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Retaining Your Vehicle’s Resale Value

When you sign those papers to get your vehicle, you’ve purchased an investment. You should be proud of this investment, and take care of it as it was most likely very expensive. However, it should also be in the back of your mind that you are probably not going to drive this car for the rest of your life. That said, it’s important for you to retain your vehicle’s resale value so when you do trade it in, you’ll get the most out of it. Here are a few tips from your local Corpus Christi Mechanic on retaining resale value:Keep it Clean!People associate cleanliness with care, especially when looking for a new vehicle. The more you keep up with your vehicle’s cleanliness—i.e. trash, windows, vacuuming—the more you’ll receive when either selling or trading in your vehicle. Your local Corpus Christi Auto Repair shop also suggests taking your vehicle through the car wash every two weeks!DON’T Customize Your Ride!Yeah, it can be tempting to make your vehicle more “you,” but if you truly want the ... read more

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Transmission Repair Corpus Christi: See a transmission specialist

Many car owners are experts at minor car maintenance—changing tires, oil, and even various fluids. But many times, looking out for your transmission goes overlooked. While it is always recommended you let a trustworthy mechanic at your local transmission repair Corpus Christi center look over your car for scheduled maintenance, here are a few things to look for if you’re suspicious of your transmission failing:Transmission issues happen to the best of us—let’s say after a long day’s work, you notice a small stream of liquid coming from underneath your car, right where the engine is. This is a classic sign of transmission damage—as well as grinding, shaking, or humming—and its presence should send you to straight to your reliable transmission repair Corpus Christi center to get looked at.It’s important to know that a multitude of reasons could be the cause of your leaky transmission. At its base, transmission troubles stem from overheating. Rocking in the snow, towing a heavy trailer, c ... read more

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Transmission

Get Your Alignment in Check

Wheel alignment determines how your car handles, and for an everyday driver, there’s no telling what kind of obstacles you’ll encounter. This is why it is very important to keep your vehicle’s wheels in-line.Suspension is what connects your vehicle to its wheels and provides a smooth, safe ride over uneven streets. Parts of your vehicle’s suspension will bend over time or as a result of collisions with curbs or potholes. As these parts change shape, your wheels may become misaligned and cause your car to veer to one side or go through your tires very quickly.Your vehicle’s suspension has many adjustable components that allow mechanics in Corpus Christi technicians to adjust the wheel’s angle. When you take your vehicle in for an alignment, your technician uses special equipment to make sure the wheels are straight and your vehicle reacts properly to the road and your inputs.Camber is the angle of the wheel (measured in degrees) when viewed from the front of the vehicle. When a pair of ... read more

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Alignment

Is Your car Causing a Ruckus?

Have you ever been driving your car, turned a corner and heard a horrible squealing sound? You start to freak out and get upset because you know you are going to have to bring your car into the shop. Well, here are a few diagnoses for some of the sounds you might hear from your car.A high-pitched, piercing metallic screech is usually a sign that brake maintenance is required. Brake pads have wear indicators that alert the driver to problems. If you suspect you need brake repair in Corpus Christi, be sure to visit an ASE certified technician .A high-pitched metallic tapping sound is often related to engine speed. First check your vehicle’s manual for octane rating, because it could be caused by fuel with a lower octane rating than recommended. Engine ignition timing may be the problem if it doesn’t stop.Loose or worn power steering, fan or air conditioning belts will cause a shrill, sharp squeal.A clicking sound can be related to a loose wheel cover or fan blade.A low-pitched rhythmic r ... read more

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Brakes

Don’t Stall on Maintenance, or Your Car May Stall on You!

How many times do you see a stalled out car on the side of the road? You can usually spot one on a weekly basis. Depending on how much you drive, you could very well see a different car stalled out every day! Some might say that modern vehicles are the cause, but this is a problem that has been around since the introduction of the automobile, and with the increased number of drivers it stands to reason that there are more break downs.Some might say that a break down is just bad luck, but it’s more likely that vehicle neglect is the root of the problem. Rich White, a spokesperson for the National Car Care Council says, “Don’t blame your car. It can’t drive itself to the shop and ask for an oil change or new spark plugs.” With how important transportation is to us nowadays, it is surprising to see how often minor maintenance is overlooked.By simply having periodic check-ups on your car you do much more than just make sure you don’t break down. There is a domino effect anytime a car stall ... read more

Brakes: More than just pads and shoes

The most important system in the automobile, for safety, is the brake system. You change your brake pads when they have outlived their useful life, right? How about brake fluid? Many people overlook that component of the brake system, even though it is an essential part.It has been shown that brake fluid becomes contaminated, on average, every two years. This is important because with it being a hydraulic fluid, its job is to transmit force and apply the brakes. As it becomes contaminated with moisture, the once non-compressible fluid now does compress, causing you to press harder on the brakes for the same amount of stopping power. This means that in a panic stop scenario, the more contaminated the fluid becomes, the longer it will take for you to be able to stop your vehicle.In modern vehicles with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), there is even more reason to flush the brake fluid regularly. Dirty brake fluid can damage the sophisticated and expensive ABS control equipment.To avoid reduced br ... read more

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