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How Do I Know If My Car Is Overheating?

How Do I Know If My Car Is Overheating?

How do I know if my car is overheating? One of the top causes of expensive engine failure is overheating due to cooling system failures. It is important for you and especially younger drivers to understand the gauges and warning lights your vehicle has.  As the owner of an auto repair shop, I have seen some of the most expensive car repairs stem from a young driver not paying attention to or understanding the overheat warning their vehicle gives them…until it is too late. Most cars and trucks are equipped with a temperature gauge.  This allows you to constantly monitor the temperature of your engine.  For most vehicles, normal engine temperature is a range between 195 degrees and 220 degrees.  If your car or truck has a gauge that displays the temperature, it is safe to assume the 195 to 220-degree range is normal for your vehicle. Your vehicle’s exact specifications are easily found with a little bit of research or by referring to the owne ... read more

Get The Best Performance Out Of Your BMW

Get The Best Performance Out Of Your BMW

BMW WARNING LIGHTS, ESPECIALLY CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS Chances are that if you are currently searching for a BMW mechanic, you have some sort of warning light in your car’s message center.  Warning lights, especially check engine lights are the most common phone calls we receive.  If your check engine light is on solid, this means you should schedule your car in to be diagnosed by a BMW mechanic as soon as time allows.  Preferably in the next few days. If your check engine light is flashing, this means you should pull over as soon as it is safe to and turn your vehicle off.  The check engine light flashing is a warning that there is a malfunction severe enough to possibly cause damage to emissions components on your vehicle. We would advise calling your BMW mechanic before continuing to drive your vehicle. They will likely recommend sending a tow truck to pick you up to avoid any further damage. If your vehicle comes into our shop with the check engine light on, t ... read more

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge For Diagnostic Time.

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge For Diagnostic Time.

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge Diagnostic Fees Diagnostic time expenses are an equally unwanted expense for both the consumer and the repair shop. For the consumer, they are often buying the unseen and untouchable.  They spend a few hundred dollars to find out exactly what is wrong with their car but don’t get to see it, touch it, hear it or anything.  Then they still have to pay for whatever repair is recommended once diagnosed properly. On the flip side, if the proper diagnostic time is not spent and you just take an educated guess of what is wrong based off the most common things found on Google, YouTube, parts store and such sources, you run the likely chance of replacing an expensive part that does not fix the problem.  With the rising parts costs, it is no longer a good financial decision to skip the proper diagnostic testing and replace the most common part.  Back when you could get the most common parts for less than $100.00, it made se ... read more

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