Vehicle Maintenance

Importance of Your Car’s Tires

There are lots of things in life that we get used to, without even really noticing them, at least not right away.  Some things, like the growth of our hair or fingernails have little or no consequence, cutting your hair or nails can be both simple and easy. Other things, however, can have more serious consequences. An example would be the gradual loss of tread on the tires we drive around on every day. The loss of tread is so gradual that it is virtually impossible to not get used to how the tires on our vehicles grip the road.  If we are lucky, we will notice the decreased tread around the time that it is best to replace the tires.  If we are not lucky, we could be driving when the roads are slicker than usual because of a light rain, and we slide on the road surface. St. Paul Automotive is a full-service auto repair shop, and our services include tire repair and replacement. Continue reading

Classic Car Maintenance And Repair In St Paul

Recently, while riding down one of Minnesota’s interstate highways, there was a flatbed truck with two vehicles on the back. Both were Chevrolets. One was a pale yellow Chevelle from the model year 1967. The other was a minty blue Chevelle from 1969. They appeared to be in excellent condition and were probably on their way to a new owner’s shop for further restoration. Driving safety made further investigation impossible, so it will have to be left to the imagination as to what will transpire with those beautiful classic cars. There is hope, however, that if and/or when either or both of those vehicles need the assistance of an auto repair shop with a love for, and an expertise in, classic cars, that owner will find their way to St. Paul Automotive. Continue reading

Radiator Coolant Services In St Paul

There are many critical parts that keep your vehicle running smoothly and reliably. Chief among them is your engine cooling system. This ensures your engine doesn’t run too hot, leading to catastrophic damage… or too cold, meaning no heat for you inside the car. Having a radiator coolant flush is one preventive maintenance service that is critical to the radiator, hoses, the water pump, and the coolant passages in the engine block. Continue reading

Make Your Auto Care A Priority This Year

Another new year has begun, and it’s time to consider your New Year’s resolutions. There are all kinds of resolutions but what about your car? Have you ever made any resolutions regarding your car? You can keep your current vehicle looking and driving like new if you make and keep a few car-care resolutions this year. Continue reading

Winter Vehicle Maintenance

Winter is upon us, and that means snow, wind, hail, icy roads, frosted windshields, rock salt… you name it. Winter is the worst time of year for cars, especially in Minnesota, where winter storms can wreak havoc on just about anything in sight. The good news is that there are ways to protect your vehicle (at least from the effects of the freezing cold). At St. Paul Automotive, we want to make sure you’re prepared this winter, and that’s why we recommend working with our winter vehicle maintenance experts to find out how your car can be better ready for winter. Continue reading

Vehicle Emission Work

Most auto repair shops market themselves as being “full service” shops, but few have the track record to back up that kind of claim. St. Paul Automotive is different. We can back up every claim we make about our depth of knowledge of old vehicles and new vehicles, foreign vehicles and domestic vehicles, gas powered engines and hybrid engines. We can help you with diagnostics, repairs and preventative maintenance. Continue reading

Fixing A Flat Tire

It is a common experience for our team at St. Paul Automotive to speak with a customer who asks if we are able to fix a flat tire for them. Their stories vary from having driven over debris in the roadway that caused them to know right away that they were going to have a flat tire to finding a screw or a nail in the tread but having no idea when it happened or how it got there. St. Paul Automotive has heard just about every story about how a flat tire occurred, and if the puncture that caused the flat is fixable, St. Paul Automotive will be able to complete the job. Continue reading

Keeping Your Car Safe When You Drive

It may seem too simple to make a statement about the importance of your car or truck’s ability to maintain contact with the road, but the truth is that that importance simply cannot be overstated. The team at St. Paul Automotive can help you stay safe on the road. So, what are the ways in which a car that is being operated in normal and safe ways can lose suitable contact with the road? One of the most common ways is the result of tires with too little tread remaining or tread that has somehow been damaged or compromised. The tread of your vehicle’s tires grips the road, using friction to ensure that it goes where you intend it to go. If your car’s tires no longer have deep enough tread to grip the road, it is more likely that you can find yourself skidding on slick roads or hydroplaning when there is a sheath of water on the road. When your car hydroplanes, it is effectively airborne, which means that steering and stopping become difficult or even impossible. Continue reading

Locally Owned Vehicle Maintenance And Repair Shop

Looking to find a vehicle maintenance & repair shop in the St. Paul, MN area that isn’t part of one of the big chains? At St. Paul Automotive, we are proud to be the preferred locally Owned vehicle maintenance & repair shop for countless individuals in the area. Thanks to our experience and focus on our customers, we’ve proudly been serving this area since 1980. No matter the age, brand or model of your vehicle, we’ve got you covered from start to finish. Continue reading

Family-Owned Vehicle Maintenance And Repair Shop

Family is what life is all about and at St. Paul Automotive, our business is built on just that, our family. As a family-owned vehicle maintenance and repair shop, one of our top priorities is to ensure that all of our clients feel like they are part of the family from the minute that they drive their vehicle onto our property. Not only do our clients feel like part of the family, but the vehicles that we maintain and repair are treated like they are part of the family as well! Continue reading