HOUSTON AUTO REPAIR TIPS/ADVICE

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WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY OIL?

The most common answer to this question for most vehicles is every 3,000 miles or three months whichever comes first.

Your engine is the heart and soul of your vehicle. There are hundreds of moving parts working together to make sure your engine performs. Changing your oil regularly is the single most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle performing at its best. The oil keeps your engine lubricated and reduces heat. Over time the oil will get dirty and doesn’t lubricate as well. Changing your oil and filter regularly will keep your engine clean and save on possible costly repair jobs. Contact Steve’s Automotive and get on our oil change-mailing reminder.

MY BRAKES ARE SQUEALING, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

houston auto tips adviceThe squeaky, squealing noise coming from your brakes seems to happen more often than not. Squeals heard the first few stops in the morning are usually normal due to the brakes being cold and little damp from the morning dew. However, sometimes brake squeals are an indicator that your brakes need attention. Some of the common conditions that cause your brakes to squeal are:

  • Improper tightening of lug nuts or caliper hardware
  • Rough finish on resurfaced rotors
  • Worn Rotors
  • Loose fitting brake pads
  • Silicone compound on back of brake pads
  • Missing springs on caliper or pad

If you hear more of a grinding noise rather than a squeak, it could mean your brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If you notice the brake pedal feels different than normal or have continued loss of brake fluid have your brake system checked immediately at Steve’s Automotive.

Noisy, squeaky or grinding sounds coming from your brakes should always be inspected to make sure there isn’t a problem with your braking system. The problem if left alone could result in more expensive repairs with damage to the brake rotors or drums to the point where they may have to be replaced. Don’t wait to repair brakes call today to schedule your brake repair.

WHAT DOES THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT MEAN?

Doesn’t everyone wonder when the check engine light comes on, “Is it serious, Should I pull over and stop………..Just what should I do?

When you start your automobile all of the lights on your dash should come on and as your computer verifies that each component is working properly, the lights should go off. You should only be concerned about the lights that remain on

RED LIGHTS

A red warning light indicates an immediate problem. Pull over and turn your automobile off so that you can access the problem. Check for things like missing belts, alternator is not charging battery, check the fluids like brake fluid, antifreeze, oil and transmission oil. Some of the symptoms that might cause this red warning light are:

  • Engine over heating
  • Low oil pressure
  • Battery Voltage
  • Transmission over heating
  • Brake Failure

YELLOW LIGHTS

Normally the yellow light is a reminder for you to “SERVICE YOUR ENGINE SOON.”

You can proceed with caution but remember your computer system has indicated of a potential problem and is alarming you. If your light remains on each time you start your automobile, its time to see your mechanic at Steve’s Automotive.

When your “SERVICE ENGINE SOON LIGHT” comes on, here are a few common things your mechanic will be checking for:

  • Computer related problems
  • Emissions Components
  • Anti lock brake system
  • Safety restraint systems

It is still always a good idea when you see either red or yellow warning lights to check with your mechanic at Steve’s Automotive and let the pro’s diagnose your problem before it gets more costly.

MY AUTOMOBILE IS OVER HEATING!

houston auto tips advice The cooling system of your vehicle is designed to remove heat from the engine and keep it operating at its normal temperature range. Here are some to he most common places that cause over heating:

WATER PUMP

The water pump moves coolant from the radiator through the engine and back to the radiator. The fan belt or timing belt, one or the other drives the pump. Check to make sure these belts are not broken.

RADIATOR

The radiator is a series of thin channels where the coolant flows through and it is cooled by the air flowing through it. Make sure your radiator is full and the coolant in good condition.

HOSES

Hoses are generally made of rubber and carry the coolant from the radiator to the water pump and from the engine to the radiator. The hoses can dry and crack so inspect them often for deterioration.

THERMOSTAT

The thermostat controls the flow of coolant through the engine. The thermostat keeps coolant from flowing until the engine warms up to its ideal temperature and then releases the coolant. If your thermostat fails in the closed position your engine will overheat since no coolant will be flowing to the engine. Do not continue to drive your car, Call Steve’s Automotive.

COOLANT

Many times called Anti-Freeze, coolant serves multiple functions. It does protect from freezing, provides lubrication for water pump, keeps rust and scale from forming and increases boiling point of water.

Your automobile engine provides lots of heat and keeping that heat in check is a job for Steve’s Automotive.

MY A/C IS NOT COOLING!

Driving in Houston in the summer heat and humidity can be an experience when you’re A/C system is performing, as it should. Being caught without it in June or July is not somewhere you want to be.

Your vehicles air conditioning system can be a very confusing and involve complicated diagnostics and repair procedures. Without going into a lot of technical jargon, the air conditioning compressor is the heart of your automobiles A/C system and the Freon is the lifeblood. This Freon is a gas and liquid combination that is compressed and circulated throughout the A/C system.

The compressed Freon is pushed through the system in different size metal and rubber hoses and a special valve called an expansion valve that cause the gas to expand and contract. This makes the Freon gas very cold and it makes its way to the dash area of your vehicle to the evaporator core. A small fan sits in front of the evaporator core and blows air across the cold evaporator and then into the vents inside your vehicle.

COMMON CAUSES OF LOW OR NO COOLING

From time to time you’re A/C system will need to be recharged. A leak may cause loss of refrigerant and will need to be fixed before recharge of Freon. You will need the specific test equipment to detect leaks at Steve’s Automotive.

  • A faulty fan motor could cause insufficient airflow across the condenser creating low or no cooling.
  • A faulty compressor can also cause air conditioning problems.
  • The A/C and Heating system is one of the most little understood systems in your automobile, Call Steve’s Automotive to guide you in the right direction.

FREE AUTOMOBILE INSPECTION

Steve’s Auto Service provides you a free automobile inspection each time you visit our shop. This is a preventative service we provide to reduce chances of unexpected breakdowns and additional costly repairs.

THIS FREE VISUAL INSPECTION INCLUDES

  • Fluid Levels
  • Wipers
  • Battery
  • Belts
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Turn Signals
  • Filters
  • Suspension
  • Tires

Your automobile manufacturer also recommends a more complete inspection of your automobile systems. They recommend a more in depth inspection for this service and it includes brakes, steering, exhaust and more. Contact Steve’s Automotive to get a print out of your automobiles recommended maintenance schedule.

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Sunday: Closed

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Houston, TX 77056
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