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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

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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