Holiday Driving

As we get set to travel during the holiday season, please take a minute and check fluid levels and tire pressure on the car you are taking—just in case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  Just drop in and ask me or one of the attendants. We would be happy to assist you.

While driving please be careful of shoulder debris when passing or making a turn.  I have recently had an increase in flat tire repair and one reason may be the increase of shoulder debris.  As always, drive safely.

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It Even Happened To Me

Have you ever broken down? It is one of the most sinking feelings you can have. You have to arrange to be picked up, arrange a tow, live without your car for who knows how long, and then the cost—ugh!!

I maintain my own vehicles, making sure services are performed on a timely basis, trying to keep my older vehicles running as long and as efficiently as possible, and trying to prevent breakdowns while being financially responsible, just as I recommend to all of my customers.

Well, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way……

Last November my 2002 Yukon would not start in my driveway, no gas to the engine. I hit the gas tank with a rubber mallet and it started, so we drove it. I knew full well that a new fuel pump was somewhere in our future, but for then it was running.

Let’s fast forward to September 2012. I had a truck towed into the shop just like mine, with similar mileage, not starting, no gas to the engine. The rubber mallet trick did not work. It had a bad fuel pump. Immediately I thought of my own truck and the fact that I should stop playing with fate and just replace that pump.

A few days later I was driving with my son on the way to football practice and my truck died—about a mile from home. I knew immediately it was the fuel pump. I had that sinking feeling.

I had to arrange a ride for my son, call for a tow and wait there, order a fuel pump, and figure out how to juggle transportation for my family since I was down to one vehicle for at least a day or two.

My point is that it can even happen to me. I understand how you feel when you and your family are without your car for even a short period of time.

That’s why we are diligent in diagnosing and repairing your vehicle, and make every attempt to get your car back to you when promised.

Also, that’s why we continue to recommend routine preventive maintenance for your car, including getting it on the lift three times each year for a thorough inspection.

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Congratulations Graduates!!

This time of year brings the start of summer, the end of the school year and graduations.

We at Mulligan Car Care Center congratulate all the graduates that work for us as well as in the community. You should be very proud of your accomplishment! We wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

Please be extra aware of the children as you drive. With school ending there will be a lot more bicycle and foot traffic for our drivers to navigate around. An extra dose of patience is recommended.

This also means the beginning of the summer vacation season. Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your vehicle is road-trip ready. Make an appointment today for your pre-trip check up so your travel and vacation can be a smooth one.

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What Makes a Car Repair Center the BEST?

You bring your car in with issues and concerns. Does your car repair center address all of your issues before recommending any other work?? We do.

Is your car assessed for safety, such as tires, brake condition or a check engine light, before
recommending any other work?? We do.

Are vehicle recommendations prioritized in order of importance and a timeline presented as to when they need to or should be done?? We do.

The best car repair centers take the time to look over each car as if it were their own to make sure you are aware of the needs of your particular vehicle—not a cookie cutter recommendation list. This takes time, but it is time we feel is necessary to spend whenever we open the hood. Your car is in our shop –and we take that very personally.

When recommending the best action plan for your car we consider the manufacturer’s mileage recommendations, any work we have performed already, and our years of experience to come up with an individual repair and maintenance plan that best suits your car. Finally, we prioritize that plan to make it budget-friendly.

Whether your car is in need of repair or regular maintenance, schedule an appointment with a repair center that will do its BEST for you and your vehicle.

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Steer Clear of Preventable Problems

We all have our oil changed regularly…. but what about the power steering fluid? Power steering fluid is a petroleum-based product, and just like engine oil, it needs to be changed.

Your power steering fluid may be full, but over time becomes oxidized and contaminated. As this contaminated fluid is pumped through your car’s power steering system at high pressure, it causes abrasive wear to the system’s components.

This leads to pump noise, erratic steering (especially upon initial startup), and eventually could lead to mechanical failure. Power steering repairs can be quite expensive.

Preventive maintenance is the best way to protect your car and wallet from costly repairs. Let us check your fluid and determine if your car could benefit from a BG Power Steering Fluid System Service today.

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Soggy Situations

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, blooming flowers and rain.

Windshield wipers optimize your visibility during those rainy days and especially rainy nights.

Wipers kept in good condition not only allow you to see better, but also protect your windshield from permanent scratches.

Wipers should be cleaned monthly with alcohol and a lint free cloth and inspected for wear.

It is also recommended by the manufacturer they be replaced every 6 months.

Don’t forget the rear wiper if you have one, it needs care as well.

Your tires also are a factor in wet weather. The road tends to be more slippery right after the rain begins.

The tread gaps allow water to channel away so the tread stays in contact with the road, enabling your car to go and stop without slipping.

Do you notice your car handling differently in the rain? If so, it may be time for new ones.

Stop in on a nice day and let us evaluate your wipers and tires –before those rainy spring days are upon us – we’re here to help!

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Spring is in the Air Conditioning

Spring is a great time of year; new flowers start to bloom, fruit trees blossom, and, yes, it’s time to think about your car’s air conditioning system (at least I do!).

The air conditioning system in your car contains R134A refrigerant which, over time, escapes through the air conditioning hoses. Once a year you need to top off that system, disinfect, and inspect the overall condition.

Have you noticed a musty smell after turning-on your air conditioning for the first time of the season? Here’s how to prevent this and guarantee your car’s air conditioning system works as intended.

Let me perform a BG Minor Air Conditioning Service before summer arrives. This will ensure you will have the temperature you want when you want it instead of a blast of warm air when the mercury starts climbing.

We’ll top-off the a/c system with BG’S Frigi Charge which consists of 4 ounces of R134A refrigerant and 1 ounce of BG Frigi Quiet. This will lubricate the a/c compressor and clean the condenser of any debris, leaves, etc. Then, we’ll check the air conditioning belt and disinfect the vents with BG Frigi Fresh.

Pre-season service for your car’s air conditioning unit is essential if you want to beat the heat when you drive. This is just another way to keep your car operating at its best!

Call me to schedule an appointment or stop-in the next time you fill-up.

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Is a Free Car Wash Good for Your Budget?

You have your oil changed at a quick lube and receive a free car wash. You leave feeling you received good value for your money, especially in these tough economic times, but did you?

When I bring your car in for an oil change I also inspect the belts, hoses, and air filter, and make sure there are no top-of-the-engine fluid leaks.

I then put your car in the air, visually inspect the underside of your car or truck for fluid leaks, and inspect tire tread depth and condition, checking for dry rot and wear pattern. Then, I visually inspect the brakes.

After rating your overall condition, I look up the manufacturer’s time and mileage maintenance schedule for your particular make and model.

Finally, I prioritize my findings and make service recommendations.

We budget for everything from food to vacation, but not for car maintenance and repair. How do we get to the grocery store or to our vacation destination … our car!

We offer you a plan that allows you to budget and save for the maintenance your car needs. This in turn helps ensure your car’s safety and efficiency for all of your driving.

This is why your car needs a Mulligan Car Care Center oil change and not a free car wash!

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Leap Day Traditions

Leap Day has many traditions and superstitions. An Irish legend holds that St. Bridget
struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose marriage to men on that day
only. Some cultures called this ‘Bachelor’s Day” and insisted that any man refusing a
woman’s proposal had to pay her money or something of value.

Leap Day birthdays can be celebrated on March 1 since it follows the last day of
February in non-Leap years or February 28 if there’s a desire to keep the celebration in
the birth month. Those born on Leap Day are called Leaplings.

Did you know that February 30 was a real date in 1712 after the Swedes mistakenly
added Leap Days to their calendar in 1704, 1708, and 1712? They converted to the
Gregorian calendar in 1753 to fix the mistake.

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Happy Presidents Day Weekend 2012

President’s Day

Mulligan Car Care Center would like to take a moment to wish you a happy President’s Day weekend.

Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.

Di d you know that the holiday is officially called “Washington’s Birthday” in Title 5 of the United States Code? That is the portion of the law that designates holidays for federal employees. And although the holiday has become more commonly known as President’s Day or President’s Weekend, it is federal government policy to refer to holidays by the name stated in the Code.

Thank you again for your support and continue to visit our website!

Kevin

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