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Is my radiator coolant leaking?

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There are many parts that keep an engine running properly.

Radiators prevent them from overheating. 

Coolant flows through the radiator. As the air goes through it, that’s what cools the engine coolant as it flows back to the engine.

There are cooling fans that come on to pull air through the radiator to keep the air flow coming across the radiator. 

Some fans are belt driven while others are electric. The computer of vehicles with electric fans turn them on and off.

When the engine needs to heat up during colder weather, the computer will prevent the fan from turning on. In warmer months, the fan operates at a faster speed. 

The radiators of some vehicles never need to be replaced.

Newer cars may need a new one if the plastic and metal components that are fused together don’t seal properly. As temperatures decrease outside, any cracks in the radiator are going to become worse.

Old Radiator

Drips near a vehicle’s bumper and the smell of coolant are a couple of signs that you need a new radiator.

If you swell something sweet when you get out of the car after driving it for a while, you probably have a coolant leak. 

Every 30,000 miles, depending on the vehicle, it’s a good idea to have a coolant exchange or a coolant flush — which is when coolant is drained from the system and replaced with new coolant. 

We use the correct coolant for a vehicle. Even though the green coolant is pretty universal, not all vehicles work the best with it. Some European vehicles and Diesels use a different type of coolant. 

Sometimes, you might seen Asian vehicles, such as Toyotas, with red coolant. Dye isn’t the only component that changes the coolant color. The type of antifreeze that helps protect the type of metal they use. 

Getting a coolant flush or coolant exchange with a coupon may damage your car, unless the correct coolant is being used, like it is at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Steve’s Auto Repair seeking Service Advisor

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Do you have customer service experience?

Are you looking to switch careers?

Come join the Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire team.

The Woodbridge-based auto repair shop is looking for an entry level Auto Service Advisor.

It’s seeking candidates who have a positive attitude, exceptional phone skills and computer knowledge.

Experience in the automotive industry isn’t required. Having customer service experience is a plus.

Willingness to learn is a must.

Employees will be able to learn management skills through the full-time position.

They would also receive fully paid health insurance, paid training, paid time off.

Questions and resumes may be sent to st@stevesautorepairva.com.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Windshield washer fluid: Blue does not equal good

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Just because your windshield washer fluid is blue does not mean that it is good. You should use a windshield washer fluid tester to make sure the temperature protection level is good to negative 40 degrees.

It’s important to make sure it has adequate protection so during cold weather, the fluid doesn’t freeze in washer fluid reservoir, washer pump.

This will prevent any fluid from coming out of the washer nozzles when you try to use the windshield washer fluid to clear ice off your windshield.

It can also cause the plastic to break. 

The way vehicles are designed nowadays, the windshield washer reservoir in buried behind bumpers and fenders, and replacement can be difficult and costly.

Windshield washer fluid reservoir
Windshield washer fluid reservoir

A lot of places use washer fluid concentrate and one or two pumps can turn a gallon of water blue, but that doesn’t mean it’s providing the correct amount of protection.

During the winter months, there are many choices of washer fluid.

Windshield washer fluid is normally blue, but can be other colors depending on the manufacturer.

“I particularly like RainX Winter Fluid, because it does help clear the windshield and it puts a light RainX coating for when it rains,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner ST Billingsley.

As long as you have washer fluid that is at the correct protection level, blue will do you just fine. 

Windshield Washer Fluid Warning Light
Windshield Washer Fluid Warning Light

If you’re not sure if you need more windshield washer fluid, go to your local, independent auto repair shop and have them check it for you.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Is my transmission bad?

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In today’s vehicles, it may be difficult to determine if you’re having an engine running problem or a transmission problem.

Since the vehicles have a lot of computer control in them, an engine running problem can mask itself as a transmission problem, and vice versa. 

One way to tell if you’re having a misfire problem over a transmission shaking problem is to look at the check engine light. If it’s flashing, then it is most likely a misfire. If the light is steady and you’re still having that issue, then it could be a transmission problem.

Transmission

Some other symptoms of a transmission problem will be delayed engagement when you’re stopped and then you press the gas pedal. This can mean that there’s a clutch problem, a solenoid problem, or even low fluid.

Another direct indication is the drive indicator on the dashboard may start to flash. 

If you have to press the gas pedal much further than normal to get moving, this could be a transmission problem, but you should have an auto repair shop take a look. Catalytic converters can get clogged up and give you the same symptom.

Also, very dark and burnt smelling fluid along with shifting issues can be a sign that the transmission is having problems.

One of the things you can do to help make the transmission last is to have a transmission fluid exchange performed about every 30,000 miles. This will not only put new fluid through the whole transmission, it can help get the clutch material and contaminants out of it.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Meet Jon: Service Manager of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has a new team member.

Jon Connor is the repair shop’s new Service Manager.

In his new role, Connor is responsible for overseeing the technicians and service advisers.

He also manages the parts and service that comes through the business.

Before Connor began working at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, he served as a Service Adviser and Service Manager at Passport Infiniti.

He has previously worked at Volkswagen, as well.

Connor has been interested in cars since he was a child.

For a while, he worked in construction. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, Connor decided to leave the industry.

“So, I was just a guy looking for a job, and I got into [the automotive industry] and started to enjoy it and realized that I was good at it” he said.

Outside of work, Connor enjoys spending time with his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

“We spend a lot of time together, and do pretty much everything together,” he said.