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Fleet Maintenance

Blaine Fleet VehiclesWhen running a business, you cannot afford for your commercial fleet vehicles to be in bad shape. Poorly functioning fleet vehicles can lower your business productivity and can irritate customers that are expecting you to arrive within a certain time frame. At Clark Automotive, we provide fleet maintenance services for companies in and around Lino Lakes, Blaine, Coon Rapids and Ham Lake, MN. We’ll make sure that your fleet is not causing a negative impact financially on the business.

Dependable Fleet Maintenance Team

Missing even just one of your commercial vehicles on a work day can cause your business to lose money. Your workers can only be productive if they’re able to get to the project. If a fleet vehicle is out of commission, so is one of your technicians. By developing a partnership with our team at Clark Automotive, you’ll be able to take advantage of our high quality service, quick turnaround time, flexible repair hours and affordable prices.

Common Fleet Maintenance Services

At Clark Automotive, we want to be your one stop shop for all of your fleet maintenance needs. Typically, we provide the following types of fleet maintenance services to businesses around Lino Lakes, Blaine, Coon Rapids and Ham Lake:

  • Regular Tune Ups
  • Oil & Lubrication Services
  • Replacement or Repair of Suspension
  • Replacement or Repair of Shock
  • Replacement or Repair of Exhaust
  • Full Brake Services
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Replacement or Repair of Electrical
  • Replacement of Hose and Belt Materials
  • Fuel Injection Services
  • Replacement of Filters
  • Cooling & A/C Maintenance Services
  • Flushing of Fluids

The Clark Automotive Way

When comparing our shop against our competitors, we feel that certain attributes set us apart from the rest. We use the highest quality parts on the market, include fair warranties, hire ASE Master Technicians, manage a AAA Approved Facility, and even offer courtesy rides. Additionally, we never mislead our customers into believing repairs are needed when they truly aren’t. We only repair or replace items that need to be fixed. With more than 17 years serving these great MN communities, we have mastered the fleet maintenance repair process and will have your entire fleet back up and running in no time!

If you are a business owner around Lino Lakes, Blaine, Coon Rapids or Ham Lake, MN, it is important to have a relationship with a reliable auto shop that can handle all of your fleet maintenance. Look no further than our staff at Clark Automotive for any fleet maintenance that you need. Give us a call today at (763) 784-7944 or email info@clarkautomotiveblaine.com to set up an appointment with our expert staff.

Overheated Vehicle Repair Blaine MN

Auto Repair Blaine MNClark Automotive Repair Shop, located in Blaine, MN offers vehicle repair services for many reasons. One common reason cars, trucks and SUVs are brought into our respected Blaine vehicle repair shop is due to overheating. We offer our clients affordable auto diagnostic services and always answer your exact question and never suggest unneeded repairs. Below are answers to some very common questions we get asked:

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Noisy Brake Repair Service Blaine MN

Auto Repair Blaine MNYou step on the brakes and a high pitched squeal noise occurs. This will alarm any vehicle operator but with good observation and a quality car, truck and SUV mechanic – together the problem you just experienced with your vehicle will be a thing of the past. Whether it is your front vehicle brakes or rear vehicle breaks the experts at Clark Automotive Clinic in Blaine, MN are your best resource. We offer affordable vehicle brake repairs and have a high level of experience and treat every customer like family. Lets go over some helpful tips on what you just experienced, so that you might know a little more before you proceed to a local vehicle repair shop.

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Auto Repair Shop in Blaine MN

Scheduled Vehicle Maintenance or Preventive Maintenance

Auto Repair Blaine MNThe technicians at Clark Automotive Repair Shop in Blaine, MN would like to go over some of the more common misleading procedures other repair shops may easily suggest, in order to get the most (money) out of your stop to their shop. We would like to inform you so that you can make a conscious and slightly informed decision when bringing your car into a vehicle repair shop that makes these requests. We offer these practical tips, so that you can easily and affordability maintain your vehicle.

Honest Vehicle Repair Services

Many of our customers have come to us and kept coming to our Blaine, MN auto shop because they are sick of the dreaded phone call…you know. You drop your car, pickup truck or van off for a quick oil change and while you’re waiting for your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance to be completed they give you a hefty list of other ‘very important discoveries’ they have made while performing the oil change. They start to go on and on, all the while you’re getting even more confused (Tactic? Maybe.) and you end up just saying OK, for the safety (and sanity) of you and anyone else in your vehicle or on the road.

Inside Tips from the Auto Professionals

When you get a different (new) car it has a list of recommended maintenance repairs at certain miles and or months of operation. If you don’t have that list in the owner’s manual then you can usually get those online or at most repair shops. The best defense against untrustworthy of fraudulent auto services is knowing when specific maintenance items, such as the tune-up, are due i.e. 30,000 miles, 80,000 miles etc. The reason is that as you start to maintain your new vehicle, like Oil Changes or Tire Rotations many repair facilities will recommend maintenance procedure early, which is unneeded. The tune-up of your engine is one. The factory recommended maintenance schedule can be considered as preventive maintenance, preventive maintenance is designed to replace various parts at a time before they fail and cause problems.

Just because the check engine light is on at 65,000 for any of a couple of hundred reasons, does not mean you need a tune-up. A very high percentage of tune-ups are not due till 100,000 miles. Instead of a tune-up, if you’re not in that mileage category, a diagnostic test would be the best, most affordable and effective route. Most small shops will scan your computer and identify a list of the fault codes at a minimal charge or free. Clark Automotive provides a code scan free of charge and provides some impute to you as to what type of trouble shooting may be required or what type of repair you may be looking at.

The Importance of Trusting a Knowledgeable Mechanic

Just knowing the code in most instances will not direct the specific repair. It will only tell you which system or parts are not operating within factory specifications. Many shops recommend a tune-up early even when the required repair is something else. If you’ve been suggested a Tune-Up due to vehicle issues or before your vehicles recommended mileage it may save you a great deal of money to contact Clark Automotive Repair in Blaine, MN for a second opinion on your auto repair needs.

Stop by our Auto Repair Shop with your car, pickup truck or van:

9985 Davenport St. NE
Blaine, MN 55449
Shop Hours
MON – FRI 8:00 – A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
SAT (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

Or give Clark Automotive a call today at 763-784-7944!

Brake Service and Repair Blaine MN

Brake Repair Blaine MNAre your brakes squeaking, pulsating, grinding, soft, and/or squealing continuously? It’s time to get them serviced! All these noises mean different things, and our experienced technicians at Clark Automotive Clinic, located in Blaine, MN will help you identify the source of complaint, and get you back on the road at the most affordable prices. We will never oversell service, and promise to give you our honest opinion of only what needs to be done. Check our service blogs often to learn more about your vehicle and to keep her running year after year safely for you and your family.

Brake Services offered:

  • Bleed, Fill and Adjust Brakes
  • Rotor and Drum Resurfacing
  • Caliper Reconditioning and Replacement
  • Wheel Cylinder Replacement
  • New Master Cylinders
  • Brake Line Repair and Replacement
  • New Brake Hoses
  • ABS Diagnosis and Repair
  • Power Boosters
  • Parking Brake Service and Repair

Brake Pad Replacement Blaine MN

Brake pads, along with tires, are the most consumable parts of your vehicle. Expect to regularly maintain your brakes. Depending on your driving style, your vehicle weight, road conditions, and the terrain of your roads, expect normal brake pads to last anywhere from 30k to 70k miles. Brake pad materials also affect pad life tremendously.

Brake pads are made from a variety of materials at a range of costs and performance levels. They are:

1) Organic

2) Semi-Metallic

3) Metallic

4) Synthetic/Ceramic

Be sure to ask for availability of parts specials when buying brake pads, as some parts stores offer lifetime warranty on pads if you pay a little more for them. This could be a great benefit if you plan to keep your vehicle a long time.

When to Replace Brake Pads?

When there’s noise coming from your brakes, it’s time to replace brake pads. Brake pads, or shoes for drum brakes, are designed to make noise once they wear beyond a certain point. Think of it in the same way as your gas tank light and alarm on your dash. You know that squealing noise on your front driver’s side wheel or passenger side wheel that doesn’t go away every time the car moves? That is your brake pad warning you that, “I’m warn out, and pretty soon you’ll be grinding metal to metal!” When that squeal first comes, be sure to bring the car into us and have them replaced! Failure to replace pads at this point would result in metal to metal contact between the pad and the rotor, causing the horrible grinding noises that you’d hear, which means that you’ll now have to replace the rotors as well. If you grind further and still don’t fix your brakes, the pistons on the caliper might stretch out of spec and seize, and now you’re looking at replacing the entire brake system on that corner of the car. So the moral of the story is, bring her in when that first sign of trouble appears!

Look for the next blog on brakes, when we talk about calipers and what they do.

If you need your brakes serviced or have other questions drive on over to Clark Automotive anytime between 8am-5pm or call Clark Automotive Clinic at 763-784-7944!

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