• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Mora, MN

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Bogotá, Colombia
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    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
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    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
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    East Bethel, MN
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    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    Casablanca, Morocco
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    Aurora, CO
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Your Vehicle: Maintenance Tips

So, as it turns out, my truck will be heading to the shop today to get some major diagnostic work done on the engine.  Although I have been pretty good about keeping up with regular maintenance on it, there are always numerous things that can go wrong on vehicles….especially after they reach the 100,000 mile mark (which my truck has exceeded indefinitely).  However, there are several things that you can do to your vehicle to ensure that you have done everything in your power to keep it running well and healthy.  Here is a checklist of the Top 10 maintenance checks and fixes that you can perform:

  1. Brakes: Check the fluid level and pads about every 25,000 miles (unless you drive very frequently stop and go, then check more often)
  2. Tires: The tread wear on tires are like an indicator.  They can tell you how aggressively you have been driving, what suspension issues your car may be dealing with, and whether you are inflating them as often as needed.  Make sure that the tread depth is acceptable (usually the 1/2 penny trick), and if it isn’t, replace those puppies.
  3. Coolant: Top off coolant levels if below the acceptable level and make sure to use diluted 50/50.  This should be checked around every 25,000 miles.
  4. Engine and Timing Belts: Check your serpentine belt and exterior belts about every 60,000 miles at least, looking for cracks, diminished quality, and possible breakage.
  5. Spark Plugs: Replace every 30,000-100,000 miles.  Your engine won’t work right without em!
  6. Transmission Fluid and Filter: Check fluid levels and refill with the proper transmission fluid needed by your auto (make sure not to overfill!).  Should be done every 25,000 miles.
  7. Air Filter: Check the engine air filter for clogging as well as the recommended replacement times for you pcv valve and oxygen sensors.  This should be done annually.
  8. Battery: Check for corrosion and wear.  Most batteries will need to be replaced every 4-6 months.
  9. Power Steering Fluid: Check the levels and refill with the required fluid type each time you get an oil change (this is about every 3,000 miles for conventional drivers).
  10. Fuel Filter: A major player in the overall fuel system to your vehicle.  If you want it to burn fuel efficiently, this needs to be clean.  Have a technician handle this one…every 25,000 miles it should be checked.

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