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COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in Minnesota, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Minnesota winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to 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 things COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 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 Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. If you are due for a cooling ... read more

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Winter Prep

Keeping Your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common Minnesota air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in Minnesota. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Your vehicle can be a haven during our Minnesota allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of cours ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. 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 going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for COLUMBIA HEIGH ... read more

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Fuel System

The Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a hig ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories ... read more

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Maintenance

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service we've had a lot of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in Minnesota. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of Minnesota folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts ... read more

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Maintenance

Odometer Rollback on Your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota Vehicle

  How do COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Minnesota consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Minnesota seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, stop by Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service701 39th Ave NECOLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicle owners do?You can go to ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Service to Improve Fuel Economy

The price of gas in Minnesota has got people in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS talking. It seems that COLUMBIA HEIGHTS folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel economy. First let's start with how we drive around Minnesota. People in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS may not realize that they can really save on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the biggest is jackrabbit starts - you know, flooring the gas as soon as the light turns green. That really wastes a lot of fuel. Building up your speed at a slower pace uses less fuel and is easier on your engine and drive train. And don't drive with one foot on the brake. That's also a drag on fuel economy, and it wears out your brakes faster, too. Another thing COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers can do is drive more slowly - but only when it's safe. So ... read more

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Fuel System

Serpentine Belt Service at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy COLUMBIA HEIGHTS road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components. Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even ne ... read more

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Parts

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Like everything in the Minnesota automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Minnesota drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on COLUMBIA HEIGHTS roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. And as COLUMBIA HEIGHTS resident population ages, everything that helps older eyes is welcome.Most new vehicles sold in Minnesota come with halogen headlamps. A decade ago, halogens were exotic and expensive. Now that they are standard equipment, the price has come way down. Many luxury cars are equipped with high intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps. You have probably seen them on some COLUMBIA HEIGHTS roads; they're very bright and have a bluish tint.From behind the ... read more

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