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5 Benefits of a Radiator Flush

5 Benefits of a Radiator Flush

Most drivers are familiar with essential fluids such as engine oil, coolant, and brake fluid. However, the radiator fluid is just as important as the others for optimal vehicle performance. The radiator fluid is a combination of coolant and water. It works to keep the water pump lubricated and the engine cool. Over time, the radiator fluid can lose its lubrication properties. Extended use without maintenance can prevent the fluid from freezing at sub-zero temperatures, leading to significant damage. It’s best to schedule a routine radiator maintenance service before this happens. There are two types of radiator service: a radiator drain and a radiator flush.  The radiator drain removes half of the coolant within the system. The downside of this service is that it leaves most of the contaminants inside. Any new coolant added to the system will be mixed with old, polluted coolant. While this service is less expensive, it’s also considerably less effective at maintainin ... read more

Signs of Unbalanced Tires

Signs of Unbalanced Tires

When driving on rough roads at high speeds, tires will naturally succumb to wear and tear with time. Any imperfections, even small tire imperfections, can cause a decrease in performance. This is one of the reasons tire balancing is an essential part of vehicle maintenance. A vehicle is safest when the weight of all wheels are evenly distributed. BG Automotive in Ft. Collins, CO, has a top of the line balancing machine. Below are a few common signs that indicate your wheels are due for a wheel balance.  Uneven Tire Wear Tire tread can provide a lot of information about the health of your wheels. Tires can wear unevenly if the wheels are unbalanced. This is dangerous because if tire tread becomes too thin, it can lead to a rupture or tire blow out. Decreased Fuel Economy Unbalanced wheels out more stress on the engine and make it harder to power a vehicle. The resistance from the imbalance forces the engine to work harder, leading to a significant decrease i ... read more

Tips for Maintaining an Idle Vehicle

Tips for Maintaining an Idle Vehicle

We understand that these unprecedented times may have many staying home and not using their vehicles as often. While some believe that not using your vehicle doesn't do it any harm, idle vehicles actually do require a certain amount of maintenance in order to protect their integrity.  The reason why idle vehicles still need to be maintained is that certain fluids and components benefit from being circulated and powered on. For instance, you can't skip an engine oil change just because you aren't driving your vehicle. Idle engine fluid can actually get dirty and contaminated with moisture, which can cause engine parts to corrode when you begin driving your vehicle again.  Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to vehicle maintenance for idle cars:  Make sure that you are starting up your vehicle at least once a week, and letting the engine run for a good 15-20 minutes.    Get your oil changed on time.    Always leave ... read more

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

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