How to Replace a Car Battery

October 18th, 2018 by
Close-Up Of Mechanic Attaching Jumper Cables To Car Battery

Imagine it’s January, the coldest day of the year, and you climb into your freezing car and turn the key, expecting the glorious sound of combustion. Instead, you hear clicking, maybe a little catch, and then nothing. It’s late, you’re tired, and now you’re trapped in a Maple Grove parking lot with a dead battery….

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How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

September 28th, 2018 by
A car mechanic uses battery jumper cables to charge a dead battery

Colder weather is coming to folks in Maple Grove and Minnetonka, which means it’s time to make sure your car battery is in good shape. But how long is a car battery meant to last? In ideal conditions, a battery could last as long as six years, but there are various factors that can impact…

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How to Check Car Fluid Levels

September 21st, 2018 by
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If you’ve noticed that your check engine light is on, now is a good time to check car fluid levels — including engine oil, brake fluid, and other automotive fluids. The certified technicians at Cornerstone Plymouth are happy to take care of your auto maintenance needs near Maple Grove, but we’re also here to help…

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How to Check Transmission Fluid

August 27th, 2018 by
Auto Service Technician Checking Engine

Whether your check engine light is on or it’s been a while since you brought your car in for maintenance, it’s a good idea to have your transmission fluid checked from time to time. In general, transmission fluid needs to be replaced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, so check your transmission fluid today, and then…

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How Much Is Car Maintenance Per Month?

July 7th, 2018 by
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Contact UsSchedule Service There are three different types of maintenance you should be familiar with if you’re trying to budget for car maintenance expenses month-to-month: Routine Maintenance: These maintenance items include oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multipoint inspections. You can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $100 for these services. Part Replacements:…

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Common Brake Problems

June 21st, 2018 by
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Schedule Service Cars can take you places in the Maple Grove area, but they will eventually break down from time to time whether there is an issue with the tires or the brakes. However, being aware of common issues can come in handy for those times. Our service team at Cornerstone Plymouth is ready to tell you…

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How Do I Take Care of My Tires?

June 2nd, 2018 by
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Tires are a foundational aspect of your vehicle’s ability to do its job, and there some practical tips to keep your tires rolling between Minneapolis and Maple Grove for years to come. Contact UsSchedule Service Why Rotate Your Tires? Test Tire Tread Visually inspecting your tires regularly will help you keep a baseline of their wear…

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Why are My Brakes Squealing?

May 28th, 2018 by
Mechanic fitting brake pads

It happens to us all: you come to a stop, and your brakes make an awful, grating, squalling noise that has people as far away as Minnetonka covering their ears and wincing. But, when are squeaky brakes just an annoyance and when should you consider it cause for concern? That depends on a few factors….

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My Check Engine Light Went On — What Now?

May 14th, 2018 by
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Say you’re taking a trip from Minneapolis to Maple Grove and the dreaded “check engine” light in your instrument cluster lights up. Your stomach might turn at the thought, but don’t panic! The check engine light light can signify plenty of minor issues, not just major problems. “So, what do I do when my engine light…

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What Oil Does My Car Need?

April 28th, 2018 by
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Contact UsSchedule Service Asking “what oil does my car need?” — there’s no one right answer when it comes to engine oil, but some choices are better than others, and it depends on your vehicle. You’ll need to find out what the manufacturer recommends, check the labels, and finally choose between: Premium Conventional Oil Full…

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