Bryan Auto Repair



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

Tips for Maintaining your Car Battery

Most people rarely give much thought to their car battery until their vehicle simply does not start one day. In order to work properly and provide you with the reliable performance you expect, your car battery does require some routine maintenance. One of the most important things you can do to maintain your car battery is to clean the two posts that are connected to the battery cables. In particular, it is important to make sure that this area of your battery is free from corrosion. If your battery becomes corroded, the cables may not receive the charge they need from the battery, thus preventing your vehicle from starting. By keeping the terminals clean, you can go a long way toward preventing possible problems. It is also important to check the water level. This can be particularly important when the temperatures begin to soar. In the event the water level drops too low, your battery may also have a difficulty in maintaining a charge. Do not make the mistake of waiting until your c ... read more

Is it Time to Replace your Brake Pads?

Do you know when the time has come to change the brake pads on your vehicle? If the brake pads on your vehicle become damaged or worn, it could impact your ability to stop, thus increasing your chances of having an accident. The following signs could indicate impending brake problems: Squealing of your brakes Pulling of your vehicle from one side to the other Your brake pedal needs pumping A grinding sound coming from your brakes A brake pedal that is suddenly hard If you have noticed any of the above indications, it is important that you take your vehicle in for an evaluation to your nearest auto brake repair center as quickly as possible. Your brake repair mechanic will be able to provide you with a diagnosis regarding your brake system and advice regarding what will need to be done to ensure your brakes are in good working order. Taking the time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection at your reliable auto service center can help you to avoid harmful consequences in the futu ... read more

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