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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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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 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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