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4 Vehicle Care Tips from Honda Auto Mechanics That Can Save You Money

4 Vehicle Care Tips from Honda Auto Mechanics That Can Save You Money

Regular maintenance of your Honda is the key. Honda is well-known for its reliable vehicles and its wide range of models that cater to different needs and budget.  However, issues will eventually crop up even on top-of-the-line cars, especially with older ones. With proper attention, you can maintain your car’s performance and avoid the steep costs of unplanned repairs. How often should Honda auto mechanics service my car? Most repair technicians in Allen, TX, would advise you to follow your auto maintenance schedule based on mileage. That’s around 3.000-5,000 miles for most Honda cars. We at Craig’s Car Care agree with this, but we also believe that your trip to a Honda repair center should depend on the car’s age and your typical driving conditions ... read more

My Cruise Control Is not Working!

My Cruise Control Is not Working!

My Cruise Control Does Not Work and my Traction Control Light is on! If you drive, you know at some point, something's going to go wrong with your vehicle.  And sometimes, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong, like a flat tire.  But sometimes your vehicle's symptoms can be really weird! One driver was heading to work one day and noticed when he pressed the accelerator, sometimes it wouldn't do anything. He also noticed his cruise control wouldn't work and his traction control light was constantly on. When he took his car in for a diagnosis, boy was he surprised! He learned that it was from an accident he'd had about 6 months earlier which was at the root of his problems.  In January his car had slid on ice when he was in reverse and had gently tapped a tree.  That caused a tiny crack in his rear stoplight.  That crack had gone unnoticed until that July day.  When a summer rain allowed water to seep into the taill ... read more

Questions about Head Gaskets - Craig's Car Care Answers!

Questions about Head Gaskets - Craig's Car Care Answers!

Craigs Car Care, Tech Question: Hi. I bought a new minivan in Fairview and it started smoking white colored smoke out the tail pipe. My Shop over in Lucas near Allen said my head gasket went out. What can I do to prevent this from happening again? Craigs Car Care, Answer: The head gasket fits between the top of the engine and the cylinder head. Its job is to seal that connection and keep oil and coolant circulating in the right parts of the engine. When it leaks from overheating and or a crack, oil can get in the coolant and vice versa. Sometimes coolant or engine oil can get into the combustion chamber where it gets burned with the fuel – which is what makes all that white smoke Landon was talking about. He said his cars engine was new, so it’s likely that the head gasket failed because it was improperly installed – which is very rare. Sometimes they just burn through from age or ot ... read more

5 Things To Look For in Toyota Auto Mechanics

5 Things To Look For in Toyota Auto Mechanics

On the off chance that you are searching for Toyota auto mechanics in your general vicinity, you should know that there are individuals who are attempting to bring in snappy cash from questionable fixes. It can likewise be confounding because of the number of auto shops in your area that offer Toyota fix administrations.  You should search for auto specialists who can keep up your vehicle dependent on Toyota's norms. Auto shops are incredible assistance when you run into issues so you can get back out and about as fast and securely as could reasonably be expected. We share a few hints on what to search for in a Toyota technician.  What You Should Look For When Choosing Toyota Auto Mechanics  At the point when your Toyota needs standard registration or significant fixes, you can go to an autonomous shop with Toyota auto mechanics. Toyota auto-fixes don't need to be confounded. However long you pick the c ... read more

Ford Alternator Repair Allen TX

Ford Alternator Repair Allen TX

Your alternator supplies electricity to your systems and recharges your battery while your engine is running. To keep it running smoothly, you need Ford Alternator Repair Allen, TX. Regular electrical and charging system diagnostics should be performed to avoid issues related to having a bad alternator.   The stored power inside your car battery is not sufficient to power all the electronic features of today’s Ford vehicles. The battery can provide the energy to start your car, but once your car is running with all electronics functioning, the alternator works as a generator that creates an electric current to keep your battery fully charged.    An alternator uses the engine power to give you the electricity needed to listen to your favorite music or podcast the entire time you are on the road. It also keeps your headlights working at night and your airconditioning running on a hot summer day in Allen, TX.   Almost all Ford vehicles have an alternator ... read more

It's getting Darker earlier, are your headlights working?

It's getting Darker earlier, are your headlights working?

Way too many accidents happen at night on Texas roads. There are a lot of factors, but a big one is simply visibility: if you can’t see something, it’s hard to avoid hitting it. There are some things Lucas and Wylie drivers can do to make sure they can see as much as possible when they’re driving in the dark. First of all, keep your windshield clean . Glare from oncoming headlights can obscure obstacles in the road. Clean off that film that builds up on the inside of your windshield. And make sure you have good wiper blades and plenty of washer fluid . Now it could be that your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be . It happens – the bulbs just dim over time. If it’s been a couple of years since you replaced your headlamps and they aren’t lighting up the road like the ... read more

Simple Answers about Wheel Bearings

Simple Answers about Wheel Bearings

Question: I remember my dad having the shop “pack the bearings” on the family car. Is this something I need to have done? Craigs Car Care Answer:  That’s a really good question. At one time, all wheel bearings were “serviceable” and needed to be taken care of from time to time. It’s a little trickier these days. First off, the wheel bearings in your vehicle make sure your wheels rotate smoothly. As you can imagine, with all those revolutions per minute your wheels can generate a lot of heat. The bearings keep that heat down as much as possible. They’re packed in grease for lubrication. The term “packing the bearings” refers to putting fresh grease around the bearings. On many modern vehicles, the wheel bearing assembly is sealed. These wheel bearings are not serviceable so there is no maintenance that can be performed on them. When the bearings wear, the entire assembly is replaced ... read more

How to Save Gas in Allen, Texas!

How to Save Gas in Allen, Texas!

If increased fuel costs are consuming a bigger portion of your budget, you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas – like scheduled maintenance at Craig's Car Care, Inc. in Allen. According to news reports and industry studies, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle in Allen. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional vehicle owners: fleet owners and operators like trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance. Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents expensive repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained ... read more

Prevent Cooling System Problems!

Prevent Cooling System Problems!

Cooling system problems are the most common reason for mechanical failure in Allen. And, they’re largely avoidable. Here’s what Allen car owners need to know about their cooling system. First, the terms coolant and antifreeze are pretty much used interchangeably in Texas. The fluid cools your engine while it’s running and it keeps it from freezing when it’s cold. Your cooling system is filled with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze/coolant. So if you’re topping off antifreeze/coolant, it is important to add the proper amount of each. Distilled water is much better than tap water. Now you can buy pre-mixed coolant so make sure you know what you’re putting in. Two more cautions for Allen car owners: first, never add coolant when the engine is hot . This can lead to serious burns. Second, there are many antifreeze fo ... read more

Have you had your Transmission Serviced recently?

Have you had your Transmission Serviced recently?

It’s easy for Lucas and Allen drivers to forget about servicing their transmission because it doesn’t need it very often, but proper transmission service keeps your car running smoothly and helps you avoid costly repairs down the road. The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you see in used fluid is actually bits of clutch material. This grit flowing through your transmission under pressure eats away at seals and gaskets which can lead to leaks. The transmission operates at very high temperatures – about a hundred degrees higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency. At best, your car transmission won’t operate smoothly. At worse, it could lead to costly damage .   When your transmission’s running properly, it transfers more power from your car engine to the drive wheels, and improves gas ... read more

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