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…

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…

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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