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Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Your vehicle's windshield wipers are super important, especially when it comes to the safety of your vehicle during the fall and winter. Now that we are officially in the fall season, we can expect the rainfall to start any time soon. With more rain comes the need for your trusty wipers to save the day. However, after a very warm summer and dry conditions, you won't be surprised to find that your windshield wipers don't work well when you first turn them on.  Over the summer, our wipers are exposed to higher temperatures which can cause the rubber to quickly dry out, crack, and fray. This reduces the effectiveness of the wipers and can make it difficult to see in a heavy rainstorm. Many drivers don't know this, but you should actually be replacing your wipers every 6 to 12 months. The beginning of the fall season is a perfect time because chances are the summer ruined yours and you'll need them desperately in the coming months.  If you need to replace yo ... read more

What's the Best Oil For Your Vehicle?

What's the Best Oil For Your Vehicle?

What’s the best oil for you? What's the best oil for you and your vehicle? Do you know what one of the most important things to consider is when getting your vehicle’s oil changed: which oil is best for your vehicle. Similar to doctors prescribing specific prescriptions and doses, vehicle manufacturers prescribe specific oil types and amounts to ensure that your vehicle runs the best it should for the duration of its life. The oil that is best for your vehicle is specific to its engine, as well as to your driving habits and the climate you drive in.    Take for example a Mac Semi Truck, a Chevy Suburban, and a Honda Civic. All of these vehicles are different sizes and have different purposes. The semi has a much larger engine than the Suburban and the Suburban has a much larger engine than the Civic. Given the different engine sizes, they require a specific type and amount of oil to function properly.The best oil varies by each engine type. So, how do you k ... read more

A Few Tips to Increase Horsepower

A Few Tips to Increase Horsepower

Car enthusiasts, racers, manufacturers, and engineers have been working on innovative ideas to increase vehicle performance for decades. Some drivers have a need for speed built into their DNA. To say most don’t get butterflies for a fast vehicle would be telling a lie. Horsepower is a crucial aspect of any self-proclaimed car enthusiast. Below we have a small list of tips that can increase horsepower in most street vehicles. Engine Control Unit (ECU) Tuning Tuning the ECU is one of the most cost-effective ways to add additional horsepower to your vehicle. When vehicles are produced, the engine control unit is adjusted in a way that conservatively minimizes stress on major engine components while allowing a lower fuel grade to be used. Tuning the ECU reprograms it to take a more robust advantage of your engine. It adjusts the timing of the engine and allows for more power. Install a Performance Cold Air Intake Your vehicle may see huge horsep ... read more

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

An important aspect of vehicle maintenance that many drivers often overlook is tire pressure. While it may seem like a minor thing that doesn't have a huge effect on your tires or your drive, it actually does! Tire pressure is not only vital to the performance and integrity of your vehicle's tires, but it also affects other things such as your car's overall fuel efficiency. There are also some risks to driving with low tire pressure, too.  Driving with low tire pressure can be dangerous on the road. First and foremost, it puts you at risk for a tire blow out. Ever driven on the highway and looked at the side of the road to see a tire that looks like it exploded? That is a tire blow out, and this can happen when your tire is filled properly. This can be dangerous when it happens on the road and can damage your rims and wheels when it happens.  Driving with low tire pressure also decreases your vehicle's fuel efficiency, because your vehicle requires more ener ... read more

What happens if I don’t get an oil change?

What happens if I don’t get an oil change?

What happens if I don’t get an oil change? Understanding the hidden costs of not changing your engine oil You’ve probably heard or had someone tell you that you need to get your oil changed, right? But do you know what happens if you don’t? Well… Bad. Things. Happen. Before we can understand what happens if you don’t get your oil changed regularly, you need to know the purpose and intent of engine oil. An easy way to understand how engine oil works is to think about it like blood in your body. Your blood is your body’s life support. It pumps throughout your whole body distributing nutrients and oxygen to critical parts of your body. Sometimes, however, your blood can thicken due to additional debris in your blood. When this happens, plaque can build up in your arteries and can lead to catastrophic damage such as heart attacks or strokes. Likewise, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It distributes lubrication to critical parts ... read more

Why go to a Full-Service Auto shop vs. a Quick Lube Shop?

Why go to a Full-Service Auto shop vs. a Quick Lube Shop?

How to Get the Best Value for Your Money When you are faced with the decision of deciding between a full-service auto shop like Victory Auto or a quick lube shop you might be asking how to get the best value for your money? It is an important decision because routine oil changes before your oil gets bad is the best way to prolong the life and value of your vehicle. After changing over 100,000 vehicle’s engine oil since we opened in 1997, we have found there are 8 critical elements to any oil change regardless where you ultimately go for service. Let’s take a look at each element in more detail to understand the value between each type of auto repair shop. The 8 element you need to be aware of are: Time Duration, Oil Type, Oil Change Process, Technician Skill Level, Customer Experience, Location Accessibility, Perks, and Cost 1) Time Duration: “Instant” Doesn’t Always Mean Fast Quick Lube Shop: One of ... read more

How To Parallel Park

In a 2019 study, the most significant stress for drivers between the ages of 18-34 was parallel parking. Parallel parking is an important skill to have, especially if you live in a major city. With new technology such as collision warnings and backup cameras, some new drivers may not even feel like they need to practice their parking skills. You don’t want to be that car struggling to get into a parking space with a line of cars waiting. If you don’t live in a city, you may not have needed to parallel park since you took your driver’s test. Below are instructions on how to maneuver your vehicle to parallel park with ease.   Line your car up to the area you want to park. Make sure the parking space is at least 1.5 times longer than the length of your vehicle.  If you consider parallel parking from the right-hand side of the road: line your vehicle parallel to the car you want to park behind. Turn your head and back your vehicle straight. Keep backing u ... read more

Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

The summertime is perfect for those weekend getaways, camping trips, lake days, and enjoying each other's company. During the summer, we typically see an increase in traffic and the number of people on the road, eager to enjoy the sunshine. However, did you know that the summer weather conditions can actually take a toll on our vehicles one way or another? It's true - there are certain reasons cars tend to breakdown during the summer - but there are ways that you can avoid these issues, too.  The best way to avoid any breakdown is to stay current with your vehicle's regular maintenance and service. Maintenance is the key to a healthy vehicle, and if you haven't been on track with your vehicle's needs, you'll be more at risk of a breakdown in the summer heat.  Here are the most common reasons for a breakdown in the summer, and what you can do to try to prevent it from happening:  Check engine light - since most are busier during the summer, the ... read more

Victory Auto Service & Glass - Now in Wyoming, MN

Victory Auto Service & Glass - Now in Wyoming, MN

We are happy to announce that our family owned auto repair business has grown to 8 locations with the addition of our Wyoming location - formerly Breitbach’s Auto Repair.    Over the past 29 years, Pat Breitbach and his team have taken care of the Wyoming community. During this time, Breitbach’s was able to create strong relationships with its customers and develop a great reputation. The team at Victory is excited to meet everyone and continue to build on the relationships that Pat started many years ago.    To build on what has already been started, we are bringing the people of Wyoming some added benefits to their auto service experience.  The enhancements Victory Auto Service offers include:    - No contact vehicle pick-up & drop-off within 5 miles - Improved warranty of 5 years, 50,000 miles on New Parts and Labor - Complimentary Loaner Vehicles - Convenient Mobile Auto Glass Repair and Replacement. All insurance compani ... read more

Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

July 4th is a celebrated day here in the United States - it is the day in which we celebrate our independence. While the July 4th holiday might look different in comparison to years before due to the pandemic, there are still ways that you can have fun and enjoy the weekend safely. We know many fireworks shows may be canceled and gatherings postponed, but you'll still be able to enjoy time with household members or friends while practicing social distancing.  While July 4th more than likely won't include any lavish celebrations, there will still be an increase of cars on the road. This is typical of any holiday, which is why remembering certain safety tips can make a difference. Here are some tips on how to remain safe while celebrating July 4th this year:  Your safety on the road should be a top priority. While traveling, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings. July 4th is actually one of the most dangerous days to drive during the year, mainly due t ... read more

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