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Getting you home – a Simple, Temporary Radiator Repair

Car repairs are often blatantly obvious, but there is one repair which will sneak up on you at the most inopportune time – your car’s radiator. Among the items, you should have in your trunk for just this type of emergency is a couple gallons of water, coolant and radiator sealant. Any of the large selection of brands will do, they all work in the same way to make a temporary radiator repair.

Before starting, disconnect the battery if your radiator has electrical connections. Make sure the engine is cool enough to take off the pressure cap on the radiator. Pour the radiator sealant directly into the radiator. Follow the directions, but the usual amount is a full bottle. Do not drain any of the coolants from the radiator, but rather add radiator fluid until the level reaches the manufacturers recommended amount

If you have a leaky radiator & wondering how to replace a radiator, leave it to experts. Radiator repair involves more than the average person can handle!
05
Aug
2017

Getting you home – a Simple, Temporary Radiator Repair

Car repairs are often blatantly obvious, but there is one repair which will sneak up on you at the most inopportune time – your car’s radiator. Among the items, you should have in your trunk for just this type of emergency is a couple gallons of water, coolant and radiator sealant. Any of the large selection of brands will do, they all work in the same way to make a temporary radiator repair.

Before starting, disconnect the battery if your radiator has electrical connections. Make sure the engine is cool enough to take off the pressure cap on the radiator. Pour the radiator sealant directly into the radiator. Follow the directions, but the usual amount is a full bottle. Do not drain any of the coolants from the radiator, but rather add radiator fluid until the level reaches the manufacturers recommended amount

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What is a Car Tune Up and why is it important to get one?

A car tune up is like a check up at the doctor for your car. It is important to get one because during a tune up service, your mechanic can discover any serious problems with your vehicle well in advance. Just like a doctor can discover the symptoms of a major disease in its early stage, a mechanic can discover a serious mechanical problem with your vehicle while they are checking it.

During a vehicle check you can expect the mechanic to test your brakes, gas pedal, have a look at your engine, tail lights, steering wheel and electronic control system. If they are all in good working order, you will be given the go ahead. On the other hand, if a problem is discovered you will be told what the problem is and whether it needs urgent attention or not. Some problems may be fixed later on. Others such as a faulty brake system for example, will need to be repaired as soon as possible.

There are several reasons that answer the question whether the cost of a car tune up is worth it? A tune up is like a health check up at the doctor.
20
Jul
2017

What is a Car Tune Up and why is it important to get one?

A car tune up is like a check up at the doctor for your car. It is important to get one because during a tune up service, your mechanic can discover any serious problems with your vehicle well in advance. Just like a doctor can discover the symptoms of a major disease in its early stage, a mechanic can discover a serious mechanical problem with your vehicle while they are checking it.

During a vehicle check you can expect the mechanic to test your brakes, gas pedal, have a look at your engine, tail lights, steering wheel and electronic control system. If they are all in good working order, you will be given the go ahead. On the other hand, if a problem is discovered you will be told what the problem is and whether it needs urgent attention or not. Some problems may be fixed later on. Others such as a faulty brake system for example, will need to be repaired as soon as possible.

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How to Tell if Your Radiator Has Sprung a Leak

A healthy radiator is crucial to your car's performance and can help prevent catastrophic engine problems. It can also alleviate the need for a costly radiator repair, or even worse a costlier radiator replacement. There are several common signs that something may be amiss.

The number one sign that you have potential radiator trouble is leaking fluid. Always check your garage floor and driveway. The antifreeze(coolant) used in radiators is sticky, bright-colored, and often sweet smelling. It also pays to keep an eye on your temperature gauge. This will give you an indication if the engine starts to run hot. Check for significant drops in the coolant reservoir. It's normal to have small fluctuations but a large drop in coolant may signify a serious leak.

Make sure you have routine radiator service performed to ensure there are no leaks. It will help you to avoid costly radiator replacement down the road.
05
Jul
2017

How to Tell if Your Radiator Has Sprung a Leak

A healthy radiator is crucial to your car's performance and can help prevent catastrophic engine problems. It can also alleviate the need for a costly radiator repair, or even worse a costlier radiator replacement. There are several common signs that something may be amiss.

The number one sign that you have potential radiator trouble is leaking fluid. Always check your garage floor and driveway. The antifreeze(coolant) used in radiators is sticky, bright-colored, and often sweet smelling. It also pays to keep an eye on your temperature gauge. This will give you an indication if the engine starts to run hot. Check for significant drops in the coolant reservoir. It's normal to have small fluctuations but a large drop in coolant may signify a serious leak.

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Why Transmission Service is Important!

We can't escape the fact that our vehicles' parts sometimes fail. When the transmission fails, we often face the difficult choice of rebuilding it or buying another vehicle. Major transmission repair issues can be prevented with early detection and proper maintenance.

Signs Your Vehicle Needs Transmission Service:

If your vehicle feels like it's struggling to move or stuck in gear for no reason, your transmission could be slipping. You might notice your car has trouble getting up-to-speed, doesn't smoothly change gears, or makes clunking noises while shifting gears. Sometimes, you might notice a delayed engagement issue where the car delays going into drive. Transmission fluid leaks are also common as the transmission gets older. Do you see brown or bright red fluid on the garage floor? Get your car to your auto shop instead of trying to refill the fluid yourself.

Why You Should Get It Serviced Now!

Driving with a transmission fluid leak isn't exactly dangerous, but doing so could severely damage other parts of your vehicle. Leaks don't repair themselves, but they can be prevented with regular maintenance. Since a worn seal is usually the reason transmission leaks occur, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible by a transmission repair technician.

If your transmission is slipping, do not drive your vehicle! It could potentially become a road hazard since it makes your vehicle's road performance incredibly unpredictable.

How Much Will It Cost?

Transmission repair issues aren't always easy to diagnose, but a trip to the mechanic's shop can save you a lot of time, money, and stress.  Catch the problem while it is small so that it only requires a minor transmission repair.  Rebuilding a transmission or replacing one can cost you more than your car is worth or buying an older used car.

Transmission repairs are expensive but can be prevented with regular transmission service. If you suspect your vehicle is having transmission issues, get it to your mechanic to get it checked out.

Experiencing some transmission repair issues?  Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about transmission service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

Routine transmission service is vital for driving safety. Take care of needed transmission repair issues while they are small before they get more costly
05
Jun
2017

Why Transmission Service is Important!

We can't escape the fact that our vehicles' parts sometimes fail. When the transmission fails, we often face the difficult choice of rebuilding it or buying another vehicle. Major transmission repair issues can be prevented with early detection and proper maintenance.

Signs Your Vehicle Needs Transmission Service:

If your vehicle feels like it's struggling to move or stuck in gear for no reason, your transmission could be slipping. You might notice your car has trouble getting up-to-speed, doesn't smoothly change gears, or makes clunking noises while shifting gears. Sometimes, you might notice a delayed engagement issue where the car delays going into drive. Transmission fluid leaks are also common as the transmission gets older. Do you see brown or bright red fluid on the garage floor? Get your car to your auto shop instead of trying to refill the fluid yourself.

Why You Should Get It Serviced Now!

Driving with a transmission fluid leak isn't exactly dangerous, but doing so could severely damage other parts of your vehicle. Leaks don't repair themselves, but they can be prevented with regular maintenance. Since a worn seal is usually the reason transmission leaks occur, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible by a transmission repair technician.

If your transmission is slipping, do not drive your vehicle! It could potentially become a road hazard since it makes your vehicle's road performance incredibly unpredictable.

How Much Will It Cost?

Transmission repair issues aren't always easy to diagnose, but a trip to the mechanic's shop can save you a lot of time, money, and stress.  Catch the problem while it is small so that it only requires a minor transmission repair.  Rebuilding a transmission or replacing one can cost you more than your car is worth or buying an older used car.

Transmission repairs are expensive but can be prevented with regular transmission service. If you suspect your vehicle is having transmission issues, get it to your mechanic to get it checked out.

Experiencing some transmission repair issues?  Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about transmission service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

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