A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Austin, Texas, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Som...
Posted in Inspection
on April 18, 2018
Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do w...
Posted in Timing Belt
on April 08, 2018
We've all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from Austin. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It's a wonder we even dare drive on Texas roads.The truth is that all ...
Posted in Service Standards
on April 03, 2018
When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effect...
Posted in Monitoring System
on March 25, 2018
Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that Austin auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in Texas.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system...
Posted in Cooling System
on March 20, 2018
You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents. After all, mice, rats and squirrels—even rabbits—have been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire. They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fi...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on March 13, 2018
When we Austin residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ab...
Posted in Diagnostics
on March 05, 2018
Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around Austin on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considere...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on February 27, 2018
Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us Austin drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in Texas, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive m...
Posted in Fuel Economy
on February 21, 2018
If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Austin. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better u...
Posted in Timing Belt
on February 13, 2018