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10 Services COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto S ... read more

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Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some COLUMBIA HEIGHTSresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at Hage Kobany Transmiss ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is tr ... read more

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Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Some vehicles in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of compli ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Recalls are pretty serious for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents and don't happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents still might want to know about. For these less serious cases, the vehicle manufacturer issues what is known as a Technical Service Bulletin – or TSB. These bulletins tell COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service centers (including Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service) how to repair a problem that occurs frequently or is especially difficult.Your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service center receives updated information through subscription plans, which are sometimes available in consumer versions too.Whatever your source, pay attention to COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicle recalls to keep you and your passengers safe. No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they requir ... read more

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Hey COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to wo ... read more

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Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, Minnesota folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us Minnesota penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludg ... read more

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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain ho ... read more

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Budgeting for Maintenance In COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Minnesota

Budgeting for Maintenance In COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Minnesota

Life's full of surprises in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Minnesota, some of which cost money. A leaky roof, a broken tooth, or an unexpected car repair. Hage Kobany Tansmission and Auto Service of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Minnesota and AutoNetTV have done some research on how we can budget for proper vehicle care. Everyone in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Minnesota does our best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance. What's hard is unexpected repairs. The truth is that our vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That's because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repairs costs. Let's take the fuel pump. Previous generations were often stranded by the side of the road by vapor lock. This occurred when the ga ... read more

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COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero Minnesota temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in Minnesota?Do you drive often in dusty COLUMBIA HEIGHTS areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?Do you drive in very hot or very cold Minnesota weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest COLUMBIA HEIGHTS on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on COLUMBIA HEIGHTS surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service ... read more

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