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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Fuel System Cleaning at Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc In Corcoran

23 Apr 2019

Hello Corcoran, Plymouth, Maple Grove & Rogers residents, let’s talk about fuel. Fuel, whether gasoline or diesel, is delivered to your vehicle engine to be burned to generate the power needed to keep you moving. This fuel leaves a residue as it moves through your fuel system. This may not seem like much, but it can cause big problems. Gum and varnish build up inside fuel…

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Serpentine Belts

09 Apr 2019

Do you know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump. On some vehicles, it also runs the water pump, radiator fan and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of stuff, doesn’t it? If your…

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The Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc Guide to Proper Fluids

09 Apr 2019

Apr 9th, 2019 If you’ve walked through the automotive fluids section of your favorite Corcoran auto parts store, you’ll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How can Corcoran drivers know what’s right for their vehicle? As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run. Your vehicle has specified a particular type of fluid for every system, from the…

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Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc Tech Question on Engine Failure

22 Mar 2019

Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc Tech Question: I’m Collins of Corcoran. I had my engine go out and had to have it completely re-done at Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc in Corcoran. What could I have done to prevent this? Pro-Tech Auto Repair Inc Tech Answer: You’ve got to feel for Collins: an expensive major engine replacement is pretty extreme. It’s a tough situation to be in: maybe you’re…

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Putting things off doesn’t save money it costs!

21 Mar 2019

Most Manufacturers recommend changing spark plugs every 90- 105,000 miles. As they wear the electrode gap gets larger and the coils have to work harder to get the spark to jump the gap. This can cause coil failure and much higher repair bills. The other thing that can happen is they get stuck in the cylinder head and break off while attempting to remove them….

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18 Mar 2019

The season before summer in Minnesota is Pot Hole season. Will you have as much fun as this person? Spring feels like it’s coming, the sun feels so nice and the snow is going fast. 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…

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Pro-Tech Auto Repairs – Services to Improve Fuel Economy

21 Jan 2019

Jan 18th, 2019 Let’s review some things that Corcoran, Maple Grove and Plymouth drivers can do to improve fuel economy. Bottom line, the better you maintain your vehicle, the less fuel you will use. It all adds up in a big way. For example, replacing your dirty engine air filter will pay for itself in fuel savings before your next oil change and will keep saving…

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