Author: Steve Fox

May 10
2018

Fuel Systems

What is it? The fuel system stores and delivers fuel to the cylinder chamber where it is vaporized, combined with air and burned to produce the power your vehicle needs to move. Fuel injectors have small nozzles that emit a fine spray of fuel into the chamber. Clogged nozzles will create a thick stream of […]

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May 10
2018

Fluid Exchange

What is it? A fluid exchange is the complete replacement of fluid in a system, removing old, contaminated fluid, and replacing it with new, clean fluid. The systems that need fluid exchanges include: Cooling System Transmission Brake System Fuel System Power Steering System Differential Your fluid levels should be checked and topped off at every […]

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May 10
2018

Exhaust and Emissions

What is it? Your exhaust system has four parts: manifold, pipes, catalytic converter and muffler. They all play a role in keeping your vehicle quiet and safe. The exhaust manifold receives toxic gasses given off by burning gasoline that powers your engine then passes them through the system. Exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and when […]

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May 10
2018

Cooling System

Links to: What is it? Your vehicle cooling system regulates the temperature of your engine and protects it from overheating, damage and breakdowns. It also keeps your engine from freezing during our infamous Minnesota winters. Problems stem from low coolant levels, overused coolant or leaks. Sludge, dirt and rust that builds up in your cooling […]

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May 10
2018

Check Engine Light / Computer Diagnostics

What is it? Your vehicle is equipped with sophisticated electronic control systems. These systems feed information about the engine’s operating conditions to a computer that controls the ignition system, fuel system and the emission control system. How can I tell if service is needed? The most obvious sign your engine is not running properly is […]

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May 10
2018

Brakes

What is it? With every push of the brake – which could be dozens of times a day – your brake pads work hard to stop your vehicle. These pads wear down, so maintaining them is important for your safety. The disc brake pad can put grooves in your rotors creating an uneven surface which […]

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May 10
2018

Belts and Hoses

What is it? Belts and hoses perform many jobs in your vehicle’s engine, and more than one part is often affected if they fail.  Failure can leave you stranded on the side of the road. That’s why it’s so important to have your belts inspected regularly for nicks, cuts, shredding and other signs of age […]

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May 10
2018

Battery and Electrical System

  What is it? Today’s vehicles are made up of several systems working together in harmony. The battery is perhaps the first thing you think of when you hear about electricity in automotive applications, but batteries are far from alone in running the system. When batteries discharge they emit a constant DC power in one direction, supplying electricity through the positive terminal to the […]

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May 10
2018

Air Conditioning and Heating

What is it? The heating and air conditioning system (HVAC) controls your vehicle’s temperature and humidity levels. The air conditioning compressor is usually driven by your vehicle’s serpentine belt. Your vehicle’s heating system absorbs excess engine heat through a mixture of water and antifreeze called coolant. Hoses carry the coolant from the engine to the […]

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Apr 10
2018

Welcome to Southcross!

An introduction to Southcross Auto Service, who we are and what we do. Hello and welcome to Southcross Auto Service.  We’re happy you’re here! With this blog I’ll share information about us and advice for helping you with maintenance and repairs for your vehicle. I also plan on keeping you up to date on some […]

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