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By: Luke Shaff ~ 9/14/2017

As a Mechanic, there are times we have to take one on the chin because a customer gets very upset about a price to fix an item on their Vehicle. We as Automotive mechanics/technicians need to be understood that we did not build the vehicle, own the vehicle or get the pleasure of driving it. We are here to Help YOU the motoring public feel safe when driving and to maintain it to keep it in working order.
 
When a problem starts creeping up or that pesky gas cap light (The Check Engine Light) comes on folks, stop and think why it is on. The Manufacturer doesn't spend the time and money to just put that in your Vehicle to make you spend money. They are a "Warning Device" to help you from driving up the repair costs.
 
Another fine idea that the Manufacturers came up with is an Owners Manual. While you are sitting on the side of the road waiting on Assistance to arrive, perhaps that would be a great time to break it out, unwrap it and see if there is something in it to help you with your problem.
 
All of us here at Luke's Automotive feel the same pain you do when fixing or repairing cars including our own. We feel for you the customer as well. WE do not like to make those big dollar calls. WE do want to help you with your troubles, just please, don't take them out on Us or any other Mechanics out there.

Thanks for reading,  Luke


Radiator Hoses
By: Luke Shaff ~ 9/7/2017

Your radiator hoses carry coolant between your engine and radiator. It’s an important job. If a hose fails, you could lose your engine coolant which might lead to overheating and very expensive engine damage. So you want to make sure you always have good hoses.

Radiator hoses are very resilient, but they are subject to very harsh conditions. Think about it, the temperature might be below freezing when you start your engine and the coolant could be up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit within a mile. These extreme internal temperature fluctuations contribute to hose degradation from the inside. Oil splashing on the outside of a hose will cause the hose material to soften over time.

Ozone can also eat away at the hose. The bottom line is that hoses don’t last forever and will need to be replaced.

If you see steam coming from under your hood, you probably have a cooling system leak somewhere. Other signs are puddles of coolant under the vehicle, bulges in the radiator hose, cracks or a spongy feel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have your cooling system inspected.

If you have any cooling system repairs, like a water pump replacement, hose replacement or radiator repair, it is also a good idea to have your hoses replaced at the same time along with the radiator pressure cap. It is very important that the coolant be serviced when you replace a radiator or water pump so that there are plenty of anti-corrosion additives in the coolant to coat and protect the new parts that have been installed. Simply reusing the old coolant can lead to rapid corrosion of the newly installed parts.

The most common reason for engine failure is a failed cooling system. Ask your service advisor at Luke's Automotive if it’s time for a cooling system inspection or service. You can eliminate potentially disastrous damage with proper cooling system maintenance.