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

Vehicle Inspection

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

Keeping the Windshield Clean

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Why should you keep your Windshield Clean

Keeping the windshield clean and clear can help provide you with the best visibility possible when you are driving. Knowing what is ahead on the road can allow ample time for you to react to the situation. If you notice a crack or divot in the windshield, it is recommended to have it repaired as soon as possible. This can help make sure you have a clear and straight view of the road ahead of you.

One of the single cheapest ways to make sure your windshield stays in good shape is to replace your wiper blades often. Most blades aren’t hard to snap off and replace, nor are they expensive. An inspection of the wiper blades also is easy. Run your hand along one at a time and feel along for holes in the edge or torn pieces of rubber that could mean that the windshield wiper is ineffective. If it leaves significant streaks during a rainstorm or does not appear to be hugging the contour of the glass, than it might be time to look into a replacement windshield wiper blade for the vehicle. read more

What is Dry Rot on the Tires

Dry Rot Tires, Dale Feste Automotive, Hopkins, MN

Dry Rot

Tire dry rot refers to the cracking and splitting that can occur in the sidewalls or treads of rubber tires as the rubber ages and becomes brittle. It is also known as sidewall cracking. Ozone and ultraviolet light are the primary environmental causes of tire dry rot. Tire manufacturers blend chemical ingredients into the tire during the manufacturing process in an effort to combat dry rot caused by ozone and UV exposure. Carbon black is added to the rubber to protect the tires from UV light. Waxes are added to the rubber during tire manufacturing to protect the tire against damage from ozone. If the vehicle is left to sit, the tires may develop dry rot. Make sure to check the tires regularly for any issues they might have. read more