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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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 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 maintenance is an investment in optimum fuel economy. Inadequate tire pressure, a dirty fuel…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

State Fair Time, whats 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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

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…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

Travel plans for the Holiday weekend?

22 May 2017

Do you have travel plans for the upcoming holiday week end? The warm weather is here and we are starting to think about summer travel, vacations, trips to the lake or out of town visits with friends and family. It also marks the beginning of that other Minnesota season known as ROAD CONSTRUCTION season. It’s that lovely time of year when we sit in traffic…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

Worried if you are getting honest auto repair?

10 May 2017

Auto Repair Ethics May 5th, 2017 We’re going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. Unfortunately, every profession has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. In the automotive world industry associations like; The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP-MN), AAA Approved Auto Repair Program, (AAR) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) organizations are very committed to high ethical standards in…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

Hard to believe the fishing opener is only a couple weeks away!

04 May 2017

In the state that has more boats per capita than any other state we are fast approaching the annual ritual of the fishing season opening. With all the preparation that goes with this, getting the cabin opened up, dock in,  starting the boat motor and so on, why do people wait till the last moment to hook the trailer up and check the lights? The…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

In Minnesota the season before summer is Pot Hole Season

26 Apr 2017

Pot Hole season in Minnesota, will you have as much fun as this person? Spring is here; the snow is gone and the grass will be greening up quickly. We soon will be getting into our summer routines, travel to the cabin, summer sports and vacations. But there is one other season we need to get through first. It’s the pothole season in Minnesota. The…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

Fuel system cleaning

17 Mar 2017

Fuel system cleaning There is more and more talk about fuel system cleaning services these days. When brought up most customers don’t understand what it is let alone why they would need to do it. For 3 to 4 years now fuel systems have been moving from a system that injects the fuel into the intake manifold which is outside the engine to “direct injection”…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason

Looking for repair Options?

24 Feb 2017

At Pro-Tech It’s all about giving our customer options. Sometimes it’s an OE part, sometimes it’s an aftermarket part, and sometimes it’s a used part. Sometimes it’s just being able to think out of the box to find the solution that fits. A week ago Jim brought his Dodge Caravan in and said the wipers didn’t work. We tracked down the problem to the Integrated…

Read More

Posted by tomgleason