How Important Are Winter Tires?

When the temperature starts to cool, we usually field questions about winter tires at Alfa Romeo of Minneapolis. We're often asked if all-season tires are good enough for St. Louis Park winter driving. In short, they're not. We urge you to think of winter tires as standard winter equipment.

During the segment of the year when the average temperature is above 45, all-season tires are optimal. Once the thermometer drops, the rubber on all-season tires hardens, which significantly diminishes their traction capacity. Meanwhile, winter tires can stop a vehicle in 40% less distance in cold 

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Why you need winter wiper blades

As the seasons change from summer to fall and then to winter, it's time to start thinking about how to drive safely in St. Louis Park when there is snow and ice on the roads. One thing you might not have thought of is your windshield wipers. Regular wipers might not be the best choice for winter driving, and you might want to have the staff at Alfa Romeo of Minneapolis install winter wiper blades for you.

Winter wiper blades look a lot like regular wiper blades, but there are some key differences. Winter blade frames are longer and…

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How do brake pads work?

Brake pads are one of the fundamental components of your cars braking system. There are several designs of brake pads, each with a unique set of features from the other. Visit us Alfa Romeo of Minneapolis to learn more about the various types of brake pads; our team in St. Louis Park is quite conversant with the items and will match you with brake pads best suitable your needs.

Ceramic brake pads

Ceramic brake pads are made of a combination of clay, porcelain, and refined copper fibers. They are best known for their reduced noise levels, ensuring a safe ride…

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How to Tell If Your Vehicle Needs and Alignment

There are a few different ways that you can tell that your vehicle is in need of an alignment performed by a service technician at Alfa Romeo of Minneapolis. If you notice any of these issues happening, give us a call to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.

When you're driving on a flat road, you may feel like your vehicle is pulling to one side of the road without you turning the wheel. One of your tires may appear to be wearing down faster than the rest of them. It may not be the whole tire…

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Types of Gaskets

A gasket is essential in many ways, but for you to use a gasket and get the right result, you have to pick a gasket made of a suitable material. Mostly, there are three types of gaskets. For starters, there are gaskets made of metal, non-metal, and those that are made of composite materials. Non-metallic gaskets are mainly made from materials like rubber, Teflon and non-asbestos fiber. They are also referred to as soft gaskets because of their non-metallic nature, and how easily they can be compressed. Moreover, they are also the cheapest type of gaskets, and they are readily…

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How to Fix Your Flat Tire In Three Easy Steps

There is a chance that you are going to get a flat tire. In order to get back on the road quickly, you will want to know what tools to use and what to do. Here is a quick guide on how to replace your flat tire. 

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First, get your vehicle to an area where you can work on your flat. You will want to have enough room to move around your vehicle. When you have found the right place, put on your hazard lights and exit the vehicle. Then get the tools and the spare tire.

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Important Tips to Remember if You're in an Accident

Being in a traffic accident can be stressful enough on its own, but it can be even worse if you’re confused and don’t know what to do. We want you to be prepared and informed drivers who can help make a bad situation better. Being prepared is the best way to avoid additional problems. Come to Alfa Romeo of Minneapolis and allow us to offer some helpful tips on what to do if you’re in an accident.

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What to Do During a Tire Blowout

One of the more frightening things that can happen to you on the road is to have a tire blow out. This usually happens when there's some kind of damage to the tire, such as wearing on the walls from hitting a curb or cracking because the rubber is old and dry. 

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Is There an Issue with Your Car's Fuel Economy?

Getting excellent fuel economy should be a top goal for car owners. Fuel costs run into thousands of dollars per year. Improving fuel efficiency cuts down those annual costs. There's no mystery as to why vehicles might suffer from poor gas mileage. Several common factors contribute to weak efficiency.

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