Gordy's Garage: Guest Blog From Gordy's ShadowWe 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.
Gordy's Garage: Major ChangesEd 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?"
Gordy's Garage: Cold Fluid And Warm BatteriesRachel 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.
Cold Vehicle Myths, FactsWhen 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.
Gordy's Garage: Traction ControlsDoes your car have traction control? If your answer is “I don’t know” then it is time to get out the owner’s manual.
Gordy's Garage: Balance And PressureWe 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.
Gordy's Garage: Another Second OpinionThe 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.
Gordy's Garage: Test, Don’t GuessIt 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.
Gordy's Garage: Snow StuffIt 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.
Gordy's Garage: Get The Hitch OutFrom 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.
Gordy's Garage: That's a WrapAnyone 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.