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Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service?

Today's Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Minnesota who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'sever ... read more

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Let Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.But a lot of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.There are a lot of vehicles on Minnesota roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the roa ... read more

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Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Minnesota service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service inspections: COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a Minnesota summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give ... read more

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Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around Minnesota in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors ... read more

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Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Car Owners

A generation ago, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.Today's engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the ... read more

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Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on COLUMBIA HEIGHTS streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle ... read more

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The Easy Way to Save Cash in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

The hottest Minnesota news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever ... read more

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Budget for Maintenance in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Sometimes busy COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Minnesota in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers didn't care much for it, e ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Minnesota news. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in Minnesota.The COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil chang ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service we get a lot of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Minnesota, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.701 39th Ave NE COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421 (763) 788-7656 The next thin ... read more

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