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Car Parts 101 – Car Radiators

Let's talk about car parts! Specifically, an essential part of your car's cooling system, car radiators. Because when it gets hot in Texas, it's really, really hot. Your car's engine works through combustion. Combustion means explosions. Explosions mean heat. For your car to take you across town, it has to produce a lot of heat. Without a cooling system, the engine combustion jacks up the engine's temperatures quickly, causing issues when it gets too hot. The radiator is one car part you don't want to have trouble with, especially in the dead of summer. So, what is a radiator, and how does it work keeping your car cool? What Are the Parts of Car Radiators? You can locate your car's radiator under the hood next to the engine. Radiators come in different makes and models, but they all have the same necessary components. Coolant – the liquid used to conduct the heat away from the engine, transmission, and radiator. Coolants can be gaseous or liquid. However, most modern vehicles [...]

By |2019-07-09T13:21:25-06:00July 9th, 2019|Car Parts|0 Comments

Summer Road Trip Preparation

Summertime is here! With that comes plenty of sunshine, great weather — and the desire to pack up your car and head out on a summer road trip. But, that means a little summer road trip preparation. From getting your oil changed to packing for emergencies (as well as few extra bottles of sunscreen), here's what you need to know about getting your car ready for a road trip! Summer Road Trip Preparation With more than 100 million Americans planning on traveling this year, Summer road trips will be on the top of many of those families lists. And it should be! With Texas (and the surrounding states and areas) offering many gorgeous pit stops, it's time to hit the road! So, what do you need to do for your car before pulling out of the driveway? Check/Change Your Oil Your engine's oil has the large and important task of keeping your engine lubed and running smoothly. Without (or with dirty oil) your road trip may not be that [...]

By |2019-06-26T13:08:17-06:00June 26th, 2019|Car Tips|0 Comments

How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?

Cars today have many safety features, from lane change assist to rearview cameras and even to self-driving vehicles. Even if your vehicle isn’t the newest model, chances are you have at least one or more of the modern safety features — including anti-lock brakes. Starting in the 1990s, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) became a standard among the safety features in all modern cars. And for a good reason! Every time you drive, you use your brakes. Anti-Lock brakes changed the way your car reacts when you have to stop quickly and forcefully. In short, ABS keeps your vehicle’s wheels from all locking up at the same time. A car does not automatically stop just because all four tires have stopped spinning. Instead, the vehicle keeps its momentum, throwing the vehicle into a skid or a spinning motion, causing the driver to lose control of the car potentially. One of the critical features of this braking system is that it allows your car to maintain its grip on the pavement, safely bringing your vehicle [...]

By |2019-06-06T12:21:23-06:00June 6th, 2019|Car Parts, Car Questions|0 Comments

2019 Summer Events in Houston, TX

Summer officially starts on June 21st this year, but the summer mood is already setting in! While you’re enjoying the Springtime weather, you might be thinking about all of the events that start in the summer. We’re sure that you want to make the most of the season, so let’s take a look at some Summer events in Houston you shouldn’t miss out on. Everything from concerts, exhibitions, movies, and festivals – let’s go! 2019 Summer Events in Houston, TX The Texas, Tacos, and Music Festival When: Sunday, June 8, 2019 Where: 130 Spring School Road, Spring, TX 77373 Who doesn’t like tacos, tequila, and music? This festival has live music stages (featuring the Los Lonely Boys, The Suffers and more), tequila tastings, live mariachi bands, artisan vendors, and Luche Libre wrestling. Hosted at Preservation Park in Spring, TX this festival has it all. It goes from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am and has a $15 entrance fee. Pride Houston Parade When: Saturday, June 22, 2019 Where: Downtown Houston Celebrate Houston’s diversity and LGBTQ [...]

By |2019-05-31T15:36:12-06:00May 31st, 2019|Houston Texas|0 Comments

Caring for Your Car’s Air Conditioning

Summer is coming up soon and it can be a real scorcher. Extreme heat can take a toll on your car, just like cold weather can. During the summer heat, coolant is essential to ensure your engine runs well during the change in weather. Air conditioning is also key to surviving the summer season with your car. We all know the feeling of getting into a car during an extremely hot day and turning on the air conditioning full blast. It’s an important part of your day-to-day life during the summer. While you’re gearing up for summer, why not go the extra step to check on your car's air conditioning system? How to Detect an Problem with a Car's Air Conditioning System Detecting a problem with your car’s air conditioning is a pretty simple process. Are you noticing that the air from your air conditioning is not as cold as it used to be? Does it seem to take longer than usual to cool down? Or, is the A/C [...]

9 Questions to Ask Your Car Mechanic

Guess what month it is! Yes, it’s April. It’s also National Car Care Month! Time to celebrate by taking your car into your trusted mechanic. Taking your car into a professional for maintenance is just part of owning a car. There’s no way around it. You may know your mechanic like a family friend, or you could be getting to know them. In either case, there are questions to ask your mechanic to gain the confidence that your auto professional will take the best care of your car. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way and allows you to make the right decisions for you and your car. So let's look at a few questions to ask your mechanic that will go a long way. Questions to Ask Your Mechanic 1. Have you worked on my car’s make and model before? This one is especially true if you are seeing a new mechanic. Sometimes mechanic shops only work on certain types of cars. If you have a [...]

Spring Driving Tips & Hazards

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers! That’s right; it’s Springtime. During Springtime we are ready to get outside and hit the road to some of our favorite vacation destinations. However, don’t forget about road safety! Let’s talk about some of the hazards that Springtime can bring and a few spring driving tips. 9 Spring Driving Tips & Hazards 1. Watch for Animals During colder weather, animals typically become slower and less active. However, that means that when the weather warms up those animals come out of their hiding holes full of energy. Springtime also means that these furry friends have their offspring in tow. Also, since animals don’t know the rules of the road and don’t know how to use and follow wildlife crossing signs, it’s up to you as a motorist to keep a watchful eye out. Remember, dawn and dusk are two times that animals will be most active! 2. Mind the Allergy Medicine While Driving Perhaps you aren’t one of the unlucky [...]

By |2019-04-11T12:26:30-06:00April 11th, 2019|Car Tips|0 Comments

Preventing Flat Tires

Part of owning a car means preparing for problems, including flat tires. And, there are a lot of causes behind just that. The good news is that there are ways to prepare for and prevent flat tires from occurring. Take a look at our tips on preventing flat tires and the warning signs your tire may be losing air. Avoiding and Preventing Flat Tires 1. Check Tire Pressure Losing air from a tire leads to a flat. That’s a no-brainer. So, checking your car’s tire pressure regularly will help you spot a leak before it turns into a flat. If you’re unsure of what your tire pressure should register at, you can find the psi (pounds per square inch) on a label in the driver’s door jamb, in your car's manual or on the side of the tire as well. Cars now come with their sensors that will alert you when a tire is low. Another tell-tale sign of low tire pressure is a drop in your vehicle’s gas [...]

What to Do When Storing Your Car

Storing your car isn't all that uncommon. Maybe you live in a city and don’t drive your vehicle very often. Or, perhaps you plan on traveling and need to store your car in your absence safely. Just because you won’t be driving the vehicle doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan on maintenance and care. If you plan on putting your automobile in storage for an extended amount of time you may consider some of the preparation and maintenance tips listed below. Preparing Your Vehicle for Storage 1. Clean the Vehicle Clean your vehicle inside and out. Cleaning the Interior Make sure that you aren’t leaving anything valuable or something that you may need at a later date inside the car. Make sure to check the trunk. Don’t leave anything inside the vehicle that could cause harm to the interior. Make sure there are no drinks or food left behind before you say ‘goodbye’ to your car. Cleaning the Exterior Wash and inspect your vehicle’s exterior. A thorough cleaning will [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:22:50-06:00March 21st, 2019|Auto Care, Car Questions|0 Comments

Spring Events in Houston, TX

Houston is considered the most populated city in Texas and is full of community events for the surrounding community and visiting tourists. With the excitement of a bustling city and quieter areas, like city parks, there are plenty of things to do in Houston year round. However, with warmer months upon us, here is a list of Spring Events in Houston, TX that the whole family can enjoy. 10 Spring Events in Houston, TX 1. Southeast Texas Fair (March 21 – March 31) Combining entertainment, food, livestock, and carnival rides, the South Texas State Fair & Rodeo is one of the big spring events in Houston that's open to the whole family. Located in Beaumont, the fair’s entrance fee ranges from $4-$8, depending on the day. One of the main attractions is the YMBL Championship Rodeo starting at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 23rd. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association exhibit the U.S.’s top cowboys and cowgirls. Additionally, the fair also provides an opportunity for local artists to show their [...]

By |2019-03-07T11:59:28-06:00March 7th, 2019|Houston Texas|0 Comments