What’s the harm is going long or skipping an oil change?

21 Feb 2020

Feb 21st, 2020 Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles or more.  Following these recommendations is very important to avoid engine damage.  When you go too long between oil changes, oil starts to turn to sludge.  This causes small oil passages to clog and engine parts to…

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What are the rough roads doing to your cars suspension?

11 Feb 2020

Feb 9th, 2020 Suspension systems should continue to operate effectively for many years and over long distances, holding your tires’ footprint on the road.  Eventually, components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in MN. As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than…

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Why is my check engine light on?

16 Jan 2020

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some and is totally ignored by just as many.  Just what it means is a mystery to most of us. First, if your check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe damage to the catalytic converter or other components.  Get that taken care of right away.  If your…

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Pay Attention to This Light

16 Jan 2020

Of all the warning lights on your vehicle’s instrument panel, there’s one that demands your attention.  And that’s the brake warning light. Common sense will tell you that if you can’t stop, you are endangering yourself and others.  Brake warning lights are there to warn you that something is wrong with this vital safety system. There are several reasons a brake light will come on,…

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A successful Food Drive

12 Dec 2019

We want to thank all our generous customers that contributed to our food drive. Besides the barrel of food donations collected we dropped off checks totaling $1341 to CROSS today. The donations are much appreciated and needed. Thank you all again for being so generous to another successful food drive

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Why Do They Call it a Dashboard?

04 Dec 2019

Nov 29th, 2019 Ever wonder where they came up with the term “dashboard” for that part of your vehicle that sits behind the steering wheel? That name began back before cars were even invented.  People used to travel by horse and buggy, and streets weren’t as well built as they are today.  On a muddy road (which was sometimes just a couple of ruts alongside…

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The Winter fishing season

21 Nov 2019

We’ve talked about getting the boat trailer ready for fishing opener before, but what about the winter fishing season? Many of you know a friend or family member that owns an Ice Castle, you know, one of those big fish houses on wheels. Not only do people use them in the winter for ice fishing but they are used year-round as campers and travel trailers….

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08 Nov 2019

As temperatures drop so does the pressure in your tires. This is usually accompanied by a low tire pressure light. It doesn’t necessarily mean there is leak in the tire. Things contract as they get cold and air is no different. Molecules contract causing tire pressure to go down. To get maximum traction and avoid damage from running tires under inflated, air them up to…

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Are you giving our furry friends a cold weather retreat?

08 Nov 2019

As the temps drop mice and other small rodents look for warmth and food. If you store dog or cat food in your garage and park your car in the garage it’s a cold weather paradise to the mice. The cars engine is warm so the make a nest on it. They bring food into their nest and foe desert they like to eat wiring….

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Engine Timing belts and Chains

09 Oct 2019

As your engine runs, the intake valves need to open to allow air into the engine.  They remain closed while the air and fuel are compressed and ignited, powering the piston.  Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust.  This all must be timed very precisely.  It is the job of the timing belt or timing chain to make sure all of this is…

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Cabin air filters

10 Sep 2019

Let’s talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them in the Corcoran, Rogers & Maple Grove area that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles have them, so some people confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter. Every vehicle in MN has an engine…

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TSB not USB

15 Aug 2019

Aug 11th, 2019 You probably know that USB is a computer term (it stands for Universal Serial Bus). But do you know what a TSB is? You should, because it could be important for your vehicle. A TSB is a Technical Service Bulletin.  Once a new vehicle is introduced and starts being driven by thousands of real-world users, weaknesses in parts or design are revealed. …

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Don’t let your car get you hot under the collar

15 Jul 2019

With all the heat we have had over the last week or two, we have had a tremendous number of cars that have had overheating problems. What can you do to prevent it? Perhaps not too much. But on the other hand, have you looked for any signs? When I stop for coffee in the morning at the local continence store it’s amazing to look…

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A saved vacation

12 Jul 2019

We have been busy checking cars over making sure the air conditioning is cooling, good tires are good and oil is changed for our customers for their vacations. Well next week I am on vacation and thought I’d better look my wife’s car over before we head out. I keep a close eye on it, but I had seen a very small spot of coolant…

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5 Tips for Buying a Used car in Corcoran

24 Jun 2019

Here are 5 tips from Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc for used car buyers: 1. Ask for service records. Most owners who document regular maintenance service take care of their vehicle. 2. Inspect the vehicle thoroughly. Check for uneven tire wear, alignment, suspension issues, strange sounds and funky odors. 3. If everything checks out up to this point, take it to Pro-Tech Auto Repair for a thorough…

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Brake Service Savings

09 May 2019

Don't miss out. Have your brakes inspected and if they need work take advantage of the savings!

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Simple Answers from Pro-Tech Auto Repair: On Tire Rotation and Balancing

29 Apr 2019

Question: How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced? Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc Answer: The interval for tire rotation could depend on a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the vehicle manufacturer. The background question for Corcoran drivers is why do tires need to be rotated? Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders…

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