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Monday Maintenance: Dashboard Confessionals - What What Those Warning Lights Really Mean

Monday Maintenance: Dashboard Confessionals - What What Those Warning Lights Really Mean

We're back after a month-long hiatus with our regularly scheduled blog post, Monday Maintenance: your step-by-step guide to keeping your vehicle on the road! This week we're bringing you Dashboard Confessionals - a tour of the most common warning lights. Modern vehicles are complex machines with over 24 computer modules working together with a vast network of sensors and hundreds of electrical wires linking these components together.  Fun Fact: The amount of wiring in a vehicle can span over a mile in length!  With so many components, the potential for an issue to occur is high and the lights on your dashboard are often the first and only indicator that something is wrong. While the best source of information comes from your vehicle’s owner’s manual, we’ll walk you through some of the most common dashboard warning lights so you’ll know when to call us. DID YOU KNOW? Dashboard warning lights come in a variety of colors. Red indica ... read more

Monday Maintenance: Fluid Flushes

Monday Maintenance: Fluid Flushes

Welcome to today’s #MaintenanceMonday series - your sure-fire guide to keeping your vehicle in top operating condition! This week we’d like to draw your attention to fluid flushes - what are they exactly, why are they recommended, and are they actually necessary to extend the life of your vehicle? Your vehicle is composed of many different parts and a multitude of fluids, along with chemical additives, that are pumped through the different vehicle parts to lubricate the components and to protect them from wear and tear which naturally break down and decompose over time. A fluid flush is often the first step and one of the easiest and least expensive ways to extend the life of your vehicle. What is a fluid flush? First and foremost a fluid flush is not the same as a fluid change/drain and refill. Changing a fluid simply means draining the old fluid and refilling with new, fresh fluid. The most common example of this would be your standard oil c ... read more

Monday Maintenance: Brakes and Tires

Monday Maintenance: Brakes and Tires

Welcome to another installment of Maintenance Monday - our blog series designed to help you understand your vehicle more and keep it on the road longer!  This week we are highlighting some items that, when kept up regularly, could not only save you money but more importantly, impact your safety: brakes and tires.   Understanding Your Brake System and Tires Tires and brakes are on the forefront of the operation of your vehicle. How well your vehicle grips the road is linked directly to your tire tread (the patterns on the surface of your tires). Patterns differ depending on the tire type and exist to boost traction in different conditions.   Your brake system is made up to include brake pads, the brake line, calipers, rotors and the master cylinder. Brake pads and rotors are the point at which the braking system connects with the tires. Due to the stress of extreme friction, these components deteriorate more easily than others and need more frequent maintenance ... read more

Spring is Here! Read the Latest Lancer News

Spring is Here! Read the Latest Lancer News

After what feels like an entire lifetime we can finally say, “Spring is here!”  We’ve had a busy winter and would love nothing more than to share with you the latest updates at Lancer Service.  As always, we appreciate your feedback and value your continued business. We're Hiring! Join the BEST Auto Repair team there is!! Do you happen to know a Technician looking for a change, or someone who’s interested in getting into the trade? We’re actively hiring for two positions! Please send all resumes and cover letters to [email protected] AND per usual - do not hesitate to give us a call directly, we’re always open to a conversation! New Faces at Lancer If you’ve had your vehicle serviced at Lan ... read more

Mileage-based Maintenance: How to Keep Your Car on the Road

Mileage-based Maintenance: How to Keep Your Car on the Road

As we’ve pointed out in prior posts, the new and used car market continues to see unprecedented rises in demand, therefore inflating the cost of used vehicle prices to over 50% of pre-pandemic levels. We’re often asked by our customers what is the best thing they can do to maintain their vehicle? So, to continue with our Monday Maintenance series, we’d like to introduce you to the most cost-effective repair plan: Mileage-Based Maintenance! What is mileage-based maintenance? With continued use, everyone experiences natural wear and tear on their vehicle; specifically, in Minnesota’s extreme climate. Mileage-based maintenance services help to combat this natural progression to keep your vehicle operating efficiently and effectively - simply put, following a recommended maintenance schedule can not only save you money but can keep your car on the road longer. What are mileage-based maintenance intervals and what do they include ... read more

How to make the time-honored classic, Old Fashioned

How to make the time-honored classic, Old Fashioned

Today's Cars OR Cocktails post is brought to you in honor of Carl's birthday (the owner of Lancer Service). After a hard day's work, one of Carl's favorite cocktails to enjoy is the traditional Old Fashioned. Watch the video to see our very own cocktail guru, Kyla, demonstrating how easy it can be to master the creation of this time-honored classic! Have a cocktail recipe that you love? Send a message to [email protected] and we'll feature the creation of this cocktail in one of our upcoming Cars OR Cocktails posts. Cheers!   Recipe 2.5oz Whiskey of Choice .75oz Orange scented agave (for a less sweet version use .5oz, for a sweeter version use 1oz) 2 dashes Orange Bitters 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Cinnamon Stick Flamed Orange Swath, Expressed Tools Mixing glass Rocks or old fashioned glass Match, lighter or torch Firesafe surface Bar Spoon ... read more

Monday Maintenance: What's in an Oil Change?

Monday Maintenance: What's in an Oil Change?

Owning a vehicle can be quite the financial commitment, even without the potential for unexpected repairs. The operating life itself is only built to last 100k miles and with the ongoing disruption of the global supply chain, we are still seeing unprecedented surges in prices for both the new and used car industry.    How can you increase the longevity of your vehicle without taking a huge hit to your budget? The short answer: regular maintenance.    Without a doubt, the most expensive repair is having to replace an engine, sometimes repairs can exceed $10,000. The good news, you can usually avoid this repair indefinitely by making sure you keep up-to-date on essential engine maintenance.   This is why, every-other-Monday we’ll discuss the most common and effective ways to maintain your vehicle to keep it running smoothly well past 100k miles.    The first and most important component of keeping your engine running optimally is performing reg ... read more

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR!

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR!

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR! What historical domino effect led to one of our favorite southern past times? Believe it or not, it wasn’t the need for speed - but moonshine - that fueled the growth of stock car racing.  How, you might ask?    As officials began to impose taxes on liquor sales farmers and immigrants throughout the south began production distilling their own batches to sell to counteract the effects of extreme poverty in the region.   With the introduction of Prohibition in 1920, moonshine production skyrocketed which created a thriving black market business. Distribution of the product became a dangerous game. Bootleggers began to “soup-up” automobiles to stay ahead of federal agents and local police.    The idea was simple: take a car that looks stock or ordinary to avoid suspicion but modify the engine for greater speed and power. Bootleggers woul ... read more

THREE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CRUISING INTO SPRING

THREE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CRUISING INTO SPRING

Although most of us feel like Spring is right around the corner, we still have a few remaining months of cold weather. As an auto repair shop, we field calls on a daily basis with customers who have very similar issues due to the climate we live in. With that, we thought it would be helpful to offer a list of top items to keep an eye on so your vehicle continues to run smoothly throughout the duration of the winter months. ●      Battery Age and Performance: Did you know? Typical battery life in our climate is around 4 years. We check battery performance and age during oil services. If you’re getting to that 4 year mark, give us a call and we can check your battery at no charge. ●      Oil Level and Quality: Engine oil is the most important item for proper engine performance. Making sure oil is clean and full will prevent engine damage and improve cold weather operation ... read more

WITH THE USED CAR MARKET AT AN ALL TIME HIGH, NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR VEHICLE

WITH THE USED CAR MARKET AT AN ALL TIME HIGH, NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR VEHICLE

No matter if we service your daily driver, a vehicle that only hits the pavement during the summer months, or one that needs an overhaul so that it’s extremely safe for your soon-to-be 16 year old – we’re here to answer questions, solve problems and to provide continued expert advice that supports your overall car repair & maintenance goals. As we reflect on 2021, we want to leave you with a bit of insight... Due to an ongoing disruption in the global supply chain and an uptick in demand, the new and used car markets have experienced an unprecedented surge in prices. What does this mean for you? As used vehicle prices continue to increase, we believe now more than ever, it is worth taking a moment to re-evaluate your higher mileage vehicles by taking the necessary steps to invest in their longevity. Alternatively, now is not the time to pay inflated prices on a new or newer-to-you vehicle. If you find yourself asking the question, is it worth keeping my current ... read more

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