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Salt Lake City, Utah Radiator Repair and Service blog by J-Mac Radiators. 3520 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115.

Why It Is Best To Take Your Car To Repair Shop For Fuel Tank Repair Or Sealing

- Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Very often car owners are tempted to take care of fuel tank repair needs themselves rather than taking their car to the repair shop. Yes, it is true that fuel tank repair kits are available in the market. You might think that you just need to seal one or more leaks in the fuel tank and it’s a fairly simple job. However, repairing your fuel tank may not be as easy as it sounds.


Many people think that they can just patch up the leaky fuel tank in just minutes and let it dry but the process is more extensive. You will first need to remove the fuel tank from the car. You cannot do this without really getting your hands greased. Once the fuel tank is out of your car, you will need to empty the fuel tank completely so that there is no fuel left in the tank. You will need to find a container to safely store the fuel and ensure necessary safety precautions are taken until you refill your reassembled fuel tank.


You will need to clean your fuel tank thoroughly with appropriate cleaning agents. Before you can proceed any further with your fuel tank repair and sealing, you will need to let the fuel tank dry completely. Once the fuel tank is completely dry, you need to find the punctures or holes in the tank. These should be marked clearly and sealed from the outside using duct tapes before you actually use the epoxy sealers. It takes an experienced technician to decide whether the fuel tank leaks can be just sealed or whether it needs to be replaced depending on the extensiveness of the damage. Unless you have adequate experience in this area, you may not be in a position to judge.


You will need to find reliable sealers to get the best results. Before you pour the liquid sealers, you will need to block the fuel outlets temporarily. This ensures that the sealant fuel is not drained out completely before sealing the punctures. You will need to make sure that the sealant covers the entire surface of the tank evenly including the damaged areas. The excess sealant will then need to be drained before the fuel tank is restored in the vehicle.

Though it may seem to be a series of simple steps, this process can be extensive. Rather than subjecting yourself to hassles and safety risks, you can take your vehicle to your local repair shop for fuel tank repair and have the issue resolved with the help of an experienced technician. 

The Most Common Car Heater Problems

- Sunday, December 28, 2014

Car heaters are an important comfort component of your vehicle. These crucial heaters that keep you warm inside your car may require periodic attention to function optimally. Unlike other parts of your car, your car heater does not demand too much attention but car heater repair is a common problem. Pay attention to minor car heater repair issues to avoid expensive replacements or repairs.

1. Instead of blowing hot air, your car heater could be blowing cold air. Your car heater actually makes use of the heat generated by the engine rather than having separate heating equipment. If your car heater is blowing cold air then it means that the heat from the engine is not made available to the heater system. You need to take your car to a car repair shop to get your car heater diagnosed and repaired.


2. Car heater not blowing any air. The second most common problem is that the car heater fails to blow any air. In this case the problem is with the fan. You may have to service the fan or replace it depending on the nature of the problem. There could also be blocks in the vents that are preventing the air from reaching the car interior. Either way, you need to have your car’s heating system tested by a qualified technician so that you are not shivering behind the wheels.


3. Car heater controls not responding. There could be problems with your car heater’s control system. As a result you may not be able to increase or decrease the heat level in the car. A working heating system should be able to control the heat level to maintain a comfortable environment within your car. Your car’s heating system has to be diagnosed thoroughly by your car heater repair company to identify the problem.

Whenever there is a problem with your car’s heater, it is best to take it to your car repair shop rather than trying to resolve the problem yourself. If you try to repair your car heater yourself, you can aggravate the issue and end up with expensive repairs. It is important that you do not delay taking your car to the repair shop because faulty car heating system could be the result of some other underlying issue. Always take your vehicle to a licensed and insured repair shop in your area to preserve the integrity of your car. 

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