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Just like oil lubricates the engine of your vehicle, radiator fluid, a combination of water and anti-freeze, lubricates the water pump which circulates the radiator fluid in the engine for cooling purposes. After extended use, the radiator fluid loses its lubrication properties and its ability to keep from freezing at sub-zero temperatures. When this happens, it’s time for a much-needed radiator service.

So you may be asking, is a radiator drain sufficient or is a radiator flush necessary? Flushing the radiator injects 4 to 5 gallons of anti-freeze through the cooling system which cleans out all of the old anti-freeze and any contaminants that have accumulated in the cooling system. It is a fairly inexpensive process that should be performed every year, or as recommended in your owner's manual.

The benefits of a radiator flush far outweigh the cost of paying for radiator repair. Most vehicles should have a complete radiator service at least once a year.
05
Mar
2018

Just like oil lubricates the engine of your vehicle, radiator fluid, a combination of water and anti-freeze, lubricates the water pump which circulates the radiator fluid in the engine for cooling purposes. After extended use, the radiator fluid loses its lubrication properties and its ability to keep from freezing at sub-zero temperatures. When this happens, it’s time for a much-needed radiator service.

So you may be asking, is a radiator drain sufficient or is a radiator flush necessary? Flushing the radiator injects 4 to 5 gallons of anti-freeze through the cooling system which cleans out all of the old anti-freeze and any contaminants that have accumulated in the cooling system. It is a fairly inexpensive process that should be performed every year, or as recommended in your owner's manual.

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If you’re purchasing a used car, it is wise to learn as much as possible about the car repair, maintenance, and ownership history of that car. Ask your trusted mechanic about how to check the car service history so that you don’t end up with a lemon in your garage.

Listed below are three important points to check about the car service history before purchasing a used vehicle:

  1. The types and frequency of preventative car maintenance and services that were completed on the vehicle, including accident history;
  2. All vehicle manufacturers recalls that were issued since the vehicle was new and whether or not they were resolved; and
  3. The ownership history of the vehicle since it was first purchased.
If you are buying a used car & want to know how to check the car service history, talk to your mechanic & ask for advice about car repair issues.
20
Feb
2018

If you’re purchasing a used car, it is wise to learn as much as possible about the car repair, maintenance, and ownership history of that car. Ask your trusted mechanic about how to check the car service history so that you don’t end up with a lemon in your garage.

Listed below are three important points to check about the car service history before purchasing a used vehicle:

  1. The types and frequency of preventative car maintenance and services that were completed on the vehicle, including accident history;
  2. All vehicle manufacturers recalls that were issued since the vehicle was new and whether or not they were resolved; and
  3. The ownership history of the vehicle since it was first purchased.
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“I’m not sure, but I think my car battery is bad.” Before trying to figure out whether or not your car battery is bad, understanding the basics of car batteries might be helpful in diagnosing it.

Understanding car batteries is not really that complicated or difficult. The battery is the heart of your vehicle--without it, your vehicle doesn't have the power to start, move, or do anything else. The typical battery is a “wet-cell” battery, a plastic cube containing sulfuric acid and lead, with two terminals on the top or side. It stores electrical power generated from the alternator while your car is running. It also sends electrical currents to the engine and other electrical components.

Before making an assessment about your battery, check the fluid level in your battery as well as the battery cables. If the fluid is low and has been for a while, this will prevent your battery from generating power or holding power. More critical is the battery cable connections. If they are loose or corroded, the electrical current in the battery is unable or interrupted in traveling from the battery to your vehicle’s auto electrical components.

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05
Feb
2018

“I’m not sure, but I think my car battery is bad.” Before trying to figure out whether or not your car battery is bad, understanding the basics of car batteries might be helpful in diagnosing it.

Understanding car batteries is not really that complicated or difficult. The battery is the heart of your vehicle--without it, your vehicle doesn't have the power to start, move, or do anything else. The typical battery is a “wet-cell” battery, a plastic cube containing sulfuric acid and lead, with two terminals on the top or side. It stores electrical power generated from the alternator while your car is running. It also sends electrical currents to the engine and other electrical components.

Before making an assessment about your battery, check the fluid level in your battery as well as the battery cables. If the fluid is low and has been for a while, this will prevent your battery from generating power or holding power. More critical is the battery cable connections. If they are loose or corroded, the electrical current in the battery is unable or interrupted in traveling from the battery to your vehicle’s auto electrical components.

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