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Car Trouble From Cold Weather

In many parts of the country the winter weather is not only chilly, but also harmful to your car. From the wheels to the windshield, Mac’s Automotive Service & Radiator Repair has the low down on ways the cold affects your vehicle and how to prevent it.

Car Trouble From Cold Weather

Four Ways Cold Can Damage Your Car

Windshield and Wiper Damage

Ice, rocks, and salt do a number on your windshield and wipers during the cold season. Modern windshields are durable, but may still crack when mistreated. Never wash your car with hot water in winter, even if you are trying to remove ice from the glass. Use the proper coolant and winter windshield wiper fluid for cleaning. If you are expecting ice or sleet, leave the wiper blades up or even remove them so they don’t [...]

Cold Weather Car Tips

“Should I warm up my car engine before driving off?” This question is common among drivers across America. For Pacific Northwest dwellers, it comes up every winter. During this period, balmy temperatures turn cold and there’s a flurry of rain storms. So, keeping one’s car running at top condition becomes a concern. Yet, warming up a car does more harm than good.

Cold Weather Car Tips

3 Reasons You Should NOT Warm Up Your Car’s Engine When It’s Cold You waste gas.

The average Joe checks gas prices on a regular basis hoping to fill up for less. Thus, it’s important to understand that warming up a car wastes this precious liquid. How? Idling a car in low temperatures causes more fuel to flow into the engine. As a consequence, you use extra gas versus getting into your [...]

Radiator design has changed over the years, and recently there’s been a trend towards using radiators made mostly from plastic instead of metal. While plastic radiators are definitely cheaper to produce and install than their metal counterparts, they should probably ultimately be replaced. Here are just a few reasons why.

Why You Should Replace Your Plastic Radiator

The biggest reason to use a metal radiator instead of a plastic model is because it will extend the life of the product. When a vehicle’s thermostat opens, coolant that is heated to temperatures up to 200 degrees rushes into the radiator tank. This happens constantly when your vehicle is running, and this exposure to such a high temperature can cause a plastic radiator to crack. Once a plastic radiator is cracked, it needs to be replaced. The aluminium core that rests within most plastic radiators is a little more durable, but even that isn’t as effective as [...]

Keep Spring pollpollen-counten out of your vehicle is an important goal for any allergy suffers.  This year airborne tree pollen is everywhere.  The powdery green stuff wreaks havoc with those who are allergic to it, but it can also make a mess of your car, both inside and out.

3 Tips to Protect your Car from Pollen

Here are a few tips to hopefully help you breathe easier, and to protect yourself and your car from pollen.

Clean your Cabin Air Filter

Most cars built since around the year 2000 have an air filter for the interior that can screen out not just pollen and other airborne pollutants. Cabin filters also prevent your heater core and air conditioner from becoming clogged, thereby reducing efficiency. But it’s an easy filter to ignore, especially if [...]

So your check engine light just came on, now what? It’s happened to us all before, you’re driving along when you notice a yellow light out of the corner of your eye. It’s the dreaded check engine light. If you’re like most car owners, you’re not sure if you should continue to panic or not, and you have little idea what that light is trying to tell you or how you should react. The often misunderstood check engine light or “service engine soon” message can mean many different things. It could be a misfiring engine, a broken oxygen sensor or simply a loose gas cap.

Here are some tips that can help you determine whether your vehicle has major engine problems or just something simple such as a loose gas cap.

• While it’s true that extreme problems like low oil pressure or an overheating engine will trigger your check engine light to come on, [...]

Summer is coming! Now that spring has arrived it’s time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the long hot summer ahead,. Here are some preparations that can help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as you envision then now.

11 Tips To Get Your Vehicle Ready For Summer Driving

1. Always read the owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedules.

2. Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. checked out and repaired before hot weather sets in.

3. Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual’s recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.

4. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, have a professional repair shop such as Mac’s Automotive & Radiator Repair do a proper diagnostic to ensure the problem is corrected

5. The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician.


Use care when installing your radiator frame to make sure the Tie Bar / Bow Tie Bracket and Rubber Insulators are in their correct position.  Failure to do so may result in radiator core damage that is not covered under manufactures warranty.

The placement of the Tie Bar is very important to keep it from damaging the radiator core.  Make sure the Tie Bar is not flipped around to be flush against the core.  Do not leave tie bar lose, this can allow it to flip over after time and rub against the radiator core.

See photos # 1 & 2 for the correct placement of the Tie bar.

Bow Tie Brackets should be assembled behind the structure face as shown in photo #3

The rubber insulators should be installed as in photo #4 If the upper rubber insulators become dislodged over time, it can cause the face of the radiator core to move closer [...]

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. the vehicles timing belt makes all of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute.
The timing belt’s critical job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timing belt is essential. If it should break, you could have expensive engine damage.

Ask the trusted service experts at Mac’s when your timing belt is scheduled for replacement.

• Follow your mfb coveranufactures recommended service schedule
Taking the time to read your vehicles owner’s manual will help extend the life of a vehicle.  the manual tells you exactly what the people who designed, engineered, and built the vehicle recommend as far as making it last for as long as possible. Then, follow the advice. And if you can’t afford to follow the advice, perhaps you spent too much on the car.

• Fix the little problems, before they turn big
Fixing a car’s alignment is an example of taking care of a little problem before it turns into a big problem. If a car owner ignores an alignment problem for long, he or she ultimately adds hundreds of dollars to the repair bill once the problem can no longer be ignored. This [...]

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