Winter in the Midwest comes with lots of confusing terms for drivers. ABS, AWD, 4WD, snow/winter tires, all season tires...but what do they all mean, and why does any of this matter to you? In this month’s You Auto Know, we’re rounding up all the best winter driving information for you! All wheel drive and 4 wheel drive may seem like the same thing, but we're here help you understand the difference! Just like you choose the right pair of shoes for the occasion, you have to choose the right tires for the season for your vehicle! This means deciding between snow/winter tires and all season tires. Does “all season” mean the best choice for every month? Why do snow tires do a better job gripping the road in winter? Find these answers and more in our snow tires blog. Once you have the right tires on your vehicle, you need to know how to use them! This helpful article will show you how ABS can actually hurt your stopping distance. Keeping a safety kit in your car can help in case of an emergency. Here are the items we recommend including in your kit. Now that you’ve learned the difference between AWD and 4WD, why snow tires are your best bet for winter, and how to stop with ABS, find out what else you can do to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming season!
Here in Minnesota wintry weather is inevitable and it’s approach triggers the unavoidable – putting your fun car away for winter. Here at MHCC we have to tuck away 30+ cars every year and we've learned a few things about it over the years. It's always hard locking our favorite cars away for a long winter's slumber, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure they are ready to hit the open road when Spring returns. We’ve included a number of storage tips below to make sure your car has a trouble free winter slumber and is in tip-top shape when it comes time to take it out of storage. • Prior to storage bring your car fully up to operating temperature • Find a dry, dark location to store your vehicle. Concrete floors are best. • Lay down plastic sheeting on top of the concrete where your car will be parked • If covering your car, give your car a good wash and wax if possible to prevent any scratching inflicted from covering a dirty car • To prevent excess air in the tank from condensing and causing potential issues, fill the fuel tank with a fresh tank of fuel and add fuel stabilizer. • Arrange an oil change prior to storage to prevent contaminants from working into your engine. An added benefit is that when spring arrives you’ll be ready to hit the road with fresh oil • Inflate your tires to 55 [...]
Chances are you’ve heard the term rotary engine, but if you’re like most people you likely don’t understand the mechanics behind the engine. We’re here to help. The video below does a great job explaining how rotary engines work, but we do have one minor quip. The video suggests the rotary engine is dead. Truth is we have two in the MHCC dojo that are alive and kicking, our newly acquired Mazda Rotary Pickup and our 1984 Mazda RX-7. Felix Wankel would be so proud.