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How to Replace a Car Battery

October 18th, 2018 by
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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 to Change Your Windshield Wipers

October 18th, 2018 by
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  Every car has them and, if you plan to survive the Minnetonka winter, they need to work well. We’ll teach you how to tell when your wiper blades are ready for a change, how to do the job yourself, and what it will cost if you decide you want someone else to handle the…

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How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

September 28th, 2018 by
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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 Fluids

September 21st, 2018 by
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If you’ve noticed that your check engine light is on, it might be time to check your car fluids. At Cornerstone Plymouth, our certified technicians are happy to check and replace your car fluids and handle all your affordable auto maintenance needs near Minnetonka, but we’re also here to help if you’d like to handle…

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How to Check Transmission Fluid

August 27th, 2018 by
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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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Learn the Most Common Brake Problems

June 21st, 2018 by
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Schedule Service Learning the most common brake problems can help you avoid anything from high future repair costs to serious accidents. Here’s what you should look for. Common Signs of Brake Problems Odd Braking Noises: Notice grinding, squealing, or screeching noises when you press down the brake pedal? That’s an indication of metal-on-metal contact, so…

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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
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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. Contact UsSchedule Service So let’s do some troubleshooting. And…

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