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2014-12-27
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Don't Get Stranded - Cooling System Maintenance

2014-06-11
Summer’s coming, and with it, warmer temperatures, vacations, and longer trips. We don’t want to be downers, but if your car’s cooling system isn’t up to par, things could go from fun-in-the-sun to stranded-in-the-sun too quickly for anyone’s liking. Because the truth is: cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns.
 
Don’t let it come to that.  
 
The easiest way to make sure your summer plans stay on course is to pay attention to your vehicle’s cooling system now, while the weather’s still mild. Trust us, you’ll avoid a lot of aggravation, and possibly an unnecessarily expensive vehicle repair. 
 
Here’s what you should be talking about with your technician when it comes to maintaining your cooling system.
  
Coolant – It needs to be changed regularly. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended replacement interval. If it isn’t replaced regularly, it loses its effectiveness to prevent corrosion in the cooling system – a problem explained below – and it also loses its freeze-protection abilities. The coolant level also needs to be checked periodically. If you run out of coolant, your engine will overheat. 
 
Radiator – It can corrode internally if coolant, with its corrosion inhibitors, isn’t used or changed regularly. When the radiator corrodes, it becomes plugged, preventing the effective circulation of coolant. Have the radiator and cooling system flushed periodically to remove any debris. Also have the radiator examined for any external obstructions, such as paper, leaves, bugs or other road debris that are stuck to it and blocking air flow, and for any signs of damage from stones and other projectiles that hit the radiator and caused leaks or bent fins.
 
Belts & Hoses – They’re rubber, which wears and degrades over time and with use. Replace them approximately every four years or based on your manufacturer’s recommendation. Have them examined for visible signs of impending failure, including cracks in the belt or soft or bulging spots in the hoses. If they fail, your cooling system stops working.
 
Water pump – On many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the timing belt. Since a timing belt needs to be changed at certain intervals, it makes sense to replace the water pump at the same time, and most technicians will recommend this. If your water pump fails, the engine can overheat. 
 
Radiator cap – Make sure it’s screwed on tightly. Look for any sign of leaks around it. Your technician can also pressure test the radiator cap to ensure it’s functioning properly when he or she performs a pressure test on the entire cooling system. And remember, never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. 
 
Also be on the lookout for signs of cooling system problems, like: 
The vehicle temperature gauge rising near the danger zone 
Coolant leaks, steam or hissing sounds under the hood
The distinct smell of coolant or an engine that’s running hot
 
Knowing and performing the maintenance your cooling system requires can prevent cooling system and engine failure.  
 
After all, it’s summer, and we’re all trying to stay cool. 

— by Rick

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Tuffy offers a full line of tire brands to choose from.  We mount and balance tires and can also align your vehicle. Check with us for a quote.  We are your ONE STOP  auto repair and service center

— by Rick

We Rotor Match Brakes

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With our new state of the art "on the car" -  "PRO-CUT" brake lathe, we not only remove the lateral run-out of the rotor but the run-out also present in the wheel bearing.  The advantage is reduced stopping distance, longer brake pad life, and ext...

— by Rick

Improve Gas Mileage

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Deposits that build up in the fuel and air induction systems of your engine effect your vehicles drivability and robs your of gas mileage.  Our "BG" Fuel Induction System Service" will remove these harmful deposits front the injector pintle, the i...

— by Rick

Lifetime Warranty Bendix Brake Pads

2012-01-11
Our quality Bendix brake pads come with a LIFETIME pad warranty.  When you wear the pads out we will provide the pads and all you pay for is the labor for installatioin.

— by Rick

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