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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Car Maintenance Tip 10: Parking In San Francisco

Car Maintenance Tip 10: Parking In San Francisco

Owning a vehicle in San Francisco can be wonderful. It allows you to avoid over-packed BART trains and the unreliable MUNI buses. Weekends become opportunities for adventure as day trips to Marin or Half Moon Bay are now a piece of cake. And no need to rent a truck next time you have to move furniture! The city of San Francisco is also pleased to have you driving around its streets, but for a different reason. Last year the city made $86 million in revenue from parking tickets alone. The downside to car ownership is parking said car, which is especially tricky in San Francisco. In fact, it is so frustrating that entire books have been written on the subject. If you don’t have time to read a novel, take a look at the quick tips the B&W Service Center team has come up with: Parking signs are enforceable within 100 feet of your car; so after parking, make sure to check your area about 10 car lengths up and down the block. In time-limited zon ... read more

Classic Car Restoration Project: Bill’s ‘35 Ford Coupe

Classic Car Restoration Project: Bill’s ‘35 Ford Coupe

It all started in 1935, the very first year that Ford began producing fat-fendered cars. Bill’s Ford Coupe was built in this year and has since traveled far and wide to get where it is today. In its long life, the rare 3-window vehicle has avoided all major accidents and has been extremely well preserved, but little else is known about the car’s history. We do know that more than 40 years ago, the Coupe made its way to Allen (Bill’s nephew’s father-in-law) in Chicago. Allen had the intention of restoring it, but his famous restoration projects of old mopeds kept him constantly busy. After 20 years of ownership, Allen and the Ford Coupe moved to California. Bill bought the vehicle 15 years later. The restoration began 6 years ago with B&W Service Center focusing on mechanical work, Trent Bay Area Customs being responsible for the body work and Finish Line Interior for the interior work. So far, the restoration teams have accomplishe ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 9: Prepare Your Car For Winter

Car Maintenance Tip 9: Prepare Your Car For Winter

It may only be mid November, but it’s never too early to start preparing your car for the cold winter ahead. Take these steps to keep safe and save time and money on car repair in the months to come. 1. Winter Tires – Depending on where you are and how much snowfall is expected, all-season tires might not be as effective as tires meant for snow. Getting the right tires can keep you from slipping off the road, and prevent expensive tow bills. 2. Tire Pressure – Cold weather will compress the air in tires, making them flatter. Make sure you keep your tires properly inflated so that you can drive smoothly and with ease. Bonus: properly inflated tires also increase fuel-efficiency. 3. Windshield Wipers – Windshield wipers only last about a year, so make a point of replacing them just before winter. If you are choosing new ones, consider “Beam Blades,” which are less likely to freeze up. Pop your blades in freezi ... read more

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

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