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Why Are My Defrosters Not Working?

Why Are My Defrosters Not Working?

With temperatures dropping quickly in Bowling Green, KY, you may wake up to a frosted-over windshield. When this happens, everyone looks to their defrosters for assistance. The defroster makes it quick and easy to clear if it windshields. When it is not working, you may wonder what the problem may be. To understand what problems can arise with your defrosters, you should know that there are two types in most cars. Your front windshield defrosters repurpose engine heat or utilize the HVAC system to point air on the windshield. The vents are located at the bottom of the windshield. The other type of defroster is located in the rear windshield. Typically, the rear model uses electric power to heat up small wires in the glass. That is why you may notice the ice melting in horizontal lines. Common Front Defroster Issues Broken Buttons or Switches Low Coolant Faulty Blower Motor  Common Rear Defroster Issues Blown Fuse Loose Connectivity Bad Wi ... read more

Signs It's Time for a Fuel System Cleaning

Signs It's Time for a Fuel System Cleaning

Having a jammed or malfunctioning fuel system puts you at a lot of risk. Luckily, if you know your car, there are signs that can point you toward a fuel system cleaning. Signs to Look For If you observe these symptoms along with others, you might want to stop at an auto repair shop; Accumulation Delay You will feel the speed lag if your engine does not receive sufficient fuel. In essence, your car will splutter and struggle to gain speed when you apply the accelerator to increase your pace or to start it from rest. Engine Misfires Your car will jerk or tremble as a result, giving the impression that your engine is misfiring. Since the fuel injection is not supplying adequate fuel for the air/fuel combination, your engine will most likely misfire and sputter. Rough idling The nozzles in your automobile should continue to feed gasoline to the engine even while it is idling to keep it from dying. Your fuel injectors may be blocked and ... read more

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Engine Oil?

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Engine Oil?

Today’s combustion engine is complex with many moving components that work together to generate a significant amount of power. Friction and heat are being created every time we run our cars. To keep all the engine components cool and functional, motor oil is necessary to serve as a lubricant or protective layer between all the parts. Over time, the oil will break down and require changing.   You’re probably wondering what most people wonder ALL THE TIME, and that is “How often should I change my oil”. And to be frank, there’s no right answer for all cars. Oil intervals can vary depending on the car’s model, age, and the type of oil that is recommended by the automaker. Some vehicles require an oil change service every 3,000 miles, and others can go 5,000 miles or beyond before needing one.   Engine oil changes should always be done according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If your automaker recommends using conventional oil ... read more

Check Your Brakes for Brake Safety Awareness Month

Check Your Brakes for Brake Safety Awareness Month

When it comes to car safety, one of the most important systems in your vehicle is the braking system. August has been declared Brake Safety Awareness Month, and it is a special time to think about your brakes. With many families wrapping up their last summer road adventures or parents sending kids off to school, there will be an increase in road traffic during the week.   Therefore, it is now more important than ever to make sure your braking system is in check so that you can drive with peace of mind. Your brakes are an essential part of your maintenance.  When you bring your car, SUV, or truck to BG Mobile Mechanic for a brake inspection, we will check the thickness of the brake pad, brake fluid levels, signs of leaks, and many other components.   If there is a problem with your brakes, you may notice the following signs: Brake pedal presses to the floor Stiff brake pedal ABS light on Squealing/grinding sounds when braking Vehicle pulls to one side/shakes when ... read more

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

When you're buying a used car, it's important to get a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) to make sure the vehicle is in good condition. But what is a PPI? Do you really need one? And how much does it cost? A PPI is an examination of a vehicle by a qualified mechanic before you buy it. The mechanic will look for any major mechanical or safety issues that could cause problems down the road. What do they inspect? A pre-purchase inspection typically includes a visual inspection of the vehicle's exterior and interior, a test drive, and a check of the vehicle's paperwork. The mechanic will also check under the hood for any major engine or transmission problems. What is the process? The first step is to find a qualified mechanic. You can ask for recommendations from friends or family, or you can search online. Once you've found a mechanic, you'll need to make an appointment and take the car to them for inspection. The inspection usually takes about an hour. Why get a ... read more

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