What causes the coolant light to come on (even in cold weather)?

By Thomas Probus, Automotive Research Specialist Read time: 3.5 minutes Answer: It depends on the color of the cooling system light and the kind of vehicle you’re driving. We’ve just made it through the holiday season. And all of those Christmas lights reminded me of the multi-colored lights that can show up on your dash. more…

Do hybrid cars need oil changes?

By Andy Berlin, BG Product Technical Service Representative Read time: 3 minutes Yes, hybrids need oil changes. If you own a hybrid but have never had the oil changed, please heed this advice: hybrid vehicles, while incredibly fuel-efficient, are not low maintenance vehicles. (Low maintenance vehicles don’t really exist by the way. But, instead of more…

5 tips to prepare your car for holiday travel

By Tommy Garcia, BG Proving Ground–Shop Foreman Read time: 4 minutes The holiday season is filled with family, good food (tamales for me and mine!) and road trips. Oftentimes, we forget the importance of checking our vehicles before hitting the road.  The last thing you need is to worry about vehicle repairs halfway between here more…

BG Proving Ground: Committed to proving BG excellence

Read time: 1.5 minutes The BG Technology and Training Center is home to the BG Proving Ground, a facility dedicated to hands-on automotive research, development, testing, and training. The new, larger facility has allowed the BG Proving Ground team to grow and expand, and continue to push the envelope for automotive excellence. Here’s what this more…

Top 10 ways to build a business relationship

By Dale Smith, BG Field Trainer and BGU Instructor Read time: 4.5 minutes I have been fascinated with cars and airplanes and learning how they work from a young age. This interest led to building engines and, eventually, to building strong working relationships centered on maintenance and repair.  When working with shops and dealerships, the more…

Vehicle engine oil: The basics

By Michael Belluomo, BG Technical Service Manager Read time: 2 minutes Confused about the basics of engine oil? You’re not alone. If you’ve ever asked questions like: “What oil does my car take?”, “What does 5W-30 mean?” and “What is oil viscosity?” then this article is for you. Here’s (basically) everything you need to know more…

ASTM International gives credibility to BG products

by Todd Leinen, BG Product Technical Support Representative Read time: 2.5 minutes Most companies have bold commercials or bottles with labels that claim all sorts of performance capabilities for automotive lubricants or fuel additives. BG does. So what exactly is it that sets us apart from other “additive companies”?  It’s our commitment to quality. Sure, more…

7 fall car care tips to keep you safely on the road

By Tommy Garcia, BG Proving Ground–Shop Foreman Read time: 3 minutes It’s that time again! The temperatures are dropping, my kids are back in school, and everything my wife buys is pumpkin-flavored. The cooler weather should also signify that it’s time your car had another round of seasonal maintenance.  Ask your shop about this fall more…

How to stay covered with the Lifetime BG Protection Plan®

By Mary Augustine, BG Customer Retention Manager Read time: 2.5 minutes How many miles has it been since your last oil change? Easy, just check the sticker. But what about that transmission service, how do you know? And, is it important to stick to these intervals? In most automotive maintenance, there is some leeway on more…