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  • Differential Service at Affordable Transmissions

    Dec 11, 2017

    Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in MINNEAPOLIS, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Affordable Transmissions service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Affordable Transmissions cove...
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    Bouncy Bouncy – Are My Shocks Bad?

    Dec 4, 2017

    When MINNEAPOLIS drivers think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don't generally think about our shocks or struts, but these auto parts keep our tires on the road.MINNEAPOLIS drivers don't think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don't need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your ...
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    Smooth Shifting in MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Transmission Service

    Nov 29, 2017

    So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You're going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is something even more important than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your vehicle maintenance is up to date. Think about it...
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    Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Affordable Transmissions

    Nov 21, 2017

    Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Affordable Transmissions for a check up.In today's Affordable Transmissions auto post, we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. MINNEAPOLIS residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system sav...
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    The Affordable Transmissions Guide to Tire Specs

    Nov 12, 2017

    You know you need new tires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the MINNEAPOLIS service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many MINNEAPOLIS drivers. There's so much on the side ...
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    How Much is Enough for MINNEAPOLIS Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

    Nov 5, 2017

    Most MINNEAPOLIS drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how ca...
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    How Your Check Engine Light Works

    Nov 1, 2017

    Have you ever had an experience like this in MINNEAPOLIS, MN? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stops flashing, but stays on. By the next day, the light is off.You wonder; "What was going on?" Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works.Yo...
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    Power Steering Service in MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 24, 2017

    Most MINNEAPOLIS drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine; a few are electrically powered. A high-...
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    Cool Running in MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 17, 2017

    Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the road in MINNEAPOLIS waiting for your vehicle engine to cool down.When you service your cooling system at Affordable Tra...
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    Diagnosing Your Vehicle at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 9, 2017

    When we MINNEAPOLIS residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at Affordable Transm...
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