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Need New Tires?

Need New Tires?

Buying tires in Allen is a big deal so, consult with a tire professional at Craig's Car Care, Inc. about proper size, type and grade for your local Allen Texas driving needs.  We can help you balance load requirements, fuel economy, performance, durability and cost.  When buying new tires, it’s best to replace both tires on the same axle in order to keep the rolling diameter as close as possible.  If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you should replace all four tires at the same time because you can run into problems if the tires have different rolling diameters due to wear or different type of tire. Four wheel drive vehicles should have all tires very close to the same rolling diameter to avoid binding and wheel hop between the front and rear axles.  Also, tire manufacturers recommend that if you are buying just two new tires that they be installed on the rear for safer slippery road traction – regardless of which wheels drive the veh ... read more

How's Your Braking?

How's Your Braking?

Brakes really aren't optional equipment. And taking care of them isn't optional either. A regular brake inspection is on every car's maintenance schedule. An inspection will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into a Allen or Allen service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disk and drum. Disk brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle. There are several things that need to be serviced on the brake system. First, the brake pads and shoes wear out with ... read more

Digital Vehicle Inspections - DVI

Digital Vehicle Inspections - DVI

With the complexity of newer cars today, seldom do any of us actually step out and physically look over our cars, SUV's and light trucks. Relying on sensors, lights and warning chimes only goes so far. This month we discuss the merits of our Digital Vehicle Inspection and how you can rest easy knowing your vehicle is in optimum condition. Introducing Digital Vehicle Inspections: Real Time Intelligence. Greater Accuracy. Knowledge is Power. You know that the smarter you are, the more confident you become. Same holds true with vehicle awareness. The more you know about how your vehicle is operating, the more confident driver you become. Having confidence in the machine you operate daily is a major factor in being a good driver. Here is a list of our most commonly asked questions. "Do I have enough tread on my tires?  "Is it safe to use for vacation?" "Is it ready for the weather?"  "Are the fluids in good co ... read more

How are your Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and Struts So you have over 100,000 miles on your car or truck, could be you drive a Honda, Toyota (Lexus) Or Nissan (Infinity), or Maybe a Chevy, Ford or Dodge and the ride is still good, but now a days it may feel the road is getting a little rougher or more noisy than it used to be. Well it could be the road or it could be Your Shock absorbers or Struts may be just at the end of their normal life cycle as things do just wear out and 10 years ish, or 100,000 miles will do that and just not doing all the good they used to. Now it is not critical to replace them as long as they are not leaking fluid or so totally worn out, they feel like your riding in a wagon across the plains 100 years ago. It is true that Shock absorbers and Struts are important and do play a major roll in the safety for handling and steering control when we ask them or need them to work at their peak performance such as in a emergency stop or steering maneuver to swerve around something that just jumps out i ... read more

A Tale of a Bad Water Pump

A Tale of a Bad Water Pump

Your water pump is the heart of your engines cooling system. It is what moves the hot coolant out and away from your engine and to the radiator where it is cooled off with a fan when sitting in traffic or at a stop light and then is cooled by the air as it is blown through the front of the cars grill while you are driving. It is passed around by way of the upper and lower radiator hoses, engine passageways and of course the radiator and heater core (where your heat comes from in the winter to keep you warm) Most water pumps can last between 80,000 to 150,000 miles before the bearings and or seals wear out and it starts to leak or worse yet fails all at once and ends your commute to wherever you were going. If you watch the video this water pump on this jeep was not leaking but was overheating due to the plastic part used for pumping the coolant through the engine had broken in the center and left this engine getting to hot. It had to be towed in to be fixed so the engine did not dama ... read more

Keep your Charge with a good Battery!

Keep your Charge with a good Battery!

Today’s topic is batteries. It seems like everything runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we’re most concerned with here at Craigs Car Care are those in our vehicles. Car batteries wear out just like any other battery and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things drivers should know when looking for a new battery. There are two measurements that come into play: one is cold cranking amps and the other is reserve capacity . Let’s start with cold cranking amps.  This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live, specifically how cold it is where you live. The two factors are that the colder your ford vehicles’s engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with. The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery tha ... read more

What can a Cabin Filter do for you?

What can a Cabin Filter do for you?

My car has a bad smell when I run the heater or air conditioner. A friend said I might need a new cabin air filter – what’s that?  A cabin air filter is a filter that cleans the air that comes into your vehicle's passenger compartments of the car. Most new vehicles sold in Texas now have a cabin air filter. A cabin air filter catches dust, pollen, spores and other dangerous pollutants before they can get into your car's cabin. It’s kind of like the filter in your homes AC System,cleaning the air you breathe inside your car & truck. As you can imagine, it eventually gets filled up and can even start to get smelly. So – you just have it replaced. Now some are really easy to access and others are tougher to get to. Most are behind the glove box area on the passenger's side of your car. A few are mounted under the hood near the windshield also on the passenger side.  Your owner’s manual likely ... read more

Do I need to change the coolant in my radiator?

Question:My engine never overheats.  Do I need to change the coolant in my radiator?That's a really good question to ask, because if you don't have the full answer you and your car may end up in trouble. It would seem that if your engine is running at the proper temperature that everything must be OK. But the fact is that engine overheating is the most common cause of mechanical failure. So how do you get from everything is just fine to suddenly overheating and potential engine damage?Truth is, it is not a sudden process, but it is an invisible one. Your engine coolant circulates through your engine where it absorbs heat and then flows through the radiator by a water pump where it is cooled – and then back to the engine again. As long as the coolant is able to flow freely – and there are no leaks – then the coolant can do its job. This is the point where have to look deeper. ... read more

A Long, Lasting Cooling System For Texas Driving

Our vehicles operate in a wide range of outside temperatures in Texas. That’s why vehicle manufacturers use testing grounds from the frozen tundra to the blistering desert. Your engine coolant must be able to perform in these extreme temperatures, even if we don’t always get the extremes in Allen, Texas.    Coolant has to move heat away from the engine to prevent costly damage. Water does a very good job of holding heat, but it freezes at thirty two degrees (Fahrenheit).    That’s why we mix anti-freeze with water – it lowers the freezing point of the coolant, and raises the boiling point as well. A fifty/fifty blend of water and antifreeze is the usual recommendation from Craigs Car Care, Inc..    And on top of that, coolant has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. Your owners’ manual will tell you what kind of coolant you should use. Of course, your Craig's Car Care, Inc ... read more

It's 95 degrees outside and your A/C is on the Fritz!

My AC /Air Conditioning is not working. What is wrong with it? With the weather getting hotter we are fielding these phone calls every day. While there is more than one answer to this great question I can offer some common ideas and things we see. First is the most common, the freon gas that is used to carry heat away from the cars cabin area has become low from a leak someplace in the system. Another can be an air flow issue from a blower motor for pushing air inside your car's interior that is not working or the cabin air filter is so dirty, air can no longer move past it. Last in the most seen issues is an air box door problem. These doors are used to direct and redirect air from the vents to the defrosters and to the floor or any combination you select. As for the next big question; how much will this cost? It is very hard to get an accurate estimate until we have been able to evaluate the signs and symptoms. We can perform some test to find out what is broken. This part can st ... read more

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