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Understanding How to Do an Oil Change Even if You Hire Austin’s Automotive Specialists

An oil change may look simple in videos or instructions, but there's actually a bit more to it than you think. Many business people don't like the potential for getting oil spills on their clothing or on their vehicles. Many HOAs and apartment buildings also don't allow owners to change their vehicle's oil due to the potential for spillage. Even if you choose to visit Austin's Automotive Specialists in Round Rock to do your oil change, it's still beneficial to know how one is done.Buy Your Supplies & Warm Up Your Engine You'll need oil that's suitable for the make and model of your vehicle, as well as an oil filter. It's also much simpler to do your oil change when your vehicle's engine has been warmed up for two or three minutes. This enables the oil to flow out of the engine much easier. Turn off your engine after this point so that the oil isn't too hot. Find the Drain Plug Refer to your car's manual and find the drain plug. This looks like a large nut or plug that needs to be u ... read more

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Be Prepared for Your Next Auto Tuneup So Your Vehicle Gets the Service It Needs

It's important to understand what to expect from your next auto tuneup appointment. The better you can communicate the issues and problems of your vehicle to your mechanic, the greater the chances they can find the problems in a timely manner, and get them fixed for a reasonable cost. Here are a few tips to help you get through that sometimes stressful but necessary tuneup appointment. Regular Tuneups Should Be Scheduled If there is anything suspicious happening with your vehicle, don't tune it out, get it tuned up. This can be anything that is making your vehicle perform differently then before. It's also important that you have routine maintenance checks to keep your vehicle in optimum order. A service technician may even find problems with your vehicle that you weren't aware of. Be On Time for Your Tuneup Appointment It's important to be respectful of everyone's time. You've been booked in for a time and date, so it's important to arrive at that time. Failure to show up can result i ... read more

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Auto Repair

Well-Functioning Brakes Are Essential for Road Safety

We take our vehicle's brakes for granted until they fail. Hopefully if that happens everyone has stayed safe. But it can be a major annoyance to have your vehicle break down when you're on your way to a big meeting or a special family event. It's important to pay attention to your car and be aware of the most common signs that your brakes can be failing. Ideally, they should be checked every six months. Poor Braking Performance If you're finding that it's hard to stop your vehicle, then your brakes could be failing. You may feel your vehicle trying to pull off to the left or right sides of the road when slowing down, despite a straight stretch and no wind. You may even experience the loss of the brake pedal which can cause great alarm, particularly when brakes are required for safety on the road. You may even feel the brake pedal vibrating. There may be excessive drag felt during acceleration. Unusual Sounds When Braking Often squealing or grinding sounds may be heard during braking if ... read more

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Brake Repair

What is Auto Maintenance & What Needs to Be Done

A vehicle can be a complex machine that can cause trouble if you neglect it. Regular maintenance is perhaps the single most important task you can do as a car owner. Not only will your car stay safe on the road, but you can save money on potential repairs in the future. Preventative maintenance can be a complex issue, so let's narrow it down to some of the essential basics. Check Your Owner's Manual When you purchased your vehicle it came with an owner's manual. If you've lost it, you can purchase a new one online. It's important to read this manual from cover to cover. Inside, it'll offer advice as to how often to do an oil change, when to change the filters, drive and timing belts, etc. Your owner's manual will even tell you what the right type of gas to put in your vehicle is, so it can remain in optimum running order. Do Your Own Inspection First You should be regularly examining your vehicle inside and out on a regular basis, because you can visually spot anything that's wrong or ... read more

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Auto Repair

Avoiding Car Tuneups is Going to Cost You Time & Money in the Future

Every person who owns a car or truck knows that sooner or later that they're going to have to book a vehicle tuneup appointment. Even though people know this is a necessary part of good vehicle maintenance, many think that they can skip an appointment or two, as they feel their vehicle is in optimum running order. Here are a few reasons why you want to stick to a regular tuneup schedule in order to avoid auto repairs, brake repairs, and more. Safety of Your Family in Texas Each year in Texas thousands of drivers have brake failures. Fortunately, most people are able to safely pull to the side of the road and call for help. But there have been instances where people have lost their lives due to brake failure, or from hitting another vehicle because their brakes were sluggish and didn't function properly. Perhaps the safety of your family will be the number one reason why you book your auto checkup appointment today. Your Car or Truck Will Have a Longer Life If you drive your car into th ... read more

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Tune-Up