Batteries are a huge part of modern life

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Batteries are a huge part of modern life in Rochester MN. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have?

Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. With old man winter just around the corner, people come into Westgate Auto Repair and need a new battery, they’re really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don’t make it for 4 years.

There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know at Westgate Auto Repair and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let Westgate Auto Repair take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them.

Also running your battery way down is bad for it: Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before it gives up the ghost.

Because we often take short trips around Rochester with lots of stops for errands, our batteries can end up not getting fully recharged just by driving around. That also shortens battery life. You can hook up a good quality automatic battery charger at home from time to time. We recommend charging every three months during cold months.

Now when it’s finally time to get a new battery, we can help you find the right replacement. We’ll always make sure to meet your manufacturer’s recommendations. Now if you have special needs – like live in a very cold climate or run a lot of electrical accessories, we can look at an upgrade that’ll give you the power you need.

Westgate Auto Repair
3000 Hwy 14 West
Rochester, MN 55901
507.282.3000
http://www.westgateautorepair.com/

At Westgate Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

Alignment – Does Your Car Need It?

Symptoms of Bad Car Alignment

Did you hit a curb or snowbank due to icy roads? Does that mess up your front end? If so, how can you tell? These are common questions we hear at Westgate Auto in Rochester, Minnesota, especially during Minnesota winters. As you slip and slide while driving – you run the risk of hitting curbs and snowbanks, especially at the bottom of hills and corners. And when you do bump against cement or solid snow, this impact can put your car alignment out-of-whack.

Signs your car is out of alignment

Most Minnesota drivers notice two things that indicate your car has bad alignment (e.g. your car tires are rolling at a wrong angle). First, the vehicle pulls to one side when driving. It could be slight or pretty severe. You’ll feel it because steering and suspension components are joined together.  If your car was misaligned for a while, you’ll also start to see uneven tire wear – the shoulder on either the outside or inside of the tire is worn down more than the other. Alignment is affected by general time on the road – or seasonal events like Rochester, Minnesota winter driving. Joints can loosen. You may hit a curb or snowbank. Or, you’ve put on a lot of miles and your tires are worn. To prevent unnecessary wear and tear – which costs more long-term – we recommend getting an alignment check every two years (or in the case of hitting a curb and/or snowbank).

State-of-the-art alignment systemHawkeye Alignment

At Westgate Auto, we want your auto repair to be accurate and the best. For that reason, we now offer alignments using our NEW HawkEye Elite™ state-of-the-art Alignmentalignment system, which gives us results in 90 seconds! HawkEye Elite uses four precision cameras to measure the position and orientation of targets mounted to each wheel using Hunter’s patented QuickGrip™ adaptors. QuickGrip adaptors feature spring-loaded arms that grip the tire, eliminating metal-to-metal contact and subsequent rim damage. Compared to historical alignment setups, Hunter’s HawkEye Elite is faster – saving you and us time.

Come check it out – give us a call – and get aligned.

 

Westgate_guysWestgate Service Center
3000 Hwy 14 West
Rochester, MN 55901
507.282.3000