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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

Top 5 Auto Air Conditioning Problems

Top 5 Auto Air Conditioning Problems

When it comes to driving in the summer, a strong car air conditioning system is a must. Without a working A/C system to cool you down, you’re in for a very uncomfortable ride. To prevent your auto air conditioning system from breaking down, we recommend taking your car to BG Mobile Mechanic for A/C inspection and maintenance before things heat up.    Here are the 5 most common auto A/C problems that occur: AC Leak - Your car gets cooled and eliminates heat due to a chemical refrigerant, or freon. This gas flows throughout the A/C system. Over time, it can leak due to wear and tear on rubber seals. When you bring your car to us with this problem, our technicians can locate the leak and refill your car with freon. Broken Evaporator - The evaporator is in charge of absorbing heat during the cooling process. When it becomes damaged, a replacement is typically necessary. Damaged Compressor - The compressor is necessary to pump the refrigerant throughout the A/C system ... read more

6 Signs of a Failing Alternator

6 Signs of a Failing Alternator

The alternator is a very essential part of your car’s electrical system. It works collectively with the battery to run your vehicle’s electrical systems and help the engine to start. When an alternator begins to break down, there’s no doubt that you’ll face difficulty. Here are some of the signs to be on the lookout for: Electrical Malfunctions Since alternators are the power source for your electrical systems and accessories, you may notice them malfunctioning. From heated seats, power windows, to the radio, they may falter one by one. It can be annoying to deal with these parts when they don’t get the power they need.  Blinking or Dim Lights The headlights also retrieve power from the alternator and battery. Without this energy, they won’t perform as well. You may notice flickering or dimming. In the worst cases, the lights may not turn on at all. Engine Issues The alternator gets your engine started and keeps it running. Without a funct ... read more

Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

Gifts are an important part of family and friendship. Like everybody else, car owners also love to feel appreciated and loved. If you have a friend, colleague, or family member who owns a car, below are thoughtful and exciting gift ideas to help you out. At the top of the list is the car wash kit. Every car owner who loves their car is obsessed with maintaining high standards of cleanliness. To help with this course, you can buy a car wash kit for them. While it seems like a simple gift, it is thoughtful and speaks to their character. It also saves them a bit of money, and any gift that saves them money is welcomed. If you know nothing about selecting a car wash kit, here is an easy one for you, get them a vacuum cleaner. And of course, don't go for the extra-large one designed for house chores. There are portable vacuum cleaners easy to carry around and cost much less than the full-scale models for the house. This will help improve cleanliness and hygiene. Sometimes keeping it ... read more

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