Monthly Archives: September 2014

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Often times overlooked for day to day driving, the cruise control is a great tool to ease the stress of driving, lessen wear on your vehicle, and increase fuel economy. Often times while driving we are bombarded by things begging for our attention and sometimes those things cause our driving skills to slip. Sometimes a swerve toward the other lane, but most of the time a decrease in speed. Setting the cruise control allows the car to maintain a constant RPM and speed, easing the wear and tear of constant speed changes and improves fuel economy by allowing the computer to control the operation of the engine

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Car battery

Car battery

Summer has ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hot. A little Car battery maintenance can go a long way to keep your car starting and running correctly, and stop you from being stranded on the side of the road. Always check to make sure terminals aren’t gunked up and corroded. Poor connections will make your battery over work it’s self trying to start your car. With how hot it gets in Texas, it’s also a good idea to check the level of fluid in your battery’s cells. Low fluid levels can cause a battery to act dead and not hold a charge. Prolonged dry cells can cause permanent damage to your battery which could lead to a costly replacement. Use caution when dealing with a car battery, though they are relatively safe to handle, they can still be hazardous and cause electrocution or spill dangerous liquids

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Never Leave A Child Alone in the Car

Never Leave A Child Alone in the Car

It’s raining and you’re running late for a PTA meeting, your best friend calls to remind you that you signed up to bring the cookies and you’ve just picked the kids up from day care. The grocery store is on the way to the school and you know it’s not the best thing to do but with this weather, you begin to weigh the options of leaving the kids in the car with the vehicle running and doors locked or getting them out and taking them in with you. Just stop. The fact that it’s even an option with children that still go to day care means that it’s not OK. Even in bad weather, a vehicle idling in a parking lot is an invitation to a car thief and children inside won’t stop a thief. Those few minutes you saved by dashing into the store could take your children away from you. Every day parents make decisions that affect their children. Choosing to leave their children in a vehicle whether by choice or because they were distracted and forgot to check the back seat i ... read more

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Why Oil Changes Are Important

Why Oil Changes Are Important

Our bodies use water to help lubricate our joints to allow movement within our limbs. What if I told you that for around $40 I could trade the available water in your body out every 3 months for new clean water that would help your body run easier? No brainer, right? That’s similar to what an oil change is like for your car. The oil is the lubrication that keeps everything moving and flowing through your car. It collects dirt and grime as it goes around and has to be replaced or your engine will start to pay the price. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should state recommended oil change dates and mileage and if your vehicle does better with regular or synthetic oil. Your driving habits will determine what you should follow and you should discuss those with your automotive technician to set up a schedule that works for your habits. Cleaning the old oil out of your engine on a regular basis will help extend the life of your engine because all moving parts need ... read more

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