$119 for Maintenance Package at Fusion Auto Care ($280 Value)

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Value Discount You Save
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In a Nutshell

Prepare your automobile for the harsh winter weather

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Appointment required, same day appointments accepted. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 2 per household. Extra fee of $ 10 for synthetic oil. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. All goods or services must be used by the same person. May be repurchased every 30 days. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

$119 for a winter automotive-maintenance package ($280 total value)

  • Check cooling system and air conditioning ($30 value)
  • Check transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, and brake fluid ($40 value)
  • Complete four-wheel brake inspection ($30 value)
  • Lubricate ball joints, tie rods, and any moving parts included in the steering and suspension ($30 value)
  • Visually inspect all accessory belts ($30 value)
  • Check and test starting-and-charging system ($40 value)
  • Full bumper-to-bumper inspection ($40 value)
  • Tire-tread depth ($40 value)

Antifreeze: Keeping Cars Cold-Blooded

Techs will top off of your car’s fluids, including antifreeze. Check out our guide to find out how this elixir keeps your car from sweating.

An engine’s rapidly moving parts generate a lot of heat, and while water is extremely effective at keeping things cool, two things make it a poor choice inside a radiator. For one, it can cause the metal to rust and corrode or leave dangerous mineral deposits inside the tank. More importantly, though, water freezes—fast. In older cars, drivers would often fill their radiators with regular tap water, rendering them useless in the winter months or on summer camping trips in Siberia.

To overcome these shortcomings, modern coolant contains a variety of ingredients to prevent corrosion and change the freezing point of water—lending it the more popular name of antifreeze. When mixed with a solution of about 30% ethylene-glycol antifreeze, water doesn’t freeze until it’s nearly 0 degrees Fahrenheit—and doesn’t boil until it reaches about 220, allowing the engine to safely get hotter than usual. The mixture must be just right, however, since once the coolant becomes too diluted (anything over about 70%), the freezing point starts to creep back up.

Finding the right chemical base for antifreeze is an ongoing struggle. Almost all formulas use some kind of alcohol, whose freezing point is around 206 degrees lower than water’s. Early antifreeze used methanol, but its low boiling point made it ultimately impractical, so most formulas today are based on propylene glycol or ethylene glycol. Though cheaper to produce, the latter comes with a greater cost: it’s extremely toxic, a danger exacerbated by its sweet, syrupy taste. Some manufacturers have helped protect children and pets by adding a bittering agent to the formula, giving it the same foul taste of broccoli found in other poisons.

Customer Reviews

Great friendly customer service and my car is now functioning perfect!
Barbara S. · May 20, 2015

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