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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

Need new tires? Find out with this trick that only costs a penny!

Did you know that you officially need to replace your tires when the tread is below 2/32” thick? And did you know that the distance between the edge of a penny and the top of Lincoln’s head is exactly 2/32”?Convenient, right?Whether you’ve put extra miles on your tires with summer road trips or they are simply nearing the end of their life, this quick test will let you know if it is time to consider new tires.Most tires have “wear bars” that run across the tread pattern. When these become visible, connecting patterns across your tire’s tread, they serve as a warning that your tread is getting bare. But not all tires are designed the same, and sometimes you just need an extra test to know with confidence that it is time to replace your tires. So for a quick tread check, grab a penny! Place the penny, with Lincoln’s head down and facing you, into the tread of the tire.If all or part of Lincoln’s head is obscured by the tread, your tires still have ... read more

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Alignment

Cooling System Flush – is it really necessary?

Overheating is the most common cause of vehicle breakdowns and internal engine damage. As the heat rises in the summer, our shop sees more and more people coming in after breakdowns due to cooling system failure. But there is an easy answer!A cooling system flush can keep your engine running smooth and cool even on the hottest days. Regularly changing your coolant, aka antifreeze, can prevent larger problems for your cooling system and engine and keep your family safe on the road!What is the Cooling System?The cooling system is responsible for keeping your vehicle’s engine from overheating. The engine runs best at a high temperature, so the cooling system helps it to heat up quickly then keep the engine at a regular, constant temperature without overheating as it runs. It accomplishes this by transferring heat into the air with the help of coolant, or antifreeze, and the other components of the cooling sy ... read more

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Cooling System

Do I Really Need a Transmission Flush?

We’ve had many conversations with our customers here in Corpus Christi, TX – any time we recommend a transmission flush, our customers ask questions. So what is a transmission flush? Can’t you just top off the fluid? Is it really necessary?We understand your confusion – a transmission flush isn’t one of the aspects of preventative maintenance that usually come to mind. An oil change, new tires, wiper blades… but a transmission flush? Just like an oil change, your transmission needs regular maintenance to keep your car running smoothly.What is a flush? A transmission flush usually involves connecting your transmission to a professional grade machine to completely flush the transmission fluid out of your vehicle. Running solution through the lines until they come out clean, it then fills your system with new fluid.A transmission fluid change, on the other hand, simply drains the fluid with gravity. A change usually ... read more

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Transmission

Spring Fever!

You know that spring has arrived when flowers start to bloom and so do your allergies! This also means that it’s a good time to have your air filter replaced. Watch the video below to see how a dirty air system can be bad for your car and your health if not cleaned out regularly. Remember, from our quick and efficient oil changes to windshield repairs, our mechanics are always here to help with any of your auto repair needs. Stop by our shop in Corpus Christi, TX or give us a call at (361) 444-1355 to set up an appointment today! * Dub’s Garage is proud to partner with Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you helpful money saving tips like these to help you get more miles for your dollar! www.mondaymorningmechanic.com

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Maintenance

Corpus Christi Car Repair Tips: 5 Ways to Stay Fit In Your Car

Long rides can sometimes make you feel bored and constricted…perhaps even lazy. However, even in the small constrain of your car seat, there’s plenty you can do to stay fit and healthy! This month, we’re shifting from auto repair tips to give you 5 simple exercises that you can do on those long car trips to keep you in shape!Squeeze, Hold, ReleaseWhen you squeeze and hold a muscle, it’s called an isometric contraction. Whatever a muscle’s job is, these exercises help tone and prepare them for that job. Simply squeeze or flex a muscle, hold it for 5 to 10 seconds, and release. Try this with your hands, biceps, or even your thighs.Relax!We all know how being stuck in rush hour can leave us feeling pretty tense. You can release tension in your shoulders with simple shrugs! Raise your shoulders up to your ears, hold it for 8 to 10 seconds, and repeat as many times as you need to feel relaxed! This will not only make your drive better, but also help you wind down from a long day at work.Toe ... read more

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Latest News

Driving Straight

As a driver, you can’t predict what you’ll encounter on the roads in Corpus Christi. But with a wheel alignment, your tires will last longer, you’ll get better gas mileage, and you’ll have a safer drive.Suspension connects your vehicle to its wheels and provides an even, safe drive over uneven streets. Parts of your vehicle’s suspension can bend over time from collisions with curbs and potholes. When these parts alter shape, your wheels become misaligned and cause your car pull to either side. This also means your tires will wear quickly and unevenly.Camber is the angle of the wheel (measured in degrees) when viewed from the front side of the vehicle. When a pair of wheels has their leading edges pointed slightly towards each other, the wheel pair is considered to have a “toe-in” or a negative camber. If the top of the wheels are leaning out from the center of the car, then the camber is “toe-out” or positive. Extreme camber angles can wear out tires unevenly, reduce cornering performa ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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