Auto Repair & Maintenance Services

At Crystal Lake Automotive we perform all types of mechanical services to ensure your car is running in top condition at all times.

Routine maintenance is no only an important part of keeping your car running properly it also maintains your car’s factory warranty.

Scheduled Maintenance

Crystal Lake Automotive is a one stop shop for all your car’s service needs providing full service routine maintenance for nearly every make and model including hybrids. Following your manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, we will perform your car’s routine service which is a critical step to avoiding costly repairs. You can also trust us to provide advice and repair your unexpected car problems. Offering both repair and maintenance services allows us to provide efficiently coordinated service to our customers.

Engine Repair

We can repair any type of engine, new or old, including hybrids. We have state of the art diagnostic and service equipment to correct any problem with either the mechanical system or the onboard electrical computer.  Engine repair is no longer a job for the casual mechanic.  Critical engine components including cylinder heads, engine blocks, connecting rods, crankshafts and pistons require proper machining and professional installation.

Computer Diagnostics

Computer diagnostic systems get right to the problem.  So why don’t all auto shops use them?  Because the equipment requires investment and only expert technicians can use them.  We use sophisticated, modern equipment to supplement our expertise in pinpointing exactly what services your car needs, which saves time and money.  It’s precision that ensures your car gets the right service every time.

Transmission Transfer Case Repair

We rebuild and repair transmissions and transfer cases for nearly every make and model, including hybrids.  We also provide critical maintenance services to these components.

Primary transmission services include fluid flushing and filter replacement.  Transmission servicing is a critical, maintenance service to prevent needless  wear and to extend the life of your vehicle transmission.

Due to Minnesota winters, our vehicles are subject to extreme temperature conditions, which often increase wear to critical clutch lining and torque conversion functions.  Adhering to the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule can avoid costly repairs.  Although each vehicle is slightly different, transmissions should be serviced every  30,000 miles or at 18 month intervals with renewal of the transmission filter.  Some service garages don’t replace fluid filters.  But without a new filter, buildup can ensue, straining the pump capacity and overall transmission system.  Flushing the fluid replaces at least 90% of the transmission fluid but does not remove the debris built up in the filter.  Restricted pump flow combined with regular wear and tear can permanently damage the transmission.

The transfer case is integrated with the transmission and connected to the front and rear axles by drive shafts.  Failure of the transfer case disrupts the power being transferred to the front and rear axles.  Typical aspects of transfer case service include consultation, inspection, removal, and repair.  We replace and repair gears, bearings, gaskets, and seals.

Air Conditioning Service & Repair

A properly working air conditioning system is as important for your health as it is for your comfort. We service and repair air conditioning systems on most makes and models, new and old.  If your air condition service is bogging down there may be a simple fix.  Let us repair, recharge or install the necessary new parts to keep the humidity at bay this summer!

Computerized Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment does more than just improving fuel economy and making sure the wheels are facing forward. There are many dimensions on which a wheel can be misaligned. Our computerized wheel alignment systems can detect even slight misalignments that could cause future damage to your car.  As a practical matter, proper wheel alignment prevents premature wearing of the tire, steering and suspension components.  More importantly, mis-alignment can be dangerous.  If you notice drifting or sense that tires are pulling different directions, it’s important to have a qualified technician review your wheel alignment.  Not every vehicle model can be aligned with common shop tools.  Sometimes, especially if your vehicle model is uncommon, certain nuts, bolts and spacers must be replaced to correct the problem.  Our shop has the expertise to ensure the wheels and tires are aligned as the manufacturer intended.

Tire Sales & Service

We are a one stop shop for automotive repair and service including tire service and sales.  Tire maintenance services extend the life of your tire.  We offer rotation, balancing and alignment to extend tire life and keep you safely on the road.  Also, we offer tires for sale from many of the top brands for all makes and models.  If you are looking for new tires we want to match your car with the tire that meets your needs, options include:

  • High Performance Tires
  • Touring Tires
  • All Season Tires
  • Winter Tires
  • Truck and SUV Tires
  • Specialty Tires
Struts & Shocks

Maintaining a smooth ride is important for your comfort, but it is also important for keeping your car in good shape. Our professional, experienced technicians will service your shocks and struts with a high degree of quality and care, ensuring the job is done right the first time.

Shocks and struts are vital to responsive steering and braking; they ensure the tires maintain contact with the road and increase traction.  CLA will provide regular inspection of your struts and shocks to prevent damage to other steering and suspension components.  We diagnose problems and recommend proper replacement parts for your vehicle.


When it comes to brake service, you can have it done fast or you can have it done right. Our highly trained and experienced staff will ensure that every brake job is done to the highest quality standards.

The braking system can include a variety of electronic and mechanical components: brake pedals, hydraulic brake fluid, master cylinder, power brake booster, drum brakes and disc brakes and anti-lock brake sensors.

We recommend regular brake inspections.  However, there are symptoms of potential brake failure, which include any of the following:

  • Spongy Brake Pedal
  • Hard Brake Pedal
  • Warning Light
  • On-going Squealing or Grinding Brakes
Oil Changes

Changing your car’s oil regularly is one of the most basic and important things you can do to keep your car running smoothly. We provide oil change services by appointment. Oil changes should be scheduled routinely.  Although routine, it’s more than an oil change, it’s a preventative measure which also includes inspecting the engine, filling the fluids and cleaning the components to keep the motor running smoothly. By taking care of your vehicle with regular oil changes, will help maximize the life of your vehicle.

Electrical & Batteries

Automobile on-board computer systems and other electronics become more sophisticated each year. We train our staff to keep up to date with the latest technology and how to fix it, whether it’s the power windows or your car’s on-board computer. We even replace hybrid batteries.

Vehicle Inspections

Let us take the uncertainty out of purchasing a vehicle.  Your service manager at Crystal Lake Automotive wants you to make a well-informed buying decision.  A multiple-point inspection from one of our ASE certified technicians will identify mechanical and electrical repair issues that may not be obvious to most consumers.  Sending a kid off to college, buying mom a more suitable vehicle or upgrading to something fun?  This is one area of life, where we can help.  Bring it in, and have the peace of mind that the vehicle is safe and reliable.

Fuel Injection Service

Fuel injection service isn’t recommended by every manufacturer.  But sometimes, particularly in high-mileage vehicles, there’s a benefit from flushing fluids and servicing fuel injectors.  Misfires, hesitation or lagging performance indicate a problem that shouldn’t be ignored.  Schedule an appointment for an inspection of your fuel system.

Tune Up

It is a good idea to practice preventative maintenance when it comes to your car’s systems and not every mechanical service needs to be a total overhaul of your car’s system. A tune up is an excellent way to ensure all parts of your car keep running smoothly.

Glass & Windshield Replacement

We provide glass and windshield replacement at our shop in Lakeville. We can help you initiate and complete your insurance claim or simply get the job done if you are paying out of pocket. We are a preferred vendor with many major insurance companies, which streamlines the claim process.

Car Rental

We have options available to ensure that you can drive away from our shop while your car is being serviced or repaired. There is a Hertz car rental office in our facility and we accept most insurance company’s rental coverage.


CLA has a partnered with Mark’s Towing to provide towing directly to our shop. Mark’s Towing has been providing quality service to both the residential and commercial markets in the Twin Cities Area and beyond for over 25 years and their drivers are trained and certified by leading experts.

Mark’s Towing also offers 24 hour emergency towing. 651-454-1533