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Car Won’t Start? Issues & Components within the Ignition System

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The first day of fall is today, September 22nd, which means cold weather is now on the horizon. And as you may know, cooler weather can wreak havoc on your car or truck. And, this is the time of year most people start experiencing issues when trying to start their car. As experts in ignition systems for Minneapolis, we would like to provide an outline of the ignition system’s components and a few of the issues to look out for.

Your car sits outside overnight and sometimes that means it will not start the following day. If it doesn’t start at first, try turning the key again and hold it for up to 20 seconds but no longer than that. Do not continuously crank the key in the ignition if it does not immediately start.

Check to make sure things like the car stereo, heater and any lights are off and then try again. If possible, try to get a jumpstart from someone. If that still does not work, have your car towed to a trusted auto care shop like Auto Electric and we can see what’s going on. Sometimes, the cold air will affect your car or ignition systems in such a way that it will not easily turn on.

About the Ignition System

Your car’s engine needs three things to run; air, fuel and a spark. Your ignition system’s job is to ignite the spark plugs in order to generate power to run the engine. So when your car doesn’t start, one of the first places to look is your ignition. There are many elements of the ignition system to look at when it doesn’t seem to be working properly, including:

• The battery
• Ignition coil
• Ignition module
• Ignition switch
• Distributor cap
• Spark plugs
• and more

The ignition systems is an array of components that all work together and since ignition systems consist of so many different parts, there are numerous different potential failure points.

So give us a call today and we can have your ignition systems looked at right away before a much bigger issue arises. We will be able to answer all of your questions and get you on our appointment schedule as soon as possible.

For more information about ignition systems in Minneapolis, give us a call at Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can Contact Us to schedule an appointment.

Common Causes of Tire Damage

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Many car repairs can be avoided. But one that seems to occur no matter what you do is the flat tire. Most drivers have experienced a flat tire at some point in their lives. If you’ve been in this situation, you know just how frustrating it can be. While unfortunately, there is no ‘flat proof’ tire on the market yet and no sure way to prevent a flat tire, there are some maintenance and awareness points that can help reduce their occurrence. As experts in tire repair for Minneapolis, the professionals at Auto Electric would like to provide a few common causes of the flat tire to help you avoid them.

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Temperature

Did you know that for every time the temperatures outside drop ten degrees, your tire loses one pound of air pressure? Properly inflated tires can help increase your gas mileage and stave off the need for tire repair. For every 10 degrees that the temperature drops, your tire pressure will decrease by approximately one pound. In order to find out the proper pounds per square inch (PSI) that your tires should be filled to, look in the driver’s side doorjamb or check your car’s owner’s manual.

Puncture

The most common cause of a flat tire is a puncture by a sharp object such as nails or glass. Avoid punctures by avoiding some dirt roads if possible and by driving around debris in the road. When a puncture occurs, it is important you bring it in for tire repair as soon as possible. The experts at Auto Electric can assess if a simple repair is needed or if you will need to replace the tire.

Rubbed/Ripped Tire

Check your tires periodically for damage, such as deeply scuffed, worn areas or uneven wear on the side of the tire. This can be an alignment issue and must be addressed if you want your tires to last.

Tire Separation

Separation usually occurs when your tire pops a curb or if you rub the wheel sharply against the sidewalk while parking. The tire slips slightly from the rim, causing a slow loss of air over time. An experienced tire repair expert will be needed to take care of this issue.

Rough Ride

Road hazards like potholes, debris and uneven roads can wreak havoc on your car’s tires, wheels, axels and undercarriage. It is important to avoid these when possible but if they’re part of your daily commute, then it is essential to bring your care in for regular maintenance to avoid unnecessary tire repair down the line.

No matter the cause for the flat tire, Auto Electric can help. So, if you notice that your tires are having issues, you should have a mechanic check into it and determine the problem as soon as possible.

Interested in learning more about tire repair in Minneapolis? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

The Truth is Out There: Car Maintenance Myths Debunked!

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When it comes to automotive repair work, there can be a lot of information and ‘fake news’ being spread. Like with all myths, some are more believable than others. At Auto Electric, we specialize in car maintenance for the Twin Cities and have learned a thing or two about these types of car facts and fictions. We see firsthand the differences between reality and what people have been told. So, we thought we would take a moment to address some of the most common car maintenance myths and what the actual truths are.

My car’s battery will recharge after a jumpstart as soon as I start driving it. False! It can actually take hours to get the battery fully charged again, especially in the winter. Heated seats and other accessories draw so much power that the alternator has little juice left to recharge the battery. You can actually have a load test to check at your local car maintenance shop to see if the battery will still hold a charge.

car maintenance twin citiesIt is essential to change your oil every 3,000 miles. Not exactly. It is always a good idea to follow the advice in your car’s owner’s manual. Some vehicles can travel 7,500 miles or more between oil changes, it all depends on your vehicle. Experts in car maintenance like the ones at Auto Electric can help advise you if you’re unable to locate your manual.

If your check engine light comes on, it’s likely you only need to check your gas cap. Not so fast. Cars these days have on-board diagnostics. So if your check engine light comes on, you should take your auto to a car maintenance specialist and repair shop like ours so we can troubleshoot the problem and get it fixed before it becomes an even bigger issue.

You’ve always got to warm up your car before driving it in the winter. Although warming up your car does increase your comfort level, it isn’t necessary to the health of your car. Thanks to fuel injectors, you do not have to worry about warming it up to help its performance.

If your brake fluid is low, you just have to top it off. Wait, brakes are important! When it comes to your all-important brakes, you should actually bring your car or truck to our car maintenance and repair shop. We can look over your brakes and put in the proper amount of brake fluid. Sometimes, low brake fluid indicates a bigger problem.

And, these are just a few of the car myths floating around. In order to ensure you get the quality car maintenance your Twin Cities car needs, it is essential to enlist the experts. Call us at Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

 

Keep on Cruisin’: Benefits and Blunders of Cruise Control

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With proper maintenance and care, expensive car repairs can be avoided. Auto Electric specializes in the maintenance and repair of cruise control for Crystal MN and we would like to share a couple of tips that can help you avoid costly repair and safely keep your car on the road.

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Cruise control is an innovative feature and can be very convenient when on a long drive or on the highway. It allows the driver to set a steady speed so you can relax your foot and let the vehicle maintain its own speed. More modern cruise control systems even allow you to maintain speed and a certain distance behind the vehicle in front of you without having to manually accelerate and brake. There are many benefits to having a cruise control system that works, including less active driving as well as money savings due to increased gas mileage.

When cruise control fails, it can be annoying, but when it fails suddenly it could even be dangerous. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the common reasons for a faulty cruise control system:

Failing Brake Pedal Switch. A brake pedal switch turns the vehicle’s brake lights on when it senses the brake pedal has been pressed. Since cruise control systems are designed to turn off when the brake pedal is pressed, the cruise control system is then wired to the brake pedal switch. If the switch fails, the car could think the brakes are engaged and the cruise control won’t work.

Fuse Issues. There is a corresponding fuse which will blow to protect the system if it senses a short circuit. When the fuse for the cruise control blows, it could cause the cruise control to stop working altogether.

Speed Sensor Failure. If the speed sensor fails the cruise control may stop working. You may also notice that the speedometer has issues and that the engine has more difficulty when idling.

No matter the issue, a failed cruise control system may signal that other repairs need to be made soon. When examining the cruise control, one of our experts at Auto Electric will likely inspect other systems on the car as well. So, if you notice that your cruise control is having issues, you should have a mechanic check into it and determine the problem as soon as possible.

Ready to learn more about cruise control in Crystal MN? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

Tips to Keep Your Car on the Road this Summer

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It’s almost summer time and for many of us that means Sunday drives, vacations and road trips! It is important to take care of some routine maintenance in order to keep your car on the road and safe to drive this season. And as an auto service and repair shop serving Valley Place, we see a lot of cars in need of expensive repairs. Here are a few of the most common ways to prevent them and keep your summer rolling along.

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Regular Oil Changes

One of the best and most basic ways to avoid auto service and repair is to make sure you get regular oil changes. Most cars need an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the make, model and year. Consult your owner’s manual if you are not sure how often you should get yours changed. Regular oil changes mean your car’s engine is getting the right quality and amount of oil to continue to run smoothly.

Bring your car into a trustworthy auto service and repair shop like ours to ensure it’s done right. While you’re here we will also perform an overall check of your vehicle for things like fluid levels and tire pressure.

Check Your Gas Cap

A gas cap that is broken or even just cracked can cause your car to get fewer miles to the gallon and that can mean you are spending more money on gas for your car than you should be. A new gas cap shouldn’t cost a lot, but it could save you a bundle on gas in the long run. So before you and your family roll out of the driveway, bring your car to us for full auto service and repair and we can fix issues like these.

Tire Care

Check your tires and tire pressure on a regular basis and particularly before embarking on a road trip. Not only is this a safety issue, but improperly inflated tires could also affect your gas mileage. Just check your car’s manual and find out how many pounds per square inch of air each tire should have.

Spark Plugs

If your spark plugs are not functioning as they should be, they can reduce your gas mileage by up to 20%. And, spark plugs that are broken or in need of repair can even cause damage to your catalytic converter which is another expensive replacement job. You generally need new spark plugs every 30,000 to 40,000 miles but, again, you should check your car’s owner’s manual to see when they should be replaced.

So, before you venture on your next summer road trip, take your car to the experts. Ready to learn more about auto service and repair in Valley Place? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.