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Is Your Car Prepared For Winter?

Is Your Car Prepared For Winter?When some Minnesotans hear the forecasts for Buffalo that mention measurements of snow in feet, they respond with a hearty, “Hold my beer.” Others may say, “Better Buffalo than here,” but no matter your response, we all know that wintry weather is never too far off in the distance for us. We may get a break from it during the warmer weather months, but the cycle always returns us to the cold and snow that makes Minnesota what it is. Being from Minnesota means you have, at least to some degree, adapted to living in a cold weather climate, and in many ways, you may be more adaptable than your automobile. Your car is subject to the harsh Minnesota weather every day between November and March and the team at Clark Automotive can help make sure that your car is ready!

Importance Of Winter Fluid Check For Your Vehicle

Your vehicle operates best when its systems are in order and are well lubricated. The fluids that keep your vehicle well lubricated become less effective as the weather becomes colder. And if your vehicle’s fluids are lower in volume than they should be, they become less efficient, which takes a toll on your vehicle. So good preparation for winter weather can be as simple as ensuring that your vehicle’s fluid levels are where they should be, and that they are properly rated for the climatic conditions in which they are expected to work.

If you have a relatively new vehicle, cold weather preparation may be as simple as topping off your vehicle’s fluids. If you drive a slightly older vehicle, you may find that its fluids need to be replaced more frequently. To some degree, and with some specific makes and models, this is not uncommon. The mechanisms that pump and circulate the fluids from the engine to its component parts are like any machine in that they will break down over time. To ensure that those mechanisms last as long as possible in your vehicle, scheduled maintenance and extreme weather preparation is essential.

Blaine Minnesota Auto Repair Shop

If you notice a problem developing with your vehicle, it is all the more important to bring your car in for us to look at. Our knowledge and experience with virtually every type of vehicle allows us to accurately diagnose and fix any mechanical issue you may bring to us. Most issues are simple fixes, but if your vehicle’s issue is more complicated, we will quote you a fair price to complete the repairs and help you feel confident about driving during another Minnesota winter.

Call Clark Automotive of Blaine, MN at (763) 784-7944 to schedule an appointment.

Tips For Winterizing Your Vehicle In 2022

Tips For Winterizing Your VehicleAs the temperatures starts to dip, it is a good reminder to prepare for the upcoming winter. We all know what winter holds in Minnesota – cold temperatures and freezing precipitation. And the winter of 2022 is predicted to be cold and snowy. This weather can really take a toll on your vehicle, even if you are lucky enough to have a garage to store it in when you are home. The vehicle technicians at Clark Automotive have developed a list of tips for winterizing your vehicle in the coming months:

Check tires: Your tire pressure can drop considerably when the temperatures drop. It is important to check your tire pressure regularly especially during the winter months so that you are not driving on unsafe tires. If you have snow tires, you will also want to change to those as winter approaches.
Check fluid levels: It is a good time to check the fluid levels in your vehicle so that they do not freeze over the cold winter months. Consider adding antifreeze (if recommended) and check your washer fluid, oil and coolant.
Wiper blades: The months before winter is a great time to change your wiper blades. This is an easy (and inexpensive investment) that will give you peace of mind when the snow, rain and freezing rain begins to fall.
Emergency kit: Pack an emergency kit and make sure that it is in your vehicle at all times. This should include a blanket, jumper cables, water/snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, cell phone charger, ice scraper, and tire pressure gauge/inflator. This way, if you get stuck in traffic for an extended period of time or your car will not start, you will have some of the necessities that you need to stay warm and safe.
Get gas frequently: We recommend that you keep your gas tank at ½ a tank or more during those winter months, just in case you are caught in a situation where you are stuck, you have enough gas to get you to your destination.
Winter inspection: It is always recommended to get a quick car inspection before the winter months to check your vehicle’s battery, hoses, belts, thermostat and cabin air filter to be sure that there are no problems heading into the winter months.

Blaine, Minnesota Auto Repair Shop

Clark Automotive is a trusted auto shop in Blaine, MN that can help you winterize your vehicle this season. We can take a quick look at your car to be sure that we do not see anything that may put you at risk as you drive around these next few months. For more information about an affordable winter inspection, call us at 763-784-7944.

Professional Battery Services Blaine, MN

Battery Replacement by MeWithout a working battery, you’ll find yourself stuck on the side of the road extremely frustrated. You never want to put yourself in this position, which is why regularly making sure that your vehicle battery is in working order is a practice that you should consider. The tough weather in Blaine, MN can make your battery work even harder during certain parts of the year. If you are in need of a replacement battery or would like to get your existing battery tested, our team at Clark Automotive is fit for the job.

Pre-Winter Battery Inspection

The most important time to check the health of your vehicle battery is right before the cold weather hits the Blaine, MN area. The extremely cold temperatures and snow or ice conditions can definitely take a toll on an old, worn out battery. The last thing you want as a vehicle owner is for your battery to fail during the coldest time of year. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, we encourage you to bring your vehicle by our shop for a full annual electrical system check. During this check, we’ll provide a full inspection of your battery to make sure that it is ready to handle the cold temperatures to come. The end goal is for you to make it through a full winter without any vehicle battery issues.

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In most cases battery testing is a quick assessment that can determine whether your battery is in fact bad, or if there is another culprit causing extra drain or strain to it. In case we find that it is indeed your battery that is the problem, we make it a point to carry the leading name brand batteries at all times. These automotive batteries are built tough and are extremely dependable no matter the conditions a Minnesota winter can throw at you. They not only hold up against extreme temperatures, but thanks to increased reserve capacity, the battery can handle all of your extra power needs like your stereo, phone, accessories, etc.

Battery Replacement & Installation Shop

There are plenty of auto repair shops in the area to choose from, but none that offer the total package as our staff. We have ASE certified mechanics on staff that have plenty of experience dealing with car batteries and any other starting problems that you may be experiencing. Our installation process is effective and timely so that there is minimal interruption in your busy day.

So, if you are concerned that your vehicle’s battery may be becoming weak or you are in need of a battery replacement, Clark Automotive should be your first choice to handle your battery replacement needs. To set up an appointment with our battery experts give us a call today at (763) 784-7944

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