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How to Summerize your Car

How to Summerize your Car

It's no secret that cars require regular maintenance to keep them running properly. But did you know that your car also needs special care during the summer months? That's right, just like you need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, your car needs a little extra TLC during the warmer months to prevent damage from the heat. So, what do you need to do to summerize your car? Here are a few tips: 1. Check Your Tire Pressure One of the most important things you can do to summerize your car is to check the tire pressure. The hot weather can cause the air in your tires to expand, which can lead to decreased fuel efficiency and even a blowout. So, be sure to check your tire pressure regularly and inflate them to the proper level. 2. Change Your Oil Another important summer car care tip is to change your oil. The hot weather can cause your oil to break down faster, so it's important to keep fresh oil in your engine. Most mechanics recommend changing your oil ... read more

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when something's wrong with your car, especially if it's not making any funny noises or acting strange. However, one thing that can indicate something's wrong with your car if you're paying attention is any unusual smells coming from your car. Sometimes these smells may come in through the vents or if you have your window open, indicating you may need to get your car looked at. Different Smells There are a variety of different smells that can indicate a problem with your vehicle. Some of these can even smell like foods you eat or have been around recently, which is why it's important to pay attention. For example, your car could smell like rotten eggs or maple syrup, and if you had McDonald's breakfast earlier that day, you may confuse it with old food instead of issues with your vehicle. A couple of other smells that can indicate an issue with your vehicle are smells of burnt paper or burnt carpet, and one that may not be so ... read more

How Do I Know Which Fuel Is Best For My Car?

How Do I Know Which Fuel Is Best For My Car?

With so many fuel options nowadays, inexperienced drivers or drivers with a new car can get lost. How do you know which fuel to use for your vehicle? Should you go with the cheapest option? Or the most expensive (cause it's probably the best, right?)? Read on to find the answers to these questions.   All combustion engines need some sort of fuel to be injected into their motor to move their vehicle. The combustion engine relies on air, fuel, and ignition model to operate. If one of these elements is incorrect or unbalanced, it can throw off the entire operation and prevent you from driving at all. Each vehicle's make and model has a fuel recommended fuel type (and octane level) suitable with the engine specification. The automaker usually sets the recommendations, and they can be found in the owner's manual and on a sticker near the fill-up spot.   There are so many different types of fuel for today's vehicles. Using the wrong kind of gasoline can lead to ... read more

How Do I Know If My Brakes Need Service?

How Do I Know If My Brakes Need Service?

There are several places you can look to determine if you need your brakes serviced. Some telltale physical signs regarding your brakes and rotors include grinding, squeaking, or screeching down the road. These are all very obvious to detect.   Another sign that you need brake service includes mushy or spongy feeling brakes. If you experience this unusual feeling, it usually means you are low on brake fluid.    Brake fluid is extremely important to the overall performance of your brakes. The braking system is a complex hydraulic system, which is why it is heavily reliant on brake fluid (aka DOT fluid). It is very important that you put the right kind of brake fluid in your car.   How Does Brake Fluid Work? Brake fluid helps braking systems by transferring force into pressure. Not only should you have enough brake fluid in your car, but the fluid condition should be clean. Without the clean and enough brake fluid, your brakes risk all-out failure.   The ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of a Failing Clutch or Torque Converter?

What Are the Symptoms of a Failing Clutch or Torque Converter?

When people think of clutches, they usually only associate them with manual transmission vehicles. However, automatic transmissions also have a clutch system, which is a part of the torque converter system. Regardless of which type of transmission you have, a clutch component allows your vehicle to shift from one gear to another. If the clutch or torque converter starts to experience problems, your vehicle will not do as told. Therefore, your driving will become very dangerous. Here are some prevalent signs of a failing clutch or torque converter! Sign #1: Loose Clutch Pedal (Manual Only) You can usually distinguish a clutch problem if the pedal feels loose in your manual transmission vehicle. If you can press it down to the floor with no resistance, you most likely need your clutch reassembled. Sign #2: Sticky or Squeaky Clutch Pedal (Manual Only) A common problem that some drivers may encounter is a stiff or "sticky" clutch pedal. When you press on the pedal, this feel ... read more

How to Take Care of Your Car For Fall

How to Take Care of Your Car For Fall

It's November, which means fall is in full swing in Round Rock, TX. With your pumpkin spice latte in hand and your holiday shopping list in the other, it can be challenging to keep up with maintenance items, especially pertaining to your car. You should know that fall is the perfect transition period to run through all your car's particular components and ensure it's adept at handling the upcoming fall and winter challenges. Below are six preventative maintenance items to keep your car in tip-top shape for the rest of 2021: Test Your Battery Did you know that your car battery is more likely to drain in the winter? In the cooler months, vehicle batteries endure more wear and tear. We can do a quick battery test at Open Road Automotive, and our professionals can let you know whether you need a new battery soon or not.  Check Your Defroster & Heater You've probably transitioned from A/C to heat by now, but you should make sure that your heat is warm enough an ... read more

What Causes Low Oil Pressure?

What Causes Low Oil Pressure?

Did you know that your engine oil can experience low pressure? If you ever experience this, the smooth, comfortable ride that you're used to is no longer in the picture. Low-pressure oil directly affects your motor and can lead to expensive repairs if neglected. You may be wondering, "What can cause this to happen in the first place". Low oil level is the most common cause of low pressure. The more you drive, the more oil gets used up. When your oil is getting low, the pressure will drop.  Old motor oil can also cause low pressure in your car's engine. Over time, the oil will lose its viscosity and overall effectiveness. Worn bearings and valves can also cause oil to leak, causing pressure to drop. How Does It Affect My Engine? You may find it challenging to start your engine as a result of low oil pressure.  You may also see reduced performance and loss in power while accelerating.  You might hear random, rattling noises coming from under the hoo ... read more

What Happens If You Fail to Change Your Car's Dirty Cabin Filter?

What Happens If You Fail to Change Your Car's Dirty Cabin Filter?

Your car's air filter does more than keep foreign particles out of the air you inhale. Like other components of your vehicle, your air filter can become damaged or clogged with use. Industry experts suggest a replacement of the cabin air filter approximately every 12,000-15,000 miles. For a more accurate number of miles and further guidance, you can refer to your owner's manual for more information.   You may wonder, what happens when you fail to change your car's air filter? Here are some things that can go wrong if you don't change your filter on a regular schedule.  Pollutants Enter Your Cabin Every car, including yours, emits smog and exhaust fumes. If you operate your vehicle in high-traffic areas, then all this vehicle smoke can make its way into your cabin's air circulation system. A healthy in-cabin air filter should catch this pollution. However, if the filter gets old or damaged, it allows pollutants to flow directly into the air you breathe ... read more

Correct These Bad Driving Habits Before It's Too Late

Correct These Bad Driving Habits Before It's Too Late

Whether it's biting your fingernails, binge-watching Netflix, or forgetting to text back, most have a fair share of bad habits. However, you have to be particularly careful about practices that take place behind the wheel. Most people don't recognize that something is wrong because it becomes second nature to them. However, you should always make an effort to correct your bad habits, especially when driving. Cutting back on horrible practices can minimize your chances of getting into an accident. If you commute to work or school every day, remember to practice safe driving and focus entirely on the road.   HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON BAD DRIVING HABITS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on your phone* Driving with your headphones on* Eating or drinking (non-alcoholic) beverages  Drive with one hand Not signaling when switching lanes, parking, or making turns Riding the other cars' tail* Not wearing y ... read more

5 Critical Signs of Clutch Problems

5 Critical Signs of Clutch Problems

Your vehicle's clutch is responsible for transferring an engine's rotational momentum to the transmission and onto your wheels. Without the proper grip, the only way to stop the engine from spinning your car's wheels is to turn the vehicle off. Clutches also aid in gear changes in both manual and automatic transmissions. With all that being said, a malfunctioning clutch makes it very challenging to drive. If you own a vehicle with a manual transmission, there are many indications to look for if you have clutch problems. Clutch replacement can be expensive, complex, and time-consuming. Early diagnosis of clutch issues will save you from the headache and stress.    TOP SIGNS OF CLUTCH FAILURE Your clutch will eventually wear out over time, but you can prolong the repair process for as long as possible. A clutch replacement entails taking out your whole transmission. Depending on your vehicle, it may also need engine hoisting. Here are five symptoms that indicate ... read more

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