We've all been through it. The vehicle ahead of us kicks up mud, slush, snow or salt on our windshield and we can't see a thing. And not being able to see a thing when we're driving? Not a good thing.
Debris on a vehicle's glass can be blinding when driving directly into the sun. And other things can ruin visibility: scratches on the glass, fogged windows, mineral deposits.
So lets make one thing clear: Your windows. Here are some tips.
Number one rule, don't... read more
Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Minneapolis area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Minneapolis service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit &ndash... read more
There was a man in the Minneapolis area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local MN highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Minneapolis, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively.Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude... read more
Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.Minneapolis drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however... read more
If you park your vehicle outside, you are exposing it to all sorts of critters that would love to use it for nesting, food storage and shelter. There are plenty of pictures online of people who've discovered there was more than an engine under the hood. In one case, the driver of an SUV started to smell a slight burning odor when she was driving. Turned out to be 200 walnuts and a lot of grass had been stored there by some industrious squirrels preparing for the upcoming cold w... read more
If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Minneapolis, MN, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Minneapolis, MN:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in MN, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of... read more
There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Minneapolis. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experien... read more
Modern vehicles in and around Minneapolis run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Minneapolis drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us MN drivers have all the... read more
Did you know that most of the cars driving around Minneapolis, MN, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the Minneapolis area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure... read more
Every car in Minneapolis, MN, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles:
Visible and audible devices
Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many... read more
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