Red Wing’s Expert Service Department

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At Red Wing Chevrolet Buick, our Service Department has changed in the recent past and we couldn’t be happier how it’s turned out. This is in large part due to the expert work of our Service Manager, Shayne Swanson.

Shayne may only have a bit of time notched under his belt here at Red Wing, but he’s racked up thirty seven years of experience in the auto industry to more than make up for that. His qualifications show even more brightly when you ask him any topic surrounding our area, he’s what we’d like to call a local expert!

In terms of how we handle Service, customers will enter through our warm, inviting doors and see either Mike or Eric, our Service Writers. They consult with the customer and ensure that no surprises amount when repairs, check-ups or any level of service is done.

Shayne wanted to let you wonderful customers know that our Service Department is waiting. Any scrape, bump, replacement or oil change you may need can be done by us in an efficient and low-cost manner. Our team of Certified Technicians will make sure of that.

To put what makes us so special: “customer service, certified technicians, good workmanship and most importantly, communication, make us one of the best service departments in southern Minnesota.”

Schedule an appointment today!

Winter Car Service Tips

Winter Car Service Tips
Winter Car Service Tips

Now that winter is almost here, it’s time to perform some seasonal care on your vehicle. These car service tips from Red Wing Chevrolet will help you get your vehicle set for safe and efficient driving throughout the cold season.

Check and Charge Your Battery

Cold weather is tough on car batteries. An aged battery may work fine in the fall, only to fail you in the winter. Get your battery checked now to avoid a jump later. Be sure to keep jumper cables and reflective safety cones in your vehicle just in case you need them.

Tire Pressure

Your tires are also more sensitive in the winter time. Cold temperatures can cause major fluctuation in tire pressure. But for the safest and most efficient driving, you want your tires to be in good condition. Check your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter and watch for any damage or worn tread.

Windshield Wiper Fluid

With snow, ice, and road salt in the mix, you’ll be fighting a dirty windshield all season. Make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is topped off and that your wiper blades are in good condition so that you’ll have clear visibility this winter.

Get a Check Up

Want to be sure that your Chevrolet is set for winter? Bring it into Red Wing Chevrolet today and let us take a look at your vehicle for you.

Understanding Your Check Engine Light

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For many years, our cars have had a very handy, built-in safety feature. This was before vehicles were equipped with the advanced, autonomous safety tools that are popping up today. These features serve to tell us when our vehicle isn’t running quite as it should be. What features are we talking about? The indicator lights!

Your vehicle’s indicator lights come on when you start your car to show that they’re working. They’ll turn back on and stay lit if your car needs special attention. Indicator lights can tell you when your car is overheating, when your oil is low, when a door is ajar, and many other things. It’s important to know what each indicator light means so that you can manage maintenance and repairs that will keep your vehicle running safely.

For instance, one such important light is the check engine light. This particular light could mean a number of different things, from indicating that the gas cap is loose to indicating that you need an expensive repair to your car’s system. In general, it means that your car has set a Diagnostic Trouble Code. To decipher what the light means for you, you’ll need to get it checked out by a professional. Fortunately, Red Wing Chevrolet Buick gives a free basic code check. If your check engine light is on, don’t put off dealing with it. Bring it into Red Wing Chevrolet Buick today to fix the problem.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

We know you don’t want to hear the dreaded “w” word, but it will be here before you know it: winter. There’s no denying that Minnesota winters are long, cold, and hard. But, with a little bit of preparation, you can be ready for the long winter road. Here are a few tips on how to get your car ready for winter.

  • Check your HVAC system. Make sure both the heater and defroster are in good working order.
  • Get winter blades. Consider replacing your regular windshield wipers with winter blades that will help fight ice build-up. In addition, switch to the winter windshield washer solution.
  • Use fuel deicer. About once a month, add a bottle of fuel deicer to your tank to keep the fuel lines from freezing. Keeping your tank full is another way to prevent this.
  • Stay on top of maintenance. Continue to get all your routine maintenance done on time. If you’ve fallen behind, get caught up before winter comes.
  • Resolve any performance issues. If you experience rough idling, hard starts, stalling, etc., get these issues taken care of soon. They will only get worse as the weather gets colder.

Here at Red Wing Chevrolet, we want you to make it through the winter. Schedule an appointment with us today and we’ll make sure your car is winter ready.

The Importance of Tire Maintenance and Inspections

Most drivers, even beginners, have heard things here and there about tire maintenance—the penny trick to check the tread, for instance. But why? What happens if the tread is too worn?

The importance of tire maintenance isn’t discussed as often as how to do it. Tires are your only point of contact with the road, so keeping them in good health is necessary for your own safety. If the tread is worn down, for example, you lose traction. This is why it’s often recommended to check your tire tread before winter and spring, the wettest seasons of the year.

Keeping tires properly inflated is another important part of tire maintenance. If tire pressure is too low, which often happens in colder months, you lose traction. If tires are over-inflated, more common in summer, you’ll experience a harsher ride, less contact with the road, and even bad damages when going over pot holes.

Check your tires for cracks, leaks, and bulging, as these are all signs of bad tires and may soon lead to a blowout, which could damage your rim. Bad tires could lead to a lot of problems, so inspect them regularly!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

It’s May, which means it’s time to start prepping your car for the rising temperatures. Summer’s heat and dry weather can be killer on your engine, so follow these quick tips on how to get your car ready for summer.

It’s always important to have a season-appropriate emergency kit in your car. Get a first aid kit, but also keep water, snacks that will keep for a while like granola bars, a battery-powered fan, and a throwaway cell phone in case yours dies.

Maintenance-wise, check on your air conditioner to make sure it’s still working—a bad air conditioner can indicate a larger problem, so if it’s not, see a technician—and check your coolant. Now is a great time to do a coolant flush, since you’ll want to go into the hot season with clean coolant that will efficiently keep your engine from overheating. Check your other fluids as well, including engine oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.

Replace your windshield wiper blades and get a car wash and wax. The wax will help protect your paint job from rain and dust.

With these tips, your summer is sure to be full of fun drives and great adventures.