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What Is That Smell?

What Is That Smell?

Everyone knows you should talk to your friendly neighborhood Central Garage Mechanic if you hear an unusual noise from your car, or if you see drips or a puddle on the ground. But did you know that strange smells can also be a warning sign of significant car problems?  Unusual smells can alert you to potential danger for you and your car. Engine overheating can cause expensive engine damage, and leave you stranded on a busy interstate highway, in extreme cold or hot weather! Train your nose for the following warning smells! A SWEET SMELL may be a sign of leaking antifreeze A BURNING RUBBER SMELL could be a problem with the Serpentine Belt, and could result in loss of Power Steering, Alternator function, or Overheating.  A BURNING CARPET SMELL could indicate a brake is stuck on. A ROTTEN EGG SMELL may mean your car is not using fuel efficiently, and may damage your Catalytic Converter Smell OF HOT OIL may indicate an engine or transmission ... read more

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You can't Rotate your shoes, but you can Rotate your tires - and you should!

You can't Rotate your shoes, but you can Rotate your tires - and you should!

 We now sell tires, making Central Garage Company Inc your one stop Car Repair Shop! We feature Cooper and MasterCraft Tires, but offer a wide range of other brands to choose as well.  You've heard the old saying, "where the rubber meets the road!" Think about it, tires rank high in overall vehicle safety requirements. No one wants to have a flat tire make them late for work or appointment. The possibility of a blow out at freeway speeds is frightening! Low tire tread can cause you to hydroplane in rain or diminish your traction in snow.  Tire maintenance is simple but often overlooked. Tires won't perform well if they are not properly inflated, it's important for both your safety and to prevent premature tire wear. If you have a Tire Pressure Warning Light on your dash, check the tire pressures right away. Don't guess, use a gauge! If you need help, we will gladly check and adjust all pressures for you - free! Just give us a call ... read more

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We're Open, The Governor says Car Repair Essential to Ohio During the Corona Virus

We're Open, The Governor says Car Repair Essential to Ohio During the Corona Virus

The State of Ohio has been proactive in taking steps to stop the spread of the Corona Virus. It's an unprecedented time in our lives! None of us have ever experienced anything like this! So how do we get through it? Joshua 1:9 is one of our favorite Bible verses, "Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid! Do not be discouraged! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!" Let's work hard to help and encourage one another during this frightening time, and know God is with us! We pray for you!  Ohio has named  Auto Repair an essential service, so Central Garage Company Inc. is open to assist all other essential workers in keeping their car safe on the road during this difficult time caused by the Corona Virus! If you are not an essential worker, please stay at home where you are safe! We know Preventative Maintenance is the last thing on your mind right now, but if you have a car related emergency, a Car Repair, or any car need ... read more

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We Will Get Through These Hard Times Together!

We Will Get Through These Hard Times Together!

Dear Customers and Friends of Central Garage, None of us have ever experienced this kind of frightening news in our lifetime. Pearl Harbor, The Kennedy Assassination, and 9/11 were all terrifying in their own way, but don't really compare to the reality of a pandemic. Our world experienced this in the first decade of the 20th Century, but those among us living at that time were only small children, and probably do not remember it. We are thankful for the advancement in modern medical technology in the last 100 years! We should fare much better than the people of the 1918 flu epidemic. We will get through this!Central Garage will continue as long as possible to maintain our normal business hours and routine to meet your Car Repair needs. We will have our Mechanics available as much as possible to assist you. Even if our country shuts down all non essential work places, medical professionals and first responders will need to use their Cars! If you experience a Car Problem, check in ... read more

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THE RADIATOR CAP IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR CAR'S ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM!

THE RADIATOR CAP IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR CAR'S ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM!

Your Radiator cap should not look like this one!  The Radiator Cap is much more complex than the people in the Pataskala area realize. It does more than act as a lid to keep your Coolant – a mixture of 50% antifreeze and 50% water- inside the radiator. The Radiator Cap acts as a two way valve to maintain the correct pressure needed to operate your engine at a specified Temperature range. Running Too Hot can damage Engine seals and Gaskets, causing internal Engine Failure, leaving you stranded. Running too cold could decrease your gas mileage and will diminish the effectiveness of your Heater! Pataskala residents appreciate that during the routine digital courtesy inspection at Central Garage, we will visually inspect your Radiator Cap, to check the seal and look for coolant stains which would indicate loss of coolant at the cap. We can test the cap with a pressure tester. If it shows visible signs of leakage or does not hold the correct pressure, this inexpensive Radiator ... read more

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Is it really necessary to flush my brake fluid?

Is it really necessary to flush my brake fluid?

Is it really necessary to replace my Brake Fluid? You bet it is! Contaminated Brake Fluid will decrease the efficiency of your Brakes, and will cause serious damage to expensive Brake parts, such as Calipers, Steel Brake Lines, and ABS Modules over time.  Our Pataskala customers often ask, "How does my Brake Fluid become contaminated?"  The Brake Hoses on your car are rubber, and rubber is also found in the Master Cylinder and Calipers. Small bits of rubber wear off over time and are washed into the Brake Fluid, causing the clear fluid to become discolored - a sure sign that the system needs flushed. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture from the air. Moisture causes the boiling point of the brake fluid to drop. The extreme heat in the Brake system with a high moisture contamination will result in a loss of Brake fluid. This moisture will also cause the metal portions of your Brake Calipers to rust from the inside out. Rusty Calip ... read more

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brake repairs

Why can't I just install Brake Pads, do I really need Rotors too?

Why can't I just install Brake Pads, do I really need Rotors too?

The people of Pataskala who call for Brake Inspections sometimes ask "Why can't you just install new Brake Pads? Do I really need to replace the Brake Rotors too?  I understand no one wants to pay for something that is not necessary. So I'm glad you asked the question! It's not a great idea to just install new Brake Pads on your existing Brake Rotors for several reasons. The friction and heat that builds up each time you apply the brakes wears away at the surface of the Brake Rotors. They get thinner over time. If your existing Brake Rotors are not worn below safety specifications we can resurface them, making a smooth surface to match  your new Brake Pads. However, if the thickness of your Brake Rotors are worn below safety standards, or if there are large grooves, pits, or rusted areas, the Brake Rotors need to be replaced. In the Pataskala area of Central Ohio this is often the case. We often find the inner side of the Brake Rotor that you don ... read more

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brake repairs

Are you too busy to notice a new sound coming from your car? I was!

Are you too busy to notice a new sound coming from your car? I was!

I've worked in an Auto Repair Shop for 28 years. I know how important it is to have any new Car Noise checked. But, I've been under a lot of stress. I've made at least eighty 2 hour round trips to Kentucky in the last two years helping to care for my elderly mother, all the while trying to keep up with work in the office, and chores at home. A recorded book really helped me cope with the travel time, but I guess I got so engrossed in the story, I didn't hear the noise at first. My daughter traveled with me recently and pointed it out, and I vowed to tell the guys at work as soon as I returned. Then, I forgot. Days later when my husband drove my car, he heard the noise and pointed out that I was 1000 miles past due for my Oil Change. So finally, my attention is focused on my car. The Alternator proved to be the source of the noise. I know the importance of regular maintenance, and tending to the f ... read more

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car noise

Is an extended warranty on my car a good deal?

Is an extended warranty on my car a good deal?

Is an extended warranty on my car a good deal? At Central Garage in Pataskala we are asked this question quite often. Understanding warranties and how they work is essential in making a good choice. Think of the warranty in much the same way you consider health insurance coverage. Your health insurance policy will have a deductible, co-pays, and a perhaps a list of uncovered services. Some procedures may be capped at specific amounts. The better your coverage, the higher your premium and you can expect out of pocket expenses with every policy. Extended vehicle warranties work the same way. We have had mixed experiences with warranty companies – ranging from great coverage that pays well to very limited coverage that pays very little. Our best advice is to read the contract carefully and ask questions before you buy! To assume that your failed Engine will be replaced free of cost is a misconception. In mo ... read more

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Describing Car Problems to a Mechanic

Describing Car Problems to a Mechanic

Do you ever get the feeling that something might be wrong, but you can't put your finger on what it is? Car Problems are not always as obvious as our Grandson's wardrobe problems, but you know your car. You drive it every day and know its little squeaks, moans and groans. If you tune your senses to observe your car, you could be your own front line defense against unexpected problems this winter. Be aware of changes in the way it drives, handles, and stops. Does it feel different, sound different, or have you noticed any different smells? Does it take a few seconds longer to start than it used to? Are there any new warning lights on the dash? Does your Cars Heat seem as warm as it should be? All these observations could be early signs of a problem that may be easy to correct if found quickly. The beauty in this type of service is that it can be done before it becomes an emergency – before a small problem ... read more

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