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Our Auto Repair Service Blog – Bucaro Brothers Auto Care

What to Do if your Engine Overheats

08.31.2020 7:55 pm

An overheating car engine is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Car engines can overheat for a number of reasons, including a leaky cooling system, broken water pump, and clogged hose—just to name a few. You’ll know that your engine is overheating when you notice steam coming from below the car hood, a strange smell, and/or a change to your engine temperature gauge on the dashboard. Turn off the AC and turn on the heat. Running the air conditioner may put additional stress on the engine. It may seem counterintuitive, but running the heat can help to divert heat away from the engine. Pull over at the first safe opportunity. Continuing to drive as your engine overheats can result in further damage, but safety should take priority. Find a place to pull off and turn the engine off. Allow it to cool down for a minimum of 15 minutes. Add coolant to your engine. If you have coolant on hand, check your car’s coolant levels and replenish them. Certain issues, like a clogged hose or broken radiator fan, may render this step irrelevant. Arrange a tow—or restart your engine. If you are unable to have your car towed… Read more

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What is an Engine Flush?

07.08.2020 2:39 pm

At Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, we provide the very best car engine cleaning service in Lincoln Park and surrounding neighborhoods, and we’re often asked, “What is an engine flush, and does my vehicle need one?” An engine flush is a way of removing harmful gunk and grime from your engine. A solvent is poured into your engine, and it idles for a few minutes to let the cleaning agent reach all the places oil would normally go. The solvent is then drained and fresh oil placed in your vehicle’s engine. To flush or not to flush? Some car manufacturers don’t recommend flushing, insisting that if you change your engine oil regularly, flushing your engine won’t be necessary. On the other hand, we can think of four benefits of engine flushing: 1. Remove deposit buildup If you do a lot of short-distance, stop-and-go driving, particles in the oil can become deposits that restrict oil flow in the engine. Flushing removes these deposits, allowing oil to flow freely, saving engine wear and tear. 2. Peace of mind if you’re driving a pre-owned vehicle, you may have no idea how well it’s been maintained. An engine flush and fresh oil can save you… Read more

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What Causes Power Door Locks to Stop Working?

05.10.2020 9:00 am

You’re ready to pile groceries in the car. You’re leaving work. You’re heading home from your in-laws’ house. No matter the occasion, realizing that there’s something wrong with one or more of your power door locks can be frustrating and stressful. Fortunately, many issues are easily fixed by our experts, who provide car door lock repair service in Lincoln Park. Possible Causes There are many issues that can cause your power locks to stop working: Your key fob is faulty or has a dead battery. Sometimes the answer is in your hand! Many people stress about the functionality of their doors not realizing the only issue was the key fob. A fuse has been blown. Fuses in your car may occasionally blow because of age or being overtaxed. For most vehicles, this is a relatively inexpensive fix. Your car has a broken wire. Try holding the lock switch up or down and then opening and closing the door repeatedly. If the locks begin to work intermittently, you may have a broken wire. Extremely cold weather has caused the mechanism to freeze. Because the doors on your car are not fully moisture-proof, extreme cold may cause the linkage controlling your power… Read more

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Why is My Car Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air?

04.15.2020 5:14 pm

Just like your home furnace going out on the first really cold day in December, your vehicle’s air conditioner is likely to act up just in time for sweltering summer heat. That’s why it’s vital to check your car’s air conditioning system at least once per season (preferably twice) to make sure it’s working as it should. This is because the most common issues that occur with a car’s AC are due to poor maintenance. There are several reasons why your vehicle’s AC might malfunction including these listed here. Freon Leak If the Freon (another word for the refrigerant that makes the air cool) leaks out of the system, it will not blow cold air. Modern vehicle air conditioners are extremely sensitive and need to be filled to optimum levels to work properly. If you lose freon frequently, you should have your hoses and other components checked for leaks. Damaged Condenser Fan When your AC stops blowing cold air, it may be that the condenser fan is damaged, has a faulty wire or connection, or isn’t positioned correctly. Any of these situations can cause it to operate at less than full power, which stops it from removing the heat coming… Read more

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How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Storage

03.26.2020 2:19 pm

As an automobile owner, there may come a time when you want to put your vehicle in storage for a while. Maybe you’re going on a long vacation, or a different area of the country for a month or more for work, or you may have a classic car that you store during the winter months. No matter the reason, you should take certain precautions to ensure your car will be ready to go when you are. Where Will You Store Your Car? Where you store your car really depends on how long you plan on storing it. If you leave your car outside protected with a tarp, vital components may begin to rust as moisture can still infiltrate your vehicle from its underside. Protect your vehicle by keeping it in your garage, a storage facility, or a friend’s garage – especially if you’re not going to be driving it for a month or more. Top Off the Fluids Corrosion is likely to be a problem when your car is garaged with low fluid levels. Take the time to top off all the fluids including anti-freeze, fuel, and even windshield washer. Check the brake fluid too, and if it’s dirty,… Read more

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