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Diesel Maintenance at Automobile Service Co

A lot of St Louis Park drivers are excited about the new diesel engines that are becoming available in passenger cars and SUV's, and they're curious about the preventive maintenance requirements for diesels. St Louis Park motorists may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline cars. You may ask, why has it taken so long getting in North America? There are a bunch of reasons like MN fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurdle was that North American diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of highly refined diesel engines. Recent government mandates to remove sulfur now open North America up to the engines the rest of the world's been enjoying for a long time. Why are diesels so popul ... read more

Simple Answers from Automobile Service Co in St Louis Park : Severe Service

Simple Answers from Automobile Service Co in St Louis Park : Severe Service

Question: What is a severe service maintenance schedule?Automobile Service Co Answer: When I was a kid in St Louis Park, Sunday meant having a bath, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes soon as we got home. Mom didn't have to wash those clothes but once a month or so. Now, Saturdays were another story entirely: catching lizards, splash contests in mud puddles and crawling through the brush with GI Joe. Those clothes went straight into the laundry basket. My Sunday clothes – easy use. My Saturday clothes – hard use. They required a different laundry schedule. Severe service maintenance schedules are kind of like that for St Louis Park drivers. “Normal” driving has a regular schedule; “hard” driving has a severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe schedule. Most owner's ... read more

Better Service, Better Fuel Economy in St Louis Park

Better Service, Better Fuel Economy in St Louis Park

Many St Louis Park area folks want to know how to improve gas mileage. At Automobile Service Co, we help St Louis Park keep their vehicles in prime condition which makes them more efficient fuel-wise. When your car works the way it was designed to, it means it uses less fuel, and you save money. To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. Friction. Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the engine. It has to work harder to overcome the drag – and that takes more fuel. The first thing that comes to mind is engine oil. Low oil means there's not enough to fully lubricate the engine so there's more friction. The wrong viscosity and grade of oil can also adversely affect fuel economy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Automobile Service Co service advisor about the right kind of oil for your car. Dirty oil won't lubricate ... read more

What St Louis Park Drivers Need to Know About Their Serpentine Belt

What St Louis Park Drivers Need to Know About Their Serpentine Belt

Your serpentine belt drives your alternator and air conditioning compressor. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in many vehicles. In some vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt (in others it's driven by the timing belt). The radiator cooling fan on some vehicles is also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. Serpentine belts do a lot of work for St Louis Park vehicles. They're tough and can last a long time, but just how long will they last? That'll vary for each individual vehicle. Your vehicle manufacturer will have a recommendation for when it should be changed, but it could need changing sooner. The good news is that a visual inspection at Automobile Service Co in St Louis Park can reveal a belt that's worn. It's often recommended that the tensioner pulley that keeps the belt ... read more

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