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Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in Minneapolis

Sunday 20 January 2019

Many Minneapolis drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a Minneapolis road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start... read more

Gas Savings in Minneapolis: Sharpen Your Pencil

Sunday 13 January 2019

High gas prices in Minneapolis increase the cost of living for MN drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Minneapolis vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to MN news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more c... read more

Below 45 Degrees in Minneapolis: Consider Winter Tires

Sunday 06 January 2019

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Minneapolis drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. MN drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Minneapolis area are much better designed for the wide r... read more

The Economy of Maintenance for Minneapolis Drivers

Tuesday 01 January 2019

Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Minneapolis drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com ... read more

Blind Spot Safety for Minneapolis Driving

Sunday 30 December 2018

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Minneapolis, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Minneapolis drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pu... read more

Minneapolis Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Sunday 23 December 2018

Let's talk about air quality in Minneapolis. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Minneapolis drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in Minneapolis. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirt... read more

Hold the Oil! (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

Sunday 16 December 2018

You've likely heard how important oil is to your vehicle's engine. Did you know that there's one part that's responsible for holding that oil so you can use it every day? It's called the oil pan, and it sits at the bottom of the engine. The oil pan is a vital, though simple, part of your engine's lubrication system. Oil circulates through parts of your engine to keep them lubricated. It reduces friction so everything works smoothly. Without oil, friction would quickly destroy your engine. The oi... read more

Hold the Oil! (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

Sunday 16 December 2018

You've likely heard how important oil is to your vehicle's engine. Did you know that there's one part that's responsible for holding that oil so you can use it every day? It's called the oil pan, and it sits at the bottom of the engine. The oil pan is a vital, though simple, part of your engine's lubrication system. Oil circulates through parts of your engine to keep them lubricated. It reduces friction so everything works smoothly. Without oil, friction would quickly destroy your engine. The oi... read more

Maintenance on My Mind

Sunday 09 December 2018

Ask any Minneapolis man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most Minneapolis residents seem to have a hard time remembering about sched... read more

Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in Minneapolis

Sunday 02 December 2018

Night driving in Minneapolis is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. And at night, we just can't see as much as we can during the day. In fact, if you have 20/20 vision during the day, your night vision is only 20/50. To translate, that means that an object you... read more

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