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Service Center Standard and Procedures

All Minnesota pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why COLUMBIA HEIGHTS automotive service centers including Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service have procedural standards for each service they perform. Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, Minnesota service centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and COLUMBIA HEIGHTS customers leave happy with how their vehicle performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The Minnesota automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual Minnesota service c ... read more

Maintaining Your Older Car in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Minnesota have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service a call at (763) 788-7656 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at high ... read more

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Engine Air Filter from Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

Many COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service service advisor for more information. It's your vehicle and you have a right to understand what you're paying for.Let's review: "What does an air filter do?"Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in Minnesota with hay fever can tell you that there's plenty in the air that you can't see. Well, the engine air filter's job is to clean that air before it goes i ... read more

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Check Your Shocks and Struts at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

  Today we're talking to COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for Minnesota folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers. There's a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit. It's best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you'll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous. Visit Hage Kobany Transmissions & Au ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service at 701 39th Ave NE in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421. Or just give ... read more

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Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Local COLUMBIA HEIGHTS roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.People who live in areas with frequent severe weather or earthquakes may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.For trips away ... read more

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Technician Training at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.It's also very important to your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our COLUMBIA HEIGHTS auto service center spends annually to make sure our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are properly trained.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.And each service has a checklist of sta ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Gas Caps from Here to There

This fuel saving tip is so simple, no one will believe it. It has to do with your gas cap.The first thing is to make sure it's screwed on tight. If it's loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out; wasted gas.This could cause the Check Engine light to come on as well.A worn gas cap can have the same effect. If you constantly smell gas when you walk by your tank, you might need a new gas cap.So, twist your cap until it clicks three times – that means it's on tight. Have your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service inspect the cap to see if it needs to be replaced.See, I told you it was simple.Don't forget to call Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service at (763) 788-7656 for an appointment to optimize your vehicle for better fuel economy.  Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service 701 39th Ave NE COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421 (763)

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Fuel System

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

About 90% of our driving decisions in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then ... read more

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