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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Drivers

People in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that le ... read more

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The Importance of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our v ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

There's a segment of the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is tha ... read more

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Economics of Maintenance for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Auto Owners

Buying a new car in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer ... read more

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Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

These days many people in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a t ... read more

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Gas Savings in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS increase the cost of living for Minnesota drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to Minnesota news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their live ... read more

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Training Received by Technicians in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota

When your vehicle breaks down in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, area, or just needs some routine service, it can make you a little nervous. Because your vehicle's so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible — with the problem fixed right the first time.We've been checking into some of the training our COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, technicians receive, and we're very impressed. It's amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern vehicle. So it's not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over the weekend.Today there are four-cylinder engines around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS that make more power than the V-8's in luxury cars did 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/97 kph.Our engines are more and more powerful. And they're so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the benefits come to COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers at the price of simplicity ... read more

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Keep Your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey COLUMBIA HEIGHTS - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in Minnesota affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.Whe ... read more

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota

The median age for cars in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area, bring it into Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service for high-mileage maintenance.701 39th Ave NECOLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421(763) 788-7656 Many people in Minnesota are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludg ... read more

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Synthetic Oil for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Autos

If you are a driver in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle. Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pi ... read more

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