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Celebrate Safely This July 4th Weekend

Celebrate Safely This July 4th Weekend

July 4th is a special day when it comes to celebrating our freedom here in the United States and gathering with loved ones for a good time. Many families will be coming together to BBQ, eat lavishly, and watch fireworks nearby. With the increase in vehicles on the road and the high amount of people out having a good time, it is important to remember a couple of ways in which we can stay safe during this holiday.  Here are some tips on how to remain safe while celebrating July 4th this year:  One important thing to remember is driving safety. With the increase of alcohol consumption on July 4th, be sure to have a safe ride to and from your destination. NEVER drink and drive, or allow an intoxicated person to drive you. Have a designated driver planned or get a ride from a rideshare app or taxi. If you can't find a way to drive without drinking, find a place nearby where you can safely walk to your destination. July 4th is one of the most dangerous days in the United Sta ... read more

Signs You May Need a Suspension System Repair

Signs You May Need a Suspension System Repair

The steering and suspension system in your vehicle helps you maintain proper control and allows your drive to be smooth and comfortable. An issue with a component of the steering and suspension system can cause difficulty steering and you may notice that your car rides are bumpier than usual. If you’re experiencing an issue such as bouncing heavily over speed bumps or uneven tire wear, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into the experts here at Monticello Auto Service. Our ASE certified technicians are experienced working on all makes and models of vehicles and can help repair your vehicle’s steering and suspension system back to top working condition.  If you notice any of the following symptoms, there may be a problem with your vehicle’s steering and suspension system: Bouncing heavily after driving over bumps or potholes Difficulty steering Leaking underneath car Uneven tire wear Vibrating vehicle Vehicle nose dives while braking Vehicle pulls ... read more

What Does Brake Fluid Do?

What Does Brake Fluid Do?

Brake fluid is an important part of your vehicle's braking system. It is a hydraulic fluid that helps to create the pressure necessary to make the brakes work as they should. Under high pressure and a high temperature, this fluid creates the force your brakes need. The brake fluid lies within the brake lines, and hydraulic pressure is created when you press on the brake pedal. This force causes the brake pad to press against the rotor, which in turns slows your wheels and stops your tires.  Here is the process of the brake system:  You press on the brake pedal The pedal in turn compresses a piston inside the brake caliper The compression of this process increases the brake line pressure and sends the brake fluid in motion The pressure of that brake fluid will cause the brake rotors to squeeze on the brake pads, which will then make contact with the wheels. This will eventually slow and stop the wheels.  When it comes to the type of brake fluid that your vehicle ... read more

Auto Repair is Considered an Essential Service Among COVID-19 Shutdowns - We Are Open!

Auto Repair is Considered an Essential Service Among COVID-19 Shutdowns - We Are Open!

Did you know auto repair is considered an essential service? Which is why we’re remaining open to help you with your auro care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hours of operation are: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm! As an “Essential Business,” our Auto Repair shop is OPEN! Now’s the time to schedule routine maintenance. Call us at 763-295-1854 and ask about our “touchless” pick up/drop off options! Not going anywhere for a few weeks? It’s a great time to take care of your car Maintenance! Your business and safety are important to us, and we’re taking every precaution necessary to ensure you are taken care of safely and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking every precaution possible to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our staff. We are implementing strict sanitation rules to limit any possible exposure to COVID-19 by thoroughly disinfecting and sanitizing our workspaces and limiting unnec ... read more

Planning a Spring Break Road Trip? Read This First!

It's almost that time when kids and teachers alike will be enjoying a week off for Spring Break. Whether you are an educator or have kids that will be out of school, you may be thinking of planning a little vacation to get away. A road trip is always a great idea, especially to save travel costs and possibly stay within the state (or nearby). Being prepared before you embark on your journey can prepare you for anything you might encounter, so we encourage you to read the following tips before you start making your road trip plans.  Research your route ahead of time. This will help you understand how to get where you are going and minimize the risk of getting lost along the way. It will also help to be aware of any traffic laws or speed limits that you will hit while driving across state lines.    Check the weather before you leave so that you can be prepared. It may be raining along the way, and you want to make sure that your tires have good tread and that your w ... read more

How to Handle Car Trouble

Nobody wants to find themselves in car trouble, but parts can wear down over time and fail unexpectedly which can put you in a sticky situation. While some car trouble is more severe than others, knowing how to handle your car trouble and what to do next can relieve some of the stress that comes along with dealing with vehicle problems.  One question you may have is - how can I avoid car trouble? The best way that you can avoid car problems is by making sure that you are staying current with your car's recommended maintenance and services. When you take good care of your car, you guarantee yourself reliable transportation.  The most common car trouble you may find yourself in is a check engine light. If this warning turns on, don't panic. The most important thing to do is try to minimize your driving and get your car into the experts here at Monticello Auto Service at your earliest convenience. The only way to understand what is going on is to use scan diagnostic to ... read more

Holiday Safety Tips for Car and Home

The holidays are always a special time of year when most of us will be spending time with friends and family. However, the holidays are also peak times when it comes to crime and theft which can take away the holiday magic and leave you stressed during the season.  In order to combat holiday theft and crime, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to take measures which can help protect you and your family both on the road and at home.  Here are some of our top holiday safety tips to combat seasonal crime and theft:  Always lock your home doors and windows while at home or when you leave. If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to watch over your home for you and be sure not to leave any valuables in the view of outsiders. Also, try not to spread the word that your house will be empty.  Ensure that your vehicle is ready for any type of drive or travel this season by having it inspected by the exper ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Monticello Auto Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Monticello Auto Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Monticello Auto Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charg ... read more

Are you Unintentionally Hurting your Vehicle?

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:  Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.  Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at risk for ... read more

How to Keep Your Car Interior Clean

Keeping your vehicle spotless is hard to do, especially when you drive every day and you often have passengers in your car. Getting into your car every day and finding it to be clean and tidy can put you in a better mood and prevent feeling stressed from having to drive a dirty vehicle.  Having a clean car has other benefits too, such as increasing your car's overall value when the time comes to sell. So if you drive your car daily, have kids, or have multiple passengers every day, here are some helpful tips that will keep your vehicle's interior clean throughout the years:  Always remove trash from your vehicle If you bring drinks inside your car, make sure they have a cap or lid to prevent spilling Try to avoid eating inside your car Keep pre-moistened wipes in your vehicle to easily wipe down surfaces Clean out your cup holders every week Vacuum your seats every now and again Use floor mats and clean them often Keeping your car interior clean will not only ... read more

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