Inspecting the Tires on your Vehicle

There are several things that you will need to check on the tires, and will only take a few minutes. This way you can ensure that the tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have so they are repaired and fixed.


The tread is an important part on each tire of the vehicle. Without the tread, the tire would not be able to grip the surface of the road as you drive. When the roads are wet or slick, the tread is what helps the vehicle to drive straight and under control. You can also test the tread depth by just using a penny. All you need to do is place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is not sufficient enough. If you notice that the tread is worn significantly different on each tire, having the tires rotated can be beneficial. If you notice that the vehicle pulls or sways in one direction or the other, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you.

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Some of the Most Overlooked things on your Vehicle

To help keep your vehicle working in the best condition possible, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenances. If you notice anything out of the normal between regular visits, make sure to contact us. This can help prevent a larger issue from forming in the future. By catching an issue at the first sign, you can also help prevent a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed.

The power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your important power steering parts are protected from detrimental corrosion.

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Reasons why a Battery Loses Charge


On occasion, your vehicle’s battery will suddenly lose charge. Sometimes it will gradually begin to weaken and have signs that will be noticeable. Having the battery inspected can help you to know the condition it is in. That way you can help to avoid a possible dead battery when you need it the most. If your vehicle’s battery is starting to lose power, it may be from a number of things. It is important to go to scheduled maintenances regularly so we can inspect it for you. In between visits, you may start to notice how your vehicle is handling or sounds.

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Inspect all the Mirrors of your Vehicle


Although the rear view mirror is hanging securely to the inside of your windshield, over time the hold can begin to worsen and cause the mirror to fall off completely. This can be an issue because you will not be able to see what is behind you when you drive or back up. Before replacing the mirror make sure the windshield is clean. This will help the glue to stick effectively to the windshield and the mirror. Apply the adhesive and place the mirror in the marked spot. After it is dried completely then the mirror should be functional. Driving without a rearview mirror is dangerous, as you cannot fully see what is going on behind you. If you do experience problems with your mirror get it fixed as soon as possible.

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Tips for New Drivers


Being a new drive on the road can be fun and exciting. You will want to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained and in good operating condition. If you suspect there is an issue, make sure to schedule an important so we can inspect the vehicle for you. By having the issue corrected, you can help avoid inconvenience and potential safety hazards.

By inspecting the vehicle, you can help keep it operating efficiently and at top performance levels when you drive. There are some things you should check regularly to help prevent a breakdown.

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How to Avoid Pothole Damage

Pothole Tire Repair Dale Feste Automotive, Hopkins, MN

In the spring, you might notice the potholes that have developed on the roads. Water gets into cracks in the road surface, freezes overnight and expands. When this happens, potholes will start to develop. Heavy traffic can also increase the chance for potholes to form on the roadways, since the pavement is already weak.

Make sure that the tires on your vehicle are correctly inflated. If you are not sure what the correct amount should be, make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual. This way they will be at the amount indicated by the manufacturer. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. Tires that are properly inflated are able to handle going over a pothole better than those that are under inflated or over inflated.

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Signs of Transmission Issues


When you own a vehicle, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. This means bringing the vehicle in regularly for maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components to ensure they are operating efficiently. Between visits, you might also notice things are starting to wear down on your vehicle, like the battery or transmission. No matter what sign of an issue you notice, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

An easy sign to know that your transmission may need attention is if you notice any leaking transmission fluid. The transmission fluid helps to maintain your vehicle’s shifting capabilities. If you check the transmission fluid, it should be bright red in color. Unlike the oil, the transmission does not consume or burn off any fluid during operation. So if you notice that the transmission fluid is low or empty, there is probably a leak somewhere in the system. If you smell of something burning when you are driving, it may be an indication that the transmission is overheating. The transmission fluid not only helps to keep the moving parts of the transmission properly lubricated, but it helps prevent the unit from burning up.

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How to Drive Carefully in the Winter


Driving in the winter can be more difficult than driving in the summer. This is because you will have to drive on ice and snow throughout the winter months. It is important to remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components on your vehicle. We can inspect the brake system, as this is important because it allows your vehicle to slow down and stop when necessary. We can also check the fluid levels in your vehicle to ensure they are at the proper amounts each reservoir needs. Along with checking the fluids, the tires can also be inspected. The air pressure can be looked at to ensure they are at the correct amount. If you find yourself having to put more air in the tire, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. Having the tire repaired or replaced can help improve the safety and reliability of it.

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Car Seat Safety Mistakes to Avoid


It does not matter if you drive a truck, car, or SUV, safety should always come first. This is particularly true regarding a car seat for your child. Make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can inspect the parts and components of your vehicle. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to schedule an appointment. Having the safety the best that is can be is important for you and your passengers.

While you will not intend to be involved in an accident, but you never know if this could happen. If you have a child in the back seat, you have a lot to think about. Below are five car seat safety mistakes to avoid…

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If the Vehicle Overheats, Know what to Do


When you own a vehicle, it is important to make sure that it is always kept in the best condition possible. This way your vehicle will remain safe and reliable for when you would need to drive it. Anytime you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. By doing this, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run. If you ignore an issue, it has the chance to become a larger problem, while also affecting other parts of the vehicle.

Coolants that are Leaking

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