure to contact us. We can give it a bumper to bumper inspection. By doing so, you can help improve the safety when driving.

Repairs are Needed for your Vehicle at Times

 

Proper repairs are important to help keep your vehicle operating efficiently and at top performance. If there is ever an issue you notice, always make sure to contact us as soon as possible. Doing so will help you save time and money in the long run. Even if you think the issue is minor, it is important that you contact us. This way we can inspect it properly. It is also important that you bring your vehicle in for a bumper to bumper inspection. We will be able to check it regularly for any signs of problems. If there is, we can advise you how to replace it and get back on the road.

Repairs to the Vehicle

You will want to check the tires regularly for your vehicle. When it is cold out, you will lose one pound of air pressure for every ten degree decrease in temperature. If tires are under inflated, then they are more prone to blow out. Tires that are over inflated have an increased chance of picking up sharp objects. While checking the air pressure, you will also want to check the tread wear. If the tread is wearing unevenly, you will want to bring the vehicle in so we can check the tires for you. Sometimes a tire rotation or alignment will help to prolong the life of the tires if tread is poor.

 

Remember to check all the fluids of your vehicle as well. Regular oil changes are important to keep the engine lasting as long as possible. Without oil, the engine will not be properly lubricated, and parts will wear against one another. If you notice any odd noises or how the vehicle handles, contact us immediately. We can also alert you for when oil changes should be done for your vehicle. Following these regularly will help keep your vehicle safe and reliable on the road.

How the Heater is Important for your Vehicle

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The heater for your vehicle is more important than you may know. A heater will help keep your car warm and comfortable. If you notice that the heater is no longer working properly, you will want to make sure to contact us for an appointment. Even if you think it is something minor, it is always best to have things inspected before they become a much larger issue overall. You will also want to make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections and checks. If you are not sure how often this should be, contact us. We can advise you on a maintenance schedule. You can also look in the vehicle owner’s manual to see what it recommends.

 

As the heater for the vehicle operates, you may notice that it starts blowing out cooler air. This could mean an issue with the vents or furnace system. You will want to schedule an appointment to have this looked at. Not only will the comfort decrease, but also your safety. As it produces warm heat, the defrost will start to warm up the windshield of your vehicle. This will help reduce any fog or frost that might be on it. When you start your vehicle in the morning, warming up the vehicle and turning on the defrost will make it easier to remove any ice and snow that might be on it.

 

You should also notice anytime the fans are making an odd or strange noise when the heater is operating. This could mean that a part or belt might start to fail in the long run. Any noises should always be taken seriously as a source of an issue. Make sure that it is inspected and repaired. This will help you get back to having a safe and reliable ride when you drive.

When Jump Starting your Car, what the process is

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In order to jump start your vehicle, there are certain procedures that you will need to follow. You will want to have a set of jumper cables in your vehicle incase you need to jump start a dead battery. You will want to remember to bring your vehicle in often for regular maintenance. If you notice an issue with the vehicle starting slow or have an issue with the battery, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. If you are not sure when regular maintenance should happen, you can check the owner’s manual. You can also contact us and we can advise you on a schedule for your vehicle.

Jump the dead battery

If your car is dead and you need to jump it, make sure the other car is parked near you. You will want to connect the red positive clip to the positive terminal of the battery on the dead car. Then take the other end of the red clip and connect it to the positive terminal on the working battery. After this is done, you can connect the black end to the negative terminal of the working battery. Then lastly you will want to connect the other end of the black clip to an unpainted metal part of the dead battery vehicle. Do not connect it to the battery. Once they have been connected, then you can try jump starting the vehicle.

 

After the vehicle has been running for several minutes, then you can disconnect the cables. You will want to remove them in the reverse order that you connected them in. Doing so will help prevent an explosion or shock from the battery. Make sure have the vehicle run for several minutes so that it can charge up the battery before you need to turn the vehicle off again. If you continuously have issues, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can check and test the battery, and see if a new one would be needed for your vehicle.

Winter weather driving and your Visibility

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In the winter, the weather can be less than ideal at times. No matter if it is snow, sleet, or ice, you will want to slow down and take your time. Doing so will increase your safety and decrease the chance for an accident to occur. If you are traveling, make sure to check the weather so you know what the weather is currently and what you will be driving into. If the weather is less than ideal, make sure to allow extra time to reach your destination. You will also want to slow down on the roads. If they are slick, be sure to leave extra room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Doing so will help you to have extra time and space to react incase they apply the brakes.

Winter weather and your visibility

Your visibility is important in the winter, so you will want to check the windshield wipers. Having them free of any issues or damage will help them clear the windshield effectively. If you notice damage, have them replaced. Another sign of a problem is if you see them leaving streak marks across the windshield. The last thing you will want to deal with is poor windshield wipers attempting to clear the windshield when you drive in winter. Also remember to top off the washer fluid so it is always at the full amount.

 

Check the lights on your vehicle as well. This will help you to see the road ahead of you. The lights will also help others to see you as well. This is important incase the weather is less than ideal. Remember that if you have to have the windshield wipers on, that the lights should be on as well. If a bulb is dull, make sure to schedule an appointment to have the headlight replaced for your vehicle.

Knowing when the Battery Should be Inspected

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Knowing when the battery of your vehicle should be inspected is important. This way we can fully check it to make sure it is in the best possible condition. Knowing when to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance is also important. By following this guideline, you will always help to ensure the vehicle is working to the best of the abilities. If you are not sure when the schedule should be, make sure to contact us. We will be able to set up a maintenance schedule for you.

Checking the Battery in Winter

You will want to check various parts under the hood. Knowing what to look for as you inspect the battery is important. You will need to check how tight and secure it is for your vehicle. If the battery is loose, then it can be likely it loses the connections to provide power to your vehicle. One way you will notice an issue with the battery, is if there is a problem starting your vehicle. The car may start, but will not remain running. If this is the case, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it. The battery, alternator, or starter could be bad.

Clean the Battery

Check various areas of the battery to make sure it is clean. If there is a build up of grime or dirt, you will want to have this cleaned off as soon as possible. Doing so will help prevent even further issues or damages from occurring with the battery. You will want to check the connection terminals for any rust or grime as well. If it is dirty, carefully clean it. You can also schedule an appointment and we can get it cleaned off for you. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to have it inspected as soon as possible.

When Traveling make sure to check the Vehicle

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Traveling during the holiday season means that you should make sure your vehicle is in prime condition. The last thing you will want when traveling, is to have an unexpected breakdown with your vehicle. Make sure to follow recommended maintenance inspections. You can look in the vehicle owner’s manual to see when these should be done. Also, you can contact us and we can advise you on a schedule that is best for your vehicle.

Traveling and Visibility

You will want to check to make sure your visibility is the best that it should be. Check for any damage, cracks, or divots that might be on the windshield of your vehicle. You will want to have this repaired as soon as you can. If a crack becomes too large, then it will impair your visibility for when you drive. Remember to clear the windshield before driving. You will also want to make sure that all the frost, ice, or snow has been fully removed. This way you have the best visibility possible when you need to drive. Clear off the rear windshield and side widows as well. Doing so will help you to be able to see all around you when driving. Remember that you should replace the windshield wipers if you start to notice them having issues. If there are streaks or make noise when they operate, replace them with a new set.

Check the Tires

Check the tires to also ensure they are in the best condition. They should have the correct amount of air pressure in them when you travel. This way it will reduce the chance of a tire blowing out, or picking up a sharp object that might be on the road. The tread will also need to be inspected for each tire. Look to make sure that the tread is wearing evenly around each tire as well. This way you can help to provide a smooth and comfortable ride.

Service Area

Minneapolis
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Inver Grove Heights
Eagan
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Woodbury
Mendota Heights
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Contact Info

651.455.1604
1095 Highway 110
Inver Grove Heights,
MN 55077

Working Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7a.m. – 6p.m.
Friday: 7a.m. – 5p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED