Why Factory-Recommended Maintenance Matters

An oil change? Again? It seems like you just got one done, and 3,000 miles ago, hopefully you did. Regular oil changes are only a small part of your vehicle’s preventative maintenance schedule, which is designed by the manufacturer to keep your car running as smoothly as possible for as long as possible. But is all that maintenance really necessary?

When Should I Replace My Tires?

Tire health is an important part of car maintenance. Bald, patchy tires are an eyesore, but more importantly, they make driving more difficult and less safe for everyone on the road! But if damage isn’t visible to the naked eye, how do you tell when it’s time to swap your old rubber for some fresh, new wheels?   Replacing by

Car Care Tips for First-Time Owners

Congratulations on your new car! We’re sure buying it was no walk in the park, but sorry to say, the work doesn’t end here. Maintenance is an essential part of having a car, but while most people own a vehicle at some point in their lives, not everyone learns how to take care of them. For first-time owners, car maintenance

What to Keep in Your Winter Emergency Car Kit

Ah, another Minnesota winter: that oh-so-wonderful time of year when the roads are caked in a glorious combination of slush and melting salt, and driving two miles down the road is a much more daunting task than it should be. Ice, snow, and poor visibility can all contribute to car accidents during the winter. Getting stuck in a ditch during

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Woman pumping fuel at a gas station

So, there you are, cruising down the highway when your gas light blinks on. You could’ve sworn you just filled the tank, too. Most cars have a reserve of about 2.5 gallons, so, rest easy, you’ve got enough to make it to the nearest station, but in a pinch, it might be necessary to make those last dribbles of gasoline

How to Identify a Dishonest Mechanic: What Car Owners Should Know

mechanic statue holding a wrench

When was the last time you had to look for a new mechanic? (If you’re reading this, we’re betting you’re thinking about making a switch right now.) Life changes like shops closing, mechanics retiring, or moving to a new city can force you into looking before you’re ready. The last thing you want to do is rely on a Google

Understanding (And Actually Addressing) Your Check Engine Light

Your car’s check engine light might seem like a dashboard light whose only purpose is to cause a sinking feeling in your stomach. While this anxiety-inducing indicator is an unwelcomed sign for many motorists, there are a ton of reasons your car might light the check engine light. Many times, it’s a warning that you should check a relatively minor

How to Protect Your Car’s Paint from Sun Damage

Did you know that the condition of your car’s paint is one of the most important factors in determining the value of your car? Just like with your skin, the sun’s rays can cause damage to paint. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun causes oxidation and makes your car look worn out and older than it

The Real Weight of Tire Pressure: Knowing the Basics

2020 has been a strange year for us all. Travel plans and events all over the country are changing and getting postponed. Spring in Minnesota has come regardless of what the rest of us are doing. With it, the wear and tear of winter becomes more apparent on the roads, on our cars, and on our tires. Especially when battling

Spring Cleaning and Post-Winter Maintenance for Your Car

It’s finally springtime in Minnesota. For your car, this is the season between winter and road construction and a great time to do a little maintenance. Cleaning off the debris accumulated through the winter is an important task to prepare for warmer days of driving and long road trips – whether it’s a summer vacation out of state or an