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What Does Your ABS (Antilock Braking System) Really Do For You?

What Does Your ABS (Antilock Braking System) Really Do For You?

While you may not know what ABS (antilock braking system) is, it’s vital to your car’s performance. Whether you drive a car, motorcycle, or truck, knowing how your ABS works and what it does for your vehicle will help you appreciate all that it does!  First introduced as an anti-skid system for aircraft in the 1950s, car manufacturers soon put it to work. By the 1970s, Ford and Chrysler had proved it could be utilized in the automotive industry, and to this day, ABS is present in all modern cars. While ABS is part of the electronic stability control system, put simply, your ABS is a safety anti-skid braking system. It was designed to help while braking and works by preventing the wheels from locking up while you brake. By doing so, your car’s ABS helps to maintain traction and contact with the road surface.    The ABS does this due to a system of sensors attached to each wheel. The sensors detect when a wheel is about to lock up and stop moving, which ... read more

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Should I Fix My Older Car?

Should I Fix My Older Car?

When you buy a new car, you're essentially making a long-term investment in your vehicle. But what happens when your vehicle is getting on in age and starts to break down? Should you fix it, or should you call it quits and start looking for a new one? Not only is this a difficult decision to make, but it's an essential financial decision to consider as well. While there is no clear-cut answer to these questions, read on for some pros and cons to help you decide! Your old car has probably served you well over the years. If you've been taking good care of it, while there may be some breakdowns, usually these problems are easily repaired. While you may get fed up with some of these repairs over time, it makes sense that your car will need this kind of maintenance over time. Time and use can cause unavoidable wear on certain parts of your vehicle. Tire tread will wear down, belts and hoses dry out and crack, and sometimes electrical components need to be replaced. But these are ... read more

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What You Should Know About Your Tires And How To Get The Most Out Of Them

What You Should Know About Your Tires And How To Get The Most Out Of Them

Tire care is simple and easy to do at home, but many people seem to ignore their tires when they do their own routine car maintenance. This may be caused by a lack of information on their part, or simply because they don’t realize how quick and easy it really is to do on your own! Read on to find out what you ought to know about your tires, and how to really get the most out of them. We all know that tires are made of rubber and filled with air, but let’s break down some of the different components of your tire first from the outside in. You’re probably familiar with the tire tread, which is the grooves on the outside of your tire that help with traction. It makes contact with the road surface and varies by tire type. Then there is the sidewall, which is the area on the outside of the tire from the tread to the beads within the tire. The beads are actually inside your tire, and they hold the tire to the outer edge of the wheel. Made of copper, brass, or bronze-plated ... read more

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What does outstanding fleet service look like?

What does outstanding fleet service look like?

Trust AutoPro Auto Service with your fleet, and you will soon know what outstanding service is all about. We pride ourselves in providing all of our client's scheduled services as well as general periodic fleet vehicle inspections and preventive maintenance, which can catch significant issues before they cause an actual breakdown and loss of use.  Proactive Maintenance Proactive maintenance is a crucial component when it comes to keeping your vehicles on the road. Simple upkeep, such as regular tire inspections, rotations, and air pressure checked to needed oil changes, will keep your fleet vehicle on the road for longer extended periods without unplanned delays.   Turn-Key Having every vehicle turn-key ready is essential to you and your team. Precious time down with annoying repairs, costs you money. By allowing us to track and maintain your fleet, you will know when inspections are due and what type of future work needs to be scheduled. We pledge to expedite all r ... read more

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Why Preventive Maintenance Matters

Why Preventive Maintenance Matters

As we head into the month of love, it’s important to recognize that our cars need love too. While they may not need flowers to feel loved, they do need regular, ongoing attention in the guise of preventive maintenance. Even though you may want to ignore it, preventive maintenance is the one routine that will not only extend the life and performance of your vehicle, it also has the power to keep you safe. You can’t say that about a dozen roses! Reasons why it’s a good idea to stay on top of your preventive maintenance schedule: Helps to keep your car a reliable one. Improves overall engine performance. Increases gas mileage. Decreases the likelihood of getting stranded on the side of the road. Helps you avoid extensive damage to car parts due to neglect. Reduces the overall auto repair bills over the lifespan of your vehicle. Increases resale value.  Improves drivability. Safety! Safety! Safety! Basics of regular preventive maintenance include: Oil changes Flu ... read more

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What makes AutoPro Auto Service Unique and why that matter to YOU!

What makes AutoPro Auto Service Unique and why that matter to YOU!

What makes John Klarkowski and his team of highly skilled auto mechanics at AutoPro Auto Service unique? So many reasons! From hiring the right people to offering loaner cars, from one of the best warranties in the business to our high level of transparency, everything we do is to create the very best customer service experience for you. We aren’t interested in earning a fast dollar. It’s all about building relationships and making sure you know that YOU matter. Staff: AutoPro Auto Service hires off of character first and foremost. John works hard to motivate and guide his team. They stay with him for years because he makes an effort to create and maintain a great connection. He treats them well and with respect.  The employees come first in order to make our customers come first. John doesn’t have peace of mind unless each employee is doing well. He meets with them daily in order to check-in and makes sure they are all okay.  The goal is to have a positiv ... read more

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Holiday Light Displays near Brooklyn Park, MN

Holiday Light Displays near Brooklyn Park, MN

Tis the season. It is that time of year to pack a thermos of hot cocoa and pile some of your friends and family in the car. Go for a nice cruise through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Park to see some dazzling lights displays.   We’re on the final countdown to Christmas, and everyone is feeling the holiday spirit, especially at Minnesota’s various light shows! We are blessed with a lot of amazing ways to celebrate the season, but nothing ever beats seeing some epic holiday lights synchronized to our favorite Christmas tunes! If you’re looking for some extra cheer, crank up those holiday tunes and head to the fantastic light displays around Brooklyn Park. Most of them run through the New Year so you can fit them all in.   There is something magical in seeing those glittering festive winter wonderland displays, lights following the lines of roofs, windowsills that highlight the design of these decorated homes. It is wonderful to see the hard work and celebratio ... read more

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Tire Rotation and Why It’s Important

Tire Rotation and Why It’s Important

“Where the rubber meets the road” is a term that we hear now and then, often regarding accountability. In so many ways, this saying also pertains to tire rotation quite literally. Rotating your tires at regular intervals ensures your tires wear evenly. Just think, if your front-wheel-drive car has heavy wear on the front tires, it can increase braking time, especially in wet conditions. Vehicles with front-wheel drive wear do down their front tires much faster than the rear. Regularly rotating them helps reduce replacement costs while extending the life of your tire.   Did you know tires have an expiration date? Many makers recommend retiring tires over six years of age. You can even tell the age of your tires by the last four digits on the DOT code. There is a lot of information listed on your tires if you know where to look. If you are unsure what all to look for, the experts at AutoPro Auto Services are here to help!    Tire rotation on your car is usually ... read more

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How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

Hot, sticky, Minnesota summers certainly don’t help to keep the bad smells out of our cars. Food that had dropped into hard-to-get-to crevices or the fast food bag we left in the back can contribute to the bad smells. Our pets who come along for the ride can also add to the stench. Not only does a bad smelling car stink (pun intended!), some of those bad smells can contribute to our allergies and other health challenges. It’s time to clean it up!  Here are some common household items that can help you with that smell: Dryer sheets: Open up a box of dryer sheets and place them underneath your front seat to eliminate any odd odors and keep the cabin smelling fresh. Scented candles: First of all, don’t light them! Also, avoid using candles in jars as those don’t work, but placing some smaller tealight candles under your front seat can help get rid of odors and they come in many different fragrances. Baking soda: Sprinkling some baking soda around the insid ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

Whether you car is old or new, has hundreds of thousands of miles or just a few, it doesn’t have to overheat. Minnesota may not have the hottest weather in the country, but that’s not what would cause your vehicle to overheat anyway. There are plenty of cars that drive in the hottest of the summer months all over the country that do not overheat! Common causes of a car overheating include: Leaks in the Cooling System. (This is the number one reason why a car overheats!)  Coolant concentration is off.  Thermostat is bad.  Radiator needs repair or replacing. Hoses or belts have worn out or broken.  Radiator fan has stopped working.  Water pump is no longer doing its job.  Now that you know the leading causes of overheating, let’s take a look at the ways you can prevent your car from leaving you stranded on the side of the road this summer: Check to make sure your coolant level is high. Never use water in your radiator and know the best ... read more

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