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Be Prepared for Winter with Good Brakes

With winter just around the bend, it is important to make sure that your car brakes are in good condition. Although this part of Texas does not experience ice as much as our northern neighbors, with increased rains and other inclement weather, it is still important to make sure your car is prepared with good stopping power. Having your brakes inspected twice a year can be an excellent preventative for future problems while also ensuring that you and your passengers are safe. If you think you may be experiencing problems with your car/truck brakes, it is important to take your vehicle to an experienced mechanic even sooner. Possible indications of brake problems include: A squealing sound when you apply pressure to the pedal A grinding noise-this can indicate a serious problem that requires immediate attention Vehicle pulling to one side or the other Appearance of the brake warning light on the dashboard Your local auto repair center will be able to evaluate your brakes and advise ... read more

Paying Attention to Odors in your Vehicle

Has your vehicle been emitting some strange odors lately? If so, this could be an indication that it needs to be taken into an auto repair shop soon. Certain odors can often tell you a lot about a potential problem with your vehicle. Recognizing such warning signs can ultimately help you to save money on a potential repair bill before the problem becomes worse. The odor of burned rubber could indicate that your drive belts are slipping. This specific smell could also indicate misplaced hoses that could be rubbing against other parts. If you have noticed the smell of hot oil, this could be a sign that oil may be leaking into your vehicle’s exhaust system. The smell of gasoline is often an indication of a gas leak within your vehicle, such as the fuel tank or the fuel injector line. This could also present a potential fire hazard, so it is important to seek attention from an experienced auto service center immediately. Have you noticed a sweet or syrupy smell coming from your vehi ... read more

Preparing your Vehicle for Fall Weather

Now that summer is beginning to wind down, it is time to begin thinking about getting your car ready for the onset of fall. Although we still have a few more weeks of warm weather left in Texas, now is a great time to see your auto mechanic to ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Begin by asking your mechanic to have a look at any problems that might inhibit engine performance, including rough idling, diminished power, stalling, etc. Once cold weather sets in, such problems usually only grow worse. In addition, it is a good idea to have dirty air filters replaced. This is also a good time to have the condition and tightness of clamps, hoses, and drive belts checked. Old windshield wiper blades should be replaced in anticipation of rainy weather. If your battery has not been checked lately, you may also wish to have your local auto repair center test it and remove any corrosion that may have built up around the cable connections and posts in the last few months. Finally, be sure to ... read more

Dealing with Engine Overheating

Do you know what to do if your vehicle begins to “overheat” while driving? This can actually be a very serious problem. When a vehicle overheats for too long, it can result in serious engine damage. If your vehicle does begin to overheat, it is imperative that you find a safe location to pull off the road then shut off your engine promptly. Avoid checking the fluid levels in the radiator as this can result in burns from hot steam escaping. The best thing you can do at this point is to have your vehicle towed to your nearest mechanic. A number of factors can lead to overheating. The most common cause for overheating is low coolant levels, particularly during summer months, congested traffic, and long drives. If you frequently drive in areas where you would not be able to receive immediate help from an auto engine repair center, make it a point to carry a tool kit and some coolant in your vehicle

Make Sure your Vehicle is Ready for Summer

The stop and go traffic, heat, and dust associated with traffic can take a heavy toll on the performance of your vehicle. In order to make sure your vehicle operates at optimal performance during the warm summer months, it is important to make sure your vehicle is prepared. Begin by checking your vehicle’s tire pressure. Tire pressure is always important in order to make certain that optimal contact is maintained between the road surface and tire. In order to compensate for warmer temperatures, you may need to adjust the pressure of your tires, particularly if you are going to be doing significant amounts of high-speed driving, such as while traveling during the summer. It is also a good idea to take your vehicle in for a checkup with your local mechanic to ensure the cooling system is in good working condition. Overheating is actually one of the most common causes of breakdowns during the summer. Cooling systems should be flushed and refilled approximately every two years. By ... read more

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