Here’s what you need to know about R-1234yf

How do you stay cool in this summer heat? Many Midwestern gearheads, like me, live for the outdoors, especially during the summer. It allows us to work and play with our piston-powered vehicles. Everything goes well until I hit that first 90-plus-degree day, switch the A/C on, and get a blast of hot air to more…

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9 things you should know about engine sludge

Oil sludge is a murderous foe that looks a lot like a burned marshmallow. If you love toasted marshmallows but don’t have the patience to toast them (or if, like me, you like them burned), you’re probably familiar with the black, bubbly surface that develops once the marshmallow is on fire. Blow it out, let more…

Does your mechanic trust you?

I’m a liar. At least, sometimes. I just went to the dentist and as far as she’s concerned, I floss day and night and brush vigorously, but not too vigorously (a healthy amount of vigor). As I’m lying in the dentist chair, it occured to me that I lie to my doctor too. She thinks more…

Do you give your customers a reason to be loyal?

The other day I drove-thru a sandwich shop for dinner with my kids. We call this time of the day “sandwich-hour.” We are a sandwich-loving family. In classic kid fashion, my kids ordered the sandwiches that come with no veggies or dressing. I asked if the sandwich craftsman would add mayo to the sandwiches. Sometimes I more…

Watch us grow: BG Technology and Training Center! 

The new BG Technology and Training Center is well underway! Watch the time lapse video below. The facility will include a chemistry lab, an automotive testing facility, and expanded space for BG University chemistry and sales training. “We’re growing as a company in every way,” said Darin Greseth, BG CEO and President. “Our expansion will more…

Fuel service: Are you taking care of your customers?

A history of the fuel induction service A fuel induction service removes the deposits that build up inside the air intake system of an engine. This service has been around for a long time, dating back to the days of carbureted engines, when carbon would build up on top of the pistons and cause drivability more…

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Do I need to get a cooling system service every spring?

Dear Tommy, Ever seen folks happy to stand in line? If not, you need to visit a Minnesota car wash in the spring. This is a cheery group of folks! Winter is fading into memory and the air is fresh. Trees are budding, birds are chirping and Minnesotans can finally scrape the salt, sand and more…

What are engine flushes? And are they good for your car?

Engine flush. Isn’t that just an oil change? It’s just old oil out, new oil in, right? Not exactly. If we break down those two words (engine and flush) you have your answer. Engine: That hard-working part of your vehicle that powers everything from the transmission to the air conditioner. Flush: Removing contaminants (like flushing more…

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The truth about fuel additives and “snake oil”

Fuel additive. What exactly is that and what does it mean? Well if you are like most of us at BG, anything labeled fuel additive should at least clean fuel injectors, remove engine deposits, and maybe lubricate the upper cylinders (maybe). Hmm, sounds simple enough, but is it true for all fuel additives? That is more…

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Synthetic engine oil. What’s the big deal?

The word synthetic has morphed into one of today’s trending adjectives often used to describe a quality aspect of a material or product. Along with “nano,” “hybrid,” and more, “synthetic” sound scientific and intriguing but what does it really mean? The debate between conventional and synthetic engine oil use has been discussed for years. For more…

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