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Why Does the Oil Cooler Gasket Malfunction in Your Car?

Why Does the Oil Cooler Gasket Malfunction in Your Car?

Automotive issues are never simple, and finding an automotive specialist who can accurately diagnose the problem seems near impossible. If you own a car, you've likely already spent hundreds to thousands of dollars in automotive shops attempting to fix problems, maintain your vehicle's function, or address recurring repair needs. Whoever you designate to tackle your automotive troubles and ongoing care, it's most important to find an honest and efficient automotive specialist. When it comes to oil and coolant troubles, your car could wind up in serious jeopardy. Staying on top of routine oil changes is critical to extend the life of your vehicle and ensure performance standards, but by adhering to an oil-changing schedule you also introduce your car into the shop more frequently which increases the chance of noticing an issue before it turns into a se ... read more

Possible Reasons Why Your MINI is Failing to Start

Possible Reasons Why Your MINI is Failing to Start

Car trouble always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times; when we're in a rush, on our way to an important business meeting, or trying to get to the bank before it closes. While it's especially concerning when your car won't start, and certainly throws a wrench in the day, it's particularly upsetting when you own a European import, like a Mini Cooper. The MINI brand is known for high standards of performance, and when your MINI fails to start it can be a huge disappointment. When your MINI runs into starting issues, it's important to pay close attention to the exact symptoms to help get an idea of what could be causing the problem. You might notice that your engine is cranking but not starting, making clicking noises, or there are simultaneous electrical issues while attempt ... read more

Avoiding Deer on the Freeway

Avoiding Deer on the Freeway

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine hit a deer while traveling on the freeway (the I-280). The damage was so extensive that insurance totaled it. Deer are most likely to travel onto roadways at dawn and dusk and are more often on roadways in Spring and Fall. It is not always possible to avoid a collision with a deer but here are a few tips: Scan the road for animals' reflective eyes, often visible at a great distance at night. Sometimes this is the only visible part of the animal until it is directly in your path. There is a good chance that if you see one deer there are others nearby, so keep alert. A deer normally freezes when it is in the headlight. Travel in the center lane and avoid traveling at the same pace as other vehicles on the road. Drive below the speed limit around corners and bends where your visibility is dramatically decreased. Use your high beams where possible; they will illuminate more of the area that you are traveling through. Some experts have sugges ... read more

Vehicle Will Not Start?

Vehicle Will Not Start?

We heavily rely on our vehicles for our daily tasks and it can be extremely frustrating if your car will not start. If this is happening to you there can be multiple causes. Suspect number one: the battery. Perhaps your vehicle needs a jumpstart. You will need battery cables, if you do not carry them with you ask around, there is a good chance someone else does. Here is one tutorial on how to jumpstart: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/09/11/how-to-jump-start-a-car/ Start the car that After your jumpstart look into why the battery failed in the first place so that it does not happen to you again. Suspect number two: the starter. If your battery is charged and your car will not start you may have an issue with your starter. Unfortunately there is no “parking lot quick fix” for this issue. Tow it to your shop and have the vehicle inspected. Suspect number three: lack of fuel. If your fuel gauge is not operating right, or you did not notice the gauge and your tank is ... read more

The Importance of Coolant

The Importance of Coolant

Coolant is the fluid that flows around the engine block to help keep the temperature of the engine down, in your vehicle it is often a mix of antifreeze with water. The main components of the engine cooling system include the radiator, water pump, cooling fan, coolant, thermostat, intercooler, multiple hoses and clamps. The coolant flows through these multiple components, the radiator cools the fluid that then travels around the engine block where it absorbs heat, helping keep the engine temperature at optimum operating temperatures. When the fluid is low, mostly water, or the incorrect type it can not do its job which means your engine could overheat. If your engine overheats you can do serious damage to your vehicle such as a cracked head. To protect your vehicle, and your wallet, it's best to flush the coolant at the factory recommended intervals and if your coolant light comes on add antifreeze or take your vehicle to see us. If your engine is running hot, the coolant light o ... read more