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Should You Wash Your Car in the Winter?

Should You Wash Your Car in the Winter?

The Minneapolis winters can be pretty harsh on our vehicles, making maintenance this season more important than ever. One thing people tend to forget to do during this time of year is to wash their cars. Just because it is colder outside doesn’t mean that you can get away without washing your vehicle.  All our vehicles are more susceptible to getting dirtier with rain and snow. As a result dirt, road salt, and other forms of moisture can cling to your vehicle. If you choose to ignore it, it can cause irreversible damage to your car, both inside and out. Why Should You Wash Your Car? Washing your car is important year-round. As mentioned before, the built-up moisture on your vehicle can linger and cause rust on your metallic parts if not cleaned off. For instance, your vehicle’s paint can chip and crack and peel. Rust damage can sometimes cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix. How Often Should I Wash My Car in the Winter? Washing your vehicle may not be the ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Bad Cabin Filter?

What Are the Signs of a Bad Cabin Filter?

If you want to breathe fresh and clean air every time you step inside your vehicle, be sure to regularly service your cabin air filter. This filter is responsible for sifting out pollen, dust, dirt, and other harmful contaminants from the outside air before letting them into your HVAC system. A good rule of thumb is to have it changed every 15,000-30,000 miles. At Eurotech Auto Service, can assist you in changing your cabin air filter. We understand that the filter may be hard to locate or reach because it is typically around the glove box. To avoid the hassle, we can take this task off your hands. Additionally, our automotive mechanics will gladly inspect your air filter at every oil service. What Are Some Signs That Indicate a Dirty Cabin Filter? Unpleasant odor Visible debris or dust entering cabin Less effective or inconsistent air flow Noisy blower motor Air filters are affordable and quick to change out at Eurotech Auto Service. If you notice any of the foll ... read more

Should I Have My Car Checked Before a Long Trip?

Should I Have My Car Checked Before a Long Trip?

If you're getting ready for a road trip, you might be wondering what to do to prepare your vehicle. It's smart to have your car inspected ahead of a long drive to avoid breakdowns and problems while on vacation. Have a mechanic look at the following before setting out. Battery Batteries typically need to be replaced every few years, and you don't want it dying while out of town. A mechanic can check its status and make sure there's no corrosion. Fluid Levels Have a mechanic look at your vehicle's fluid levels and condition. That includes windshield washer fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. If you're close to your next oil change, go ahead and have it done before your road trip. Check for any leaks and have them fixed. Tires Verify your tires' pressure, tread, and alignment before hitting the road. Over- and under-inflated tires are at risk of blowing out and leaving you stranded. A worn-down tread will cause trac ... read more

What Does the Carburetor Do?

What Does the Carburetor Do?

Most vehicles nowadays don’t have carburetors anymore as they’ve mostly been replaced by fuel injection systems. But if yours does, it can be hard to find a mechanic you trust to handle your carburetor services. If you aren’t sure what this component does, you’ve come to the right place.    The carburetor is a part that is responsible for mixing the fuel and air in your engine. As you may know, there has to be a balanced ratio between fuel and air for your engine to start and run properly. Furthermore, the carburetor also controls your motor’s speed. Some cars have more than one carburetor depending on the engine’s demands. The higher performing the engine, the more carburetors it will have.   Since the carburetor is directly related to your engine’s performance and efficiency, a malfunctioning or bad carburetor can seriously affect how your car drives. When you have a faulty carburetor, you’ll experience the following ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor?

A bad oxygen sensor can cause a number of problems with your car. The most common symptom is poor fuel economy, but it can also lead to engine performance issues. If you think you might have a bad oxygen sensor, it's important to get it checked out by a mechanic as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a bad oxygen sensor: 1) Poor Fuel Economy One of the most common symptoms of a bad oxygen sensor is poor fuel economy. If your oxygen sensor is malfunctioning, it can cause your car to run less efficiently. This can lead to decreased gas mileage and higher fuel costs. 2) Engine Performance Issues Another symptom of a bad oxygen sensor is engine performance issues. If your oxygen sensor is not functioning properly, it can cause your engine to run lean or rich. This can lead to a number of problems, such as reduced power, increased emissions, and even engine damage. 3) Check Engine Light If you have a bad oxygen sensor, it's likely that your check en ... read more

What Are the Advantages of Following Recommended Maintenance?

What Are the Advantages of Following Recommended Maintenance?

Your car, SUV, or truck has scheduled maintenance set by the automaker. It is one of the most useful things you have as a vehicle owner. These recommendations can boost your automobile’s efficiency and lifespan. Whether we’re talking about a work vehicle or sports car, proper care and maintenance go a long way. In some cases, factory-recommended maintenance is needed for you to qualify for their warranty. Read on to learn more about the benefits of your automaker’s maintenance schedule: Minimize Repair Costs - Regular car maintenance has been proven to limit costly future repairs. Certain things often get overlooked by drivers, like car fluids, the A/C system, or the cooling system. With frequent checkups, our team is able to catch minor problems early on before they become major ones. Saves You Money on Gas - At Eurotech Auto Service, our team will help you achieve efficiency by keeping your engine, tires, and other components in check. For instance, we can help yo ... read more

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love Cars

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love Cars

With Father’s Day coming up in the next month, it’s time to express our gratitude to our fathers. You’re probably brainstorming on what to get your dad this year. If you have a father who is a car fanatic, you’ve come to the right place for ideas. Below are some of our top recommendations for your car-loving dad. Dash Cams - These security cameras are a great way to protect your belongings and your car. Your dad can capture vehicle accidents and car break-ins with this small device. If security is a problem in your area, this is a great gift. Floor Mats and Seat Covers - These will keep your dad’s car interior protected through and through. You have a ton of options to choose from, and most of them are incredibly easy to clean. Sunglasses - It’s the summertime, and who doesn’t want a nice pair of shades? A new pair of sunglasses can protect your dad’s eyes when he drives around town in his vehicle. Portable Jump Starter - These are gr ... read more

Top Sign Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Sign Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

We understand that not everyone knows how to check their vehicles for major problems. In fact, unless they have had someone to pass down some skill work when it comes to vehicle maintenance, most people don't understand what certain noises or unusual actions mean. However, not knowing that your brakes are failing can be a dangerous issue to deal with. Any noise or action that you notice when you are pressing them to stop should be checked out for your safety and everyone else on the road.   Let's look at some the top reasons to get your brakes check out as soon as possible. This will end up saving you from serious injury and even possibly your life: Irritating Grinding Noises As you put your foot on your brake pedal, your vehicle should come to a complete stop without making any sounds. If you start to hear noises, that sounds like metal grinding upon metal. That is a sure sign that you need to get your brakes replace immediately. You may not be so lucky on your next d ... read more

What Does a Mass Air Flow Sensor Do?

What Does a Mass Air Flow Sensor Do?

Knowing the functions of a vehicle's mass airflow sensor (MAF) will not only help you better understand how your engine works but will help you identify a faulty air flow sensor. Read on to learn more about the various functions that your mass airflow sensor provides and what can happen if it starts malfunctioning.   A mass airflow sensor calculates the oxygen flowing to your engine for the ideal air-to-fuel ratio. The mass airflow sensor helps to increase engine efficiency by doing so. Most cars use the hot wire principle when it comes to the airflow sensor. It relies on two sensors: one electrically-heated sensing wire and one temperature sensing wire.  The engine throttle opens when you press on the gas, allowing more air to flow around the hot wire. The more air is let in, the more electric current is needed to keep the wire hot. An electronic chip and PCM work with the airflow signal to calculate how much fuel needs to be injected. This measurement helps keep th ... read more

Why Does My Tire Pressure Fluctuate This Time of Year?

Why Does My Tire Pressure Fluctuate This Time of Year?

  The winter weather in many areas can bring about an extensive range in temperatures throughout the day and night. These drastic temperature changes can cause the air inside your tires to expand and contract. In some cases, it may even trigger the tire pressure light on your dashboard, also known as the TPMS or Tire-Pressure Monitoring System.    For most drivers, this light can be quite a surprise. However, there's no need to panic. The light does not mean your tire is leaking or in absolute danger. It simply means that one or more of your tires have lost pressure, and you need to refill them with air. Keeping your tire pressure consistent can be a challenge this time of year. Your tire expands when it's warm and contracts when it's cold. Though it may require you to put more effort into keeping track of your tire pressure, you need to ensure they're running optimally and safely.    The TPMS light will go out on its own most of the time o ... read more

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