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Protecting your Investment with Frequent Maintenance

Are you making critical mistakes that could shorten the longevity of your vehicle? Failure to have your vehicle properly maintained can not only reduce the lifespan of your vehicle but also result in costly repairs. One of the most important steps you need to take to protect your investment is to have the vehicle’s fluids checked on a regular basis with a good auto service center. Transmission fluids are crucial for ensuring that your car shifts in a smooth manner. Maintaining your vehicle’s transmission fluids is much less expensive than replacing a transmission. Additionally, it is important to check your vehicle’s brake fluids as well as brake pads. Along with having your vehicle’s fluids checked on a regular basis, it is also a good idea to have your mechanic provide your vehicle with an annual tune-up. With regular maintenance, it is possible to protect the investment you have made in your vehicle and ensure that it continues to op ... read more

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

As temperatures begin to warm up, many of us have begun the process of spring cleaning and getting our homes ready for warmer temperatures. Now is also a great time to think about seeing a mechanic to get your vehicle ready for spring. Winter can be difficult on your vehicle. Between colder temperatures and the rash of uncharacteristic snow and ice that we have seen this winter, most vehicles can benefit from a little auto repairing . In particular, it is important to pay attention to your vehicle’s battery. Batteries must work much harder during cold weather. In fact, the cranking performance of your vehicle can be compromised by as much as 60 percent during the winter. Once temperatures begin to warm up, it’s a good time to test your battery and replace if it is old or weak. It is also important to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the arrival of warmer temperatures. Those warmer temperatures can arrive quickly in Texas where spring can rapidly transition into s ... read more

How to Choose the Right Oil for Your Vehicles

Many people often have questions for their mechanics about the best type of oil they should use in their vehicle. One of the most often misunderstood parts of choosing the right type of oil is the number system that is used for rating oils. The weight of oil, also known as viscosity, refers to the thickness or thinness of the oil. The Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, establishes temperature requirements for oil. Those temperature requirements range from 0 degrees Fahrenheit (low) to 210 degrees Fahrenheit (high). Oils that meet the low temperature requirements established by the SAE will have a “W” after the viscosity rating. A common example of this would be 10W. Oils that meet higher SAE ratings will not have a letter. For instance, SAE 30. Special tests are conducted to determine the viscosity of different types of oil. First, it is heated to a specific temperature and then the oil is allowed to flow out of a certain size hole. The viscosity rating of the oil is d ... read more

Making a New Year’s Resolution for your Vehicle

The New Year is all about making resolutions. While many people make resolutions to improve their health or even their budgets, this is also a good time to focus on keeping your car in tip-top condition. Getting organized and staying that way can do wonders for improving the life of your vehicle. In fact, approaching the maintenance of your vehicle in a systematic manner can also help you to save money over the course of the year. Begin by getting your automotive maintenance and repair records in order. A complete service record can prove to be beneficial if you do need to bring your vehicle in to your local auto repair center for work. Also, stay on top of service reminders. When performed in a timely and regular manner, maintenance can actually help you to save money in the end by ensuring that your vehicle runs in a more efficient manner. Tactical care for your vehicle is also important. Make sure you do not ignore poor engine performance, service engine lights, fading brakes, rou ... read more

Tips for Finding a Reliable Auto Service Center

Whether your vehicle simply needs a checkup or you are having a major problem, it is important to know how to find a reputable College Station auto repair shop. One of the most important elements involved in choosing a trustworthy shop is to pay attention to word-of-mouth. Check with friends and family members to find out where they take their vehicle. Additionally, make sure you ask the right questions when searching for a auto mechanic. For instance, find out whether the shop provides a warranty and if so, the length of the warranty. You should also find out whether there are any stipulations or conditions regarding warranties offered by the shop. Ask how long the service center has been in business. Additionally, find out what type of parts the shop uses. Do they use new parts or used body parts? It is also important to consider how the staff communicates with you. Do they appear to be straightforward and willing to answer your questions? Your vehicle is an important investment. Fi ... read more

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