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4 Car Care Basics YOU Should be Doing

How many times do you walk outside, quickly unlock your door, sit down, start your car and proceed to drive without ever checking some basics on your car? I know, the car was absolutely fine when you parked it last night… or so you thought! Some issues, like an oil leak or a flat tire, can appear quickly and leave you stuck on the side of the road.What about when your car has been sitting for a week while on vacation? Have you done a quick safety check or do you once again jump right in without any regard to the condition of your vehicle?Get in the habit of checking these 4 basic things before starting your commute. This will not only help maintain your vehicle, protect your investment, and keep you safe, but a quick check can also preventsmall issues from causing bigger problems and expensive repairs.Test lamps and bulbs. A burntout bulb can get you pulled over and, depending on the officers mood, a costly ticket! Brake lights, headlights, parking li ... read more

Is Battery Corrosion Safe?

As temperatures rise in Corpus Christi, we’ve seen more and more customers coming in with failing batteries. One common culprit: Corrosion.Corrosion on your car battery can reflect normal wear and tear on your vehicle as the battery ages, but it can become worse with high temperatures in the summer months. And while it can be okay to see a small amount of corrosion at the terminal, large buildups can signal a problem.Causes of Battery CorrosionMost often, corrosion occurs on the battery terminals. The sulfuric compound inside car batteries emits hydrogen gas, which can be trapped under the hood and corrode the terminals.Small leaks or loose connections to lead to corrosion. If you notice a crack in the battery or acid leaking on the outside, you might have a serious problem. Bring your vehicle in right away for an inspection and to replace the battery.Symptoms and Warning SignsAs corrosion occurs, you’ll start to see white, green, or b ... read more

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Battery

Oil leaks can mean Big Problems

The slippery puddle underneath your car means more than just a stain on your driveway. An oil leak can indicate a bigger issue, and left unattended can lead to serious problems for your engine.Engine oil is critical for the performance of your vehicle. As it moves through the engine, it keeps every moving part and component lubricated. Without the oil, friction and heat from these parts rubbing against each other cause premature wear and tear, corrosion, and damage to the engine components.At best, you’ll be left with a car that won’t run and a costly repair bill. At worst, you’ll need an engine rebuild or a new engine, or even face a totaled vehicle.Oil isn’t used up – it circulates through the engine, but it should never leave the engine, burn up, or evaporate. If you check your oil and find the level is low, you know you have a problem. Most likely, the oil is leaking from the engine.Bring your vehicle into a trusted and certified auto repair ... read more

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Fluids

Busting Gasoline Myths – What to do (and not do) to get the best Mileage

We’ve all heard tips and tricks to nudge up the miles per gallon we get from our vehicle – from miracle pills to drafting to car repair. But what advice actually helps, and what is just an urban myth?1. Gas additives and gadgets to boost fuel. Every so often, a slick company offers a “miracle solution” like a pill or additive to ramp up your miles per gallon. In reality, most of these tricks do NOTHING to improve your mileage, some even put your engine at risk.The most common one we see in our shop is Octane Boosters. The only way these chemical solutions work is if you’re putting in the wrong octane of gasoline to begin. Raising the octane with (potentially harmful) chemicals doesn’t improve your gas mileage. Plain and simple. Rather than choosing the cheapest gas and investing in expensive chemicals, save yourself the time, money, and risk – buy the right gasoline and avoid octane boosters.2. Leave your gas tank half full. The idea behind this practi ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Weird & Surprising Auto Laws from across the Country

Weird & Surprising Auto Laws from across the Country

We’re all too familiar with parking and speeding tickets… but did you know it’s illegal to drive within an arm’s length of alcohol, including alcohol in someone else’s blood stream, in Texas?The auto repair experts at Dub’s Garage are here to keep you informed and keep your vehicle safe – give us a call at 361.444.1355 for vehicle maintenance and stay safely on the roads in Corpus Christi.From common sense to just plain weird, there are some unusual traffic laws across the country. And while not all of these may be strictly enforced, it’s worth a look at these surprising auto tickets:No Common Sense…It’s illegal to drive while blindfolded (Alabama)Don’t take a nap on the street… it’s illegal to “use the road as a bed” (Eureka, California)Not only is it unwise, it’s illegal to jump from a car at 65 mph (Glendale, California)Stay on the roads! It’s illegal to drive on sidewalks (Dunn, North Carolina) or through playgrounds (Dublin, Georgia) or through a cemet ... read more

EXTREME Road Conditions

Could your car handle these roads?Winter across the country brings unpredictable weather and potentially hazardous road conditions. To prepare your car for any road condition in Corpus Christi, TX, call our team of ASE-Certified auto technicians at 361.444.1355.While we prepare for the roads in our own town, we’re also taking a moment to consider these extreme road conditions. Could your car handle these roads? RainThough rain seems harmless enough, heavy storms can create frightening road conditions. Rain and fog reduce visibility, and wet roads affect traction – in fact, 30% of ran-off-the-road accidents are caused by wet roads. The risk of hydroplaning combined with reckless drivers can make rain one of the most dangerous conditions for driving.Prepare: Check your headlights so other drivers can see you through rain, mist, or fog. Test your air conditioning, defroster, windshield wipers ... read more

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Car Tips

New Year, New Cars at the Detroit Auto Show!

It’s a new year, which means new cars! This month, Detroit hosts the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Starting with press, industry, and charity previews January 12-16, the public auto show runs nine days from Saturday, January 17 through Sunday, January 25, 2015.This auto show is a popular venue for automakers to unveil new product launches for the year ahead. For 2015, there are about 40-50 potential launches anticipated during the two days of Press Preview (January 12 and 13).Not only is the Detroit Auto Show an opportunity to announce new vehicles, it’s also a venue to showcase the most impressive vehicles found across the world. An estimated $6 million worth of exotic vehicles will be on display at the auto show at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan.This year marks the 27th anniversary of this NAIAS international event. According to their ... read more

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Automotive News

8 Gift Ideas for your Vehicle!

The holiday season is officially here! People across Corpus Christi, TX, and the country are flooding into stores, shopping for gifts for all the special people on their lists. But what about your vehicle?Whether you need a gift idea for a car lover on your list or want to take advantage of holiday prices, don’t leave your car out of the festivities! Explore these auto gift ideas for inspiration:1 – USB chargerThese handy devices have a wide range of uses (and only cost a few dollars!). Plug in your phone, camera, tablet, mp3 player, or any USB connected device for an on-the-go charge ... read more

Putting together your Auto Emergency Kit

No matter how carefully you drive, emergencies happen. Whether it’s an inconvenient flat tire, a bad car accident, or unpredictable weather, the last thing you want is to be stuck unprepared, stranded on the side of the road. And while emergencies may be inevitable, you can be ready to handle common situations with an auto emergency kit!Auto emergency kits can be purchased in most auto parts stores, online, and even at stores like Walmart, but it’s easy to create your own. Below are ten things you should include in your auto emergency kit:Cell phone charger – Most people own and carry their cell phone nearly constantly. Using your cell phone while driving is always a bad idea, but it can be nice to have one with you in cases of emergency. It is best have your phone fully charged before you set ... read more

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Car Tips, Safety

October is Fall Car Care Month! (Infographic)

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: preventative maintenance is critical to keeping your car safe on the road. And now – during National Fall Car Care Month – is the perfect opportunity to review car care basics!Regular oil changes, properly inflated tires, and keeping up with recommended maintenance can help you extend the life of your vehicle and improve the way it drives. Check out this infographic of 5 key systems you should be monitoring:Regular care and inspections will help you prevent breakdowns and avoid costly repairs by addressing small issues before they cause further damage. Get more miles out of every dollar! To schedule your next oil change and inspection, call us at 361.444.1355. Happy Car Care Month

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Maintenance
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