For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they’re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
Crystal Carwash Center beautifies vehicles 24 hours a day with two automatic, touchless car-wash bays. For more in-depth cleansing, they invite customers to stop by on weekdays for thorough detailing with soaps, waxes, and polishes by Car Brite and 3M that leave vehicles as spotless as a weather forecaster’s crystal ball. The rest of the combustion-fluent technicians at the 21,000-square-foot facility devote themselves to repairing cars and returning them to owners with written guarantees of lifetime warranties.
During the first Hopkins Holiday Pub Crawl, cheerful throngs of yuletide party-goers make merry at five area bars, sipping drink specials, taking home raffle prizes, and benefiting the ICA Food Shelf. The festivities kick off at Tuttle's Eat, Bowl, Play at 3 p.m., where the clatter of pins intermingles with the strains of belted carols and clink of glasses. Periodic shuttles escort revelers through the next four bars, ending at 9 p.m. at The Hopkins Tavern, at which crawlers can horde tickets to win raffle prizes. Pints of Miller Lite and UV Vodka mixed drinks flow at each location for $2.50 apiece during the six-hour crawl. All comers are encouraged to dress up in their favorite holiday apparel, donning Santa suits, sporting reindeer horns, or fashioning robes out of popcorn garlands.
Jeff's Auto Service uses only Mobil oil during the change, which also includes swapping out the filter and removing any hazardous waste. Lube is applied to the chassis and any squeaky door locks, and all fluid levels, batteries, air filters, and tire pressures are also checked. The skilled mechanics will inspect headlights, turn signals, brake lamps, belts, hoses, the exhaust, and the suspension to ensure your ride rides to the best of its abilities. The knowledgeable mechanics may also suggests a variety of tips to keep your car humming a happy tune between visits.
Members of the Seehusen family have roamed the halls of Hopkins and Southwest Firestone since 1975. The current owners, Tim and Rick Seehusen, worked with their father for years before taking the helm in 2003. Both the Hopkins and the Southwest shops boast a staff of trained service technicians. Some specialize in replacing tires and wheels, and others specialize in general service for common auto ailments such as squeaky brakes, sputtering engines, and rhythm-less turn signals. Work bays are stocked with auto parts and stacks of tires from brands including Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, and Bridgestone.
Car-X Auto Service works wagons into shape with an array of alleviating automotive services. The trained lubricant sommeliers will pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of oil while rim rejuvenators revolve your ride's rubbers with a tire rotation. Heroic windshield wipers are retired from service and replaced with fresh recruits, and the vehicle's road trip longevity is ensured with a 30-point courtesy inspection.