How to identify 6 different smells in your car

Read time: 6 minutes Have you ever been in your car or truck, and a nasty smell smacks you right in the nose? If you don’t immediately feel faint or nauseated, you start wondering what it could be. Gasoline Oil Fast food Pets Kids after soccer practice Exhaust from outside Your upper lip (says my more…

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How to choose the right grease

Read time: 4 minutes In 1974, Southwest Oil & Grease was originally the packager for BG before it grew into BG Products, Inc. As the name implies, Southwest specialized in grease. Grease originates as far back as ancient Egypt. We’ve come a long way since then! Advanced processes and chemistries allow greases to drastically outperform more…

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Is TOP TIER fuel making my car cleaner?

Read time: 2.5 minutes I am a vehicle owner who prizes a clean engine. I own a truck, a passenger car and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. All my vehicles are equipped with fuel injection. So, I don’t pinch pennies when it comes to buying gas. To keep my engines operating at peak efficiency, I use more…

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What are the symptoms of a bad catalytic converter?

Read time: 2 minutes Have you ever killed a cat? I have. I’m talking about a catalytic converter. I’m not a monster! Every vehicle on the road today is required by the Federal Government to have a catalytic converter. It’s necessary for keeping our air free of poisonous contaminants which lead to things like smog, more…

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Do I need to warm up my car?

Read time: 4 minutes Like many questions in the automotive world: It depends. Classic Car Tommy would say: Yes. I have a few cars that are carbureted. In those older model engines, it’s necessary to warm up the engine for drivability reasons. With a carbureted engine, the air/fuel mixture is not responsive to outside temperature more…

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

Read time: 3 minutes 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 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…

BG Guide for Summer Powersports

by Clinton J. Meyer Technical Service Representative ACS Certified in Chemistry and Biochemistry Summer is here! Time to get out and ride those motorcycles, quads and jet skis. You’ve waited all winter for the adventure to begin. The only thing between you and freedom is a quick tune-up to de-winterize your ride. Follow my guide 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…