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What can cause my battery to drain?

What can cause my battery to drain?

What is causing my battery to drain?  There are many reasons your battery may be draining. The four most common reasons are the battery may be old, a parasitic drain, faulty charging system, or a bad alternator diode. When your battery is showing signs of the battery draining, call us at Bob's Main Street Auto & Towing to have you look over your charging system.  Faulty Charging System  If your vehicle has a faulty charging system, it may drain the battery while the vehicle is running. The alternator on the vehicle may not be putting out enough voltage which will allow the battery to drain quickly. The headlights and radio will stop working and the vehicle will no longer start when the battery drains.  Old Battery We recommend replacing your battery every four to five years. Old batteries that have been drained completely are unable to hold a full charge.  Bad Alternator Diode ... read more

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Winter tips for your windshield wipers!

During the winter months in Wisconsin, we never know what to expect for weather. Drivers hear snow is coming and the first thing they do is put their wipers up on their vehicle. They do this to prevent them from freezing to the windshield. When you put the wipers up, keep in mind that it is putting stress on the spring that holds the wiper arms against the windshield. Leaving the wipers up exposes the plastic gears and other mechanical components. Those items could be weakened or damaged by forceful wind gusts. Exposing your wiper blades to the weather can also cause the rubber blade to be blown off. If the wind does catch the wipers or someone bumps them, it can cause the wipers to slam against the cold windshield and crack your windshield.   The best way to keep the elements off your windshield and to save your wipers is to cover the entire windshield. You can use a blanket, tarp, or they even make covers you could over on amazon specifically made for this purpose

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Oil Change and Dinner Special is Back!

Oil Change and Dinner Special is Back!

Oil changes are an important routine maintenance. For these newer cars with such infrequent oil change recommendations, we still suggest getting your oil changed every 5,000-7,500 miles. Why? Think of oil in your vehicle like your body and water. Our bodies are 60% water. There's always H2O streaming through us. Yes, we can go a few days without it, but it is still important to replenish ourselves and stay hydrated since we lose that water in different ways. However, the longer we go without water, the more our body starts to shut down and not cooperate. The same goes with our vehicles. Oil is constantly pumping throughout the vehicle and its engine. Our job, as the user, is to maintain the oil so that it's always clean and at the level it needs to be. Yes, the vehicle could last months on end without changing the oil, but in the meantime the oil is getting more and more dirty, sludge-like, and building up particles. The more dirty the oil gets, the worse it is for th ... read more

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The Importance of Filters in Your Vehicle

The Importance of Filters in Your Vehicle

Keeping your vehicle's filters clean are a must. When one of the filters gets clogged, it may affect the vehicles performance. You may notice a loss of power, dirt smoke, oil light, and even engine failure. Most vehicles have four main filters: the cabin filter, oil filter, fuel filter, and air filter.  Cabin Air Filter A cabin air filter cleans out the air that comes into the cab of your vehicle through the heating and air conditioning system. The filter is designed to filter out dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. Having clean air in the vehicle is important if you have allergy or respiratory problems. There are few reasons on why you should change your filter on time. It allows you to breathe clean air, avoids safety and visibility issues, and increases the life in your vehicle's A/C and heating system.  Air Filter An air filter helps prevent any insects, dust particles, sand, and debris from re ... read more

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Brake Service

Brake Service

Are you feeling gradual loss of your brakes? Our BG product Brake Fluid, ultra-dry flushing formula removes contaminants from the brake system. This will help prevent corrosion in the master cylinder, cleans varnish from the brake system, removes air from the brake lines, and we replace worn brake fluid with BG Heavy Duty DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake Fluid. BG recommends this service every 30,000 miles. The BG brake service completely removes all old brake fluid and replaces it with fresh fluid. By receiving this brake service, you will have more responsive brakes, smoother stopping, and quieter brakes and increases the safety of your vehicle. Call us today to have us inspect your braking system or click here to schedule an appointment! 

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