What would cause a valve to stick?

Read time: 3 minutes You gasp and wheeze, start to waiver, and feel faint. What is happening?! What’s happening is that you’re an engine and your heart and lungs aren’t getting enough air to operate effectively. But you do have a heart and lungs, and that will help you understand an engine’s induction system. Here’s more…

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Does brake fluid need changing?

Read time: 3.5 minutes As vehicle owners, we assume our vehicles will be reliable. We trust that the brakes will stop the car, every time. Most people don’t really question how the brakes work. Leave that to the engineers. After all, we paid a lot of money for this assumed sense of security. That’s a 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…

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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