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Monday, 26 October 2020 18:25

A New Repair Shop in Town

Written by Kevin Mertens, Faribault County Register
John Koestler stands outside of his shop, which used to be the home of Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service. Koestler is a veteran who has returned to the Blue Earth area to do a job he loves. His shop is open Monday through Friday. John Koestler stands outside of his shop, which used to be the home of Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service. Koestler is a veteran who has returned to the Blue Earth area to do a job he loves. His shop is open Monday through Friday.

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Koestler said he will do just about any kind of work but, ironically, one item he does not care to do is custom exhaust work, which is something the shop formally located at his site, Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service, would do.

 

“A good exhaust man who will do custom jobs has some real talent,” he said. “It is almost an art.”

 

Koestler has two stalls at his shop and both have hoists to raise vehicles up in the air when needed.

 

“Right now I am working on building my business,” he said. “My normal hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. I also will do some jobs by appointment on Saturdays.”

 

He is also a dealer for Matheson Gas and has argon, oxygen and acetylene gases available for sale.

 

Of course, like many self-employed business owners, Koestler sometimes works past closing time.

 

“There are jobs I want to complete and not leave until the next day so there are times when I will stick around the shop to complete a task,” he said.

 

He works on cars and pickups, and will also do light diesel work.

 

“I will do the simple things like changing oil and rotating tires,” Koestler explained. “I can also change engines, transmissions, ball joints and U-joints. One of my strong points is in electrical diagnostics.”


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