Importance of Getting a Radiator Flush in the Desert

Stay Cool in this Heat

If you live in the Valley of the Sun, you know how hot it can be for many months of the yearIn the desert, more than any other kind of climate, it is vitally important to keep the system that cools your car’s engine in excellent working condition simply because it is needed more in this extreme heat.  When combustion engines run, like those in most cars, they naturally produce heat, and it is multiplied by the heat in the air, and the engine is harder to cool.  If you don’t do regular maintenance to this system, the engine can overheat, causing damage like a blown head gasket that is expensive to repair, or other extra wear and tear on your engine.

What is a Radiator Flush?

The maintenance needed to keep your radiator in good working condition is called a radiator flush. During this procedure, the fluids are removed from your car’s cooling system by a mechanic, and the inside of the system is cleaned out. Then fresh coolant is added back into the system.  This is important because over time, the coolant you put in your radiator becomes inefficient and needs to be washed away. Sediment, rust and corrosion can start to build up and need to be cleaned out as well.  Having these detrimental elements in your car’s cooling system can cause the system to not work efficiently and eventually will cause damage. The fresh fluid lubricates the parts and helps them work properly, and it has elements in it to help avoid corrosion.

Have your Car’s Cooling System Inspected

When the mechanics perform the radiator flush, they also inspect the parts of the system, including not only the radiator and the hose but also the water pump.  It is a check up for your cooling system.  Finding any problems early is always beneficial so they can be corrected before they lead to larger engine problems.

Time to Make an Appointment

It is best to flush your radiator once a year, or as prescribed in your car’s owner’s manual.  If it is time to have your car’s radiator flushed, or if this service is long overdue, call the honest and professional staff at Bell Union Auto Service today at (602) 788-7600 to set up an appointment. Contact us today.

Prepare Your Car for Monsoon Season

With monsoon season here, it’s important to protect your car for the sake of its performance and appearance. The heavy rain and dust can take a tole on your vehicle over time, but there are ways to prepare your car for monsoon season.

  • While most dust just blows right off of your car, it can tend to cause many fine scratches. Getting your car washed shortly after a monsoon storm will help minimalism the damage to your paint. A coat of wax can also help to protect your car from the heavy dust and rain.
  • Often times when caught in the storm, your cabin filter becomes contaminated or restricted, and dust can affect airflow and air conditioning performance. To minimize this, turn your air conditioning to the “re-circulate” or “max” setting so it draws air from the inside rather than the outside.
  • Driving in the midst of a storm can drastically shorten your engine’s air filter. Dust can restrict the filter and cause poor fuel economy, effecting the performance of the engine. In extreme cases, dust restricting the filter can actually damage your car’s engine.
  • Be sure to check that the rubber molding around your windshield, doors, and cab is in good condition for monsoon season. If it’s not, water can cause serious damage to you car. In addition to potentially flooding your car or engine, water seeping in can cause electrical malfunctioning in your vehicle.
  • Driving through deep floodwaters can cause water to kick up into your engine and cause serious problems. Driving through deep water you risk damage or even catastrophic failure of your engine and/or transmission. If you can’t avoid the water, once you’re safely off the road turn off your engine and assess whether you should have your car towed rather than keep driving and possibly cause more problems or damage.

There is no doubt that monsoon season can take a serious toll on your vehicle. By checking rubber molding and windshield wipers for cracks, testing your brakes, being sure that your brake and headlights are clear and bright, and checking that your tires have good tread, you can help to prepare your car for this season’s monsoons.

How to Avoid Breaking Down In The Arizona Heat

The Arizona heat can take a tole on your car, especially in the summer time. Here are some tips as to how to avoid your car breaking down due to the high heat.

Replace your battery. Consider replacing your car battery if it is older than three years. Heat puts a lot of stress on the battery. The older the car battery, the more stress the heat puts on it.

Have your cooling system checked by a professional. Your cooling system plays a vital role in your engine. It helps to prevent your engine from overheating and your air conditioning running properly. It’s suggested that a professional look at your cooling system at least every two years.

If your temperature light goes on while you are driving or stuck in traffic, you are in the danger zone. Turn off your air conditioning immediately and role down your windows. If the light stays on, turn the temperature selector on the hottest setting to redirect some of the heat trapped in the system. If the light goes off, you should be safe to drive to a mechanic. However, if the light stays on pull over and stop driving to call for assistance.

Get fresh coolant. Make sure to start summer off on the right foot and make sure you have fresh coolant in your radiator system. It’s also suggested that you have your radiator checked for corrosion.

Check your tires. If your tires look worn or cracked, this could mean future trouble in the heat. This could lead to a potential blow-out, which at high speeds can cause a crash or even a rollover accident.

Keep a gallon of water handy. If you make lengthy trips, keep a gallon jug of water in your car. It could come in handy if you have a radiator leak or get stuck in the heat waiting for help.

Bell Union Auto Service is a family owned and operated auto repair facility servicing the North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale neighborhood since 1989. We are very proud to be a part of this neighborhood auto repair facility. Thanks to our valued customers of this community and our business approach of “An honest repair is the best repair,” we have grown with the families, friends and neighbors of this great community. Our goal is to make your car repair experience, pleasant, manageable, and we will make every effort to work within your budget while providing you with a high quality repair.

Importance of a Regular Oil Change

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, a routine oil change can pay off in the long run. Oil plays a vital role in your vehicle’s engine. By scheduling a regular oil change, you can prevent having to pay a large sum of money down the road in costly repairs.

What Oil Does For Your Car: Engine oil functions in three major ways. The oil in your engine helps to keep the many components of your engine working together smoothly. There can be thousands of controlled detonations happening every minute inside of your engine, which can create a lot of heat. Engine oil helps to draw the heat away from the combustion chamber and prevents it from potentially overheating. In addition, oil helps to prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine.

When To Change Engine Oil: Oil changes are typically recommended based on when a certain mileage or time limit has been reached. The most common recommendation is 3,000 miles or three months, whichever is reached first. However, experts will tend to say trust your odometer. Driving will tend to take more of a tole on your engine than if your car were to be sitting for three months.

What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Oil: A reoccurring problem we see in engines whose oil isn’t changed on a regular basis is buildup in the cooler parts of the engine, like the crankcase and around the camshafts and valves. This can lead to carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil. This can lead to a costly engine cleaning or force you to replace worn-out piston rings. In addition, the pistons could eventually seize or the camshafts could be damaged. These repairs can be costly, and make a few high end oil changes look like pocket change. Scheduling routine oil changes can be really cheap insurance for your engine.

Bell Union Auto Service is a family owned and operated auto repair facility servicing the North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale neighborhood since 1989. We are very proud to be a part of this neighborhood auto repair facility. Thanks to our valued customers of this community and our business approach of “An honest repair is the best repair,” we have grown with the families, friends and neighbors of this great community. Our goal is to make your car repair experience, pleasant, manageable, and we will make every effort to work within your budget while providing you with a high quality repair. Along with regular oil changes, we offer many different services to fit your cars needs.

We acknowledge that you have a busy schedule, therefore, when your vehicle is in need of attention we are here to assist you. Our goal is to make your car repair experience, pleasant, manageable, and we will make every effort to work within your budget while providing you with a high quality repair. Upon inspection of your vehicle by our ASE Certified Technician we will advise you of proper vehicle repair recommendation and with your authorization of repair we will proceed with quality vehicle repair. When the proper repair is performed on your vehicle, our technician will recheck his repair and road-test the vehicle for a final check-up. We would like to invite you to Bell Union Auto Service so that you and your vehicle receive the best car-care and service you deserve. Let’s make an appointment now or you are welcome to stop in at your convenience.

We offer:

• Latest diagnostic tools, equipments, service manuals for servicing your car.
• We perform all scheduled maintenance checks on new and used vehicles.
• Our technicians are expert specialist on all the work we perform at Bell Union Auto Service.
• We accept most Extended Warranties and we will process the claims on most contracts.
• Free repair estimates on most repairs.
• Free Local Shuttle Service.
• Early-Bird vehicle drop-off and later pick-up are available
• Same day vehicle service & repair on most vehicle.
• We use the highest quality parts, Original Manufactures Parts (OEM) or better parts.
• We offer 12,000 miles or 12 month limited warranty of most repairs.
• We maintain computer maintenance record on your vehicle serviced at Bell Union Auto Service.

Contact us today and start giving your car the care and service it needs.

Common Car Repairs

Cars can be one of the most complicated machines, as they have many parts to their  systems. That being so, when one little goes wrong, it starts a ripple effect, often leading to other costly repairs down the road. We’ve listed some of the most common car repairs so that you can avoid the hassle of a larger repair later on.

Brake work: Some of the most common repairs car shops tend to see have to do with the car’s braking system. Over the life time of your car, chances are, you will have to get a couple small repairs due to the wear and tear on your brakes. Should the disc, drum or rotor be damaged, you will be looking a more costly repair. Be aware of your brake warning light and contact a mechanic in the event that it should it turn on.

Oil change: A regular oil change is one of the best investments  you can make on your vehicle. It is suggested that you change your engine oil every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever you reach first. Oil plays a major role in your engine’s functioning and helps to keep all the parts running smoothly. In addition, that oil helps to draw the heat away from the combustion chamber and prevents it from potentially overheating. A regular oil change can help prevent buildup in the cooler parts of the engine, such as the crankcase and around the camshafts and valves. This can often lead to carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil. This can potentially lead you to a costly engine cleaning or force you to replace worn-out piston rings. In addition, the pistons could eventually seize or the camshafts could be damaged.

Coolant system: This includes radiator and cooling system flushes. Depending on what the problem is, these repairs can range from fairly inexpensive to quite expensive. Investing in a flush or drain can help to remove rust and scale deposits, lubricate your water pump, remove any contaminants, have a professional inspection of your system, and protect against rust and foam. This too, is a good way to prevent future costly repairs to your vehicle.

Tires: Tire patches or replacements tend to be a common repair for most shops. Depending on the quality of your tires, you are looking at a four to ten year lifespan. A tire can leak or fail for a number reasons, including a split in the sidewall or running over a hazard in the road.  The cost of replacing a tire can be fairly inexpensive, but can increase depending on your vehicle and the quality of your tires.

Bell Union Auto Service is a family owned and operated auto repair facility servicing the North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale neighborhood since 1989. We are very proud to be a part of this neighborhood auto repair facility. Thanks to our valued customers of this community and our business approach of “An honest repair is the best repair,” we have grown with the families, friends and neighbors of this great community.  We are here to help you avoid costly repairs down the road, by always taking care of your vehicle and giving it the attention it needs. Our goal is to make your car repair experience, pleasant, manageable, and we will make every effort to work within your budget while providing you with a high quality repair.

Beat The Heat: Preparing Your Car for Summer

The Arizona summer can create a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle. The heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your car. Keeping your vehicle maintained can prevent you from having problems in the near future and will potentially save you the cost of pricey repairs.

Here are some things you can do to prepare your vehicle for a brutal Arizona summer:

Air Conditioning: Typically, a marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Air Conditioning Special Have the system examined by one of our qualified technicians. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner’s manual for location and replacement interval, and be sure to see us if it is time for a replacement.

Cooling System: One of the most common causes of summer breakdowns is overheating.The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. It is important that the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a professional.

Battery: Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. To routinely keep your car in check, scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. This can be hazardous: avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid and be sure to wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

oilchangespecialOil: It is recommended that you have your oil changed every 2,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also recommended if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer. Be sure to have your oil changed before any long trips you may take this summer.

Engine: We recommend that you replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) more often in the dusty desert conditions. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected with one of our qualified professionals.

Tires: We suggest that you have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they’re cold before driving for any distance. Don’t forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there’s uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

Prepare your vehicle for the wear and tear the Arizona heat will cause this summer with Bell Union Auto Service, where honest repair is the best repair. Make the most of your experience, and check out what other services and coupons we offer.