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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Head rests have more than one use.

Head rests have more than one use.

Head restraints or Headrests as they became know as, optional head rests started being put in cars in the 1960’s. Those first headrests were pretty primitive, compared with todays ultra sleek ones. After Jan 1st 1969 they were mandatory for all cars. The main purpose is to lower the number of whiplashes that can occur in an accident. Also, something I just learned is the headrest is detachable and sharp. If you were in an accident you can break the window. Breaking a window from the inside is much easier than from the outside and if in an accident may just save your life. #Safety #Headrest #Shopnearme #TBT

"Heading back to school, make sure your car is working well."

"Heading back to school, make sure your car is working well."

It's that time of the year,(seems like our summer gets shorter and shorter.) making sure your car is in top running condition, give us a call. If you have carpool, volunteering at school, can't stay, ask about our free loaners. We can reserve one for you today. Haven't had any work done for awhile, we can help you prioritize the items needed for your car to run at it's very best. Give us a call 574

Air Cabin Filter to change or not to change.

Air Cabin Filter to change or not to change.

    Air Cabin Filter to change or not to change? When you mention Air cabin Filter,(you may know it as an Air Conditioning Filter) not many people really know where or what that is. You know what an oil filter is and an engine air filter. In most cases you maybe able to change your own in your car, check your vehicles manual for how often and where it is. Usually behind the glove compartment or under the hood or dashboard on most modern vehicles. It basically keeps dirt and debris from getting into the passenger compartment. It filters all the air being circulated in your vehicle. “The AIR you are breathing. Cold weather is around the corner, if you really don’t have any interest to change it yourself, we can do it for you..   One sign of a bad or failing Cabin Air Filter, is that you have a poor air flow or you are starting to get an unusual odder ( like a dusty dirty or musty smell coming from the vents). A dirty Cabin air Filter will not aff ... read more

"Why do head gaskets leak?" "Can you drive with a bad or leaking Head Gasket?"

"Why do head gaskets leak?" "Can you drive with a bad or leaking Head Gasket?"

“Why do head gaskets leak?” and “Can you drive with a bad or leaking head gasket?” Those were questions that were asked of our Auto Mechanics this week. One of the main causes of a blown or damaged Head Gasket is extreme heat. If your cars’ engine is running hotter that it was made to do, it can warp the metal in your engine which can cause a blown head gasket. The gasket is not able to seal properly because of the warp.  Here are some different causes that might allow your cars’ engine to overheat: Leak in the cooling system: if you have a leak in your radiator, water pump, hoses, had gasket or thermostat housing your engine isn’t going to be able to cool properly. If you can’t find the leak take the car to a mechanic. Coolant issues: even if you don’t have a leak in the coolant, if you put the wrong coolant, or the coolant-to-water ratio is off, you may have problems with your engine stayin ... read more

Cracked Radiator.

Cracked Radiator.

My Radiator looks cracked, what happened and how important is a radiator?? The radiator is what keeps your car’s engine cool, so don’t neglect it, warning signs are obvious. One of the first signs is that the water temp. gauge will start rising. A normal reading should be the needle will be under the center line. A low reading may mean the gauge is broken, or the thermostat is stuck open, get it checked. Low coolant level: one of the major reasons for overheating in your engine, check coolant at least once a month. NEVER CHECK WITH ENGINE RUNNING, LET EVERYTHING TOTALLY COOL DOWN. Clogged Radiator:  dead insects, dirt, rocks, tar, loose debris. These items block the airflow and cause overheating. If you don’t see anything could be something internal…when everything is cool check coolant color, brown or discolored, or dirt floating. Heat exchange materials: this is usually only with older cars, newer cars are more efficient, so this usu ... read more

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