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Category Archives: Car Maintenance

4 Huge Benefits of Getting a Radiator Flush

4 Huge Benefits of Getting a Radiator Flush

Regular vehicle maintenance is essential if your goal is to prevent unwanted costly repairs and boost engine performance. Most drivers may be well aware that alignments and oil changes are mandatory for cars to run efficiently. Simultaneously, the radiator and coolant flushes may fly under the radar of one’s consciousness. Coolant or antifreeze regulates the water inside the radiator. It prevents this water from freezing over in cold temperatures and from boiling in hot temperatures. Coolant also works to provide an essential lubricant in the water pump and other significant components. Newer, modern-day vehicle’s typically have cooling systems that are designed to last up to 100,000 miles. However, depending on your driving habits, you may find yourself needing more maintenance than expected. During a radiator flush, a technician pumps up to 5 gallons of antifreeze through the cooling system. During the service, all of the old antifreeze is flushed out, including any conta ... read more

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October Fall Car Care Month!

October Fall Car Care Month!

The non-profit Car Care Council has designated October as the official start of Fall Car Care Month. This is the perfect time to give your vehicle a little extra love before the weather gets colder and rainier in Longview. Performing vehicle maintenance now can prevent unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Maintenance doesn't just involve scheduling repairs; it's also taking time to inspect your vehicle and topping off fluids when necessary. We've comprised a list of five tips that can boost your vehicle's performance throughout the winter.  Check the life of the battery. The temperature surpasses the 90's in Longview, and the excessive heat can drain car batteries. It's best to check how your car battery is now before it gets too cold outside. Pop the hood and make sure it's clean and free of corrosion.  Check the tire tread.  It's important to check your tir ... read more

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5 Signs Your Vehicle’s Thermostat is Failing

5 Signs Your Vehicle’s Thermostat is Failing

The thermostat is a small item that plays a large role in engine performance. Its primary function is to regulate the coolant that flows through the engine. When the engine is off and cold, the thermostat is closed. Once you crank the ignition on, the thermostat will open to regulate the coolant’s temperature so it can adequately recirculate. A functioning thermostat keeps the engine working at an optimum temperature.  Just like any other engine component, the thermostat can become worn or broken as well. If the thermostat is stuck closed due to a malfunction, the coolant won’t sufficiently circulate through the radiator and engine. In comparison, if the thermostat is stuck open, the engine will not heat to a proper level. It’s essential to be aware of signs that the thermostat is due for a service to prevent significant engine damage that may lead to costly repairs. Below are five signs that your vehicle’s thermostat is failing. The Engine is Overheating ... read more

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Important Fluids To Check Before Your Road Trip

Summer is here, and you’re all packed and ready to go on a road trip. You’re anxious to leave and checking your to-do list twice. Did you pack everything you need? Are your passengers ready? Most importantly, is your vehicle ready? Before you start that epic summer road trip, below is a few common vehicle fluids you should check before you leave:  Coolant  It’s already hot, the last thing you need is an overheated engine. You can check your coolant levels in two ways. Once your vehicle is cooled down, check the coolant levels by opening the radiator cap. If the coolant level isn’t near the top of the container, add a bit more to top it off. You can also check your coolant levels by looking at the plastic reservoir next to the radiator. The liquid should be situated between the “minimum” and “maximum” levels. Motor oil The motor oil is one of the most critical liquids to check. While the car ... read more

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Want Longer Lasting Tires? An alignment may be the answer.

If you are experiencing pulling in one direction or vibrations, a tire service professional can conduct an alignment to ensure that your car is properly aligned.  Tire or wheel alignment can help your tires last longer and improve handling. Hitting a curb or pothole can throw your vehicle out of alignment and damage your tires. Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread wear and should be corrected.  When your vehicle is properly aligned, it not only results in extended tire life, but also better fuel economy and a safer ride. Why does Alignment Matter?1. Tire Life. Improper alignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely.  It's ideal to have your vehicle aligned to catch and correct misalignment issues before you experience undue tread wear.  Alignments help you get full mileage out of your tires! 2. Safe Ride.  Poor alignment can lead to your vehicle p ... read more

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