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Car Maintenance Tip 15: Spring and Summer Tips

Posted on 04/15/2013

It is that time of the year when you can put on your flip-flops and hit the road. Admit it, there’s nothing like gathering the whole family for some long needed sunshine traveling. But, don’t let the heat get in the way of your family vacation. What’s worse than cruising along the coast excited to camp at the perfect beach spot when suddenly you find yourself pulled over to the side of the road with a broken-down radiator?

In the hot months of the summer, cars need extra care in order to travel on schedule and safely. When preparing for your summer road trip, checking your car is just as important as bringing your sunscreen. The water stations located at the roadside rest stops, where you may have spotted some old cars engulfed in smoke, is an experience you certainly want to avoid. No matter how new your vehicle is, without the proper summer maintenance your car’s only hope on the road may be that water station.

Spring summer

Your car’s cooling system will be put on overdrive during the spring and summer. So, to help your family travel safely and on schedule, our expert team of technicians has created a checklist to help prepare your car for the hot summer road.

  1. Test the A/C – Make sure air is flowing correctly through the vents of the car. This simple task can make all the difference when stranded in a hot summer traffic jam. Doing so will also help pre-identify any cooling system problems that may be under the hood.
  2. Check all the hoses - Connections should be fitted to the radiator and water pump. Without the proper connection and circulation leaking of coolant may occur and water supply will not be dispersed.
  3. Antifreeze - If your antifreeze hasn’t been changed in 30,000 miles, then it is surely time. New antifreeze prevents corrosion throughout the system, which ultimately keeps the mechanical parts in good working condition.
  4. Water levels – Check the fluid level of the water pump and top it off if necessary. In the unfortunate case that the car overheats and begins to smoke, do not pour water on the radiator as it would make it crack.
  5. Timing belt inspection – Check for any tears or cracks on the belt. As the pull of the timing belt causes the water pump to operate, any problems with the belt will cut off circulation to the coolant.

Follow these tips and chances are we won’t see you stranded on the side of the road this summer.

We Are a Clean and Green Certified Business

Posted on 04/05/2013

Here at B&W Service Center we have been dedicated to keeping our home and neighborhood clean. Today we are proud to announce that we are a “Clean & Green Business” certified by the Department of Health of the City and County of San Francisco. It has been five years since we have made the big leap in making our business as environmentally friendly as possible and we are committed to setting an example for sustainable businesses in the auto repair industry, where environmental concerns may be overlooked, and most importantly the community.

The Clean & Green Program is one of the many Green Business Programs designed to encourage, enable and recognize businesses taking action to prevent pollution and conserve resources. The Clean & Green Program provides industry-specific technical assistance to San Francisco businesses. Through training and workshops the program provides a layout for businesses to build an eco-friendly working environment while reducing their ecological footprint.

Green busines certified

B&W Service Center has taken the initiative in following the program and understanding its basic message of reducing toxic chemicals as well as complying with health standards. The Clean & Green certification reflects the environmentally friendly changes we have made at our shop, which 100% solar run. For years now we have been using water-based cleansers instead of solvents to clean auto parts, such as engine, brakes and transmission. Our employees have trained and learned new ways to make the shop safer and green, from how to handle spills to how to store fluids. We have installed an oil separator in our drain that keeps the oil from the neighborhood’s waterways; an oil recycling company comes twice a year to pump out the oil and dispose of it. Controlling carbon monoxide emissions in the shop is another safety precaution we have taken for the health of our technicians; by connecting a hose to a running car in which clean air is pumped through we can improve the air quality of the shop. Finally, by offering battery recycling and fluid disposal options, our customers can safely dispose of harmful environmental materials at our shop.

We are committed to being one of the greenest auto repair shops in San Francisco and will continue to improve and serve the community with quality and eco-friendly auto repair and maintenance services. The Clean & Green certification provides even more motivation to support the community and help maintain an environmentally friendly neighborhood.

WIntroducing the Vehicle Symptom Questionnaire

Posted on 04/01/2013

For some time you have been hearing an almost undetectable grinding sound every time you push the brake pedal. You finally bring in your car for routine maintenance, but it’s early in the morning and you are in a rush heading to work, so you forget to mention the grinding noise to your mechanic.

Months go by and the noise is still there, even louder now, so you finally decide to bring in the vehicle to get it checked. After the inspection, your mechanic tells you that you need to repair not only the brake pads, but also the rotors, which were not due until the next brake job. Ignoring the fact that your brake pads needed to be replaced (grinding noise) caused the rotors to wear out, therefore adding an incremental expense that could have been easily avoided, if you had promptly communicated the noise to your technician.

To avoid this risk and make it as easy as possible for our customers to describe what is wrong with their cars, we created the Vehicle Symptom Questionnaire. This short questionnaire will help you summarize car symptoms, driving habits and occurrence frequency. Simply print the questionnaire located on the sidebar at the right-hand side of your screen and fill it out before your appointment and we’ll do the rest. Don’t have a printer at home? No worries, we always have some back-up copies available at the front desk. With your questionnaire filled out, we can then create a complete diagnosis, saving you time and money.

Think this might be a total waste of time? Find out what happened to our customer Steve (fictitious name)…

A few months ago Steve brought in a Volvo V70 Cross Country, which he had recently purchased for his college bound child. Steve didn’t get the vehicle inspected before purchasing it, as he was told that all he had to do was replacing the timing belt. So, when Steve brought in the Volvo, he was certain that there were no other problems with the vehicle.

questionnaire

After replacing the timing belt, our team took the Volvo for a test drive, only to find that the transmission slipped when the vehicle was cold and when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. When reporting our findings to Steve, he informed us that he had noticed the condition before, but didn’t feel as though it was a big deal.

Unfortunately, because Steve didn’t communicate the condition to our team before replacing the timing belt and servicing the vehicle, the additional necessary repairs made this job much more expensive than expected.

We highly recommend that you always make note of every single symptom, even if it seems insignificant at the time, and tell us about it the next time you bring in your vehicle.

New York International Automobile Show

Posted on 03/21/2013

If you are a car enthusiast like us here at B&W Service Center, we recommend you check out The New York International Automobile Show. The show features an eclectic mix of new vehicles from manufacturers both domestic and foreign, including concept cars, alternative fuel vehicles and the 2013 car of the year.

Auto show New York

Founded in 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. For over a century, it has consistently pioneered a tradition of bringing innovative automotive ideas to a world stage. Within the last decade, the show has increased the amount of vehicles it presents, heightened its media attention and broken attendance records. Due to the fact that New York is one of the nation’s largest markets for new car and truck sales, the International Automobile Show has become one of the most important automotive events in the world.

In addition to being a world-class public show, the New York International Automobile Show has branched out adding a multitude of events to its repertoire. Today, nearly 100 individual events, conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables and parties take place during the Show’s press preview week in addition to the more than two-dozen press conferences hosted by the automakers.

New York auto show

Celebrating its 113th anniversary, the New York International Automobile Show has become North America’s largest attended auto show. The show features more than 1,000 vehicles plus the latest in safety, innovation and tech, showcased in the 900,000 sq ft Jacob Javits Convention Center. With virtually every car model sold in the US under one roof, consumers are given the opportunity to see everything the auto industry has to offer.

New York auto show

The Show lasts for over a week, from March 29th till April 7th, and is quite affordable with ticket prices ranging from $15 for adults to $5 for children.

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