April is National Car Care Month

This is very important to us here at AAMCO, seeing as we put the care back into car care. 

While AAMCO considers every month car care month, April is the official National Car Care Month according to the non-profit Car Care Council. The councils purpose is to educate consumers about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. That being said, there really isn’t a better time during the year to remind car owners about the importance of regular maintenance. You are probably tired of cleaning snow and salt off of your car and dodging those manhole sized potholes. As you transition from wintry weather temperatures to warm summer days, you begin to adopt an overall spring cleaning mind-set, clean the house, mow the lawn, plan that long summer road trip. We are here to help you make sure you can accomplish at least one of those goals. 

With summer road trips in mind, let’s think about things that could have been affected by the harsh winter weather.

  • Battery Cables and Terminals Make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight.
  • Drive Belts Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib “serpentine” belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals.
  • Engine Hoses Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or have an excessively spongy feeling.
  • Tire Type and Tread In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage.
  • Tire Pressure Check the inflation pressures of all four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter. As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures—typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Proper tire pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s door jamb.
  • Air Filter Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a bright light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked by most of the filter, replace it. Some filters are made of materials that do not pass light; replace these filters at the automakers’ recommended intervals.
  • Coolant Levels Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level annually with an inexpensive tester available at any auto parts store.
  • Lights Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
  • Wiper Blades The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In regions where snow is common, consider installing wiper blades that have a one-piece plastic “beam” frame, or “winter blades” that wrap the metal frame in a rubber boot – both of these designs help prevent snow and ice buildup that can interfere with blade-to-glass contact.
  • Washer Fluid Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
  • Brakes If there are any indications of brake problems, such as a low pedal, grinding noise or steering pull under braking, have the system inspected by a certified technician.
  • Engine, Transmission, Brake and Power Steering Fluids Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.

And if you don’t want to do this yourself, then schedule an appointment with your local AAMCO Minnesota. Have one of our courteous technicians inspect, repair, and get your vehicle ready for that long summer road trip.

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Transmission repair and rebuilds are our specialty. From transmissions to brakes, radiators, air conditioning repair, tune ups, check engine light diagnosis and car maintenance, people who know call AAMCO Minneapolis Transmission Repair and Auto Services. Our expert technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose and repair your vehicle. From automatic and manual transmission repairs, clutch service and replacement, and more, we know all vehicle makes and models. We back our work with the best nationwide warranty. AAMCO of Minneapolis, MN is your one-stop transmission rebuild and total car care center.

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1905 County Rd D E | Maplewood, MN, 55109

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940 Osborne Rd NE | Minneapolis, MN, 55432

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Vehicle Care Bad Habits

Abusing the clutch

Many drivers, when they come to a stop, keep the clutch all the way to the floor. You’ll be able to inch forward and be ready to take off when the light turns green, but when you do this to the clutch, its surfaces scrape against each other, wearing them out and creating the possibility of failure. Instead of riding the clutch with the shifter in gear, find Neutral with the shifter and let the clutch out.

image - disassembled automatic transmission fluid coupling

Carrying too much weight in your car

The more the car weighs, the more stress it places on its drive train, suspension, and brakes, and the more fuel it consumes. Limit the amount of cargo you carry around on a daily basis and just carry the essentials.

 

Riding your brakes when driving downhill

Although it’s important to manage your speed and be safe, riding the breaks actually causes heat to build up in the brake pads and rotors? This will not only cause wear but can also increase the risk that the brakes will overheat or warp.

 

Ignoring the parking brake

Whenever your car is parked, be sure to engage the parking break, this will keep your car from moving and keep from waring down components.

 

Letting the gas tank stay low

Putting only small amounts of gas in at one time could actually damage a vehicle’s fuel system. Many fuel pumps keep cool by staying submerged in the fuel in the tank. Keeping your fuel topped off will keep you from costly fuel pump repairs.

 

Shifting too quickly from reverse to driveAutomatic Transmission repsir - AAMCO Minnesota

Come to a complete stop before shifting into drive. Over time, the drivetrain could be damaged and this is a costly repair.

 

Revving the vehicle before the car engine is warm

If you can, wait at least 60 seconds before you get on the road, and everything will have warmed up enough for reliable performance. This could be one of the most important items on this list.

 

Flooring it when you don’t need to

It can be a rush when you accelerate and speed up, but all you are really doing is burning a whole lot of fuel and putting a heavy load on your drivetrain. This also leads to frequent full-force stops that cause rapid wear to the brake pads and rotors. Both habits are asking for expensive auto repair bills down the road.

 

Using the shift lever as a hand rest

Many drivers do this, but it puts strain on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizes, leading to premature wear.

 

Ignoring warning signs

Your vehicle will usually tell you if something is wrong via squeaks, knocks, vibrations, lights, and so on. Have your vehicle serviced by your local AAMCO Minnesota repair shop at the first sign of an issue. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road.

Come to AAMCO Minnesota for All Your Car Repairs & Maintenance

You need an experienced automotive technician who can diagnose the problem and honestly tell you what needs to be done when something is wrong with your car.

If you have questions about your car’s exhaust, engine, transmission, repair or maintenance needs, AAMCO Minnesota can help. Stop by or call a local AAMCO Minnesota repair shop for a Multi Point Vehicle Inspection of your transmission and related systems. We can handle all your scheduled car maintenance and repairs, from brakes and oil changes to factory recommended maintenance and full transmission replacements.

 

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AAMCO Transmissions West St. Paul is your Twin Cities one-stop shop for transmission repairs, rebuilds, and car maintenance. Our certified technicians can handle any transmission repair or rebuild, as well as auto repair and maintenance service for your vehicle. You can rely on our mechanics for automatic and manual transmission problems and rebuilds, clutch service and replacement, and more. We use modern computer diagnostics to identify transmission and engine issues so we can repair your car quickly and get you back on the road. We work on all makes and models, including 4x4s.

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AAMCO Minneapolis

5231 West Broadway | Minneapolis, MN, 55429

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Transmission repair and rebuilds are our specialty. From transmissions to brakes, radiators, air conditioning repair, tune ups, check engine light diagnosis and car maintenance, people who know call AAMCO Minneapolis Transmission Repair and Auto Services. Our expert technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose and repair your vehicle. From automatic and manual transmission repairs, clutch service and replacement, and more, we know all vehicle makes and models. We back our work with the best nationwide warranty. AAMCO of Minneapolis, MN is your one-stop transmission rebuild and total car care center.

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AAMCO Maplewood

1905 County Rd D E | Maplewood, MN, 55109

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People come to AAMCO of Maplewood, MN because we care about making sure you car is running safely and reliably. You can count on us for all your automotive repairs and maintenance. From transmission repairs and rebuilds to brakes, radiators, air conditioning, check engine light and tune ups. AAMCO Maplewood transmission and auto repair technicians use the latest technology to diagnose and repair your vehicle right the first time - and we back it with the best nationwide warranty. At your local Minnesota AAMCO of Maplewood we know all vehicle makes and models - we're your one-stop total car care specialists.

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AAMCO Fridley

940 Osborne Rd NE | Minneapolis, MN, 55432

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At AAMCO Fridley we believe in performing honest and affordable transmission and auto repair services. We do the job right and get you back on the road safely and reliably. From transmission repair and rebuild to brake service, air conditioning repair, tune ups, check engine light and car maintenance, AAMCO Fridley, MN is your one-stop auto mechanic. Trust AAMCO’s expert auto technicians to use the latest tools and technology to diagnose and repair your vehicle, and back it with the best nationwide warranty. At AAMCO of Fridley, Minnesota we know all vehicle makes and models and have the latest in diagnostic tools and technology. We are your total car care specialists.

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AAMCO Hopkins

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Car Stuck in the Snow? Tips on Getting Unstuck

Getting Stuck in the Snow

Winter brings with it all sorts of fun and headaches. Driving on slick, snowy roads is not fun. Getting stuck in the snow is even worse – whether you skidded off the road into a snowbank or ditch, or if your car got snowed in while parked. It’s frustrating and it can be difficult to figure out the best way get unstuck, especially without causing any damage to your car.

Some Easy Tips for Getting Your Car Unstuck

Clear the Tailpipe

First, make sure the tailpipe is not covered by snow. Clear any snow away that might interfere with the exhaust from getting out. You don’t want exhaust building up inside the car, plus it could cause the engine to stall if the fumes can’t escape.

Clear Away Snowimage - car buried in snow

If you keep that shovel in your trunk like we’ve advised you to in other articles about preparing your car for winter, you’ll be able to easily dig away all the snow and ice buildup from in front of and behind all four tires. Also be sure to clear snow out from under the car as much as possible. If you can, clear some extra space in front of the car to make a path to drive into. Once your car becomes unstuck and starts moving forward, having a good clearing for your car to move into will help you keep forward momentum and avoid getting stuck again.

Create Traction With Sand, Kitty Litter, or Car Mats

Again, if you’re really prepared you probably have some sand or kitty litter in the trunk for just such a situation as being stuck. Put some under the drive wheels first. If you don’t have sand or kitty litter, you can use car mats – anything rough (or just not as slick as snow and ice) will help the tires get some traction and start moving your car. Car mats also serve to flatten out the snow more evenly, and prevent it from hugging directly around the tires, as the car slowly moves over them. This helps the tires to not sink so easily into the snow. Make sure that the drive wheels are getting as much equal traction as possible. Be careful to apply the gas slowly, gently. Otherwise whatever you put under the drive wheels – sand, gravel, car mats, tree branches – will just shoot out from under them.

Braking and Rocking

If one wheel is spinning more than the other because it has less to traction, try pushing the brakes lightly. This increases the minimum torque that is needed to turn each wheel and transfers some of the power to the other non-spinning wheel so that both are working to pull (or push) the car out of the snow. Be careful not to do this for too long, as the brakes can overheat and end up damaged.

You can also try rocking your car. This method is up for debate, because it can damage your transmission if done improperly or too much. Shifting momentum so quickly is just not good for the transmission and all of its intricate parts and subsystems. Rocking the car should only be done in the most desperate situations. Steadily alternate between first gear, or drive, and reverse as you gently apply gas in each direction. Don’t spin the wheels and make sure you only apply the gas once you are in gear. To help stop from rolling back into the holes your tires dug, apply the brakes between first and reverse as you shift. Ideally, you will build up enough momentum to power out of the ruts and move forward onto better ground where you can get traction again and keep moving. Again, use the rocking method only as a last resort.

Let Some Air Out of the Tiresimage - frozen car stuck in snow.

This should be done with extreme care. By letting some air out of the drive tires, they gain a little more surface area, and are a little softer and more sticky than a hard, inflated tire, which means they have a better chance of gaining traction. But do not let out so much air that they look flat, because that means they probably are, and then you’ve got another problem to deal with. Air shrinks when it’s cold, so be careful with this tactic. The rule is that your tires should already be inflated per manufacturer’s recommendations for the operating conditions.

Turn the Wheels

If you have a front-wheel drive car, turn the wheels in either direction as you gently push the gas. This might expose the tires to that much needed unseen patch of pavement or dirt, or provide just the right angle to gain that little bit of traction needed to get out. Remember that key to all of these methods is to accelerate slowly. Do not spin the wheels, or you’ll just dig yourself deeper.

A Good Old Fashioned Push

If you are not alone, or if you can get someone nearby to help, have them give your car a push as you gently apply the gas. Pushing the car forward with each shift into first as you are rocking the car can also help a lot. It provides an extra surge of momentum forward, if you do have to use the rocking method to get unstuck. Always make sure the person pushing is on stable footing and clear of the drive tires. Debris and ice might fly out from under the tires, which can be dangerous to anyone standing behind the tires or in the path of anything shooting out from under them.

AAMCO Minnesota for a Quick Car Checkup

Now that you’ve gotten unstuck, it’s probably a good idea to come by your locally owned and operated AAMCO Minnesota Transmission and Car Repair Center for a transmission check or multi-point inspection. Whatever you drive, and however you get unstuck, you can count on AAMCO to service and repair your car.

If you have questions about your car’s condition after being stuck or about car repair and maintenance, AAMCO Minnesota can help. Stop by or call a local AAMCO Minnesota repair shop for a Multi Point Vehicle Courtesy Check for your transmission and related systems. We’ll winterize your car and get you ready for the cold, snowy winter driving months ahead. We can handle all your scheduled car maintenance and repairs, from brakes to factory recommended maintenance.

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Driving and Surviving Minnesota Winters

Tips for Driving and Surviving Minnesota Winters

Minnesota winters can be rough. They are not for the faint of heart, and if you have to drive in them you better be prepared. Here at AAMCO Minnesota we care about your car’s reliability because we care about you. We know what it takes to get through winter in Minnesota. It can be challenging for anyone, whether you’ve lived here for years or just weeks. Here are some valuable tips and insights to help beginners – which might also be valuable reminders for seasoned veterans.

Always Be Prepared

Put simply, Minnesota winters are cold and severe, and it snows a lot. If you can’t park your car in a garage, you will do a lot of scraping and digging. Get yourself a good ice scraper and brush combination. Maybe get two so you have backup in case one breaks. Ice melt windshield washer fluid or spray-on ice melt can come in handy if you find yourself without a scraper, or if the ice is just too thick to scrape. There are some home remedies for ice prevention or removal. One solution to remove ice is to mix water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and apply liberally to the windows. Spraying your windows with a solution of water and white vinegar the night before a snowfall can help prevent ice buildup. If you really don’t like to scrape ice and brush snow off your car, you can invest in a car cover, or at least a windshield cover.

Get a metal car shovel. Whether you’re digging out of snow in a parking lot or if you’re stuck in a snowdrift, you’ll be happy to have more than your hands. Keep a bag of ice melt and/or sand in your trunk – it can help get you out of slick spots when your tires just can’t do it alone.Image - car covered in snow and ice.

Some other items you should seriously consider having in your car for winter emergencies include boots and an extra coat, as well as a hat, gloves, and blanket. A bag of kitty litter can help your car gain traction if you are stuck in a particularly icy or slick spot. Flares are good day or night, as they call attention to your position and situation. Keep a phone charger in the glove box. Protein bars, trail mix, or some other filling, high energy snack is a good thing to have just in case you become stranded. Tire chains are optional, but can really be your best friend when driving on slick, snow packed roads. Jumper cables are a great idea, too. If your car won’t start, and someone is willing to help, it pays to have the right equipment – and you can always help someone else in need.

Here are some other useful tips on what you can do to prepare for and survive Minnesota winters.

Prepare Your Car for Minnesota Winters

Car Safety and Blizzard Preparation

Learn to Drive in Snow and Ice

If you can, get snow tires for your car. Though nothing really helps on ice, snow tires do maintain better traction in snowy, slippery conditions, which helps you keep better control of your car. In addition, front wheel drive or all-wheel drive provides added safety and stability in winter conditions.

Slow down! None of the other winter driving safety tips will help if you’re driving too fast for the winter weather conditions. Driving too fast on snowy or icy roads is the main cause of winter car accidents in Minnesota. Stay at least five seconds behind the car in front of you. If you start to lose control of the car, let off the gas and calmly turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go. Don’t slam on the brakes or jerk the steering wheel. Sudden shifts in momentum and direction can send your car out of control on slick roads. imge - icy, slick, snow-packed country road with icy road warning sign

Stay Informed, Be Alert

You should make a point of being aware of the local winter forecast. Forecasts might not always be totally accurate, but staying informed will help you plan accordingly. If you live in Minneapolis and surrounding area, it helps to sign up for automated winter weather alerts. If you are in St. Paul, check out their winter weather advisory information and sign up for alerts.

Driving and surviving in Minnesota winters can be easy if you:

  • Are prepared
  • Stay informed
  • Learn how to drive and be safe in winter weather
  • Help others, and
  • Make your goal not just survival, but arrival.

AAMCO Minnesota for Winter Car Maintenance and Repairs

Come to AAMCO Minnesota for a Transmission Multi Point Vehicle Courtesy Check for your transmission and related systems. We’ll winterize your car and get you ready for the cold, snowy winter driving months ahead. We can handle all your scheduled car maintenance and repairs, from oil changes to factory recommended maintenance.

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Watch this video and learn why there is only one place to go – AAMCO. We’re the transmission experts with over 50 years of experience rebuilding and replacing transmissions, and all their 800 pieces. We’ve fixed over 40 million transmissions – way more than our competitors. And we offer a lifetime warranty. Because we have the skill to fix an 800-piece transmission, we can easily fix the rest of your car – brakes, shocks, mufflers, even your engine. Lots of things can make your engine light come on. Today it can be hard to tell what’s wrong with your car, especially if it’s your transmission. Our technicians are trained to keep up with the complex engineering of today’s cars. So, next time something goes wrong with your transmission or any other part of your car, bring it to your local AAMCO.

Dangerous Holidays for Driving

Holiday Driving – Be Safe, Be Aware

At AAMCO Minnesota we believe in safety – safe cars and good drivers make for safer roads for all of us. We take great care to keep you informed about your car and all its systems, as well as keep your car on the road with scheduled maintenance services and repairs, including full transmission repairs and rebuilds.

Holidays are full of fun and good times with family and friends, but they also come with added dangers. Every year the number of drivers on American roads increases – and that number peaks during the holiday season. Many people hit the roads to visit loved ones, go shopping, head out for parties and festivities. It’s the busiest time of year for travel, and can be fraught with danger if you don’t take extra care.Image - Smiling girl in car leaning out driver side window, winter time.

Dangerous Holidays

Black Friday

There are about 70 million shoppers out and about on Black Friday, looking for bargains, speeding from store to store, sale to sale, all looking to beat each other to the next best deal. All of those cars on the roads, combined with aggressive and/or distracted driving, lead to a rise in accidents. Along with the crowds on the roads, there are often too few parking spaces at the malls and stores, which leads to a record number of parking lot accidents and other incidents. Use caution, be courteous and patient. You will be happier for it as you arrive home at the end of the day with those great bargains you got, accident-free.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving ranks as one of the busiest travel times of the year. As Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, most travelers head out on Wednesday, which makes it the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday, if not the year.

Thanksgiving is also a driving holiday, which makes it extra dangerous. Some drivers are distracted. Some are drunk, drowsy, or both. This all leads to more accidents. You can keep yourself and loved ones safe by not engaging in dangerous behavior yourself and exercising extra caution everywhere you go. Put away the cell phone while you’re driving, pay attention to the road and conditions around you, and do not drink and drive. Arrive alive and be thankful.

Christmas

Christmas tends to be stressful in many ways, and that leads to accidents. Collision claims increase by about 20 percent in December. Holiday stress combined with busy roads can lead to more aggressive driving. Drivers are more likely to show signs of aggression or road rage during the holidays. Despite the fact that the holidays are supposed to be times of cheer and good will, many people are stressed and easily forget what it’s all about. You can help yourself and others by simply being kind and slowing down.Image - Family having fun in the snow, posing with snowman.

Slow Down

Along with the good times come deadlines, stress, and the need to be places. People have to go shopping for everything from gifts and groceries, to clothes and outfits for holiday parties and get togethers. In today’s world of always on and go-go-go, we are pressed for time.

The holidays can add an extra level of stress. It’s easy feel like we’re running behind or are late for everything, which increases the feeling that we need to rush everywhere – and this mindset translates to our driving. Many drivers already tend to speed, which is dangerous. Add to that people’s level of distraction – talking, texting, and generally not paying attention to the most important task at hand – driving. As you speed down the highway or even just through a parking lot, you need to realize how much danger you are creating for yourself and others. Pay attention. Slow down.

Think about the good people and things in life. Take the opportunity as you sit stuck in traffic to think about the real reasons you do what you do during the holidays – and even every day. Rushing in a rage doesn’t help anyone and won’t get you anywhere any faster. It might even end in you not getting anywhere at all. It’s important to remember what the holidays truly mean, and be thankful that we have these opportunities to celebrate these special times.

AAMCO Minnesota wishes you safe and happy holiday travels. Call or schedule an appointment online for your transmission repair and total car care needs.

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5 Safe Driving Tips You Probably Never Think Of – Infographic

In addition to your car being mechanically sound, we’ve identified 5 things to help you be a safe driver.Image - Infographic that describes 5 Safe Driving Tips - 1-Know Before You Go 2-Pay Attention to Weather 3-Clean your windows & mirrors 4-Lights 5-Visual inspection

  1. Know before you go.

Have an idea of where you’re going and how you’re getting there. Plan your route. 

  1. Pay attention to the weather.

Just like your route, plan ahead. Check the weather and keep an eye on it throughout the day. 

  1. Keep your windows and mirrors clean.

Clean your windshield. Clean your mirrors.

  1. Lights.

Check the lights. Not just headlights. All lights in and on your car. Turn signals, taillights, license plate lights, interior, hood, trunk, glove compartment and the flashlight inside it.

  1. Preflight check.

Like an aircraft pilot, you should do a visual inspection of your car before you drive.

Be Safe, Have Fun,
Drive On

Schedule an appointment with your local Minnesota AAMCO today!