Fort Collins and Longmont Auto Repair

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Fort Collins - Webster
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What Causes a Clunking Noise When Driving Over Bumps?

What Causes a Clunking Noise When Driving Over Bumps?

Hitting the pavement for a drive and finding that your vehicle is rattling excessively and making clunking sounds is not only annoying but also quite alarming. This symptom typically happens when you have a suspension issue, and occurs when driving over bumps, uneven surfaces, debris, potholes, and more. It could be that some suspension part is loose or broken.  The suspension system is fairly complex, so finding the exact source of the noise can be tricky to do by yourself. An expert mechanic at BG Automotive, however, will be able to properly identify any suspension issue and ensure that you get back on the road with a comfortable vehicle.  Here are some of the potential causes for a clunking noise when going over bumps: Bad control arm bushings Damaged ball joints Worn out struts Damaged or worn-out shock absorbers Damaged leaf spring shackles Loose body mounts These are just some of the potential causes of why you're hearing strange noises when driving or ... read more

Safety Tips for a Fun July 4th Weekend!

Safety Tips for a Fun July 4th Weekend!

We know that July 4th may look different this year with the current pandemic. Although you may not be able to celebrate how you used to, there are still ways in which you can spend time with loved ones and celebrate. July 4th is a day where we celebrate our freedom here in the United States and typically gather to watch fireworks and eat some of our favorite foods. Although you may not be able to gather, you can still fire up the BBQ and enjoy some legal fireworks with close family members or friends.  With the increase in cars on the road, fireworks, and grills going, the 4th should be approached safely in order to have a fun and stress-free weekend. Here are some of our tips for how to celebrate safely this year: If you're traveling anywhere by car, be sure to remember to drive carefully. There is typically an increase in vehicles on the road, and alcohol consumption makes the 4th one of the most dangerous days to drive the entire year. Be aware of your surr ... read more

Don't Get Stuck Without A/C in Your Car This Summer

Don't Get Stuck Without A/C in Your Car This Summer

To maintain comfort while driving, you expect to be able to easily control the internal temperature of your vehicle. The A/C in your vehicle allows you to initiate cool air when you need it. If you ever notice a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into the experts here at BG Automotive. Our ASE certified experts are experienced working with all makes and models of vehicles and can help with any A/C system problem that you may be experiencing. We will perform diagnostics to determine the exact cause of the issue and repair your A/C system back to top working condition.  The A/C system in your vehicle is very complex. Its job is to take air from outside of your vehicle, filter that air, and then cool it to your temperature setting, and then transfers that air to the inside of your vehicle. If a problem with the A/C occurs, you will notice right away that something is wrong.  If you experience any ... read more

Why Does My Steering Wheel Feel Loose?

Why Does My Steering Wheel Feel Loose?

  Modern vehicles are equipped with a power steering system that allows you to effortlessly steer your vehicle. Without power steering, the steering wheel would feel super difficult to turn and you'd probably have some pretty gnarly biceps after years of driving. However, we have the ease of power steering which basically helps to multiply the force we use to steer into enough force to move our wheels in the direction we want them to go.  But, what is happening if our steering wheel feels loose? You may notice that you need to move the steering wheel to one side significantly in order to get your wheels to move at all, which can cause issues controlling your vehicle and make steering hard to navigate. In other words, your tires are not responding well to your turning of the wheel. Plus, there seems to be a lack of pressure that you usually notice when you go to turn your steering wheel. This definitely isn't normal for modern vehicles, and something must be ami ... read more

COVID-19 Update - We are Still Open & Available to Serve You!

COVID-19 Update - We are Still Open & Available to Serve You!

BG Automotive wants you to know that we remain open during these tough times and are here to serve you. We know how difficult everyone's situation is, considering the rapid spread of COVID-19 has causes the closure of many businesses, schools, and has left people out of work. You can trust that the BG team is committed to your safety and the well-being of our customers.  Our current shop hours are:  Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM We want to protect the safety of our staff members and our customers by implementing CDC recommendations and following regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is why we have made changes to better serve you during this time and make our shop safe for all.  Measures we have taken to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while still remaining open to serve you include: We will come to you, No Charge pick and delivery. After hours drop off & pick up. Parking lot drop off to avoid per ... read more

Auto Repair in Longmont, CO

If you're looking for professional and quality auto repair in Longmont, CO - BG Automotive has got you covered! Our convenient location on 20th Avenue is one of our newest locations and is here to assist you with all of your vehicle's needs - big or small. BG Automotive has been known in the Fort Collins area as the top choice for affordable and honest auto repair, and we are proud to bring our services to the Longmont area.  We know that it can be difficult to decide on an auto repair shop that is right for you. Here at BG Automotive, we go above and beyond for our customers. We continue to be a family owned and operated line of shops that is dedicated to excellent customer service. We pride ourselves on taking care of the cars in our community with the best parts, state-of-the-art equipment, and a knowledgeable and experienced staff that is passionate about what they do.  Here at our Longmont auto repair shop, we work on all makes and models of vehicles and offer ... read more

Understanding Tire Safety

Tires are a vital part of your vehicle, especially when it comes to safety. When you have good quality tires, you don't have to worry about the safety risks that poor quality tires bring. Because tires are the only thing between the body of your car and the road, ensuring that they are always performing correctly is vital.  Did you know? Under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure Every year, an estimated 3,200 people are injured in accidents related to tires 1 in 4 cars have at least 1 tire that is significantly under-inflated Only 19% of car owners regularly check and inflate their tires One important aspect of your tires is the tread. The tread is what allows your tires to get proper traction with the road under many different weather conditions. Checking your tread periodically is important to ensure that your vehicle will have the proper traction on the road. You can use a traction tester or use a penny to perform a penny test.  If you notice that one ... read more

Stay Safe on NYE 2020

It’s time to ring in the New Year, celebrating that another year has passed and hoping that the New Year will bring us all good health and fortune. Many people will be out celebrating the holiday with their loved ones, which is why it is so important to remember to stay safe tonight wherever you plan to be.  If you are planning on driving to a destination tonight to celebrate, be sure to remember the following safety tips which will protect your safety and the safety of others on the road:  NEVER drink and drive. If you are planning on partaking, we suggest not driving at all and getting a ride share or taxi sorted to get you where you need to be. If you do drive to a friends house and partake in drinking, ask to spend the night until morning when you will be safe to drive home. When you drink and drive, you risk taking your own life and the lives of others.  You may want to leave early to get to your destination to avoid heavy traffic in populated areas.  ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from BG Automotive!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at BG Automotive! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at BG Automotive before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid ki ... read more

What are the Signs of Needing New Brake Pads?

Your brakes are extremely important to the safety of your car, so a problem or symptoms should be considered urgent and inspected by the experts here at BG Automotive as soon as possible. Whether you notice a strange noise or a lack in performance, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop for service to check out the issue and ensure that your vehicle is safe for the road.  Your vehicle’s brake pads are an essential component of the brake system and help produce the friction that allows your vehicle to stop or slow down. However, brake pads do not last forever and will need to be replaced periodically. Over time, they begin to wear down and will need to be replaced. Here are 5 telling signs that your brake pads are due for a replacement:  If your brake pedal vibrates when you press down on it, this is a sign that the binding resin holding your brake pads together has worn down.    If you hear a clicking noise, this is a sign that your brake pads ma ... read more

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