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Severe Service Requirements

A lot of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manuf ... read more

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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Every COLUMBIA HEIGHTS car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that Minnesota people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around COLUMBI ... read more

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

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some COLUMBIA HEIGHTS vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.When they understand what it does, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why vehicle manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owner’s m ... read more

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Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

If you've ever been driving around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service. We're at 701 39th Ave NE in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421. Or give us a call at (763) 788-7656.Experts at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It's easy to remember if you do it when Daylight Saving Time changes in the fall. That way you'll have bright headlamps for those long Minnesota winter nights.There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a littl ... read more

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Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Minnesota – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Minnesota.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 701 39th Ave NE, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421You can reach us by phone at: (763) 788-7656 There are reports that&n ... read more

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Keeping Your Car Young in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

As COLUMBIA HEIGHTS consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in Minnesota, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.  We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us COLUMBIA HEIGHTS penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.Is ... read more

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Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that ... read more

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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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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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Fall and Spring Checkup in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, most of them used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.Your owner's manual or COLUMBIA HEIGHTS service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service can tell you the right oil to use.Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don't ... read more

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