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How Severe Cold Affects Your Car and What To Do About It

Matthew Carlson, February 16 2021

It's that time of year when it is so bitterly freezing that even a 30-degree day can feel like a balmy respite. Temperatures plummet into the negative digits, wind chills are painful and dangerous. It's cold outside. How can the cold affect cars and trucks in these extreme temps? Here we discuss some of those issues as well as some of the solutions...

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Brake Pad Inspection

Justin Jondahl, September 18 2020

STOP!! Scrolling and read this. Your brakes can sometimes be overlooked and you might think they are working fine. These brake pads looked normal on the outside. The only complaint was minor pulsation while stopping. As we performed a full brake inspection on a 2012 Ford F150, we found brake pad degradation and heat cracking. These brake pads weren...

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Restricted Airflow

Justin Jondahl, August 27 2020

Overlooked maintenance - dust, dirt, debris and bugs can severely block radiator air flow. While performing routine maintenance on your vehicle, we at Fix it Forward Auto Care inspect vehicles more in depth to find these potential problems. Check out the restricted air flow problem with this cooling system!

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Maintain Your Older Vehicle

Justin Jondahl, July 13 2020

Half the cars on the road today are more than 10 years old. Once your car hits that double digit mark, it is twice as likely to break down on the road and four times as likely to need a tow according to AAA. It's no surprise that older vehicles are more likely to encounter a serious breakdown, but it is surprising just how many people are at risk.

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Six Vehicle Signs You Can Smell

Justin Jondahl, June 24 2020

Most vehicles start out with a “new car smell,” but there are other specific odors that you should never ignore. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help you be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown. 1. The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbi...

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Listen To Your Vehicle

Justin Jondahl, June 2 2020

Look and listen for the following warning signs that your brakes need to be inspected: - Low Pedal: does the brake pedal almost touch the floor before engaging? - Hard Pedal: are you applying extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage. - Noise: grinding, screeching or clicking noises when applying the brakes.

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Ford Explorer

Matthew Carlson, February 17 2020

Some jobs are bigger than others due to the design of the vehicle. To replace something as simple as the rear AC lines on the Ford Explorer, one needs to drop the entire rear suspension because the AC lines go between the suspension subframe and the chassis. Book your appointment today! 218-284-3200.

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Avoiding "Sludge"

Justin Jondahl, February 17 2020

Infrequent or long overdue oil changes cause engine oil to degrade and lose its viscosity. This oil "sludge" is the result of oxidation and/or contamination of engine oil. It becomes a thick gel that sticks to engine parts, which blocks or hampers oil flow through the engine. It is important to keep that full flow of oil going to prevent placing ad...

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Suspension Health

Justin Jondahl, February 17 2020

While people take steps to winterize their households and wardrobes, they often lose sight of the fact that they also need to prepare their vehicles for the cold weather. Winters in Minnesota and North Dakota can quickly wear on your vehicles steering and suspension components. From moisture and salt on the roads corroding and wearing away bushings...

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Engine Replacement

Matthew Carlson, February 17 2020

Vehicle maintenance and timely repairs are key to your vehicles reliability and longevity. Check engine light repairs, regular oil changes and cooling system services will help prevent expensive repairs like this. We replaced the entire engine due to timing chain component failure and damage to the block. Had the check engine light or rattle noise...

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