Auto Care & Repair Services Blog Posts

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Auto Electric

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With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers for their support. We are grateful to have served the Robbinsdale community with our auto repair services for more than 60 years. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us for all your future auto repair and maintenance needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

This Holiday Season, Give Yourself the Gift of a Healthy Car

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Christmas is just around the corner. What better gift is there than the security and satisfaction knowing your car is prepared for the cold winter months ahead? As a shop that specializes in car repair and service near Golden Valley, the expert mechanics at Auto Electric know firsthand just how important it is to prepare your car for the upcoming winter, especially in a climate like the one we have in Minnesota. So here are a few areas to focus on and how to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter’s frigid temperatures.

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Wonderful Wipers

We get a lot of snow, sleet and ice around this area and you never know when it will start, so it is important to make sure you get new wiper blades put on as soon as possible. You should also be sure that you have plenty of wiper fluid. When other cars kick salt and slush onto your windshield it can become very difficult to see. Wiper fluid will keep your windshield clean so you can see and get to your destination safely.

Merry & Bright Batteries

One of the most important care repair and service tasks to take care of as the winter months approach is checking your car’s battery. Bring your car to an auto repair shop like ours and we can check your battery to make sure it still has plenty of charge and to make sure it does not need to be replaced. If it does, we can help you with that to help make sure your battery is not an issue for you this winter.

Wheel Wonderland

Have you considered snow tires? As care repair and service experts, we can help you determine if these are something you should invest in, if they are a good idea for your specific needs and what kind of tires you should get.

Another important part of care repair and service is to check your tire pressure. You should do this several times a week because the variances in temperature can also affect the amount of air that is in your tires. Too much tire pressure is just as dangerous as too little.

Do you want more information about winter care repair and service in Golden Valley? Call us at Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

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.