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Car Maintenance Tip 8: If You Live In San Francisco, You’d Better Take Care Of Your Brakes

Car Maintenance Tip 8: If You Live In San Francisco, You’d Better Take Care Of Your Brakes

Clearly, brakes are an essential component of your vehicle no matter where you live. But in San Francisco, thorough brake maintenance to keep your brakes in proper working order is especially critical to your survival. Nobody wants to be cruising down Filbert Street and suddenly realize they no longer have the ability to stop. Here are some common brake problems: Worn Brake Pads – Your brake pads suffer the most stress of any element of your car’s brake system. Symptoms of a worn brake pad include squeaking, grinding or increased stopping distance. The warning noises are caused by a thin metal tab that vibrates against the rotor when the pads have worn down to a dangerous level. Brake dust can also cause a squealing noise, which can be removed by spraying brake cleaner. You should have your brake pads checked every 6 months. Be especially diligent with your check-ups if your car model does not have the metal tab because without ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 7: What To Do When The Check Engine Light Is On?

Car Maintenance Tip 7: What To Do When The Check Engine Light Is On?

Ever since the “Check Engine” light became standard for all car dashboards in 1996, drivers everywhere have been moaning in agony at the first sight of that little illuminated orange icon. This special form of distress comes from the knowledge that the light means something serious is about to go wrong, but gives absolutely no indication of what the problem is. Instead of desperately hoping it will turn off on its own, take these steps: Take your vehicle to a technician, who will connect a “scan tool” to the on-board diagnostic system. The technician may require further testing and diagnostics to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. Once the problem is identified, they will make the necessary repairs and reset the “Check Engine” light. The 5 most common fixes for “Check Engine” lights are: Replace the oxygen sensor Inspect for loose fuel cap Replace catalytic converter Replace mass air f ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 6: Proper Car Maintenance Helps Protect The Environment

Transportation is the primary source of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. With approximately 250 million passenger vehicles on the road, car owners need to be conscious of their carbon footprint. What car you drive, how you drive it and how good your car maintenance is all determines the amount of gas consumed and your environmental impact. Here are some simple ways you can keep extraneous carbon monoxide out of the atmosphere: When driving, avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Jerky and aggressive driving is less fuel-efficient and increases wear and tear on your vehicle. Regular tune-ups will help you burn less gas, pollute less and avoid car trouble later on. Clean air filters, working oxygen sensors and properly maintained oil all increase MPG. Get rid of the dead weight. Items in your car that are not needed, weigh the vehicle down, causing an increase in gas usage. However, emerge ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 5: Are Rebuilt Engines An Option?

Car Maintenance Tip 5: Are Rebuilt Engines An Option?

Engine failure can seem like a vehicle death’s sentence, but it’s no excuse to lay your car to rest permanently. Instead, consider installing a rebuilt engine. Not only are they cheaper than purchasing a new automobile, but they are often built with better parts than new car engines. Here is all you need to know about this blessing in disguise: All rebuilt engines are remanufactured to prescribed standards and specifications by highly skilled machinists. All of the new components installed meet or exceed original equipment performance standards. Design changes in newly installed parts can correct problems with the original engine. Rebuilt engines are backed by warranty programs, typically lasting anywhere from one to three years. Rebuilt engines get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants than a worn-out engine

Classic Car Restoration Project: Anthony’s ’68 Ford Mustang

Classic Car Restoration Project: Anthony’s ’68 Ford Mustang

Long-time customer, Anthony, brought his newly acquired 1968 Mustang to B&W Service Center with two goals: Improve the car braking system Inspect the rigid and noisy steering system An extensive inspection revealed that the ’68 Mustang, equipped with a powerful 351 V8 engine, needed a couple upgrades. In particular, our team recommended installing a Power Brake Conversion Unit and a new Steering Power Cylinder. Power Brake Conversion Unit. The car previously had a manual Disc Brakes System that was simply not cutting it any longer. Installing the Power Brake Conversion Unit solved the problem to satisfaction. Steering Power Cylinder. We found steering fluid leaking from the Steering Power Cylinder, making it difficult to pilot this ’68 Mustang. The new cylinder corrected the problem, allowing the vehicle to navigate turns with ease. Lastly, our technicians performed a full safety inspect ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 4: Get The Best Fuel Economy

Car Maintenance Tip 4: Get The Best Fuel Economy

Want to know how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to gas? With proper auto maintenance you can increase your fuel economy, saving you money and time spent at the pump. What to Watch For Make sure to keep the air filters clean. Dirt, dust and bugs can choke off the air, creating a “rich” mixture. This wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. At each oil change, ask the technician to inspect your air filters as well. Torn, dirty, water or oil soaked filters should be replaced with clean ones, which can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Seasonal temperature changes can cause tires to lose pressure, preventing your vehicle from getting maximum performance and mileage. Check tire pressure (including the spare) on a monthly basis. Fully-inflated tires can save you as much as three to five cents per gallon. Worn spark plugs sometimes cause the engine to lose power or misfire, wasti ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 3: Never Put Off A Brake Inspection

Car Maintenance Tip 3: Never Put Off A Brake Inspection

As far as safety systems go, your vehicle’s brake system is by far the most important. The functionality and operation of your car’s brake system hinges on following through with routine maintenance. It’s imperative that you schedule routine inspections and attend to any needed repairs to ensure your car continues to work as designed. Brakes are one of the many parts in your car that experience normal wear-and-tear from regular driving and, for both safety and performance reasons, will ultimately need replacing. Scheduling regular brake service and maintenance helps brakes avoid reaching the “metal-on-metal” stage, thus preventing you from facing potential costly rotor or drum replacements. What to Watch For Even though there isn’t a specified time period for when or how often you should have your brakes serviced, there are some general signals that should help you determine if your car issue is related to your brake ... read more

Classic Car Restoration Project: Kim’s ’65 Chevy Nova

Classic Car Restoration Project: Kim’s ’65 Chevy Nova

Concerned about a loud squeaking and clunking noise on her 1965 Chevy Nova, Kim was referred to B&W Service Center. After a thorough inspection of the suspension and brake systems, our team recommended an upgrade to both systems Suspension System To improve the handling of the vehicle, we installed a suspension and steering upgrade kit, which included: Front and rear suspension bushings Tie rods inner tie rod and outer tie rod ends Upper and lower ball joints Front coil springs Rear leaf spring bushings Coil springs saddles and bushings Connecting sleeves Upper and lower control arms Upper and lower control arm bushings Idler and pitman arm Rear shackle bushings 4 wheel alignment Brake System Upon the completion of the suspensions upgrade, Kim consulted our team regarding the conversion of the brake sy ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 2: Check Your Tires Regularly

Car Maintenance Tip 2: Check Your Tires Regularly

Tires are the key element connecting your vehicle and the road in all sorts of driving conditions. They affect your car’s ride, handling, traction and safety. So, checking your tires regularly is a great way to stay on top of your car’s care. What to Watch For: First of all, make sure to check tire condition and inflation pressure on a regular basis and have the tires rotated and balanced. This way, you will maximize not only the life of your tires but also the safety of your car. Secondly, check the tread depth – if it is below the minimum legal requirement, you may need to replace your tires. Tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. You can quickly check this is by placing a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32″ of tread depth remaining. Finally, if the sidewalls of your tires are severely cracked or punctured you ... read more

Classic Car Restoration Project: Ron’s ’57 Corvette

Classic Car Restoration Project: Ron’s ’57 Corvette

In addition to providing auto repair and maintenance services, we pride ourselves in offering vehicle restoration to our customers. One of the current restoration projects we are working on is a ’57 Corvette. The background After purchasing the vehicle from its original owner in 1968, Ron Mezzabilla, one of B&W’s most loyal customers, has enjoyed driving it ever since. After several years of smooth performance, he decided to restore the classic ‘Vette. First, the vehicle was taken to a local body shop where they perform the bodywork and paint. Then, Ron took the car to B&W Service Center for an entire front-to-back electrical rewire and give it a fine tuning. The work 1. New 350 HP Engine: To get the engine running, we had to prime the oil system to make sure it had oil pressure. Also, we checked and adjusted the ignition timing and the starting/charging system; checked the coolant system for leaks and adjusted the air-fuel r ... read more

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