Yearly Archives: 2018

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Craig's Car Care Inc in LUCAS

Tires do a lot of work for LUCAS drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around LUCAS. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three keys to long, even tire wear for LUCAS driving: Proper tire inflation Proper wheel alignment Regular tire rotation and balancing The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power to the road.SUVs and pick-ups ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in LUCAS

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in LUCAS

There's a segment of the LUCAS area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Craig's Car Care Inc for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in LUCAS have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prevented ... read more

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Maintenance

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in LUCAS say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most LUCAS drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories we've heard to emphas ... read more

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Maintenance

The Right Automotive Fluids for LUCAS Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for LUCAS drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in LUCAS should always use the grade recommended by their manufacturer. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Craig's Car Care Inc in LUCAS. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your vehicle cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.Most passenger vehicles on LUCAS roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your vehicle po ... read more

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Fluids

Craig's Car Care Inc Engine Air Filter Replacement

When your experienced Craig's Car Care Inc technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if they tell you to change your air filter.An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren't there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the vehicle engine with the air when you are driving around LUCAS. That dust and debris would get hot, burn and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine. Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved. But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the LUCAS air. This doesn't allow the junk into the vehicle engine, but it does block ... read more

Need a New Battery? Call Craig's Car Care Inc Today

Hello LUCAS drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around LUCAS, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.Your Craig's Car Care Inc service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around LUCAS, as well as the TX climate and durability needs.Contact Craig's Car Care Inc for information on battery replacement.Give us a call. Craig's Car Care Inc 1005 W LUCAS RD LUCAS, TX 75002 972-941-6700 http://www.craigscarcare.com

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Battery

Automotive Tips from Craig's Car Care Inc: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. LUCAS drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Craig's Car Care Inc to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Craig's Car Care Inc service advisor can help you with the timing belt.Give us a call.Craig's Car Care Inc1005 W LUCAS RDLUCAS, TX 75002972-941-6700http://www.craigscarcare.com

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Timing Belt

LUCAS Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among LUCAS drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should LUCAS drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around LUCAS?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero TX temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in TX?Do you drive often in dusty LUCAS areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around LUCAS?Do you drive in very hot or very cold TX weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest LUCAS on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on LUCAS surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the standard recommendation is ... read more

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Maintenance

Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In LUCAS

Every LUCAS car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in LUCAS don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that TX people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Craig's Car Care Inc can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in LUCAS. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your LUCAS home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around LUCAS roads. Your vehicle actually needs about 12,000 times more air than fuel ... read more

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Maintenance

Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Craig's Car Care Inc Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But LUCAS drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a carpet carries the hidden reward of prolonging its life, maintaining our vehicles incurs a hidden reward that becomes noticeable at LUCAS gas stations.When it comes to reduced fuel economy, there are two culprits: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. That means that anything LUCAS drivers can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move something. So if we can reduce fricti ... read more

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Fuel Economy
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