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Engine Timing belts and Chains

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

Cabin air filters

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

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

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

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

A saved vacation

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

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

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

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

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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