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Are you giving furry friends a cold weather retreat?

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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How ASE Certification Makes The Difference For Your Auto Repair

How ASE Certification Makes The Difference For Your Auto Repair

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?

Question: My new car has a Gasoline Direct Injection, or GDI, engine. What does that mean to me and other owners of vehicles with this new type of engine? Pro-Tech Auto Repair Answer: Gasoline Direct Injection is 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...

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Forced Induction Engines

Forced Induction Engines

Most car owners might associate a forced induction engine like 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...

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Why Car Owners Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

Why Car Owners Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

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

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

Engine Air Filters

Today we want to talk about engine air filters. 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 recommend a...

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Travel plans for the Holiday weekend?

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...

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Worried if you are getting honest auto repair?

Worried if you are getting honest auto repair?

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...

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

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

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...

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