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  • Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, MINNEAPOLIS Car Owners

    Aug 20, 2017

    A generation ago, MINNEAPOLIS drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your MINNEAPOLIS shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in MINNEAPOLIS used to take their vehicles in for regular...
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    Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for MINNEAPOLIS Drivers

    Aug 18, 2017

    When people in MINNEAPOLIS talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around MN? Yet we often don't even notice our windshields until we can't see through them or our wiper blades fail.It's estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won't keep their windshields clear during a storm — that'...
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    Fall and Spring Inspection at Affordable Transmissions

    Aug 6, 2017

    Good vehicle care for us MINNEAPOLIS residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been impro...
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    Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MINNEAPOLIS Vehicle

    Jul 30, 2017

    If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the MINNEAPOLIS area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local MINNEAPOLIS gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fl...
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    Affordable Transmissions Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

    Jul 23, 2017

    Welcome to the Affordable Transmissions automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear.
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    Wiper Blades in MN

    Jul 18, 2017

    If you're gonna drive around the MINNEAPOLIS area, you've got to be able to see! So having a good set of windshield wipers is extremely important. We've all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm or when our windshield is just dirty.It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. But windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts&nd...
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    MINNEAPOLIS Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

    Jul 10, 2017

    Let's talk about air quality in MINNEAPOLIS. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, MINNEAPOLIS drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in MINNEAPOLIS. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation f...
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

    Jul 4, 2017

    When MINNEAPOLIS drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on ...
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    Recommended Service Intervals at Affordable Transmissions

    Jun 27, 2017

    Most people in the MINNEAPOLIS area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in MN.The maintenance...
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    Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

    Jun 20, 2017

    If you're reading this article in MINNEAPOLIS, MN, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Affordable Transmissions tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you s...
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    ICE - In Case Of Emergency In MINNEAPOLIS MN

    Jun 13, 2017

    When accidents occur in MINNEAPOLIS, MN, the victims' emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and medical information.When MN police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories, they waste precious time.In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the MINNEAPOLIS, M...
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    MINNEAPOLIS Road Trip Preparation

    Jun 6, 2017

    People from MINNEAPOLIS, MN, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a MN road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.You can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip.
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

    Jun 1, 2017

    The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. MINNEAPOLIS drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Affordable Transmissions to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more...
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    What MINNEAPOLIS Customers like About Us at Affordable Transmissions

    May 23, 2017

    A big part of the service we provide at Affordable Transmissions for our MINNEAPOLIS customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions.
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    It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Affordable Transmissions

    May 14, 2017

    If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in MINNEAPOLIS. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on MINNEAPOLIS roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that ...
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    Fuel Injectors

    May 7, 2017

    The last new American vehicles sold in MINNEAPOLIS with a carburetor rolled out of the MN dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in MINNEAPOLIS, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens...
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    Higher Mileage Service Intervals for MINNEAPOLIS

    May 1, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the MINNEAPOLIS area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, MINNEAPOLIS residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is no...
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    Tire Maintenance in MINNEAPOLIS

    Apr 23, 2017

    With the recent focus in the MINNEAPOLIS area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.MINNEAPOLIS drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in MINNEAPOLIS wonder if they should add a few e...
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    Questions to Ask Your MINNEAPOLIS Service Advisor

    Apr 18, 2017

    We find that a lot of MINNEAPOLIS drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicl...
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    How to Get Better Gas Mileage in MINNEAPOLIS

    Apr 9, 2017

    There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in MINNEAPOLIS can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest MINNEAPOLIS computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new com...
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    Talk to Affordable Transmissions About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

    Apr 2, 2017

    Custom wheels are one way that MINNEAPOLIS folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the vehicle, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits and, of course, the st...
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    Deciphering the Affordable Transmissions Menu Board

    Mar 26, 2017

    Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. MINNEAPOLIS, MN, service centers like Affordable Transmissions have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service.
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    Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in MINNEAPOLIS: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Affordable Transmissions

    Mar 21, 2017

    Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for MINNEAPOLIS drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for MINNEAPOLIS drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pre...
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    What to Do in Case of an Accident in MINNEAPOLIS

    Mar 13, 2017

    Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in MINNEAPOLIS, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what MINNEAPOLIS drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in MINNEAPOLIS is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit a...
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    Steer Right in MINNEAPOLIS

    Mar 7, 2017

    Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many MINNEAPOLIS drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer. Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve performance and handling. The other kind of pow...
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    Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in MINNEAPOLIS

    Mar 1, 2017

    A lot of people get custom wheels in MINNEAPOLIS. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that.
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    Hitting The Brakes In Lehi

    Feb 21, 2017

    Hello MINNEAPOLIS, let's talk about brakes. But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck rolls off a local MINNEAPOLIS showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are...
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    Defensive Driving in MINNEAPOLIS, MN

    Feb 14, 2017

    There was a man in the MINNEAPOLIS area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local MN highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in MINNEAPOLIS, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively.Defensive driving...
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    Differential Service at Affordable Transmissions: Viva la Difference

    Feb 7, 2017

    Every vehicle on MN roads has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle.  But most MINNEAPOLIS residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the vehicle must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a d...
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    Speak Up: Talking with Your Affordable Transmissions Service Advisor

    Jan 30, 2017

    About 80% of the vehicles on MINNEAPOLIS roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in MN. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons MINNEAPOLIS drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common...
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Rotor Problems

    Jan 23, 2017

    The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in MINNEAPOLIS.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specificat...
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    Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

    Jan 15, 2017

    Bad air quality while you're driving around MINNEAPOLIS is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three&n...
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    Why Synthetic Oil Is Best for MINNEAPOLIS Drivers

    Jan 8, 2017

    Hello MINNEAPOLIS! Today's Affordable Transmissions vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon c...
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Jan 1, 2017

    One thing all MINNEAPOLIS drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Affordable Transmissions can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that ab...
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    Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MINNEAPOLIS

    Dec 25, 2016

    Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to br...
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    Fuel Injector Cleaning at Affordable Transmissions

    Dec 20, 2016

    In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected vehicle driving down MINNEAPOLIS roads.Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the MINNEAPOLIS automotive community as port fuel in...
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    Busting Automotive Myths in MINNEAPOLIS, MN

    Dec 13, 2016

    Myths passed around our MINNEAPOLIS, MN community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off.
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    Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Affordable Transmissions

    Dec 6, 2016

    These days many people in the MINNEAPOLIS area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and tha...
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    Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

    Nov 27, 2016

    Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You've gotta have good brakes. If you've got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”That's why a regular brake inspection is on every MINNEAPOLIS driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection by your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car ...
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    Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

    Nov 21, 2016

    The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some MINNEAPOLIS drivers, and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most people.
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    Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

    Nov 15, 2016

    Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the MINNEAPOLIS area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of met...
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    Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

    Nov 6, 2016

    We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and MINNEAPOLIS drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all a...
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    To Save Gas Around MINNEAPOLIS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

    Nov 1, 2016

    One topic that hits the news in MN on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MN drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in MINNEAPOLIS who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Affordable Transmissions is one of the best ways people in MINNEAPOLIS can keep their vehicle r...
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    The Affordable Transmissions Guide to Servicing Your Differential

    Oct 25, 2016

    Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for MINNEAPOLIS drivers. A lot of us in MINNEAPOLIS don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every vehicle has a differential, and, yes, it does need to be serviced. In fact, it's more important to the operation of your vehicle than the ...
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    Time Out: Suspension Problems in MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 18, 2016

    Your vehicle's suspension system has two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump.To see your suspension system, you'll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle's frame is part of the suspension system. They're heavy-duty parts that w...
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    Fuel Injection Basics for MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 10, 2016

    All modern MINNEAPOLIS vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic MINNEAPOLIS drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right time—to be mixed with air and burned in the engine.So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in M...
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    What MINNEAPOLIS Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

    Oct 3, 2016

    There are some things drivers should know about MINNEAPOLIS car service and repair. First and foremost, Affordable Transmissions cares about you and your family's safety. And we really appreciate your business. Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you under...
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    When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

    Sep 25, 2016

    Hey MINNEAPOLIS area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our MN streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the MINNEAPOLIS area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are w...
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    Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Affordable Transmissions

    Sep 18, 2016

    When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most MINNEAPOLIS drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction which stops the vehicle. It's no wonder they have...
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Signs of an Alignment Problem

    Sep 12, 2016

    When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. MINNEAPOLIS drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object.
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    Coolant Service at Affordable Transmissions

    Sep 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of MN temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The cool...
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    New School: Automotive Affordable Transmissions Technician Training

    Aug 28, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to MINNEAPOLIS drivers more e...
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    The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

    Aug 22, 2016

    Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in MINNEAPOLIS, what's the most important factor for you?
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    What's up with Diesels in MINNEAPOLIS?

    Aug 15, 2016

    Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars for purchase abroad.Diesel-fueled vehicles haven't been as popular in the North American markets like MN. But that won't be true for long. North Americans are seeing a lot more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road. And we're not talking about b...
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    Affordable Transmissions Engine Air Filter Replacement

    Aug 7, 2016

    When your experienced Affordable Transmissions technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if they tell you to change your air filter.An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine need...
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    Below 45 Degrees in MINNEAPOLIS: Consider Winter Tires

    Aug 2, 2016

    Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and MINNEAPOLIS drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. MN drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the MINNE...
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    Automotive Detective Work in MINNEAPOLIS

    Jul 26, 2016

    There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in MINNEAPOLIS. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific ...
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    Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in MINNEAPOLIS?

    Jul 20, 2016

    Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in MINNEAPOLIS?Is it:
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    Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

    Jul 12, 2016

    Modern vehicles in and around MINNEAPOLIS run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for MINNEAPOLIS drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows ...
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    Affordable Transmissions Advice on Buying New Tires

    Jul 4, 2016

    Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every MINNEAPOLIS driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all MN seasons.MINNEAPOLIS off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from dam...
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    Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

    Jun 28, 2016

    In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to MINNEAPOLIS Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could ...
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    MINNEAPOLIS Customer Detective Work

    Jun 21, 2016

    One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.Cars in MN are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So, it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get ...
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    Exhaust Service at Affordable Transmissions: Passing the Smell Test

    Jun 12, 2016

    The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most MINNEAPOLIS residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All MN folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Affo...
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Air Conditioning – Common Problem

    Jun 6, 2016

    Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around MINNEAPOLIS. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.A common A/C problem for MINNEAPOLIS drivers that visit Affordable Transmissions is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passage...
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

    May 30, 2016

    Repair or Replace? That’s a question MINNEAPOLIS drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be r...
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    Drive Train - What You Need to Know in MINNEAPOLIS

    May 22, 2016

    One MINNEAPOLIS automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around MINNEAPOLIS, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not...
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    Fuel Saving Tip: MINNEAPOLIS Tune Up

    May 17, 2016

    Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together.Now this is no surprise; I'm going to relate the orchestra to your vehicle. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components ne...
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    Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Affordable Transmissions

    May 17, 2016

    All of us in MINNEAPOLIS know we have to get the oil changed in our vehicles periodically. That's just part of good vehicle care. But when Affordable Transmissions technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your vehicle.Don't just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. MINNEAPOLIS area drivers r...
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    Keep Your Cool in MINNEAPOLIS: Air Conditioning Service

    May 17, 2016

    Most MINNEAPOLIS drivers don't even think about their air conditioner.
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    Serpentine Belt Service at Affordable Transmissions

    May 17, 2016

    Most MINNEAPOLIS folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my MINNEAPOLIS market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermark...
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    Service Center Standard and Procedures

    May 17, 2016

    All MN pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why MINNEAPOLIS automotive service centers including Affordable Transmissions have procedural standards for each service they perform. Affordable Transmissions technic...
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    Affordable Transmissions Radiator Service

    May 17, 2016

    The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in MINNEAPOLIS, it is easy to prevent.
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    Problems with Suspension Solved at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS

    May 17, 2016

    A vehicle's suspension system is tough. It can last for years and after lots of driving for MINNEAPOLIS drivers. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these element...
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    Alternative Fuel Vehicles in MINNEAPOLIS, MN

    May 17, 2016

    Let's talk about alternative fuel vehicles. In their quest to reduce the use of fossil fuels and harmful exhaust emissions in our MN environment, automakers will have a number of alternatives for MINNEAPOLIS drivers very soon.For instance, Flex Fuel vehicles are already available in the MINNEAPOLIS area. Flex Fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on E85 fuel. E85 is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The ethanol is...
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    When You Hear the Crash in MINNEAPOLIS: What to Do After an Accident

    May 17, 2016

    Motorists in North America drive about 3 trillion miles/4.8 trillion kilometers every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do in case of an accident can help reduce the stress and cost of the situation. It can also protect you from false claims, incorrect judgmen...
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    Timing Belt Replacement in MINNEAPOLIS

    May 17, 2016

    Today we want to talk to MINNEAPOLIS drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most MINNEAPOLIS area auto owners remember because ...
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    Affordable Transmissions Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

    May 17, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around MINNEAPOLIS, MN, also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of...
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    Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in MINNEAPOLIS

    May 17, 2016

    There's a segment of the MINNEAPOLIS area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance.
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    Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at Affordable Transmissions

    May 17, 2016

    The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around MINNEAPOLIS use fuel filters.
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Serpentine Belt Overview

    May 17, 2016

    The technicians at Affordable Transmissions know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in MINNEAPOLIS have two serpentine belts.
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    Tire Replacement: What MINNEAPOLIS Drivers Need to Know

    May 17, 2016

    Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.Let's suppose you zip around MINNEAPOLIS in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When MN weather turn...
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