Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles In Eagle Lake MN

Before the recession hit, the median age for cars in the Eagle Lake MN area (zip code: 56024) was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Hughes Automotive Inc we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Mankato area, bring it in for high-mileage maintenance: Hughes Automotive Inc 109 E LeRay Ave Eagle Lake, MN 56024 507.257.3730 Many people in Eagle Lake are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern sedans are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle … [Read more...]

Hughes Automotive Inc Car Care News and Information: Serpentine Belt Overview

Your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some vehicles it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system. Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s … [Read more...]

Put On The Brakes: Brake Service At Hughes Automotive Inc

When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most Eagle Lake car owners know how critical it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order. The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and that brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically. Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that … [Read more...]

Put On The Brakes: Brake Service At Hughes Automotive Inc

When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most Eagle Lake car owners know how critical it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order. The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and that brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically. Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that … [Read more...]

Direct Fuel Injection Update From Hughes Automotive Inc

For those of you in Eagle Lake MN who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6. For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version makes over 350 horsepower. So what are the differences from a conventional engine? The core difference is in the fuel injection system. The … [Read more...]

Hughes Automotive Inc: Good Service And Good Fuel Economy

Most Eagle Lake and Mankato drivers want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving gas mileage. At Hughes Automotive Inc, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Eagle Lake car owners actually save? The US government has a website dedicated to helping us use less fuel. It presents the cost savings in a way Eagle Lake auto owners can relate to and is relevant for all vehicles. Let me give you an example: Having your sedan engine properly tuned, can save up to 4%. If you’re paying three-fifty for a gallon of gas in Eagle … [Read more...]

Diesel Maintenance For MN

At Hughes Automotive Inc we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV’s. But our MN friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there’re nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline. Here’s who’s announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, … [Read more...]

Gas Savings In Eagle Lake: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Eagle Lake increase the cost of living for MN drivers. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Eagle Lake vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance. According to MN news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. … [Read more...]

Is Your Eagle Lake Driving Severe?

People near Eagle Lake MN often ask Hughes Automotive Inc how often they should have a particular service done. It’s a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner’s manual, or have your Eagle Lake MN service advisor at Hughes Automotive Inc look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Eagle Lake MN will say that their driving … [Read more...]

Wheel Balancing at Hughes Automotive Inc

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Eagle Lake car owners can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on MN interstates. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it’s a back tire, you’ll feel the vibration in your seat. Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Hughes Automotive Inc, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the service specialist will spin the tire on a … [Read more...]