Ford fuel driver module failure

08 Nov 2017

Most Ford cars, pickups and vans built between 2004 and 2011 use an electronic control module to control the fuel pump operation. Due to the location that they are installed, which is under the car, they are exposed to salt and the elements. This causes corrosion and guaranteed failure. When they fail the car quits running and will not restart. Within the last month we…

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Winter is here, is your battery up to the challenge?

03 Nov 2017

Temperature really effect how well your battery works. At zero degrees a car’s battery is only 20% efficient. Also the average life of a battery is 5 years. If you have you have dirty connections at the battery or the battery is old the car might not be able to start the car in extreme cold weather. Look at the battery, are the connections clean?…

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Transfer Case Service

02 Nov 2017

Nov 2nd, 2017 Most in the Minneapolis area may not know much about transfer cases, but if you have a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, you’ve got one. It makes sure you have power available for both the front and rear axles when driving around MN. For example, if you have a rear-wheel drive SUV, power goes to the rear wheels until you need four-wheel drive. That’s when the…

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Our annual food drive is on!

19 Oct 2017

While most of us have much to be thankful for, others are struggling. At Pro-Tech Auto we believe in giving back to our community and helping our friends and neighbors that might be going through a tough time. To do this we are working with C.R.O.S.S. a local food shelf serving, Rogers, Maple Grove, Corcoran, Medina,  areas, to provide some much needed food and supplies…

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Are you giving furry friends a cold weather retreat?

17 Oct 2017

As the weather gets colder, if you store dog food or bird seed to the garage make sure that it’s in a sealed container or you may be inviting mice and chipmunks to make a home in your car’s engine compartment. It might not seem to be a big deal but they love to eat electrical wiring. And on today’s cars there are miles of…

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Battery Replacement: What to Know About Car Batteries

06 Oct 2017

Oct 6th, 2017 Corcoran folks know that car batteries wear out just like any other battery and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things drivers should know when looking for new car batteries: one is cold cranking amps and the other is reserve capacity. Let’s start with cold cranking amps. This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold engine….

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What You Need Know About Shocks and Struts

19 Sep 2017

  Sept 19th, 2017 Shock absorbers and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. So they’re easy to take for granted, but your shocks and struts do a very important job so you need to pay attention to them. They keep your tires on the road; and your tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and allow you to safely handle…

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5 Car Service & Part Terms Your Car Mechanic Wants You To Know

19 Sep 2017

For responsible car owners, trips to the mechanic can be fairly common. Oftentimes, individuals who aren’t familiar with car service and part terms may not know what some of them mean. It’s beneficial to learn some of these basic terms, and become better informed about your vehicle’s standard maintenance needs. Keeping your car in good health is important and taking your car to the mechanic…

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5 Reasons to Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

12 Sep 2017

Sep 11th, 2017 Thanks for visiting the Pro-Tech Auto Repair  auto care blog. Today’s post lists 5 important reasons Corcoran drivers should follow recommended car maintenance schedules. 1. Be Safe A well-maintained car doesn’t put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Think brakes, headlamps, tires. 2. Get Better Fuel Economy Regular car maintenance is an investment in optimum fuel economy. Inadequate tire pressure, a…

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State Fair Time, What’s Not On A Stick?

30 Aug 2017

With the State Fair in full swing, you can get most anything you want on a stick, from pork chops to pickles. I want to talk about what I don’t see on a stick. (Hold up the dip sticks) That is oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant and windshield washer fluid. People are too busy don’t know how or just don’t seem to care…

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Cabin Air Filter Replacement At Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc

29 Aug 2017

Aug 29th, 2017 Let’s talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them among Corcoran that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles in MN have them, so some Minneapolis folks confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter. Every vehicle has an engine air filter that cleans the…

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Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down

21 Aug 2017

Aug 20th, 2017 There’s not much we can do about the price of gas in MN, but we can control – up to a point – how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you…

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How ASE Certification Makes The Difference For Your Auto Repair

15 Aug 2017

At Pro-Tech Auto Repair, we’re proud to have multiple master ASE certified team members. If you haven’t heard of ASE (the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certification before, let’s take a look at how this program can make a huge difference in your auto repair results! What Is ASE Certification? The goal of ASE and the ASE certification process is to protect the automotive…

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Direct Fuel Injection, Why should I care?

06 Aug 2017

Question: My new car has a “GDI” engine. What does that mean to me and other owners of vehicles with this new type of engine? Pro-Tech Auto Repair Answer: GDI stands for Gasoline Direct Injection. It’s a type of fuel injection system that is becoming very popular on modern engines. Let’s talk about the two most common forms of fuel injection. Port Fuel Injection has…

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Forced Induction Engines

11 Jul 2017

Most car owners might associate turbochargers and superchargers with hot rods and racing. However, the number of everyday cars and trucks coming from the factory with chargers is growing every year. Here’s why. You need three elements for combustion: fuel, oxygen and ignition (spark plug in gasoline engines and compression in diesels). Superchargers and turbochargers deal with the oxygen part of the formula. In the…

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Why Car Owners Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

06 Jul 2017

A recent report stated that over 80% of the vehicles on the road have one or more service items or repairs that’s needed but haven’t been taken care of. Now that’s a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in the US alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns. There are several reasons drivers…

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Diesel Engines

12 Jun 2017

When someone mentions diesels images of smoky, rattly trucks may spring to mind. The fact is that the modern clean diesel engine is much more refined than in the old days. Sure, diesel engines remain a very popular choice in heavy duty trucks and pick-ups, but they are finding their way into nearly every segment of the MN automotive market. Why is that? Well, it’s science. Diesel…

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Engine Air Filters

05 Jun 2017

  Today we want to talk about your engine air filter. That’s the filter that cleans the air before it enters your engine to be mixed with fuel and burned. Many people wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is “when it’s dirty.” That’s a function of how much air has passed through the filter. So your vehicle manufacturer will…

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