Locating Antifreeze Leaks

Locating Antifreeze Leaks

Locating an antifreeze leak is not difficult. Read on to learn more.

  • Firstly driver the car and when it is fully warmed up, park it on a dry and clean piece of pavement or a driveway.
  • Shut the car off and let it cool.
  • After a quarter of an hour look underneath for a puddle of colored fluid that is antifreeze. if you see no puddle but can smell a sweet odor get down and have a look at the underside of the automobile and see if there is something wet or covered in drops of liquid. A/C systems will sometimes form condensation that can leak ground ward but that looks like water, not the colored antifreeze.
  • Inspect for coolant leakage around the cap of the radiator and on hoses as well as the radiator. if a hose is leaking close by a clamp, tightening the clamp may help. If there are no signs of leakage check the engine compartment.
  • If you can sense the odor more inside than outside the automobile, the heater may be the cause. It has a small core that can heat the interior of the vehicle. If the window fogs easily or the carpet is damp, there could be a leak. These are hard to detect as the A/C system is behind the instrument panel.

When The Leak Cannot Be Located

Not finding the leak doesn’t mean there is not a leak, however! After the engine fully cools down, check your vehicle’s coolant level. The coolant-level indicator is on the side of the translucent plastic tank. Most tanks have clear minimum and maximum markings.  If the tank is full, what you are smelling is probably not an antifreeze leak. If the tank’s level is below the minimum mark or it’s dry, you’ve likely got a problem and it is time to consult an expert technician.

Source: https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a27543190/antifreeze-leak/

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What Is A Seized Engine?

What Is A Seized Engine

When your engine will not turnover, it may indicate a locked or seized engine. May be one day you are driving; you hear a loud noise and the car turns off and will no longer operate. The chances are the car engine has been seized. Read on to learn more.

Can A Seized Engine Be Fixed?

Starvation of oil is the most common cause of a seized engine – either when the oil is not going through the system correctly or there is no oil in the car. This causes metal parts of the engine to rub against each other, creating tremendous heat and can cause a little engine damage to extensive damage. Also, keep in mind, if an engine has not been running, it can seize because the rings of the piston freeze against the walls of the cylinder – often seen on older vehicles.

When The Engine Is Hydrolocked

This happens when water enters the combustion chamber of the engine. In cases where the piston is unable to reach the top end of its stroke as the water prevents compression. This stops the engine. At lower RPM’s, you may be able to escape extensive damage to your engine. At higher RPMs, busted pistons and connecting rods becoming bent are nearly inevitable.

When The Engine Is Vapor Locked

This does not equal your car engine not turning over, but the engine will not start. It is a problem with the fuel system – often found on cars that are older. With gasoline in the pump or fuel lines turn to gas from liquid, the engine is starved of fuel and will no longer run. The engine will lose power, splutter along and turn off. It will not restart, despite attempting to do so.

Seized Engine Causes

  • An engine vapor lock is inevitably related to high heat. The fuel in the lines turns to vapor. This can happen from switching off the engine when it is hot outside or being out in in heavy traffic when it is extremely hot outside. As the fuel pump is incapable of moving vapor.
  • In the case of the engine being hydrolocked – water has entered the engine.
  • In the case of a bad starter or a seized engine, running out of oil or not timely oil changes may be the cause. It may also be a broken engine oil pump.

Can You Rebuild A Seized Engine?

When the engine has seized because of oil starvation, a rebuild may be possible but is almost always way too cost prohibitive. It will require a very thorough mechanical inspection. Also be on the lookout for an engine that has overheated once it has seized. A warped engine can result from the heat and you may not be able to observe this, but the price will soon escalate.

Fixing Costs

You can easily be looking at a bill in excess of $3,000 for your repair – in those circumstances it may be more economical to just scrap the car.

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How Much Does a Car Diagnostic Cost?

Car Diagnostic Test Cost

The average price for a car diagnostic test costs about $82.50 with average prices ranging from $65 to $100 for the US in 2020 according to SuperMoney. Repairpal states it should cost between $88 and $111, but Popular mechanic states it should cost between $20 and $400.

What’s A Car Diagnostic Test?

Most modern vehicles are controlled by on-voard computers. Often these computers control the fuel injection systems, the automatic transmissions and the ignition systems. As part of their job, the computers continually accumulate data from sensors in your vehicle and calibrate the info to provide optimization to the performance of your vehicle. When a sensor in your vehicle reports an issue, it triggers the check engine light and it will be time to get a diagnostic test.

This is more than simply reading the codes. A comprehensive diagnostic test will let you know how long the issue or issues have been ongoing, the drive cycles, the key/start cycles as well as the amount of times that particular error or errors have cropped up during that duration of time. In other words you can tell from this data whether the problem is an ongoing concern that reduces or endangers the performance of your vehicle or whether it was a fluky coincidence. There are also errors which can occur that may not cause your check engine light to come on it is still a good idea to get a periodical diagnostic checkup.

How Much Should A Car Diagnostic Cost?

We have already discussed above the costs of the diagnostic tests but depending on your area of the United States upu will be looking at an hours worth of labor costs, usally between $65 to $100. Of course it is wise to shop around before making a commitment.

Can You Get A Free Diagnostic Test?

There are less than scrupulous car shop owners who will use this is a tool to make you think more catastrophic damage has been caused to your vehicle. So it is best to work only with places with established good reputations.if you are ever unsure regarding what have you been told, always get a secondary diagnosis for your vehicle. Sometimes though the best diagnostic services are the more expensive ones but it’s better to use them and pay for a part you may need than go without and risk further damaging your vehicle in the future.

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Our dedicated team of ASE Master Technicians will tune-up your vehicle quickly and within your budget.  You can schedule your tune-up with Bridwell Automotive Center by using our contact form. Stop by our Automotive Repair Shop in Scottsdale located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today (480) 948-4781.

How Much Does a Tune-up Cost?

How Much Does a Tune-up Cost?

A tune-up cost about $500 with average prices ranging from $200 to $800 in the US for 2020 according to CostHelper.com.

  • Minimal Tune-up: $40-$150+
  • Standard Tune-up: $200-$800+
  • Major Servicing and Tune-up: $500-$1,200+

Usually done about once a year, a tune-up is a routinely scheduled preventative maintenance on a vehicle. The process differs by the vehicle’s age, make, model, and mileage, but a tune-up normally involves air filter replacement; a computer diagnostics check; and checking the condition of (and potentially replacing) the fuel filter, the spark plugs and wires, and other basic engine components.

Typical Tune-up Costs

  • Prices may start at $40-$150 or more for a minimal tune-up that will include replacing the spark plugs and inspecting their wires, but it typically costs $200-$800 or more for a standard tune-up that includes replacing the distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs and wires, the fuel filter, PVC valve and air filter, in addition to changing the oil, an computer diagnosis of the ignition, fuel, and emission systems, and adjustment of the dwell, timing and fuel mixture to factory specifications. Total costs commonly depend on the parts needed along with the hourly labor rate (usually $40-$90 in traditional repair shops or $80-$150 at the dealership). From 2010 to 2012, CostHelper readers stated paying $138-$685 for a standard tune-up, with an average cost of $340.
  • For vehicles that are older, a 90,000-, 100,000- or 120,000-mile tune-up may cost $500-$1,200 or more, depending on the adjustment and repairs required.

What Should be Included in the Tune-up?

  • Look into the owner’s manual for the year, make and model of vehicle, or the mechanic will, for a list of precisely what maintenance is required, and when it needs to be carried out. Every vehicle has a schedule of suggested and required maintenance, based on the mileage and the vehicle’s age.
  • A tune-up typically takes about 2 to 4 hours of labor, depending on what is needed.
  • A lot of today’s vehicles use platinum spark plugs, that typically last 30,000 to 100,000 miles, so they don’t need to be replaced with each tune-up. A handful of newer vehicles have an electronic ignition system rather than a distributor, so a tune-up won’t involve a new distributor cap and rotor.
  • Signs that a vehicle may need a tune-up include a decrease in gas mileage, an apparent loss of power, a “rough” engine or one that stalls when they stop, engine “knocking” or keeps running after the ignition is off, or a “check engine” light staying on after its first started. On the other hand, these symptoms could be caused by other issues within the vehicles computerized systems. A lot of repair shops will start by performing a diagnostics test, to find out if a tune-up is the right solution to the problem.

Shopping for a Tune-up

• When comparing prices, be sure to ask for detailed explanations of what is included in the tune-up, because it could vary considerably.
• The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization for technicians and other automotive service professionals, has a searchable directory of certified repair shops.

Source:

How Much Does a Tune-up Cost? – CostHelper.com.” CostHelper, https://cars.costhelper.com/tune-up.html.

Bridwell Automotive Offers Tune-ups In Scottsdale, Arizona 

Our dedicated team of ASE Master Technicians will tune-up your vehicle quickly and within your budget.  You can schedule your tune-up with Bridwell Automotive Center by using our contact form. Stop by our Automotive Repair Shop in Scottsdale located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today (480) 948-4781.