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Why is My Radiator Leaking?

Why is My Radiator Leaking?

“Why is my radiator leaking” is what you may ask your mechanic.Your vehicle’s radiator may leak suddenly, leaving you and your vehicle stranded on the side of the road. Do not drive your car after it overheats. Your radiator takes a beating every day, as antifreeze circulates through the engine, the generated heat dissipates, allowing the engine to run at extremely high revolutions for long periods.  Needless to say, there’s a lot of heat output. The Cooling System must be in top shape to handle it. If your vehicle overheats many parts of your car can be damaged including the engine, gaskets, thermostat, and other parts of the cooling system. The radiator could be damaged too. The leading and most common cause is corrosion in the radiator. Radiators, hoses, and hose connections collect sediment and rust that over time can punch holes in the radiator.  In a few instances, weak coolant can be the cause of overheating. Your coolant could be considered w ... read more

Gasoline Direct Injection Service Challenges

Gasoline Direct Injection Service Challenges

Photo Credit: BG Website Fuel injection has been in use for many years because it greatly increases efficiency.  Computer controls direct a precise amount of gasoline to be injected at the moment of the intake stroke.  The amount of fuel depends on information from an array of sensors including engine temperature, ambient temperature, and oxygen levels, for example, along with input from the driver pushing on the accelerator pedal. In the past ten years or so automobile manufacturers have transitioned to “direct injection” fuel injection because it offers more power and reduced emissions.  The main difference between traditional and direct fuel injection is the point of fuel delivery. “Direct” refers to fuel being injected directly into the cylinder immediately prior to the spark which ignites the gasoline instead of the fuel spray being pulled into the cylinder.  That difference means the detergents in the gasoline never come in contact ... read more

Have you checked your tire pressure?

Under-inflated or over-inflated tires wear out quickly and excessively. Additionally, tires with incorrect pressure may lead to lower gas mileage and negatively impact your car’s handling. It’s vital to know how to check tire pressure as it is a significant component to maintain a safe driving experience. The air pressure in tires measures in pounds per square inch or PSI. An essential first step is determining what your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure is. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure is on the sticker inside the driver’s door. Tire recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual as well. While the weather is cold, use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure of your tires. With warm weather rolling into Boulder, it may be best to check the tire pressure in the early morning. If a morning time check is not possible for you, wait at least three hours for the tires to cool down before checking. Tire pressure can increase or decr ... read more

A Thousand Dollar Habit: Or, Should I Check My OIl?

A Thousand Dollar Habit: Or, Should I Check My OIl?

How often should you check the oil in your car?  Would you consider checking it every time you filled your vehicle with gas? On one hand, checking the oil every time you fill up might seem excessive. On the other hand, doing so may very well save you thousands of dollars.  Checking the oil costs nothing, and it takes just a few seconds. Given the potential savings, why not make it a routine? Click here for a Haglin Automotive Tutorial on checking the oil. Forget for a moment the obvious “blown engine.” Plenty of damage happens long before a catastrophic engine failure - and that fact may be the most compelling reason to check your oil regularly.  Bonus! There is a less obvious, but nonetheless compelling reason to check your oil regularly. More about that in a minute.  A brand new car may use a surprising amount of oil, and every engine will burn some ... read more

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