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Automobile Fluids For Your vehicle

If you've walked through the automotive fluids section of an auto parts store in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, you'll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what's right for your vehicle?As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable.First let's talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil.Some vehicles around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS come from the factory filled with syntheti ... read more

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How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

Today in the Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service auto care blog, we're going to talk to COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real world COLUMBIA HEIGHTS driving, the oil started to sludge up before the recommended change interval. Oil sludge is a thick jelly-like substance: quite literally petroleum jelly – like Vaseline. This goop was clogging vehicle small engine passages so the oil wouldn't flow to some parts of the engine. This resulted in engine damage. We see it too often at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS.The vehicle manufacturers b ... read more

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The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty.Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it's hard to know exactly which one your vehicle needs.Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new cooling systems have compo ... read more

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Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers. Back when we opened Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engi ... read more

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Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service. You can find us on 701 39th Ave NE in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421.Just give us a call at (763) 788-7656. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and pro ... read more

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The Right Automotive Fluids for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS should always use the grade recommended by their manufacturer. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your vehicle cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.Most passenger vehicles on COLUMBIA HEIGHTS roads tod ... read more

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Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

We would like to give you an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday - and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace. The do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many Minnesota car owners rely on the advice of their service consultant to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and the way they drive. Let's start with engine oil. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. Man ... read more

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