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5 Reasons to Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

5 Reasons to Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

Thanks for visiting the Pro-Tech Auto Repair auto care blog. Today’s post lists 5 important reasons 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 system, and a clogged...

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Severe Service Maintenance Schedule for Corcoran Owners

Sep 7th, 2016 Some of our customers at Pro-Tech Auto Repair are surprised to learn that there are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Let’s look at what the manufacturer’s say constitutes severe driving conditions, and let you draw your own conclusions: Most of your trips are less than four miles...

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Battery going dead or engine doesn’t turn over fast enough?

Aug 20th, 2016 Question: My battery keeps going dead. I had it tested and it is fine – what could be the problem? Pro-Tech Auto Repair Answer: Well, your problem could be caused by several things. Let’s start with a likely suspect: your alternator. The alternator is like a little electrical generator. It is spun by the serpentine belt on your engine and makes electricity....

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Wiper Blade Design

  Wiper blades may not be the most exciting topic for most drivers – but they are pretty important. Most of us Minnesota residents have had an experience when a sudden snow or rain storm hits while we’re driving; then when we turn on the wipers – nothing but streaks. This can be especially disconcerting at night when the glare of on-coming headlights distorts your...

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What You Need to Know about Shocks & Struts

What You Need to Know about Shocks & Struts

Shock 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 your car through turns, over...

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The Pro-Tech Auto Repair Guide to A Long Lasting Vehicle

The Pro-Tech Auto Repair Guide to A Long Lasting Vehicle

Jul 2nd, 2016 Let’s say you’ve got a nine year old vehicle with plenty of distance on the odometer. What can you to do make it last another year or two? Let’s start with the premise that there’s no reason that a modern car can’t run for 250,000 miles or 300,000 miles with the proper care. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there. Of course,...

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Simple Answers from Pro-Tech Auto Repair for Cooling System Service

Simple Answers from Pro-Tech Auto Repair for Cooling System Service

Question: My engine never overheats. Why should I get a cooling system service? Pro-Tech Auto Repair Answer: That’s a really good question for drivers to ask, because if you don’t have the full answer you may end up in trouble. It would seem that if your engine is running at the proper temperature that everything must be OK. But the fact is that engine overheating is...

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Suspension Problems and Noises

Suspension Problems and Noises

Suspension Jun 11th, 2016 Let’s talk about your suspension – you know, the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling and delivers a good ride as you cruise around Corcoran MN. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability. Hey, it’s a rough world out there in MN – every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an...

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Pro-Tech Auto Repair With a Fuel Saving Tip: Check Engine Light

Pro-Tech Auto Repair With a Fuel Saving Tip: Check Engine Light

How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your check engine light? Hey, it’s not there to create ambiance for you while driving – it’s a warning that something’s wrong. When your check engine light comes on get it checked at Pro-Tech Auto Repair. Many conditions that cause the check engine light to come on affect fuel economy. Some, very dramatically. Always make sure...

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Using the Proper Grade of Gas

Using the Proper Grade of Gas

There are a lot of misconceptions about fuel grades – and by fuel grades I mean the octane rating. With names like “Standard”, “Super”, “Plus”, and “Premium” it’s no wonder that people associate the octane rating/grade with quality. Octane ratings are expressed as a number that typically ranges from 87 to 91 at the pump. The number does not mean “better” but rather signifies the...

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