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What are the Symptoms of Failing Car A/C?

What are the Symptoms of Failing Car A/C?

The Texas heat is starting to swell, and ensuring that your vehicle's air conditioning system is working at its best is important to your overall comfort on the road. Imagine getting back to your car after it has been parked in the sun all day in mid-July, only to find that your vehicle's A/C isn't working. It's a horrible thought, we know. So, what are some of the signs that your air conditioning is failing and how can you make sure that your vehicle has working A/C all throughout the warm months?  The air conditioning system in your vehicle works with many different components, and over time some of these components can being to fail or leak that vital refrigerant needed to make the air cool. Luckily, the air conditioning system is pretty straight forward for all makes and models of vehicles, so any issue with the system can be quickly repaired here at Dub's Garage.  The following signs can indicate that your car A/C system is starting to fail:  ... read more

Can Hitting Potholes Damage Your Vehicle?

Hitting a pothole in the road causes that instance cringe - it doesn't sound good and you worry that you might have damaged your vehicle. What is a pothole, anyway? A pothole is a hole in the road that is caused by water getting under the pavement and causing the soil to soften. This can causes pieces of the pavement to break apart easily. These potholes can vary in size and depth, with the larger potholes causing the most damage.  The question is - can hitting potholes damage your vehicle? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Driving at higher speeds and hitting a pothole can cause the most damage, especially to the suspension system. Let's look at some of the most common issues that hitting a pothole can cause for your vehicle: Tires - The tires receive a great amount of impact, especially because they actually travel in and out of the pothole. They typically take the biggest blow, and damage can include tire bulges, tears, tread separations, and more. A quick look at you ... read more

Auto Repair is Essential During the COVID-19 Crisis - Dub's Garage is Open!

Auto Repair is Essential During the COVID-19 Crisis - Dub's Garage is Open!

Here at Dub's Garage, we want our customers to know that we remain open following the "stay-at-home" order put into place by Nueces County. Auto care is an essential need in our community, especially for those who are relying on their vehicles to get to work, get ot the doctor's office, or get to the store to buy food and supplies.  Our vehicles need to stay reliable now more than ever, which is why our shop will stay open and ready to help when you might need it most. Whether you have an overdue maintenance item to take care of or you're experiencing some unexpected car trouble, give us a call here at Dub's Garage. You can have peace of mind knowing that we have also made the necessary adjustments to our vehicle handling and services to accommodate CDC regulations and to keep you safe.  Dub's Garage has implemented the following adjustments to safely continue serving you during the COVID-19 outbreak:  We will b ... read more

Seven Things to Keep in Your Glovebox this Summer

Seven Things to Keep in Your Glovebox this Summer

When you're hitting the road for a weekend trip to the beach, park, etc. this summer, you should make sure your vehicle's glovebox: Spare sunglasses - It's hard enough to focus on the road during long road trips, but when the blinding sun bears down on your all day through your windows, it can become miserable. Keep a backup pair of shades in your glove box, preferably polarized to help reduce glare. Hand wipes - Whether you're cleaning up germs, ice cream messes, or sticky children, having wipes handy is always a blessing. Sunscreen and lip balm - One thing you never want to be without during sunny summer days here in Texas is sunscreen. Keeping spare sunscreen and lip balm with SPF in them in your car will prevent you from having to stop at the gas station and pay an arm and a leg for them. Furthermore, be sure to put some on before getting in the car and star ... read more

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Go Green with your Vehicle!

Go Green with your Vehicle!

Is your vehicle harming the environment? Carbon emissions is a natural result of the combustion engine, but if your vehicle is spewing billowing clouds of purple smoke into the atmosphere every time you press the gas pedal, you have much bigger problems.But not to fear! Here are three ways Dub’s Garage will help you Go Green with your vehicle to reduce the harmful effects on our environment, keep Corpus Christi clean and healthy, and ensure your family is safe as you drive on the roads.First, have your gas cap tested. The seal inside can be come worn with time, meaning the gas cap can no longer provide a tight seal for your gas tank. On warm days, your gasoline may evaporate straight into the atmosphere! Not only is this harmful for the environment, but it costs you money. The next time you bring your vehicle into Dub’s Garage, ask us about this effect – our technicians will test your gas cap and make sure it is ... read more

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Coolant Levels and Transmission Leaks

Coolant Levels and Transmission Leaks

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for car owners to come into repair shops with severe leaks from around the front seal area of their transmission. The fluid pours out so fast you’d think the front seal popped out.Then, once the car sits and cools off, the leak goes away… until it heats up again.Would you believe the problem is being caused by low engine coolant in the radiator? It’s true. Here’s what happens:During normal driving, the transmission gets hot just like the engine. To cool the transmission, the fluid is directed through a cooler that sits inside the radiator.When the engine cooling system is working properly, the engine coolant passes over the transmission cooler in the radiator. This allows the heat from the transmission to transfer to the coolant, and then be carried away to the outside air.But if the engine coolant level is low, the coolant won’t immerse the transmission cooler properly. So the cool ... read more

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Avoid Auto Repair Scams

Avoid Auto Repair Scams

While most auto shops you’ll deal with are honest, reputable establishments, there are unfortunately a few bad apples out there that don’t treat their customers with the level of respect they deserve. If you’re concerned that you might be dealing with an unethical repair shop, here are a few red flags to look out for:Ask Questions! If a repair shop is ethical and qualified, like Dub’s Garage, they will want you to understand exactly what condition your vehicle is in and why it needs the repairs it does so that you can make informed, educated decisions. Service advisors should be able to answer your questions in simple, easy-to-understand language and avoid using confusing industry language.Look for quality technicians. If prices seem too good to be true, there’s usually a reason for that. Just like anything else, you get what you pay for in the auto repair world; inexperienced and ... read more

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Rotating Your Tires

Rotating Your Tires

No matter what make or model your vehicle might be, it needs to be equipped with healthy tires in order to perform effectively. As such, keeping your tires in good shape should be a big part of your vehicle's maintenance plan and having your tires rotated regularly should be a cornerstone of that plan. The life of a tire improves by a factor of 20 pct. when regular rotation is conducted which will ensure you get your money's worth out of the tires. In addition to getting you more value out of your tires, regular rotation will also save you money at the pump as your ride will be smoother for longer and you'll be burning less fuel. As a rule of thumb, it's recommended that your tires be rotated every 6,000 miles or so. This can be expedited depending upon a variety of factors. A major source of tire wear is weight distribution. This is especially true for front-wheel drive vehicles as two tires are absorbing the bulk ... read more

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Fluid Flush Frequency

Fluid Flush Frequency

You might not consider fluids to be a vital component of your engine but they’re just as important as anything else and critical to your vehicle’s health. Just like you need to perform regular maintenance on the physical components on your car to keep it in good shape, your fluids need to be tended to regularly as well in order to stay safely on the road.Automotive fluids are involved with a wide variety of mechanical functions, all of which are designed to make sure your motor is working properly. Your fluids should be monitored consistently and changed out regularly so your vehicle stays safely on the road between tune-ups.Brake Fluid. Responsible for amplifying the force with which your car comes to a stop, this hydraulic fluid is typically glycol-ether-based but can also be comprised of silicone or mineral oil depending on the brand. You should generally change this liquid out every year or so to ensure your brake system is able to continue working at an optimal le ... read more

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Tips to Avoid Having your Vehicle Stolen

Tips to Avoid Having your Vehicle Stolen

Having your vehicle stolen is one of the most frustrating and distressing experiences you can go through as a car owner. Even in the event your car is recovered, it will most likely require extensive repairs in addition to your having to fill out forms and paperwork galore and quite possibly engage in turbulent talks with unsympathetic insurance companies.If you’re looking to avoid having to deal with all the headaches and heartaches that tend to come with having your car, or its contents, stolen, here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the odds of your vehicle being taken:Have a thievery deterrent installed. Devices like “The Club” and “Lo-Jacks” are relatively inexpensive and serve as a good visual deterrent to potential thieves. If your car didn’t come with an alarm system installed, it’s not a bad idea to buy one and make sure its presence is well-advertised by stickers and such.Park in well-lit areas. Car thieves tend to avoid high-traffi ... read more

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