Auto Repair | Forest Lake, MN | Acts Automotive Repair | 651-815-1163

Repairs for Foreign and Domestic Vehicles

Cars and trucks become more advanced year after year. With such a wide range of possible problems, you need to know that your repair shop is equipped to solve whatever comes their way.

Brake Maintenance and Repair

Your car’s brakes are one of its most important safety features because your life and the lives of your passengers depend on them. Troubleshooting car brake problems should be done carefully, cautiously, and thoroughly, since your brakes are one of the most important components of your car and can save your life in normal conditions and emergency situations.

The best method for troubleshooting any car, truck, or SUV brake problem is scheduled maintenance to ensure that all brake components never proceed to the breaking point in the first place. Schedule your maintenance with Acts Auto and rest easy knowing that your car is in the best hands.

Contact us today if you notice any of the following:

  • The car has intermittent problems stopping
  • The brake pedal is hard, soft, too high, too low, spongy, or pulsates, works better when pumped, or returns to its normal position slowly
  • The car pulls in one direction, only to the left or only to the right
  • The brakes grab, seem to drag, lock, or make noise
  • The emergency / parking brake doesn’t work properly
  • The dashboard brake light comes on
  • You've had to add brake fluid in the last six months

Transmission Service

The transmission in your car transfers power from the engine to its wheels and tires. This being the case, a well maintained transmission is important to your car’s usefulness.

There is little that needs to be done to service today’s automatic transmissions. Servicing a car or light truck’s transmission in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule is the best way to ensure that it will last and be trouble-free.

Factory recommended transmission maintenance procedures include fluid changes and, if necessary, transmission filter changes and fixing nuisance leaks due to failure of a gasket or seal.

We are trained and equipped to maintain transmissions in today’s cars and light trucks as well as resolve more complex transmission issues such as shift control problems and total transmission replacements using factory remanufactured transmissions.

Our full-service oil change includes checking your car’s transmission fluid levels and condition to ensure that everything is maintained and that small problems with the transmission resolved before any complications arise.

Electrical Systems

Some components of the electrical systems in your car are as simple as a headlight, or as complex as the main computer and the myriad of sub-computers that monitor and control just about every part of your car or light truck. There are hundreds of messages being sent every minute you drive. Your car or light truck’s electrical system is a key component; without it you and your car will go nowhere.

Batteries have become more complex as well. With the advent of hybrid SUVs like the Mercury Mariner, additional batteries are required to power the vehicle when the engine is not running. Special training is required to service hybrid cars as the voltage in these batteries is sufficient to seriously injure or kill. Our ASE-Certified Master repair technicians are trained to service highly technical electrical systems in today’s hybrid cars.

The most common electrical problems we solve are due to dashboard warning lights, cars and trucks that won’t start, exterior lights that are burned out, dead batteries, alternators, starters, switches, and control units (sub-computers). It is important to report warning light indicators to our team as the problems they highlight can often be repaired quickly and inexpensively if they are diagnosed and repaired as soon as they are noticed.

Ignoring your car’s dashboard warning lights usually costs the car or light truck owner additional time and money as the problem originally reported can affect other parts leading to more expensive to repair.

Steering and Suspension

The steering and suspension systems of your car provide comfort safety for you and your passengers. Most of today’s cars come equipped with power-assisted, rack and pinion steering; aka “power steering”.

The power steering in your car is achieved through hydraulic pumps, connecting lines, hoses, belts, and hydraulic fluid. Regardless of the equipment that is installed in your car, it must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis to keep you and your passengers safe.

The main components in your car’s steering and suspension systems are the ball joints, tie rod ends, springs, shocks, struts, and strut mounts, bushings, control arms, sway bars, and sway bar links. Worn components in the suspension and steering systems put unnecessary wear and tear on other parts and can wear out tires faster than normal or cause uneven wear.

At Acts Automotive Repair, our full-service oil change includes an inspection of your car's steering and suspension systems. Regular inspection ensures that potential life-threatening problems don’t go undetected. Failure of these vital components may leave you stranded and require a tow but could cause your car to flip out of control, injuring you or your passengers.

Heating and Air Conditioning

To deliver the comfort you expect while driving, the heating and air conditioning systems in today’s cars are very complex, highly sophisticated, inter-related systems that work year-round to keep you comfortable regardless of the weather outside. The maintenance and repair of your car’s heating and air conditioning systems require sophisticated diagnosis, special procedures, and skilled technicians who can perform the procedures.

For all of the critical components of your heating and cooling system to operate without fail requires the maintenance and expertise of skilled ASE Certified Master technicians. A comfortable and safe drive to your destination in extreme heat and cold is only possible by keeping your heating and electrical systems maintained and repaired. Acts Automotive Repair is trained and outfitted with the equipment necessary to keep you comfortable as you drive regardless of the temperature outside.

Computer and Fuel Injection System

The computer in your car actually consists of a number of smaller computers. This network controls the engine, transmission, air bags, brakes, fuel injectors, and even the fans that keep the radiator and coolant at the proper temperature, plus much more. Your car’s computer-controlled components can be as large as the engine and as small as an individual fuel injector.

Computer Diagnostic Equipment and Software

Special diagnostic equipment and software are needed to determine the source of a computer problem and correct it. All diagnostic equipment and the software it runs is expensive and the software must be constantly updated to ensure that the auto repair center has the most current information needed to accurately diagnose car’s problems. Acts Automotive Repair makes the investment needed to purchase and upgrade these tools.

Diagnosing Sensors, Actuators, and Components

Your car’s sensors can malfunction, causing incorrect data to be sent to your car’s computer. Due to the numerous computers and the complexity of the network, diagnosing a problem with a car isn’t as simple as one might think.

Diagnosing a problem requires time, the right diagnostic equipment, and expertise. Hooking up your car’s computer to the diagnostic equipment doesn’t mean a quick answer. Acts Automotive Repair employs only ASE-Certified Master Advanced Level Technicians to ensure that we get to the root of the problem the first time and don’t waste your money on unnecessary repairs.

Auto Repair | Forest Lake, MN | Acts Automotive Repair | 651-815-1163

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