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Gordy’s Garage: Indy 500 Art

Here’s an interesting tidbit that arrived in the “In Box” here at The Garage this week: Artist David Uhl, who has done A LOT of illustration work for Harley Davidson, has created a painting that will serve as one of the Centennial Indy 500 program covers. The 100th running of this all-American auto race is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2011.

04/12/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Fun With Fiat

By Gordy Leach, WCCO Italy has an auto industry and Italian cars are imported to America. Ferrari and Lamborghini come to mind. But I’ve been driving around Minnesota for 40 years, and I’ve only seen […]

03/25/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Buy Now, Drive Carefully

You have, no doubt, heard there will be some flooding around here in the very near future. Two things come to mind here in The Garage as the snow melt begins.

03/15/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: 3M Will Charge You

Usually being charged is kind of negative: You are being assessed a fee, accused of a crime and perhaps people or animals are running at you to attack. However, not so with the Charge Point electric vehicle charging station recently installed at 3M’s corporate HQ in Maplewood.

03/01/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Guest Blog From Gordy’s Shadow

We spend a lot of time here in The Garage making sure our cars and trucks are running right and not driving us crazy with mechanical gremlins.

02/21/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Major Changes

Ed from Elk River came by The Garage the other day with three questions: “When did automobile companies move the starter off the floor? When was the starter moved from the dash to the key start on the steering column? When was the dimmer switch moved from the floor to the steering column?”

01/28/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Cold Fluid And Warm Batteries

Rachel visited The Garage recently with a windshield washer problem in her Toyota. It seems when it is really cold out (there is a lot of that around here lately) the washers won’t wash because the nozzles won’t squirt.

01/21/2011

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Cold Vehicle Myths, Facts

When the temperature dips, Minnesotans tend to fall into a winter weather routine with their cars. But in 2011, it may be time to update that winter car care checklist, especially if you want to save some cash.

01/20/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Traction Controls

Does your car have traction control? If your answer is “I don’t know” then it is time to get out the owner’s manual.

01/14/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Balance And Pressure

We set a record last month for the snowiest December in Minnesota. For a couple of days after the blizzard of Dec. 11, several people here at WCCO asked me about vibrations that seemed to be coming from the wheels of their company cars.

01/07/2011

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Gordy’s Garage: Another Second Opinion

The value of getting a second opinion about expensive car repairs has been mentioned more than once in this space. One of my WCCO-TV coworkers recently shared the story of his $1300 repair that — because he didn’t just blindly accept that figure — turned out to be much, much less.

12/28/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Test, Don’t Guess

It is the mantra of the professional mechanic. You do diagnostic testing of a vehicle to determine what needs to be fixed, rather than just replacing the parts that are “probably” causing the trouble.

12/22/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Snow Stuff

It sounds like the next couple of days could be pretty snowy around here. Naturally we will go out driving in the storm, because that is what we do. But here are a few things I like to have along in the vehicle in weather like this.

12/10/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Get The Hitch Out

From boats to campers to snowmobile trailers, we all seem to have something to tow. Lots of vehicles around here are equipped with receiver hitches, where the hitch ball assembly — called the ball mount — can be removed from the receiver frame that is bolted to the vehicle.

12/02/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: That’s a Wrap

Anyone who has a car should appreciate being able to go WHERE they want WHEN they want. But some people should be extra thankful, because they get to go WHERE they want WHEN they want in STYLE.

11/23/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Selling Service, Preparing For Winter

Last weekend’s snow may be the reminder we all need to make sure our vehicles are up to the winter weather ahead.

11/15/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: MacPherson Strut Replacement

Lonna came by The Garage recently “because I’ve received three significantly different quotes for struts and rear shocks in my 2002 Acura MDX.”

11/01/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Off The Road Again

If you own a high-mileage vehicle, you may someday be faced with having an engine changed. It is not common, but it does happen.

10/26/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Odd Vehicles

We’ve had a few visitors at The Garage lately who have “dropped off” some unique and interesting rides.

10/07/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Folding Mirrors

I was driving by a line of parked cars the other day on a busy street, and I noticed one smart driver had the “traffic” side mirror folded in on his/her car.

09/27/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Gasoline Questions

We were pleased to receive two questions at The Garage recently, and both concern gasoline additives.

09/09/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Mayor Motoring

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has had a Toyota Prius for some time as his official city car. But he recently got a different Prius that has been modified by a new business in Minneapolis called ReGo.

08/30/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: The Muffler Mess

A short time ago, in a place very near here, I got to see an example of do-it-yourself car repair. At least, I HOPE this was an example of a car owner trying to save money … and not the work of a so-called “professional” shop.

08/19/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Kirby’s Corvette

People who visit The Garage often ask questions, and that is why we’re here. But sometimes readers provide answers.

08/16/2010

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Gordy’s Garage: Got Mice?

A mouse can be a good thing, if you are using it on your desk top to navigate the web. The original version, however, with hair and teeth, can be a problem.

08/08/2010

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