Antifreeze jugs on an auto parts store shelf

Your engine has to deal with some extreme temperatures every time you drive. Its normal operation produces a huge amount of thermal energy on its own, and the heat of summer only adds to its risk of overheating. At the other extreme, freezing temperatures during the winter can make your engine seize up, causing severe…

A woman frustrated that her car jerks while accelerating.

While diving can be stressful, experiencing a sudden jerk while you accelerate can be downright scary. If a sudden jerk catches you off-guard you may even lose control of your vehicle. It’s important to know the possible reasons your car may jerk while accelerating, and how to fix these issues. Below, we’ve outlined some common…

A truck parked by an ocean with a driver and passenger inside

Idling your car’s engine is sometimes unavoidable. Perhaps you need to find a place to stop and check your GPS quickly, or perhaps you’re waiting for a passenger who will be arriving in a few minutes. Suppose you’re stuck on the road in heavy traffic, or you’re stopped at an especially long red light. Drivers…

Close-up of the underside of a car, showing an engine oil leak.

Your engine is the most important part of your vehicle, and oil is essential for your engine to run properly. If your engine leaks oil, it can cause all kinds of damage to your vehicle over time—not to mention the harm it can cause to the environment. Fortunately, if you know what to look for…

Woman in the passenger seat of a convertible enjoying a summer road trip

Summer is the season for road trips, traveling, and spending time out on the town enjoying fun in the sun. While the summer heat is perfect for enjoying a on the river or at the beach, it can be demanding on your car. The last thing you want to happen while you’re on the road…

A dashboard odometer showing 240,970 miles

The life span of a vehicle doesn’t end when it reaches 100,000 miles plus. Taking proper care of a high mileage vehicle will keep it running like the day it came off the lot. Not only can proper maintenance enable a vehicle to last longer than 100,000 miles, but it also saves money in the…

Woman driving

A vehicle is no small investment, and every motorist wants to know that they’ll get the most out of their purchase and not need to shop for a new one for a while. To achieve this goal, you probably already know that regular maintenance and checkups are important to maintain your engine’s longevity. You might…

An SUV exiting our San Marcos auto service shop after receiving a tune up.

A lot of people understand that a car’s longevity is only going to last as long as you treat your car right. You can’t expect to make a car last if you never put oil in it. Similarly, when it comes to making sure you are getting the most utility out of your vehicle, you…

SUV on a dirt trail overlooking a hill country view

If you have ever taken your vehicle off-road, then you know that a lot more is involved than getting some mud stuck in your grill. It also includes digging through deep sand and mud, kicking up rocks, and taking a dip through streams. Off-roading is more than a hobby. In fact, many enjoy it as…

Auto mechanic holding a new spark plug for demonstration

Motor vehicles are a convenient, luxurious way of getting from place to place. Vehicles carry out this function by way of an engine. The engine converts heat energy into mechanical work, which pushes the wheels into motion. But how precisely does this happen, and what parts do this job? Engines are comprised of pistons that…

Woman exiting a truck to watch the sun rise on a summer road trip

Summer in Texas is a tough time for both man and machine. Similar to your body, a motor vehicle is made up of a maze of complex systems, robust parts and simple tubes whose main function is not only to power the engine but also to make sure the driver and passengers are kept cool…

Woman shifting gears while driving

A car is a man’s best friend. Being used to a car is addictive as well as fun, but sometimes your so-called friendly driving trips may not be received well by your car’s transmission system. Bad driving habits host a barrage of problems, from attracting fines and accidents to crippling your car from time to…

Jeeps covered in snow in the winter

A car, truck or SUV is one of the most valuable possessions you have, so it’s best to understand the optimal way to take care of it. When the weather gets nasty and cold, it can cause havoc on your vehicle, and damage can easily happen. Sometimes this damage is so severe it will cost…

Hand putting money into a piggy bank shaped like a car

In the fast-paced modern world of 2021, cars have become commonplace luxury items, with many families owning more than one per household in order to meet all of their scheduling needs. At the same time, knowledge of maintenance requirements isn’t as popular as the cars themselves. In fact, many individuals end up going into debt…

Certified mechanic at a non-dealer repair shop performing an oil change

If you bought your vehicle from a dealership, whether used or new, it probably came with dealer services or with some form of a warranty. You may wonder if you should have the maintenance that you need, such as an oil change, completed at the dealership that you bought your vehicle at. It is important…

Series of 4 different tire sizes

You might think that a tire is a tire and that your vehicle will run no matter the size of tire that you put on it. The tire is the part of the vehicle that helps you keep it in control, however, as it is the only piece of the vehicle that reaches the ground….

White SUV on suspension equipment in mechanic shop

There are several different odors that may indicate a problem with your engine or the inner workings of your car. You may find that you smell something that’s similar to burnt rubber, or something that smells like smoke. These two types of odors are indicative of problems within the car. Let’s take a look at…

Fireworks reflecting off a vehicle's window

With a new year comes new resolutions. Common resolutions often include being healthier and living a more positive lifestyle. No matter what your resolutions are, having a reliable car is important for getting you to and from your goals. That’s why frequent car maintenance should be at the top of your list of New Year’s…

Soap-covered microfiber cloth on a car's wheel

While we’re always told to never judge a book by it’s cover, that is unfortunately what we as humans tend to do when it comes to appearance. Our vehicles are by no means exempt from that visual judgement. If you want to get the most out of your investment, keep it safe long term, or…

low-mileage vehicle parked in a driveway

Are you considering purchasing a low mileage car, truck or SUV? Do you want a vehicle for your monthly trips, annual gatherings, or when the need arises? Do you want a vocational car? Do you intend to use your car to cover short distances to work? Do you work from home most of the time?…

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