Why the Brakes Need to be Inspected

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The brake system of your vehicle should be inspected regularly. Regular maintenance checks for your vehicle will help it to stay in the best condition possible. If you do not bring the vehicle in, you will not know what is wrong with the vehicle until it is too late. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help reduce further problems from forming with your vehicle. Anything out of the norm should always be taken seriously, and not ignored. This will help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run for your vehicle. read more

Making sure to Inspect your Car

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The vehicle you own is important and you will have to rely on it to get you to your destination. In order to keep it operating correctly, you will want to follow the recommended maintenance inspection schedule. Doing so will help ensure that the parts and components are working as they should be. If the vehicle is not inspected regularly, then there can be an issue with how it operates. This will then cause other areas to show signs of trouble along the way as well. Having proper maintenance done in a timely fashion can help improve the longevity and efficiency of your vehicle. read more

Proper care for your Car during the Summer

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During the summer months, the heat can cause damage to your vehicle. You will want to make sure you follow regular maintenance inspections. By doing so, you will help to improve the overall condition of the parts and components for the vehicle. If you ignore the car and proper care, you will end up doing more damage in the long run for it. Make sure that you contact us if you are unsure how often the vehicle should be maintained. You can also check in the manual to see when different and various maintenance tasks should be performed as well. By following the guidelines, you will help improve the longevity of the car. read more

Tire Care is Important

The tires on your vehicle should be in the best condition possible. Doing so will ensure they will operate and rotate correctly. If you are not sure about how often the tires of your vehicle should be maintained, contact us. Depending on your make and model, and also the tires, that can determine when maintenance is needed. You can also check the owner’s manual or also the manufacturer’s recommendation. This will help to ensure the tires are always in the best condition by having proper maintenance done to them. read more

Deicing your Vehicle in the Winter

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In the winter it is inevitable that you will have to remove ice, snow, and frost from your winndshield. You will want to make sure that you clear the windshield, side windows, rear windshield, and side mirrors. In order to start your vehicle so you can start to warm it up, and warm up the windshield, you will want to make sure you can get in your vehicle. You may need to have a lock de-icer to get in. Lock de-icer is simply a specific concentration of isopropyl alcohol. It’s the same chemical compound found in rubbing alcohol, for example, but at a much stronger concentration. Lock de-icer, is at least 98 percent isopropyl alcohol, while rubbing alcohol is typically between 50 and 70 percent strength. That potent alcoholic liquid works by lowering the freezing point of water. Lock de-icer is designed to act as a fail-safe to open your doors when the small key hole cover flap meant to keep moisture out of locks and prevent them from freezing up doesn’t do the trick. read more

Tires should be Checked in Winter

Tires are important for your vehicle. In order to make sure you have a safe, reliable, and smooth ride, the tires need to be inspected regularly. They should be free from any cracks or puncture marks on them. This can be the first sign that problems may occur later on, when you least expect it.

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Besides inspect the tires, you can also change a few driving habits to help ensure a safer ride. Adding distance between the vehicle in front of you and yourself can allow more time to react if they slam on the brakes or encounter something. It will also give you more distance if you need to stop as well. It is recommended to stay at least three seconds behind someone when driving. That should be doubled or tripled in the case of poor weather. read more

Having an Efficient Battery for the Winter

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Make sure to check the battery in your vehicle. When the temperatures drop, you will want your vehicle to be safe and reliable when you drive it. Part of this includes making sure that the battery for your vehicle works. No matter if you are on your way to work, school, or driving for fun, having your vehicle start is important. Make sure to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. By doing so, you can help ensure it is able to last as long as possible.

Inspecting the battery

Between regular inspections, you can inspect it on your vehicle yourself. Check to make sure the terminals are not dirty or have corrosion on them. Also make sure they are tight and can properly keep the current. If the terminal is loose or has corrosion, it may assist in the battery starting to fail. If you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can fix it for you as soon as possible. read more

Inspect the Tires on your Vehicle this Winter

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Make sure to inspect the tires on your vehicle regularly this winter. The tread, air pressure, and overall condition are all things to check. A tire’s tread helps it to maintain traction with the road, especially in wet or icy conditions. The specific pattern of the tread determines the conditions for which the tire is best suited. The treads on rain tires are generally V-shaped, allowing them to quickly channel water away from the tire’s driving surface. The rubber on the driving surface of the tires wears off with use, which reduces tread depth over time. read more

Understanding the Brake System

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Unusual brake noise or braking behaviors should be treated as a warning that one of the most essential systems on your car is malfunctioning. The brakes are exposed to tremendous forces and generate a lot of heat every time you stop your car. When you press on the brake, all the energy that your vehicle creates by moving down the road has to be converted to heat through friction.

A rattle noise from the brakes is a common issue for drivers. Most often brake rattle happens when you let up off the pedal. Suddenly you may hear a rattle. Usually it sounds like the rattle made when shaking a can of spray paint. Brake pads can rattle sometimes due to heat expansion, especially if they were installed without anti-rattle shims. Keep in mind that this rattle should not be consistent and it should never happen while you have your foot on the brake pedal. read more

Regular Vehicle Inspection

Vehicle Inspection, Dale Feste Automotive, Hopkins MN

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The battery should be inspected visually for corrosion or any other buildup of debris regularly. The surface of the battery should be clean and free from any dirt buildup. The connection points and posts should also be free of corrosion or rust. This can decrease the power it is able to supply your vehicle. It is also recommended to have the battery professionally tested to see if it is able to hold the charge effectively.

As the hours of daylight start to shorten, make sure that the lights on your vehicle are working properly. You can clean off the lights by using a sponge or car cleaning cloth with a car cleaner. This way you can scrub and wipe away the buildup of road grime that has collected on the headlights and taillights from the previous months. By cleaning the lights, you can help to ensure you have the brightest and clearest beams possible when driving. Having good quality lights can help your visibility when you drive. The lights on the vehicle are also important to help other drivers see you. This can help to reduce the chance of an accident if you need to stop in an emergency situation. read more