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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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