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

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

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

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.

Winter Weather and Being Prepared to Drive in it

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Winter weather will mean that you will want your vehicle to be in the best condition possible. Make sure to bring it in regularly for maintenance inspections. With winter weather, always make sure that the tires are in the best condition possible for the vehicle. You will want to check several things on the tires as well; this will help to make sure that they are in the best condition to drive on. Always check the air pressure on each tire. The pressure should be at the correct amount so the tires are not under inflated or over inflated. While doing this, also check the tread wear of each tire. If there is poor tread, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect them.

Winter and the Wipers

You will also want to check and change the windshield wipers of the vehicle. This way you can have a clear windshield as you drive. As the wipers age, they will start to show signs of wear and tear on them. The first sign of an issue is if the wipers do not clean the windshield correctly. They may chatter or cause streak marks across the windshield. When you notice this, it is important to change the wipers as soon as possible. Also remember to change the rear wiper of your vehicle, as that will show signs of wear as well.

 

When you drive, also remember to leave enough space between you and the person in front of you. If you are too close, there is a greater chance you can have an accident. You will want to leave three car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. When the weather is less than ideal, you should double or triple this amount. That way you will have enough time to stop if someone slams on the brakes suddenly.

 

 

Proper Pressure in the Tires will help them Last Longer

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When the pressure in the tires is checked, you will want to make sure it has the proper amount of air in them. Without correct pressure, the tires will not be as effective as they otherwise should be when you drive. You should always make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance when it is recommended. If you ignore maintenance schedules, then damage can occur to your vehicle. It will also increase the chance of a part or component of the vehicle wearing out or failing sooner.

Tire Pressure

The tire manufacturer has a recommended air pressure amount on each tire. However, the air pressure you should go by is the amount that is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This is the desired that you should use. It can be found on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. You can also find the amount in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. This way you can test each tire for the vehicle. You will want to make sure that each tire is inflated to the correct amount that is designated for them.

 

Signs of low air pressure can cause issues for the tires and your vehicle. You will want to make sure that you notice anything out of the norm with them. If the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other, it could be from a tire being low. Whatever direction it pulls in, that is the side that has a low tire. Remember to check them regularly so you will be aware when the are getting low. If a tire is low more often, then there could be a serious leak in the tire. You will want to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect each tire for you. Doing so will help you to be safe on the road.

Testing the Battery of your Vehicle

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Testing the Battery

By testing the battery of your vehicle, you can determine the condition that it is in. You can schedule an appointment with us so you can bring the vehicle in for an inspection. We will also be able to check and test the battery at that time as well. If a new battery is needed, we can help advise on the options you have. We can also recommend what battery is best for your vehicle. When the battery becomes old, it will not be able to hold a charge like it once could. This will result in the battery no longer being reliable when you need to drive the car this winter.

Noticing Issues

Also, you may start to notice an issue with the battery when starting the vehicle. Testing the battery will help you determine if it will need to be replaced. When the vehicle becomes slow to start or turn over, the battery could be to blame. Testing the starter and alternator may also be another option. Since all three are needed in order to have your vehicle start, any of them can be the issue. It is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can check all the components for you.

 

It is important to make sure that you check the condition of the battery as well. The terminals should be free of any build up of corrosion or grime. Over time, you might start to see rust forming. This can impact the connectivity of the battery to the rest of your vehicle. If the connection is poor, then it can result in the vehicle starting poorly or not at all. Noticing any issues should always be taken seriously and brought in for an inspection. If you are not sure if the battery is in proper condition, schedule an appointment and we can look at it.

Change of Seasons can Mean your Car should be Inspected and Looked at Too

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With the seasons changing, now is a great time to be aware of regular vehicle maintenance that you may need to have done. Always make sure that you contact us to ensure the best schedule for regular maintenance. This can help keep your vehicle operating efficiently and at top performance. If you do notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, always make sure to contact us at the first sign. When you do this, you will help prevent further damage and issues from occurring with your vehicle. Waiting until it is too late will increase the chance your vehicle fails completely for you.

Turn on the Lights

You will want to remember to turn on the lights for your vehicle during dusk or dawn. This way others will see your vehicle, and know when it is approaching. With school back on for the year, you will want to be aware of kids, wild animals, farmers, and anything else that may be on the side of the road. Even if you can see well enough without the lights on, make sure to turn them on so others can see where you are too. Also be aware of any school busses in your lane or an oncoming lane. If the stop sign is out and the lights are flashing, make sure you come to a full stop. This way the kids can safely cross the road to their bus.

Air Pressure

Also remember to check the air pressure in each tire of the vehicle. If the tires are too low with air, you will notice. The first sign is that the vehicle will pull in that specific direction or the other. If the air is constantly low, you will want to make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect each tire for you this fall.

This Fall Make sure to Have your Car Inspected

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As the weather changes this fall, you will want to get your car inspected. This will help it to be safe and reliable for the upcoming season. Always make sure to follow the schedule in the manual of the book. You can also contact us and we can advise you when certain parts should be inspected or maintained. Whenever a part is starting to wear, we can replace and repair it for you. Always be aware of any odd noises or sounds your vehicle makes. A clunk or grinding noise can mean a part is wearing or is worn out. Ignoring this can only lead to further problems in the long run for your vehicle.

Check the tires this fall

Make sure to check each tire on the vehicle. There should be the proper amount of tread on them. This can be done by taking a penny and placing it upside down in the groove of the tread on each tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread of the tire is too shallow. It would be recommended to invest in a new set of tires. Sometimes you can get by just buying a pair of tires. Ideally we should inspect the vehicle and all tires for you. Also remember to check the air pressure in each tire. When they are properly inflated, then they will rotate correctly as well.

Look at Each Wiper

Check the windshield wipers on the vehicle as well. This fall, you will want to clear off any leaves, road grime, and bugs that hit the windshield. If your vehicle has a rear wiper, make sure that you check that as well. This way you will have the best visibility when you look in the rear view mirror as well. If you notice the wipers are poor this fall, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible.

Now kids are going Back to School, so remember to Check your Vehicle

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Kids are not heading back to school for the start of the new school year, so make sure to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected properly. Safety should always be a priority, especially if you are driving with kids. The vehicle should be brought in for regular maintenance inspections and care. Without doing this, you will notice that your vehicle may start to have some issues and problems with it. By having inspections done, then we can notice an issue before it becomes worse. We can also help to advise you when the tasks will need to be done.

Inspect all the Parts

The vehicle should be checked to ensure all the parts are working correctly. Make sure that the windshield wipers are in the best condition possible. You will want to ensure they can clean the windshield properly as they operate. If they start to make noise or chatter against the windshield, then it is time to replace them. When they make an odd sound, which means they are not properly fitted against the windshield. This will then result in smears and road grime being on the windshield. As it starts to rain, you will wan the windshield wipers in the best conditioner to clear your visibility.

Tire care when back to school

Also now is a great time to have the tires inspected. Always make sure that you check the air pressure in them. This will help to ensure that they wear correctly as well. If the vehicle seems to be pulling in one direction or the other, a low tire may be to blame. Also remember to check the tread of the tires. If the tread is too low, make sure to get new tires. During the tread check, you can also look to make sure the tread is wearing evenly. If it is not, then an alignment may be needed for your vehicle and tires.

Service Area

Minneapolis
St. Paul
Inver Grove Heights
Eagan
Cottage Grove
Woodbury
Mendota Heights
Maplewood

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