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Big Lake Automotive

19868 172nd St
Big Lake, MN 55309

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Maintaining properly inflated tires is an easy, yet very important maintenance tip. Properly inflated tires make driving safer, extend the life of tires, help reduce harmful emissions into the ozone and make our nation less dependent on foreign oil. In the U.S., it is estimated that driving with properly inflated tires could reduce gasoline consumption by more than 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Tires should be inspected every month to see if the tread is in good condition. There are two easy ways to know when you should get new tires:

  • Insert a U.S. penny into a tire’s tread. If Abraham Lincoln’s head is visible, it’s time for new tires. Several spots should be tested about 15 inches apart because the tires often wear unevenly.
  • Built-in “wear bars” also indicate when tires should be changed. If the wear bar is flush with the outside of the tread, it’s time to replace the tire.
Are you wondering when should you get new tires? Ask the tire repair technician at Big Lake Automotive for professional advice.
06
Jul
2018

Maintaining properly inflated tires is an easy, yet very important maintenance tip. Properly inflated tires make driving safer, extend the life of tires, help reduce harmful emissions into the ozone and make our nation less dependent on foreign oil. In the U.S., it is estimated that driving with properly inflated tires could reduce gasoline consumption by more than 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Tires should be inspected every month to see if the tread is in good condition. There are two easy ways to know when you should get new tires:

  • Insert a U.S. penny into a tire’s tread. If Abraham Lincoln’s head is visible, it’s time for new tires. Several spots should be tested about 15 inches apart because the tires often wear unevenly.
  • Built-in “wear bars” also indicate when tires should be changed. If the wear bar is flush with the outside of the tread, it’s time to replace the tire.
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You’re enjoying a serene drive in the country with your family when all of a sudden the “Check Engine” light illuminates on your dash. This little warning light can mean various things, from a loose gas cap to a misfiring engine. It could also be an indication that your vehicle is getting poor fuel economy and emitting toxic gases into the environment more than approved limits. The important issue is to make sure that long-term damage isn’t taking place in your engine and that the safety of your vehicle is not compromised.

You may be wondering what causes the “Check Engine” light to come on. It works like this--when the electronic-control system finds a problem it cannot adjust, the vehicle’s computer turns on a yellow indicator light and stores a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) in its memory. This stored DTC helps your mechanic pinpoint the source of a potential problem. It could simply be a malfunctioning sensor or something more serious such as low oil pressure.

Are you wondering what causes the check engine light to come on? Schedule an engine service at Big Lake Automotive and ask for a diagnostic test to determine any potential problems.
05
Jun
2018

You’re enjoying a serene drive in the country with your family when all of a sudden the “Check Engine” light illuminates on your dash. This little warning light can mean various things, from a loose gas cap to a misfiring engine. It could also be an indication that your vehicle is getting poor fuel economy and emitting toxic gases into the environment more than approved limits. The important issue is to make sure that long-term damage isn’t taking place in your engine and that the safety of your vehicle is not compromised.

You may be wondering what causes the “Check Engine” light to come on. It works like this--when the electronic-control system finds a problem it cannot adjust, the vehicle’s computer turns on a yellow indicator light and stores a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) in its memory. This stored DTC helps your mechanic pinpoint the source of a potential problem. It could simply be a malfunctioning sensor or something more serious such as low oil pressure.

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Taking the time to have your vehicle inspected and maintained is the best way to ensure that it will keep running as intended with all of its components working together. This inspection should include the exhaust system. Your exhaust system is most effective when it is neither seen nor heard. Unfortunately, that means that it is “out of sight; out of mind.” Don’t wait until you hear the rumbling sounds of trouble before scheduling a muffler repair

The signs of exhaust system problems can be detected by the average driver, as described below:

There are several tell-tale signs of exhaust system problems which will lead to a muffler repair. Have your muffler and exhaust system inspected by a professional auto repair technician on a regular basis.
21
May
2018

Taking the time to have your vehicle inspected and maintained is the best way to ensure that it will keep running as intended with all of its components working together. This inspection should include the exhaust system. Your exhaust system is most effective when it is neither seen nor heard. Unfortunately, that means that it is “out of sight; out of mind.” Don’t wait until you hear the rumbling sounds of trouble before scheduling a muffler repair

The signs of exhaust system problems can be detected by the average driver, as described below:

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