22 09, 2017

Preparing Your Car for a Long Winter Slumber

By | 2017-09-22T16:38:19+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|You Auto Know|0 Comments

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 [...]

19 01, 2016

You Auto Know – Explaining the Mystery that is Rotary Engines

By | 2016-01-19T11:12:29+00:00 January 19th, 2016|You Auto Know|0 Comments

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.