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Why Do They Call it a Dashboard?

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

The Winter fishing season

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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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?

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

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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