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Car Brakes

The Anatomy of Vehicle Brakes

Understanding your vehicle's braking system can help you stay in tune with regular required maintenance to keep your vehicle safe and secure.

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What Causes Steering Wheel Shakes?

Steering wheel shakes are both irritating and highly dangerous at both low and high speeds. Causes of steering wheel shakes can differ depending on the components in your car and when the shake occurs. Keep in mind, that what causes a car to shake at 50 mph, may not be what causes it to shake at 20 mph.

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Prepare Your Car for Winter in Minnesota

Minnesota winters can be brutal on a vehicle. Plummeting temperatures, snow and ice, and high winds can take their toll. But you don’t have to let winter get the best of your car. AA Auto tech can perform routine maintenance on your vehicle and get it ready for the harsh winter season.

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5 Car Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

Cars make lots of noises as you’re driving down the road. While some of the sounds are perfectly normal, others should warn you that there is something wrong. A trained AA Auto Tech car mechanic can identify any weird noises in your car and tell what is wrong with it. If you hear any odd sounds, bring your vehicle to our shop and let our experts find the problem and fix it right away. Below is a list of 10 familiar car noises and what they mean.

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4 Critical Areas of Engine Maintenance

You depend on your car every day to get you to and from your many destinations. AA Auto Tech also cares about your car and wants to help you keep it running all season long. Whether you need an AC Recharge, an engine repair, or an oil change, we suggest that you bring your car in for routine maintenance. Typical maintenance issues you should be concerned about include the following items below.

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Signs Your Brake Line May Be Going Bad

Your brake line plays an important role in the function of your car. The lines supply your brake system with brake fluid. If you don't have brake fluid, you can step on the brake pedal, and your car may not come to a stop. As such, you want to take notice of any potential problems with your brake line. Here are a few of the signs that indicate that your brake line may be going bad.

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3 Common Brake Noises and What They Mean

It's easy to take the brakes on your car for granted. We all do it. You have faith that your brakes will be there when you need them. In fact, the only time most people even think about their brakes is when they're not performing properly. Brake noise is one of the most common complaints repair shops receive. And while brake noise may be annoying, it's a sign that something is not right and should be looked at immediately. If your brakes make a noise when in use, schedule an appointment today.

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Do Rotors Always Need to Be Resurfaced When You Are Having Your Brakes Done?

When your brakes are screeching or squealing, you likely need to have your brakes done. Typically when your brakes are done, the pads or shoes are replaced. In some instances, your rotors may also need to be resurfaced or replaced. If it seems like a shop is recommending you resurface or replace your rotors every time the shoes are replaced, you may find yourself wondering if this is normal. Here are a few questions you may have about whether your rotors need to be resurfaced every time your brakes are done.

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Keep Your Car Running: Routine Auto Maintenance

As a car owner, you understand the importance of having routine maintenance projects conducted in order to not just keep it running, but to maintain the most efficient functioning of the vehicle. There is more to maintenance than the occasional tune-up. Maintenance is preventative and holds off the need for a full tune-up as well as putting off the need for major repairs. Although maintenance was once a job you could do on your own or hire a mechanic for, with modern computerized cars what may seem like a simple task requires the services of a professional to properly complete.

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Top Signs That Your Brakes Need to Be Fixed

Do your brakes need to be checked? Brake issues can be incredibly dangerous, and they usually start with seemingly minor warning signs. These signs and symptoms will slowly progress into a more serious problem. It's always important to get a brake check if you've experienced any of the following issues:

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