Monthly Archives: November 2019

Craig's Car Care Inc Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Craig's Car Care Inc Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's Craig's Car Care Inc post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Craig's Car Care Inc service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some LUCAS drivers. Back when we opened Craig's Car Care Inc, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some LUCAS residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Craig's Car Care Inc: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in vehicle automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids devel ... read more

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Fluids

Ask Craig's Car Care Inc: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why LUCAS drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Craig's Car Care Inc in LUCAS. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost on the road, inconv ... read more

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Timing Belt

Lease or Buy?

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for LUCAS drivers. It's always a tough question for auto owners, but here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the vehicle, maybe an initial down payment, monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.LUCAS drivers who lease finance the portion of the cost of the vehicle that's used up during the term of the lease. You'll pay some money up front: fees, security deposit, first month's payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the vehicle to your local LUCAS area dealership. So how do LUCAS drivers decide?First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down payment.How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for an ... read more

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Automotive News

Fuel Filter Service in LUCAS, TX

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because it is a long list, but your service center at Craig's Car Care Inc can help you know what's scheduled to be taken care of.Some of us in LUCAS, TX, really don't look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other things the manufacturer recommends.But automotive maintenance is all about prevention and addressing small problems before they get big. Let's take the fuel filter for example.You may not know this but the median age for private vehicles on our LUCAS, TX, roads is over nine years. When vehicles get older, five years or so, they've accumulated a lot of dirt and rust in their gas tanks. If that dirt gets into the engine it can cause thousands of dollars wor ... read more

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Fuel System
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