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How do I jump start a car?

How do I jump start a car?

How do I jump start a car? How do I use Jumper Cables? Take out your jumper cables. It’s a good idea to buy a good set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk. The bigger the cable size the easier and better they will work. Place the running car as close as possible and turn off ignition. Engage both parking brakes as well. Attach one of the red cables to the positive terminal of your battery. It is a good idea to clip the dead battery side cable to the insulated cable to prevent and accidental short. (see Pic) It has “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s bigger than the negative terminal. Attach the black lead to the negative side of the battery. On many cars today there is not access to the battery so look for a sticker that says jump start here. Attach the Red cable to the Positive terminal of the dead battery Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface preferably on the engine block Start the working vehicle and let the engine r ... read more

Why is my car overheating?

What causes my car to overheat is a great question To answer the question why does my car overheat we need to understand the components that make up the cooling system. The major players are the radiator, water pump, thermostat, fan, and hoses. The radiator is a heat ex-changer that coolant runs through. Small tubes with fins carry the coolant where the heat is exchanged into the air. The water pump moves the coolant from the engine block where it absorbs heat to the radiator where the heat is removed by the radiator. The thermostat has two roles, to slow the flow down and to regulate the temperature. If the coolant runs through the system too fast it cannot adequately transfer the heat to the coolant. The temperature of an engine has an effect on the efficiency of the engine. Most gasoline engines today prefer to run around 190 to 212 degrees. This makes them run strongest and most fuel efficient. The fan can be driven by belt or electric motor. It pulls air through the radiator to co ... read more

Why does my A/C smell?

Why does my A/C smell?

Why does my air conditioning smell? The heating and air conditioning in your car is not unlike your house. While it controls temperature it also controls humidity. This is super necessary in the Brazos Valley. We definitely have wet air!! Air is brought in from the outside or inside depending on the setting and circulated through a cabin air filter and the evaporator. The evaporator removes moisture and lowers the temperature and sends the cooler drier air out the vent. The air is the recycled through the whole process again. The moisture condenses on the evaporator and runs out of the drain to the outside of the car. Keeping your filter changed is your first defense to keeping this drain free. When you start to get a smell most of the time it is from 2 problems. A cabin air filter left too long or mold and mildew built up from the moisture. In the Bryan College Station area allergies are rough and this can be problematic. Fortunately the fix is not that bad. We remove and replace the ... read more

Why does my car shake?

Why does my car shake? Or What is making my car vibrate? Both are great questions and both will start with more questions. You will need to give your Mechanic as much information as possible so pay attention to When does it shake? Only when I accelerate…only on turns…when I stop etc. Don’t be afraid to describe it in great detail. This is very valuable information for the Auto Repair Shop to use in finding the cause and keeping you safe. As a general rule most vibration or shaking issues are related to rotating parts. Tires, Axles, Bearings, Pulleys…all are common causes. And there are many more, so answering the above questions will save your Automotive Technician time in finding the cause of your vibration. We all know that time is money so this is a great way to save you some money as well. It is important to note that most cars today are uni body meaning the body is part of the support structure of the car. This tends to make vibrations and sounds trans ... read more

What Maintenance is needed at 100,000 miles?

What Maintenance is needed at 100,000 miles?

My car has 90,000 miles what needs to be done? What maintenance is needed at 100,000 miles is becoming a very common question. As cars are easily passing 200K mile mark and so expensive to replace the question of servicing makes sense. The answer is going to vary from car to car, but here are some things to consider. Spark plugs – With plugs being made out of platinum and iridium it is true many will go well passed 100K miles, but the point of preventative maintenance it to stop a problem before it leads to a bigger problem. Fuel filter and Fuel service – Many cars today do not have a serviceable fuel filter anymore so this is often overlooked. A restricted fuel filter is very hard on the fuel pump and can also lead to poor performance. The fuel service is more important today than most people understand. A modern car is all about efficiency and to be that efficient the fuel control is very precise. With such precision a little build up can mean big problems. See our blog ... read more

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