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Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you head to your garage or parking lot, and you notice a pool of fluid oozing from underneath your vehicle? To many, a puddle of vehicle fluid is an indication of a serious issue. While that might be true, most car fluid leaks are not that serious. You can fix them by taking the vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop. If you notice a puddle of ooze, it might be one of the following fluids. Engine Oil Engine oil leaks are the most common and appear toward the front of the vehicle. To confirm an engine oil leak, open your hood and use the dipstick to check for engine oil level. Unconventionally, you can dip your finger in the fluid. It is engine oil if it is brown/black and has a burnt smell. Check underneath the vehicle to ensure that the oil pan plug and filter are in place. If they are, then you should bring your car to our shop for an oil pan inspection. Transmission Fluid Leak The transmission-fluid leak is usually red or pink in co ... read more

Does the Cat Shield Really Protect My Catalytic Converter On My Prius?

Does the Cat Shield Really Protect My Catalytic Converter On My Prius?

Catalytic converters are amazing devices that ensure your car does not pollute the environment with toxic exhaust emissions. When the exhaust gas goes through this component, it chemically reacts with metals like platinum to produce harmless gases. In other words, catalytic converters are very important devices that act as a line of defense against harmful emissions from the engine by turning toxic pollutants into harmless compounds. Although most catalytic converters are built to last a lifetime, they can still fail over time. For instance, if unburnt gas coolant or motor oil gets into the catalytic converter, it can damage or even wear out. Below are five common causes that can make a catalytic converter go bad; Bad head gasket Use of leaded fuel Bad fuel injectors or weak ignition system Worn out exhaust valves High mileage Besides these causes, your car's catalytic converter can be stolen because it contains very valuable metals such as rhodium, platinum, and palladium ... read more

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

Normally, starting the car in the morning is a worry-free task. The vehicle's dash lights up with dashing gauges and warning symbols, but after a few minutes, it all simmers down. Sometimes, a few of those lights stay on, indicating something is amiss. A warning light is definitely a telltale sign that a specific part of your car needs attention. One of these warning lights is the TPMS. What is the TPMS? The acronym stands for tire pressure monitoring system. When this warning light is on, it informs you that one or more of your tires has either very little or too much air pressure. It is a system that monitors your vehicle's tire pressure. What are the effects of low or high tire pressure? It is easy to simply ignore a somewhat small issue, isn't it? Well, you shouldn't. There is a host of adverse effects brought about by low or high tire pressure, such as: Increased tire wear Low fuel economy and poor traction Reduced payload and towing capability Increased r ... read more

Signs It’s Time to Change the Cabin Filter

Signs It’s Time to Change the Cabin Filter

The holidays are now here, and it's important to save money where you can – especially when it comes to your vehicle. Most drivers try to cut cost by deciding against replacing their vehicle's air filter. Neglecting the air filter can have an impact on performance. It's a less than desirable move when there are other ways to save money on vehicle and maintenance that don't involve impacting performance. Depending on driving habits and the environment, the air filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles or once a year. If you're in doubt, check your vehicle's owner's manual. Below are a few ways to determine whether your car's air filter needs to be replaced.  The cabin filter prevents you from breathing in dust, debris, dirt, and pollen by filtering out before entering the HVAC system. It helps provide healthy, clean air for you and your engine. Over time the filter will become caked with pollutants and need to be replaced if the cabin air f ... read more

3 Benefits of Tire Rotations

3 Benefits of Tire Rotations

Responsible car care doesn’t stop at oil changes and fluid top-offs. Proper maintenance also includes tire servicing. Tire rotations are essential in increasing their lifespan and efficiency. During a tire rotation, the tires are repositioned either front to back to side to side every 5,000 miles. Rotating the tires allows your tires to wear evenly across all four tires; this maximizes the available tread. There are various signs that your vehicle is due for an alignment. If one of your tires loses pressure faster than the others or there’s vibrating and uneven tire wear, it’s time to schedule an inspection. A tire rotation isn’t a service to stress about because it provides many benefits that outweigh the minor time commitment. Below are three primary reasons you shouldn’t skip a tire rotation service. The tires wire evenly.   Rotating your tires moves them in a different vehicle position over time, allowing them to wear evenly. The tires on t ... read more

Fall Vehicle Tips to Improve Gas Mileage

Fall Vehicle Tips to Improve Gas Mileage

Cars are wonderful because they open several new worlds by way of travel. However, the expense of owning a vehicle can become overwhelming. A driver can find the additional cost burning through their pockets from the car purchase itself to regularly scheduled maintenance. Fuel doesn’t have to be another significant expense. Below are five tips to keep gas expenses low and its usage more efficient. Vehicle Weight Don’t stuff your vehicle up to its weight capacity. Whether it’s carried in the cabin or the trunk, additional weight forces the car to work harder. If the engine has to work harder to move, more fuel will be used.  Tire Pressure Tire pressure is easy to maintain since there are air tanks and tire gauges at most gas stations. If checking your tire pressure makes you uncomfortable, most automotive repair shops will inspect the tire pressure and fill them up for you quickly and usually free of charge. If the tire pressure is too low ... read more

Vehicle Maintenance – Houston Auto Repair

Vehicle Maintenance – Houston Auto Repair

A vehicle is a major financial investment for most individuals, so it's essential to keep it in top-notch condition. Regular vehicle maintenance sets your vehicle on the path to operate efficiently for an extended period of time. Spending on automotive service isn't fun; there are many other cool gadgets to spend on. However, spending a little now helps prevent the bigger, costlier repairs in the future. Maintenance not only promotes longevity, but it saves time and money later down the road. Below are a few preventative maintenance services worth considering.  Rotate the Tires  The tires should be rotated at every oil change. Rotating the tires keep them in prime condition to safely take on various road and weather conditions. As you drive, tires become worn. Tire rotations ensure that there's a balance in tire wear and it extends their life cycle.  Transmission Fluid Make sure there is a sufficient amount of transmission fluid. Trans ... read more

Why Regular Oil Changes Are Important

Why Regular Oil Changes Are Important

Oil is a crucial aspect of your vehicle because it decreases friction inside the engine. High quality, clean oil expands your vehicle’s lifespan by reducing corrosion. It also prevents critical engine components from rubbing together.   Your engine oil becomes dirty and contaminated over time. With regular wear and tear, the oil becomes less effective. If it’s not fixed, with time, significant engine damage and other mechanical failings will occur. While changing your engine oil is one of the most straightforward maintenance tasks, some drivers may still procrastinate or forget to do them. Below are five significant signs you need an oil change: Your motor oil is dark and dirty. If you pop the hood and remove your dipstick, the engine oil should be a bright amber color. If your oil is black, it’s time to get an oil change. You notice a strong smell of burnt oil. A burnt oil smell inside your car cabin is a major indicati ... read more

Tips For Keeping Your Car Cabin Clean & Germ-free

Cleaning and maintaining a sanitized car is more important than ever with the current state of the country. Washing hands and disinfecting high-touched surfaces are two of the best ways to defend against spreading germs. Your car should also receive special treatment. It doesn’t take much for dust and dirt to accumulate every time you drive your vehicle. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, the steering wheel, the shift lever, and any buttons carry bacteria. Find a suitable area for a car wash that allows you to give your vehicle the bit of elbow grease it deserves. Below are a few suggestions to adapt to your next cleaning regimen to defend against spreading illness-causing germs:  According to the CDC, alcohol-based solutions that contain at least 70 percent of alcohol are effective against COVID-19. Household cleaners that kill coronaviruses on hard surfaces at home are suitable cleaning agents for your car’s insides without damaging its interior.  ... read more

A/C Tips for The Summer

Summer is here, and it feels like a sauna outside - the last thing you need is more hot air blasting from your car vents. Is your A/C ready to take on summer temperatures? It’s best to learn what you can do to help if your air conditioner can’t blow an icy chill to offset the sweltering heat.  Don’t rush to turn on “Max A/C” No one wants to wait for their A/C to get cold before they start their dive. It can be tempting to press the “Max A/C” button right away, but this isn’t the most effective. Temperatures inside your car can reach up to 200° degrees; this makes the air inside your vehicle warmer than outside. When the air is hotter inside your car, “Max A/C” works harder and takes longer to cool your vehicle down. It’s best to turn the fan on and set it to “outside” mode to force some of the hot air out. After a few minutes, turn on the A/C and set it to “recirculate&rdquo ... read more