Need a New Battery?

Need a New Battery?

Need a New Battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Lakeville, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator. A car battery will actually start to discharge on its own within 24 hours in hot weather. It takes several days in cold weather. When batteries are left too long in a state of partial discharge, the discharged portion of the battery plates actually, for the lack of a better word, ‘die’. Recharging the battery will not restore the dead part of the battery plate. Your HomeTown Auto Service service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around Lakeville, as well as the Minnesota climate and durability...
Lakeville Minnesota Winter Prep Service For Your Auto

Lakeville Minnesota Winter Prep Service For Your Auto

Winter Prep -Winter prep will help when winter approaches in Minnesota, Lakeville.  Auto owners break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Burnsville area winter conditions. Your automobile needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Lakeville car owners want is to get stranded out in the cold. By doing a winter prep, your vehicle will be safe and reliable. It’s a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime – but the stakes are higher in cold Minnesota winters. There are some specific winter prep things Lakeville drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can’t properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at HomeTown Auto Service in Lakeville. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.  In the cold months around Lakeville we always worry about being able to stop in time when it’s slick out. The first thing to remember is to slow down and allow yourself plenty of room to stop. Of course, you want your brakes to be working properly. A thorough brake inspection will reveal if the pads or any other parts need replacing. Check with your friendly, honest and efficient HomeTown Auto Service tech to see...
Picking the Right Tires

Picking the Right Tires

Picking the right tires can be confusing because there are a multitude of choices. Let’s simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes. First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on Minnesota roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain, but really isn’t set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires.Lakeville people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it’s cold and slippery on Minnesota roads, so they need a tread design that’ll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum are tires designed to handle in severe ice and snow conditions. The third category is all-season tires. Most new cars in Lakeville showrooms come with all-season tires. This is a tire that is designed to be used all year round. The tread design and rubber compound is a compromise that won’t give you the extreme capabilities of summer or winter tires, but if you’re driving and weather conditions aren’t at the extreme ends of the range, all-season tires might suit you just fine. The last category is what you might have on your SUV or pickup. All-terrain or off road tires are designed for both highway and off-road use – a...
October Fall Car Care

October Fall Car Care

Fall Car Care Month -October Fall Car Care is the perfect time to get your vehicle prepared for the winter season which is sure to follow. A way to remember is to time it with the old saying “Spring Forward, Fall Back”. Fall is a time when clocks are adjusted, smoke detector batteries are checked or changed and also a good time to have your vehicle checked. The Car Care Council recommends the following checklist to make sure your vehicle is ready for cold winter weather ahead.   Heating, Wipers & Lights Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. It isn’t fun to find out these don’t work when you need them most. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold-weather washer fluid. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. Remember to check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir. Check to see that all exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed. Remember to check those tail and brake lights. Tires & Brakes Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure of all tires, including the spare. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly. Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item. Gas, Oil & Filters Keep your gas tank at least half full...
Roadside Emergency Kit a Perfect Gift for the College Bound

Roadside Emergency Kit a Perfect Gift for the College Bound

Roadside Emergency Kit A Perfect Gift for the College Bound A Roadside Emergency Kit is sure to bring comfort knowing the student isn’t going to be left totally stranded. With summer flying by, many students will be driving their packed cars and be college bound. Remember to check that spare tire. As the old saying from Benjamin Franklin goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keeping with a maintenance schedule is one way to catch something you may not be aware of that may need attention soon. HomeTown Auto Service keeps records of the work they perform as well as having a system in place for their customers to access their vehicle records. The Car Care Council offers some tips for creating your own emergency kit. Read...
Smart Lakeville Drivers Protect Against Overheating

Smart Lakeville Drivers Protect Against Overheating

Protect Against Overheating -Overheating is a result of insufficient coolant and can lead to engine failure. Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for drivers to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses filled with coolant (also known as antifreeze) connect the radiator to the engine. The coolant draws heat from the engine, and then flows to the radiator. Air passing through cooling fins on the radiator cools the coolant. The coolant then cycles back into the engine to start the process over again. The most critical component of the cooling system, however, is the coolant itself. A mixture of water and coolant/antifreeze helps keep it both from freezing and from boiling away. Either can result in serious engine damage. Different engines require different types of coolant/antifreeze. The owner’s manual will list what kind a vehicle requires. Using the wrong type or mixing different types of may void the warranty on the cooling system and may damage it as well. Coolant levels need to be checked regularly and topped off as necessary. If coolant levels drop quickly or consistently, the cooling system should be inspected for leaks. Coolant/antifreeze contains additives that protect the radiator and other coolant components from rust, scale and corrosion. Over time, these additives are depleted, so it is necessary for auto owners to replace coolant at specified intervals....
Air Conditioning Maintenance At HomeTown Auto Service In Lakeville

Air Conditioning Maintenance At HomeTown Auto Service In Lakeville

Air Conditioning Maintenance   Drivers need to think about their vehicle’s air conditioning maintenance in both warm and cold weather. Most people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At HomeTown Auto Service, we can advise you on your  preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the automobile’s air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well. We see that a lot at HomeTown Auto Service in Lakeville. The refrigerant also contains an important oil that lubricates air conditioning components, and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At HomeTown Auto Service, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated. Corrosion is what leads to many air conditioning system failures for motorists. The small leaks mentioned earlier also mean that air and water can leak into the air conditioning system. This can lead to rust and dirt in the internal workings of the air conditioning components. This greatly accelerates wear and, ultimately, failure. Air conditioning service at HomeTown Auto Service starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of damage or leaks. The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine, most often the serpentine belt, so it’s inspected for cracks...
April National Car Care Month

April National Car Care Month

April National Car Care Month Basic Maintenance Helps Avoid Costly Repairs Down the Road April National Car Care Month is the time of year to give your car some extra attention. Winter can take a toll on your vehicle. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the road. The Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best. Make sure your car is ready for the spring and summer travel season. A good reminder would be to Check and Inspect. Check the oil, filters and fluids, inspect hoses, check the brake system, check the battery and connections, schedule tune-ups, read...
Potholes and Alignment Service

Potholes and Alignment Service

Potholes and Alignment Service Are potholes a problem? Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin. Driving for an extended time when you’re out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. This can be dangerous and expensive. You’ll have to replace your tires sooner, but even worse – you may cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive. The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars. The adjustment can go three different ways. The first adjustment is called toe. The next adjustment is called camber. And finally, there is castor. The engineers who designed your vehicle determined the settings that will give you the best handling and safety. There are several things involved in an alignment check. First, there’s an inspection of the steering and suspension – it should be checked to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then the tire condition needs to be inspected. From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. If all four wheels are adjustable, they...
10 Ways to Avoid a Car Crash

10 Ways to Avoid a Car Crash

10 Ways to Avoid a Car Crash 10 ways to avoid a car crash with the help of technology. Consumer Reports has the info about the safety technology that you’ll want on your next car. Here are the Top 10 advanced safety features, that can help avoid a crash, in order of preference. Even if they come bundled into a package with other tech items that you might not want, and that can raise the car’s price, we believe these potentially lifesaving options are worth the extra cash. Consumer Reports...