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Winter Automotive Safety Tips!

For peace of mind, have the following automotive service items checked out before heading down the road:

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, Winter Automotive Safety Tips!• Tires and tire pressure—you may need to rotate your tires, or purchase new tires;
• Check the air pressure and tread depth of your tires, and let you know if your tires are suitable for winter driving.
• Make sure you have proper antifreeze to keep your car running in frigid temperatures.
• Check the level and condition of your oil and other fluids.

Caution: Make sure you have a roadside emergency kit in the trunk that includes a first aid kit, a tire-changing jack, a tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, a flashlight, water bottles, snacks, and a blanket. Program emergency numbers into your cell phone, and don’t forget the charger!

If you looking for quality Automotive repair, contact Us at Spring Lake Park Precision Tune today for more information about automotive service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Spring Lake Park MN and surrounding areas. 763-784-1405

VW Maintenance for Winter Temperatures

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN VW MaintenanceIf you’ve not yet brought your vehicle for its winter checkup and need a skilled shop that specializes in Volkswagen, we can help. We’ll give your vehicle a thorough winter checkup. Our Process:
• Evaluate your battery, starting and charging systems, brakes, hoses, belts, and many other components.
• Check the air pressure and tread depth of your tires, and let you know if your tires are suitable for winter driving.
• Make sure you have proper antifreeze to keep your car running in frigid temperatures.
• Check the level and condition of your oil and other fluids.

Not only will a winter tune-up help keep you safe on the roads. It also will increase your car’s longevity.

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Baby it’s cold outside…

And it can be slushy and slippery, too. Winter can be a beautiful time of year, but if you find yourself stuck in the snow on the way to work or before you even get out of your own driveway, it can also be downright frustrating.

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Car Snow TipsIf you do happen to find yourself literally “spinning your wheels” on the side of a snowy road, here are some tips to help you get back on the road:
1. Carry kitty litter or sand in the trunk and pour some around your tires to create traction.
2. Don’t accelerate quickly; spinning your wheels will actually dig you in deeper.
3. Put the car in reverse and then back into drive to gently rock the car back and forth, accelerating slowly. When in drive, put the transmission in a lower gear.
4. Carry a shovel with you; you may need it to clear snow from around the tires and from under the car.
5. Keep your wheels straight ahead. This is crucial. Turning your wheels to one side will make it nearly impossible to get out.
6. Always have your cell phone with you, as well as emergency contact numbers.
7. Call AAA or Us to get help!
Of course, I highly recommend that you try to avoid getting stuck in the first place, and that you also be prepared for the instances when it can’t be helped. (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends some actions you can take to do both in their article, “Checklist and Tips for Safe Winter Driving.”)
But if, despite your best intentions, you do get stuck in the snow,

Please use Spring Lake Park Precision Tune’s Driving Tip’s

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6 Tips to Make Your Car Safer on the Road

Most people are pretty responsible about taking their cars in for service or calling their mechanics if they suspect a problem. But when it comes to preventative auto care, many people are unaware of things they can do in between those visits, to save money on future repairs and to avoid breaking down on the road.

This Month Precision Tune Auto Care of Spring Lake Park MN, would like to suggest 6 easy actions you can take to make your car safer:

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN Love Your Car• Maintain tire pressure – Low tire pressure not only wastes fuel, it can also cause tires to overheat, which can lead to a blowout. (While you’re looking at your tires, you should also check for signs of wear and damage.)
• Inspect your car battery – If the top of the battery shows signs of corrosion and appears wet, that’s an indication that the battery may be failing soon. Please bring it in so we can test it; this can prevent an unexpected break down due to a failed battery.
• Inspect your wiper blades – Wiper blades usually last about a year or so; I suggest Inspecting your car wiper blades at least once a month. Look for tears and signs of wear, and replace them as needed. If the wipers are streaking the windshield, that’s another indication that they are worn and should be replaced. Don’t worry about not knowing how to replace them; we have a complete line of wiper blades and installation is free.
• Check your exterior lights – Periodically inspect all exterior lighting. It’s just as important that other drivers see you, as it’s important to see others on the road.
• Check under hood fluids – Maintain fluid levels, including washer fluid. This will help to avoid break downs and keep you safer. Also, it will help to maintain proper engine function.
• Inspect belts and hoses. Belts and hoses wear over time. On some car models, it may be difficult to see the belts and hoses, so seek the assistance of your mechanic.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I hope these tips help you to save time and money in the future, and make your car safer on the road today.

Changing Your Brakes? Don’t Forget the Brake Fluid

Everyone knows that when brakes wear out they need to be replaced. But what most people don’t realize that brake fluid wears out too and should be replaced periodically.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture. Over time, the increase in moisture can affect brake performance and cause a dramatic decrease in braking ability. In several cases, loss of braking can occur.

Brake fluid should be flushed from the brake system and replaced every 30,000 miles. Flushing the brakes requires opening up a bleeder valve at each wheel and completely flushing manual for correct brake bleeding procedure and for the correct fluid specification.

A word of caution, not flushing the brakes properly will lead to brake failure. This may be a job best left to a professional. A service profession can also test your brake fluid to determine the state of condition

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Seniors: Winter Driving and Safety Information

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Senior DrivingIt’s important to think about the concerns of seniors behind the wheel, especially as driving conditions become more treacherous for all drivers as winter sets in.

Today’s seniors are not much different than any other age group when it comes to their cars. Winter weather may be an inconvenience but everyone needs their car to get around. Your car is more than a luxury, it’s a necessity. More and more seniors are remaining active and consider their car an important part of lifestyle. Yet, no matter how active and healthy you stay your driving skills will change as you age. However, this doesn’t need to stand in the way of safe, enjoyable winter driving.

Senior drivers should follow vehicle safety practices, and take some extra precautions designed to compensate for their changing driving abilities. Also, vehicle maintenance is even more important in the winter, when frigid temperatures could turn a break down into a life threatening situation. Plan and prepare before you head out during the winter.

Winter driving experts agree; don’t drive in bad weather if you can avoid it. But if driving in bad weather is absolutely necessary, make sure you plan, notify friends and family where you are going, ensure your tires and car is in top shape, take your cell phone, a blanket, bottled water, a flashlight and an emergency kit. These items should be kept in your car at all times. You should always have emergency contact numbers with you and a road side assistance plan. If possible, take a friend along with you.


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Road Salt Damage to Your Vehicle

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN Salt, sand and other chemicals are used during winter months to improve traction, melt ice and keep us safe. We could not travel the roadways if it were not for the fine efforts of our town plow trucks and salt spreaders. However, the effects of the salt and chemicals can be damaging to your car.

When possible, have your car washed often and check with the car wash to see if they have an undercarriage wash too. Interestingly, the cars exterior body holds up quite well, it’s the undercarriage, frame, fuel lines, metal gas tank and brake lines that receive the brunt of the damage. All of which, you cannot see unless your car is placed on a lift and inspected by a trained professional.

If you are driving a newer car, there are ways to protect the undercarriage through rust proofing compounds. Every car should be inspected at the end of each winter and checked for winter-related and salt damage.

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Tip: How to Drive in a Snowstorm

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park Snow Driving TipsYou must have good tires. I saw firsthand many cars with less than adequate tires. This can cause loss of traction and leading to getting stuck in the snow. Consider winter tires if you must drive in snow.
1. Slow down and leave room to stop. If your car begins to slip and slide in the snow, having enough room will allow you to react and adjust.
2. Shift to a lower gear. This will help with traction. Consult your owner’s manual for specifics.
3. If you must drive, plan your route. Avoid hills and infrequently traveled roads.
4. Accelerate slowing, avoid spinning the tires. Slow and steady is best.
5. The moment you feel the car is not managing well in the snow, is the time to turn around and go back home or to a safer area.
6. Keep your lights on, wipers on, and in defrost mode
7. Reread number 1!


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Does the Cold Weather Affect Your Fuel Mileage?

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Fuel Mileage WinterThere’s no denying it; cars tend to burn more fuel in cold winter months. But don’t throw your hands up in defeat. There are reasons why and ways to fight back and maximize fuel economy.

Let’s take a look at what affects fuel mileage in the winter and ways to fight back. People tend to warm up their car before heading out when it’s cold. While no one likes to get into an ice cold vehicle and hold onto a cold steering wheel, limit your engine warmup time. A few minutes is all you need to get the heater going. And while it’s warming up, make sure you are defrosting the windshield and rear window.

The fluids in your car’s engine, transmission, differential and power steering tend to thicken up in cold temperature, making the engine work harder and leading to more fuel being consumed. Make sure your oil is changed just before the winter and have a professional check the condition of all the fluids. Renewing old, worn out fluids, will improve fuel economy and also extend the life of your car.

Cold temperatures lower the pressure in your tires. This increasing rolling resistance and wastes fuel. Check your tire pressure often. Maintaining tire pressure will help improve fuel mileage.

Gasoline is harder to burn in cold weather. Consequently, if your engine is not maintained properly; you will waste a lot more fuel. Make sure all scheduled services are up to date. Also, check to see when your spark plugs were replaced last and have a professional test the computer sensors, especially the oxygen sensor. And don’t forget your air and fuel filter.

If you ever walked in snow, you know how much more energy is needed. Well, it’s the same for your car. So, plan out your trips in bad weather, go easy on the accelerator and if you feel your car has a tough time in the snow, have a professional check your tires.

I hope that makes you feel a little bit better. I know its cold outside, but it’s winter. Before you know, we’ll be complaining that it’s too hot and muggy….well then again… maybe not.


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Automotive News – Have You Adjusted Your Tire Pressure?

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Car Tire PressureWith winter approaching, the temperature begins to drop, and so will the pressure in your tires. The drop in tire pressure may cause the Tire Light to illuminate. If the tire light does come on, please check the tire pressure and adjust as needed. As a general rule, tire pressure should be checked once a month. One more tip, the tire light may be indicating a leak in a tire, so if it comes on, please take it your automotive professional and have your tires inspected.


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Quick Fall Auto Fix-up Tips

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN Fall and Winter TipsAvoid winter woes with quick fall auto fix-up tips and keep your car in great condition for the winter months to come. As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, it’s time to prepare your vehicle for the unpredictable road conditions to come. Addressing a few key issues before winter arrives can save you significant hassle and cost.

Follow these simple tips to shield your vehicle from the elements and avoid winter related damages.
Protect Your Paint – The majorities of drivers are aware of at least one scratch or chip in their vehicles’ paint. Unfortunately, many will not repair these small damages before they rust and become serious issues. A scratch can rust in just 30 days, and snow, ice and freezing temperatures can accelerate and intensify the damage.

Vision – Winter weather can reduce visibility, so a clear windshield is extremely important to prevent accident damage. To make certain you have an unobstructed view of the road at all times, test the heater, defroster system and windshield wipers. Replace any old or cracked blades, and don’t forget your rear wiper. Stock up on winter windshield fluid and keep a bottle of deicing
spray in your car to reduce the need to scrape. Check all vehicle lights to make sure your night vision is equally clear, and replace any dim or dead bulbs.


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Parking Lot Safety Tips

Walking through a crowed busy parking lot can be hazardous for anyone, especially children. Parking lots are designed for vehicles and not pedestrians. Therefore, hazards are everywhere. Cars backing up are often not paying attention to people walking down the lanes of a parking lot.

Spring Lake Park Precision Tune Auto Care Parking Lot SafetyHere are a few simple tips to help you and your kids stay safe:
1. Be cautious and constantly watch for moving cars; don’t assume car owners can see you.
2. Keep your head up and not down at your cell phone. Avoid texting or making phone calls while walking through the parking lot.
3. Treat parking lots like a street; look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks and sidewalks whenever possible
4. Watch the back tail light assemblies of cars as you walk through the parking lot. If the white reverse lights are on, that means the car is moving in reverse, or is about to move backwards.
5. Walk down the parking lot aisles, not in between vehicles
6. Avoid areas where it would hard for drivers to see you; such as behind large trucks or vans, or loading dock areas.
7. Walk in groups, it makes it easier for drivers to see


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Snow Tires: Do I Need Two or Four?

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN Snow Tire RecommendationsSnow tires (also known as winter tires) are specifically designed to dig down and bite into snow and ice. Winter/snow tires are made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather, allowing the tire to better perform during winter driving conditions. Standard conventional tires tend to get hard when temperatures dip below 45 degrees. As a result, winter/snow tires will outperform conventional tires and even all season radial during all types of winter driving.

The question becomes, do I need two or four snow tires? Putting just two snow tires on your car will not give you maximum performance during winter driving and may put you at risk. Remember, snow tires are designed to remain soft and will grip better at cold temperatures. This means that snow tires and conventional tires react differently in colder weather. Snow tires perform better in the winter and grip the road better. To get maximum performance and safety, it is best to install four snow tires. One more thing to consider; if you drive an all wheel drive vehicle, it is recommended that all four tires be the same tread design to prevent damage to all wheel drive components.


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It’s Halloween: Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN Halloween TipsHalloween is one of the most festive nights of the year as kids get dressed up in their favorite costumes and go Trick or Treating.  Here are few driving safety tips if you’re planning to be on the road during the festivities.
● Kids will be more interested in going house to house Trick or Treating and not paying attention to traffic. So, please be careful and slow down when driving through your neighborhood.
● Kids will be dressed up in costumes that may impair their vision. Be extra careful, kids may not see cars coming down the street.
● According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, be especially careful between the hours of 4 and 8pm.
● Please don’t pass stopped cars, they may be dropping off children
● Watch for kids darting out between cars
● Slow down, look around and be extra careful while backing out of your driveway
● And lastly, always give kids, parents and all pedestrians the right of way.

Happy Halloween and be safe!


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Night Driving

Headlight Restoration Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto CareIf you are having a hard time seeing at night while driving, it could be your headlights. Most headlights lenses today are made of a plastic composition, not glass as in years ago. The plastic often discolors and gets cloudy, dramatically reducing the amount light emanating from the headlight bulbs. In most cases the lenses can be corrected and restored using a special compound and procedure. Many of these fixes are only temporary and if not done properly, you may damage your lenses, leaving you with a very costly repair to replace the headlight assemblies. If you do have clouded headlight lenses, I recommend having a professional check them first. Some lenses get clouded because moisture gets trapped inside the lens. Also, ask the shop to check the headlight alignment, this will put the headlights back in focus after the headlight lens restoration.


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Why Do I Need Snow Tires?

Spring Lake Park Precision Tune Auto Care Snow TiresEach fall, customers ask me if they need snow tires for their car. The best way to answer this question is by determining their particular driving habits, what they use their car for and the type of vehicle they drive. If you are confident that you will not be driving in snow or bad weather, and your tires are in good shape, then save your money. You don’t need snow tires. But please, make sure your tires are up to par. Tires are the most important safety feature on your car.

Now, if you commute to work, shuttle kids from dance to soccer, and need to use your car during the winter, then you should consider snow tires. The roads in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester County become hazardous during the winter. Snow tires, or should we say winter tires, are designed not only for snow, but for cold weather also, and have a distinct advantage of common radials and even all-season radials. The tread on most tires begin to harden when the temperatures dip below 45 degrees, significantly reducing traction. Snow tires remain soft and will grip the road far better the conventional radial tires, greatly improving traction. Another thing to consider is replacing all four tires with snow tires. Remember, snow tires are designed not only for snow, but for cold winter driving. Snow tires will perform better than conventional tires during all types of winter driving. To maximize your safety, consider four snow tires.


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School’s Open – Drive Carefully

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN Back to School SafetyNow that school is back in session, we should pay extra careful attention as we drive through our neighborhood roads. Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind as you head out in your car.
1. Obey the traffic laws. You must stop for school buses with flashing red lights, whether you are approaching from the rear or front.
2. Never pass a school bus on the right.
3. Kids are unpredictable and the hardest to see. Always be on alert and slow down around school zones, playgrounds and residential areas.
4. Watch for kids as you back out of your driveway.
5. Avoid distractions while driving; keep your eyes on the road at all times, no texting while driving or talking on your cell phones.

Fall Auto and Driving Tips

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Fall Driving TipsAutumn is arguably one of the most beautiful times of year in our region. But along with the changing leaves comes changing driving conditions. Many of us will be taking to the roads to enjoy the fall season. Below are a few auto and driving tips to keep you safe this fall season:
● Steer clear of wet leaves – wet leaves are slippery and reduce traction.
● The days are getting shorter, which means you will be driving more during nighttime hours. Make sure all exterior lights are working properly.
● Fall brings the first frost – keep a windshield scraper or small broom in your car and beware of black ice in early morning and evening hours.
● The fall is the best time to get your car checked and prepared for winter. Make sure you car is up to date with all recommended maintenance services.
● Inspect your wipers
● Most batteries fail during the cold months. If your battery is more than three years old, have it tested.
● Fall is also the best time to get your car’s exterior in shape for the harsh winter ahead. A thorough cleaning and waxing will do wonders for your car’s exterior finish and protect it during the harsh winter weather.
● Falling leaves can get trapped under the wiper area, which is where your heater vents are located. Keep this area clear.
● Top off you washer fluid. You will use more washer fluid during the fall and winter months.
● Inspect your tires and check tire pressure. As the temperature drops, so does the air pressure in your tires. You can always stop by and we will be happy to inspect your tires and adjust your tire pressure. And, of course, at no charge.
● The fall is a beautiful time of the year. So, get out on the road, enjoy and be safe!


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Are Extended Car Warranties Really Worth It?

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Extended Warranty ValueI don’t always agree with a lot of the automobile related reports from Consumer Reports, but one report I do agree with is on the topic of extended car warranties. For years, I have battled with extended warranty companies for my customers, only to find that many of these contracts are worthless. Too many of these contracts are sold by preying on emotions and giving the consumer a false sense of security. The sales people make claims that their “bumper to bumper” covers everything. In too many cases, that is simply not true.

To make matters worse, even when it is written that a component such as a suspension part is covered, when you read the fine print, it only covers the part if it is determined a “mechanical breakdown”, not “wear and tear.” Another issue is with getting the claim authorized and payment for performing the work. From personal experience, calling in the claim is a real pain. You are put on hold for an eternity and when you speak to a claims adjuster, you had better have all the information they are looking for. If not, you will have to hang up and call again. Once you do begin discussing the issue with the extended warranty company, you get the feeling that the rep is trying to find any little loophole not to honor the claim. If you do happen to get lucky and get an authorization to repair the car, getting paid is another story. The extended warranty companies have their own set of pay scales and begin the bargaining process; or should I say “beating up” process. What the extended warranty company is willing to pay is usually nowhere near what the repair shop needs for the repair; making the entire process extremely unpleasant for both the customer and the repair shop. The details of the contract are never really known until you have to use it.


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Fall Driving Tips – Tires and Safety

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Fall Driving TipsEven with technological advances such as anti-lock brakes, air bags and collision avoidance systems, the number one, most important safety feature on your car are the tires. If you want to be safe this fall and winter, check the condition of your tires. Each year we see many auto related accidents that are due to worn out tires. And, this becomes increasingly important now that fall is upon us.

Dropping temperatures, wet falling leaves covering our roadways, and slick morning road conditions create potential driving risks. Without sufficient tire tread depth, your vehicle cannot properly grip the road. Under these conditions your vehicle can hydroplane (where the tires, due to poor traction, actually skim on top of the road) which can lead to loss of control. The winter will be here before you know it. Now is the best time to have your car, and tires, inspected to insure your car is ready for the road.


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With Winter Coming Should I Use Premium Octane Gas?

Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MN OctaneGasoline is rated by a measurement called octane. Octane is a measurement of fuel performance. The higher the octane, the more power can be achieved from the fuel. The engine in your car is designed for a specific octane rating. Cars that are designed for performance will typically required higher octane ratings, usually 90 or higher. Putting a lower rated octane in these vehicles may cause the engine to knock, which may eventually cause engine damage. Most cars today run on regular grade octane, 87 to 89.

So, if regular grade octane is good, would a higher octane be better for my car? While a higher octane fuel will perform better for those engine specifically designed for the higher octane, there is no real benefit using a higher grade octane if your car was not designed to use it. Plus, higher octane gas cost more money. The engineers did their homework when they designed your car’s engine, fill up the tank with the gas it was designed to use.
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Do You Know When Your Car Battery will Fail?

Spring Lake Park Precision Tune Auto Care Battery ServicesYour car battery ages, no matter what the mileage is. In fact, if your car sits a lot and you don’t use it on a regular basis, this may shorten the life of the battery. Most car batteries last for 46 years, with no correlation to the miles on the car. If your car battery is more than three years, you should have it tested. If it’s five years or older, it’s probably better to replace it before it fails. Remember, it’s not the miles; it’s the years that matter. Plus, you don’t want the battery to fail unexpectedly at an inconvenient time, especially with the winter coming.

With winter coming, now is the best time to have your battery tested. If you don’t remember the last time you replaced your car battery, or just unsure, that’s OK, stop in.

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As the Temperature Rises Outside

As the temperature rises outside, it’s common to see car engines heating up as well. Hot summer temperatures will contribute to boiling radiators and the evaporative emissions of fluids in your engine. Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Car OverheatingThe job of the cooling system is to regulate engine temperatures for maximum fuel economy, power and component life, and to help keep passengers cool.  Keeping an eye out for the following signs will help you avoid costly repairs.

  • Does your car’s light come on?
  • Temperature gauge normal?
  • Heater isn’t working, Coolant leak? Gas Mileage?

These are all signs of a malfunctioning cooling system and you should have your car serviced as soon as possible.

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Is Your Care Vulnerable to Hackers?

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care HackersHow vulnerable is your car to hackers? The short answer is that modern cars are ripe for cyber mayhem. Cars have become smart phones on wheels – giant rolling cages of software code controlled brakes, steering and propulsion  Not to mention radio, weather apps and air conditioning.  Some cars are more hack bait then others.

Internet access – like personnel computers cars are able to be hacked for digital intrusion.  It’s possible to attack your braking system and transmission system to shut the vehicle down or just take over the vehicle.

If you have any questions about this happening to your vehicle call us and we can advise what to do with your vehicle so this doesn’t happen.  Call Precision Tune Auto Care of Spring Lake Park at 763-784-1405 – We can help any questions you may have!

Why Fix Your Car’s Oil Leak?

Spring Lake Park. MN Precision Tune Auto CareYes, it’s easier to just ignore the small puddle of oil forming under your car, or pretend that burnt oil smell is not coming from your engine. And is that blue smoke coming out of your tailpipe?
Oil leaks are something you cannot afford to ignore. It doesn’t always take a trained mechanic to figure out the causes of engine oil leaks. A little hunting can reveal a lot, just don’t put it off or it can cause damage to your engine.

Leaks left unchecked can get on rubber hoses or seals and cause them to degrade prematurely. Leaking oil can cause ugly stains on your driveway and are an environmental hazard. And worst of all, engine oil leaks are a fire risk in your engine compartment and can result in catastrophic engine failure at the worst possible time, not that there is a good time for catastrophic engine failure.

Fixing oil leaks should be your number one priority. Give Us a Call with any questions if you smell oil or have that pesky oil puddle under your car.
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Car Window Won’t Roll Down or Up!

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Window RepairWhat do you do? Is it the electrical or mechanical part of the window components? It’s hot out now – what do you do?

Call us at Precision Tune of Spring Lake Park – We fix window problems!

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Top 10 Tips: Keep Your Parked Car Cool This Summer

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Keep Parked Cars CoolThe heat of summer can make this beautiful season downright unpleasant. For drivers who don’t enjoy intense heat, getting into a car that has been parked in hot weather can feel like being roasted alive. Stay cool and get more out of your summer by using these tips to keep your car cooler when parked.

  1. Use a sunshade or window visor. This tried-and-true method of keeping your car cool should be your go-to option to counteract hot interior temps throughout the summer. Put up a sunshade or window visor every time you exit your car for more than a few minutes. Keep it even cooler for long periods by putting a sunshade in your rear window as well.
  2. Use a dash cover. A dash cover can go a long way towards making your car’s interior more comfortable. You won’t feel the heat if you don’t have to touch hot vinyl surfaces. Dash covers also protect sensitive vinyl from sun damage that can cause cracking and fading.
  3. Cover your steering wheel with a hand towel. Even if you use a sunshade, it’s a good idea to cover your steering wheel with a small towel. This will help to keep the contact temperature of your steering wheel down.
  4. Park in the shade. Whenever possible, park in the shade. If you’re going to be somewhere for an extended period of time, it’s worth it to walk a bit farther in order to park in the shade. You’ll be happy to enter a not-so-hot car when you return from your day out.
  5. Keep your precious possessions out of the sun. CDs or delicate items that you keep in your car should be stored out of the path of direct sunlight. Try storing your CD cases underneath the seat. You can also throw a blanket over your possessions. If you can’t find a place in your car that will conceal heat-sensitive goods, consider placing them in the trunk.
  6. Park in a garage when possible. Whenever possible, park in a garage. Your car will be out of direct sunlight and will have the benefit of near-constant shade. Even a warm garage beats being parked in the sun all day.
  7. Keep windows slightly cracked. While it’s not a good idea to leave your windows all the way open, it is a good idea to leave them slightly cracked. Check to be sure that you can’t fit your arm through the crack in your window. Even a small crack will promote ventilation and help to keep your car cool.
  8. Purchase a solar-powered fan. Paired with cracked windows, a solar-powered fan can make your car feel downright pleasant during even the hottest summer days. These simple fans work to expel hot air from your car. By creating constant air circulation, they lower your car’s overall temperature.
  9. Throw blankets over your seats. If your car features vinyl or leather seats you know how hot these materials can become when exposed to sunlight and high temperatures. To keep car seats cool, throw blankets over them. When you return to the car, you can place the blankets on the floorboards or toss them in the trunk. Keeping your seats cool will make your car more pleasant on hot summer days.
  10. Leave your doors open before getting in. Before jumping into your hot car, leave the doors open for a few minutes. This will help the hot air exit and the cool air enter.

Any questions always feel free to call us your Neighborhood Mechanics!

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Is Your Car Making Your Allergies Worse?

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care AllergiesSummer is in full bloom, and so are the pollen, dust and pollutants that are drawn inside your vehicle through its air conditioning and ventilation systems. Hopefully, you’ve had your cabin air filters changed so they can do their job effectively and minimize the effects of the allergens trying to make their way into your car. Cabin air filters, located inside the dashboard of your car, clean the incoming air and should be replaced regularly, about once a year.

A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause contaminants to become so concentrated in your passenger compartment, that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles inside the car than when walking down the street. A clogged cabin filter will also reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. With allergy season quickly approaching, replacing the cabin air filter is a simple way for you and your passengers to breathe easier while on the road.

If your cabin filter is more than a year old, it should be inspected and replaced if needed. Not sure if your car has a cabin filter? Call us. We’ll be glad to help and let you know.

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Are Your Wipers Ready for Summer?

We use our wiper blades and windshield washers more in the winter than any other time of the year. I often use my washers more than a few times, and this past winter was certainly no exception. Here are a few safety tips that can help you.

  • If your windshield wipers blades leave streaks or smears, or if they scrape and clatter even when there is plenty of moisture on the glass, you could need new wiper blades.Wiper Blades Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care
  • When you take your car for a wash, give your wipers a little attention too. Wipe them clean with a damp cloth and make sure the wiper arm isn’t bent or broken. Look for any signs of metal corrosion or cracks, tears, or missing pieces on the squeegee’s edge. You can also give the wiper blade a little tug to make sure it’s still secure and not going to come loose on your next use.
  • A new set of wiper blades are inexpensive and should hug your windshield tightly, they’ll easily remove rain. It’s always a good idea to check your wiper blades after a tough winter as ice and salt from the roads can eat into the blade. Most vehicles have a rear window wiper too!
  • Check your wipers often, purchase a quality set of blades and refill your washer fluid too. Oh, by the way, it can be a real pain to install wiper blades on some cars. If you bought a set and have no idea how to install them, stop by, we will help. And of course we sell wiper blades too.

Stop by and we will install your wipers while you wait.

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8 Tips to Make Your Car Safer On the Road

While most cars today are more reliable, there are a few things to consider that will not only save you money on repair costs, but help to avoid breaking down on the road.  Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Safe Car

  • Maintain tire pressure. Low tire pressure can cause tires to overheat, which can lead to a blowout.
  • Follow recommended maintenance services. Follow your owner’s manual and listen to your mechanic. Mechanics don’t sell new cars and are committed to your safety and making your car last.
  • Check your car battery. Car batteries usually last 4 to 6 years. If your car battery is older than 3 years, have it tested. Replacing a worn out battery will save you the heartache of breaking down on the road.
  • Rotate tires often. A tire rotation involves moving the front tires to the rear, and bringing the rear tires to the front. This will extend the life of your tires by ensuring they wear evenly.
  • Check under hood fluids. Maintaining fluid levels, including washer fluid, will help to avoid break downs and keep you safer. Also, it will help to maintain proper engine function.
  • Inspect belts and hoses. Belts and hoses wear over time. On some car models, it may be difficult to see the belts and hoses, so seek the assistance of your mechanic.
  • Carry a road side emergency kit. This kit should include a flashlight, water, a first aid kit, snacks, booster cables, emergency flares, a blanket, gloves and a list of emergency contacts. You should also carry your cell phone and phone charger.
  • Wear your seat belt. Seat belts save lives. Air bags are not meant to replace the need for seat belts; rather they work with seat belts to help protect you in the event of an accident.

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Check Engine Light On? Take it to the Pros, Not the Parts Store!

As you’re driving down the road you notice it! Your check engine light is lit up on your dashboard, causing a growing worry as you wonder what it could mean. What if it’s something serious? How long do you have before something breaks down? And, will it be expensive? Is this the last question that trends to make people panic. So what do they do? They figure they’ll save some time and money, and they head over to the parts store for a free “check engine lite test”. I’d like to explain why this is such a bad idea, and why you should head over to your local mechanic instead.

The check engine light is a warning, letting you know that your car’s computer detects a malfunction in either the engine, fuel system, pollution system or other critical components. There has been a lot of misleading advertising in the past few years, mostly from chain auto parts stores offering free check engine light testing, that leads people to believe that by simply hooking up a device under your dashboard and reading error messages (provided in codes) an accurate diagnosis can be made. This is simply not true.

Spring Lake Park, MN Precision Tune Auto Care Check Engine LightWhen your car is connected to a machine for a check engine light test, error messages offer clues that trained mechanics will interprets, prompting them to do more specific testing that will narrow down the cause of the problem. While chain store employees are proficient at what they do, they don’t have the resources, training, or proper test equipment to go beyond this very basic first step, or to develop a thorough diagnostic strategy that would be performed by a professionally certified automotive facility like Precision Tune Auto Care of Spring Lake Park. Our Professionals are trained and have all the equipment and resources to diagnose your vehicle right the first time to also save you money and time and also frustration.

In short going to a parts store to have your check engine light diagnosed is like going to a drug store when you are hurt or sick instead of going to the doctor. Simply taking a parts store error code and taking that to your mechanic and telling him what part to replace can cost you a lot of money in the long run.

Please don’t be fooled by “Free Check Engine Light testing”, its free because it’s the easiest part of the diagnostic process and the parts stores use this advertising strategy to get people into their parts store. Just as you go to the doctor to investigate any nagging health symptoms, taking your car to a professional mechanic will ensure your car gets the right care, after a thorough diagnosis is made by a qualified professional.

Please call with any questions if your check engine light is on and we will gladly make sure your vehicle is checked out professional and thoroughly to save you money.

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Tips For Teen Drivers

Teen Drivers - Precision Tune Auto Care Spring Lake Park, MNLet’s put aside teens for a moment, are you ready for your teen to hit the road?  Knowing your teen will be behind the wheel for the first time can be very stressful. We all know the dangers and statistics of teen drivers, but we can combat these statistics by talking with teen drivers and making sure they’re prepared for whatever comes their way. Here are a few tips to get communication going before he or she gets behind the wheel.

  • Know Your Car – Make sure your teen is familiar with all the features of the vehicle he or she will be driving and make it a rule to always have the gas tank above 1/3 full.
  • Seat Belts – This is a non-negotiable. If you are in the car, wear it. Airbags will not protect you in every accident.
  • Distraction Driving Cell phones, texting, using headphones for music, drinking beverages and eating food are all distractions that can dramatically increase the chances of an accident. Check with your cellphone carrier for the “It Can Wait Pledge”.
  • Alcohol and Drugs I am sure we are all well aware of the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, and how they impair our judgement behind the wheel. Some prescription and over the counter medication can affect your ability to function properly behind the wheel as well. You need to emphasize to your teen that it is never okay to drink alcohol or taker illegal drugs and get behind the wheel.
  • Passengers and Friends Talk to your teen about the dangers of being distracted with friends in the car Try to limit the number of passengers and make sure that everyone in the car is wearing a seat belt.
  • Breakdown/Accident  Talk to your teen about the chances of a breakdown or accident and give them some guidelines of what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Safety First – If your teen needs to pull over for an emergency they should try to find a well-lit area, pull away from traffic, and try to stay inside the car with the doors locked and windows shut. Once the car is safely parked, call a parent or emergency contact.
  • Emergency Kit Put together an emergency kit stocked with a backup cell phone battery, flashlight, snacks, water, flares, first aid kit, blanket and gloves.
  • Be in the Know As a parent, make it a rule that you always know when and where your teen will be driving, and that your teen knows how to get there.

We at Precision Tune Auto Care of Spring Lake Park are happy to answer or find you a emergency kit that would fit your need. Call us for any questions you might have 763-784-1405

Have You Turned on Your Car’s Air Conditioner Yet?

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Every spring homeowners get a cooling system check to make sure they’re ready for summer. I’m willing to bet, you didn’t know your car needs one too. Your car’s a/c system has components that require love and attention to prevent component failure. After a cold and wet winter, we can also check to make sure there are no leaks or other issues with your car’s A/C system.

It’s better to have your car’s air conditioner inspected and tested before that first hot day.

If you’re not putting a lot of miles on your car, mold and mildew can develop in your cars air conditioner and heater system. The first time you turn on the A/C after a long winter, you may get an odor. The odor is most likely a buildup of bacteria and debris that’s deep inside the A/C vents. This may be harmful and not healthy to breather, especially if you have respiratory problems.

Some benefits of a spring A/C checkup:

  1. Your system works without fail- Know in advance your system is ready for summer.
  2. System clean out- Harmful bacteria and mold are minimized and air filters are ready to combat allergies.
  3. Necessary part replacement and address wear & tear- Identify and replace aging parts like fan belts, wires, and filters that will improve the systems performance and reliability
  4. Costly cars repairs can be avoided.

To avoid and costly problems this summer have Spring Lake Park Precision Tune perform an a/c inspection and make sure all the filters and cabin air filter are clean.  Also have the a/c performance check to make sure the system is cooling now before you have to find out on that hot day!

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