I like the color green myself, but I tell our Intercourse drivers that when you see it on the ground by your car or truck, it is a BAD SIGN! First, be sure to gauge how much of it is on the ground and remember if your car or truck has been parked overnight, what you see could be a HINT of what has really leaked out. This beautiful green color is your antifreeze on the ground vs in your vehicle where it belongs and your radiator.
We tell our Intercourse drivers to call us immediately here at Intercourse Automotive 4X4 if they have a radiator - antifreeze leak like this as it could mean extreme damage if they try to drive that car or truck should there be enough of a leak and the engine overheats completely. Here it is all about keeping you safe and those repair bills down so you can continue to drive your favorite car or truck and get on with your daily activities. Talk to our team of experienced mechanics any time you have a question about your vehicle maintenance or engine performance. Something as small as as antifreeze could save you serious money.
NOTE: It is poisonous for animals (see pets information here) and people alike (see information for people here) so don't leave it on the ground. Antifreeze was developed to overcome the shortcomings of water as a heat transfer fluid in your engine keeping it from over heating.
2nd NOTE: DO NOT EVER OPEN THE RADIATOR CAP WHEN THE VEHICLE IS HOT OR EVEN WARM - THE FLUID IS HIGHLY PRESSURIZED.
Some times you just know when it needs to be changed and it's that easy. This is a prime example where no words were needed when our Intercourse driver saw the filter.....it was a done deal. It is a shame you can't see these things from the outside and in this case the filter itself isn't that bad it's the animal that was making a home in the filter that was the issue. When you get home from a trip and haven't moved your car or truck take a look under it after moving it to see if any debris is under the vehicle parking spot. If so let us check it out here at Intercourse Automotive 4X4 in Intercourse to see just what it may be before they become TOO COMFORTABLE! It's our job to help you avoid high repair costs.
According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. This looks like a bad day for our Intercourse drivers but it isn't just a tire, they also experienced issues with the rim and then there was a problem with where and HOW they stopped the vehicle. Nobody wants an accident so the easy way is to simply take a look at your tires and to have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition. Before you head out on a road trip, check with us here at Intercourse Automotive 4X4 and lets make sure you are in great shape to enjoy that trip!
There is nothing like watching those smiling faces through the windows of the school bus knowing that our children are safe and learning new and exciting things! Each year we like to reach out and remind our Intercourse drivers to watch out for our kids as they wait for the bus and to be careful around the buses themselves. This year we found some really interesting facts as well.
Did you know that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school SAFELY on the bus than by car?!
When your wiring harness or just ONE wire is compromised it can cause serious problems for you as a driver. It could be as simple as your window not working the way you want it to staying down vs going up on a rainy day to issues with your steering column which will seriously compromise your ability to drive safely. Anytime you have an unusual problem or smell burnt wires, don't simply decide it's a crazy idea that couldn't possibly be true! Small rodents can get into your vehicle and cause minor or major damage to your vehicle wiring and you know your car or truck better than anyone else so give us a call here at Intercourse Automotive 4X4 in Intercourse and let us know your concerns. We will take the time to talk with you about it and see if there is a safety issue or a small problem that can be handled quickly before it becomes a larger one
This is way over due for a change in their antifreeze! Looks like old hand cleaner in here instead of antifreeze doesn't it? Here at Intercourse Automotive 4X4 in Intercourse our drivers don't find their cars or trucks in this kind of shape. Not one of our drivers but we hope they choose to stay here and make our garage their first choice for maintenance and repairs from now on to avoid costly repairs and unnecessary bills like this one.
Have you always wondered what a spark plug does? It's simple in theory but does quite a lot of work for such a small piece of equipment. Your spark plug forces electricity to arc across a gap like a bolt of lightning at high voltage and fits into your engine's cylinder head, where it “sparks” to ignite the fuel and creates combustion within your engine. Without it you wouldn't be able to drive your car or truck.
The spark plug must have an insulated passageway for this high voltage to travel down to the electrode, where it can jump the gap and, from there, be conducted into the engine block and grounded. The plug also has to withstand the extreme heat and pressure inside the cylinder, and must be designed so that deposits from fuel additives do not build up on the plug. Spark plugs use a ceramic insert to isolate the high voltage at the electrode, ensuring that the spark happens at the tip of the electrode and not anywhere else on the plug; this insert does double-duty by helping to burn off deposits. Ceramic is a fairly poor heat conductor, so the material gets quite hot during operation. This heat helps to burn off deposits from the electrode.
HISTORY TRIVIA: 171 years ago this month, the first known spark plug was invented by Edmond Berger, historians say. Unfortunately, Berger failed to patent his spark plug invention, so documented history points to Sir Oliver Lodge of England, whose sons parlayed the “Lodge Igniter” into a profitable company founded in 1903.