Budget For Maintenance in Bryan College Station

December 17th, 2014 by shopdan

Sometimes busy Bryan College Station residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around College Station in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today’s automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Bryan College Station auto owners spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today’s vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.

Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today’s Bryan College Station auto owners would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience; and it’s likely that yesterday’s Bryan College Station car owners didn’t care much for it, either. So on today’s vehicles, the fuel pump is actually located inside the gas tank. Problem solved. No more vapor lock. The downside is that now it costs a lot more to repair or replace a fuel pump at Bryan College Station area auto service centers.

Bryan College Station drivers should certainly should be grateful for the improvements in auto design that keep us off the side of the road, but it comes at a price. Car care in Bryan College Station is simply more pricey than it used to be. So if you think about it, Texas car owners can avoid many expensive car or SUV repairs by preventive maintenance. If we plan for maintenance, we can avoid a lot of costly repairs.

Edmunds.com has a great calculator to help you estimate car repair costs. College Station auto owners can enter the year, make and model for your vehicle, and the calculator will give you an estimate of what it will cost to service and repair your vehicle for the next five years. It also estimates the costs for depreciation, financing, insurance, taxes and fuel.

These estimates can be used to set up a reasonable budget to manage your car repair and maintenance expenses. Of course, they are just estimates. All Bryan auto owners know that life hands out a lot of surprises — some good, some bad, so there’s no way to know exactly what your car or SUV will need. But a good estimate helps you make a good budget, and a good budget is always helpful when it comes to car repairs.

Let’s look at one example. For a 2003 Toyota Camry, here is Edmunds’ estimate for the cost of repairs and maintenance for the next three years (as of the time of this writing):

Yr. 1 Yr. 2  
Yr. 3 
3-Yr. Total  
Maintenance 748    
225      
794     
1767  
Repairs 352      
409 476 1237  
                           Total 1,100 634 1,270 3,004  
Monthly Average 92 53 106 83  

According to this estimate, the owner needs to set aside about $83 a month to defray the costs of car care. That sounds like a lot until you compare it to the payment on a new automobile. And even if car repairs are more pricey than expected, that $83 is going to make the bills a lot less painful.

Just a bit of auto advice from Superior Auto Service: If you like new cars and can afford them, then buy them. But if you are buying a new car every few years because you’re afraid of the higher repair costs for older vehicles, then you ought to take a second look at the numbers. You can save a lot of money on car payments and Texas auto insurance with an older Bryan College Station vehicle, and preventive auto maintenance can help you avoid most car repair bills. And if you budget for vital preventive maintenance in Texas, it can become as routine as a car payment — only a whole lot less costly!

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December 9th, 2014 by shopdan

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There are a lot of things in life that Bryan College Station residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Bryan College Station dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don’t stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences.

Scheduled maintenance is also part of good car care. Bryan College Station drivers should take their car or SUVs in regularly for a good check-up. But many College Station folks struggle to remember, or actually even ignore, this auto advice. When it comes to our cars, we’re more likely to listen to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” than “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.

Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant/antifreeze, for example, vehicle can prevent cooling system leaks. Repairing leaks can prevent engine failure. So why do we procrastinate?

One reason might be that “ignorance is bliss.” We can see dirty dishes on the counter and how long our grass is getting; we can smell how dirty our clothes are; but we don’t notice how dirty our transmission fluid is getting. However, trouble in our car or SUVs is like trouble in our bodies—ignorance is not bliss. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage, and inadequate coolant can lead to engine damage. However, we can’t know about either one unless we take the time for a diagnostic check-up at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station.

Another reason us Bryan College Station drivers put off scheduled maintenance for our vehicles may be that we are simply intimidated by automotive care. After all, we understand how to take care of clothing, dishes, lawns, etc. Most of us have a basic working knowledge of our bodies and feel qualified to explain how we feel. But our vehicles? What exactly does routine, preventive maintenance involve? Most Bryan College Station drivers don’t know.

Of course, our car or SUVs come with owner’s manuals that do a good job of explaining what routine maintenance is and how often our vehicles need it. But how many Bryan College Station motorists actually read them?

The good news is that all Bryan College Station auto owners have to do is remember to take our vehicles to a reputable, service center like Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station. Like a good doctor, your honest and friendly Superior Auto Service technician will be able to tell you what maintenance and service your car needs and when. The service center can track your car’s maintenance records—just as a doctor maintains your health records—so that your vehicle is getting the service it needs in a timely manner.

Here are some guidelines to help Bryan College Station motorists understand the basics of preventive maintenance: Fluids. If it’s a liquid, it has to be replaced regularly. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often. Liquids include oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and differential fluid. There may be others. Check with your owner’s manual or your service center for specifics on your vehicle.

Tires. They need routine, scheduled care to wear well. Primarily, they need air. But they also need to be rotated, balanced and aligned.

Brakes. Brakes and shock absorbers wear out. There’s no way to avoid it. Worn parts need to be replaced.

Fuel. Obviously your car or SUV needs gas on a regular basis. But the fuel system also needs periodic maintenance. Air filters and fuel filters get dirty and need to be replaced. The fuel system needs to be kept clean.

These are the basics of car maintenance. Of course, there are other parts of your car that need to be inspected regularly, such as the battery, exhaust system, belts, etc. These parts have longer life cycles than your fluids, tires, brakes and filters, and so don’t need to be replaced as often.

If you are taking your car or SUV in for the basics, then your Bryan College Station service center will let you know when it is time for an inspection of these other things. Or they may notice a problem when doing routine maintenance and let you know. Either way, you’ll get a heads-up when your vehicle needs more attention.

If you’re not convinced yet that your car or SUV needs regular service, consider this: not doing so will cost you in decreased fuel efficiency, lower performance and compromised safety. These could lead to pricey repair bills and costly accidents.

Just like a good dental check-up, a good auto check-up at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station can save you from experiencing embarrassing, costly and painful situations.

Put On The Brakes: Brake Service At Superior Auto Service

December 3rd, 2014 by shopdan

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When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most Bryan College Station motorists know how vital it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.

The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and that brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.

Worn BrakesBrake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn’t mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.

But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter. A brake inspection in Bryan College Station at Superior Auto Service includes a check of these parts as well as the pads and shoes. Your honest and friendly Superior Auto Service service professional can then advise you of any parts that need cleaning or replacement.

The fluid component to the brake system needs a regular check-up at Superior Auto Service as well. The brake fluid cools and protects your brake system. Protective additives are gradually depleted by the operation of the brake system, and moisture build-up inside the fluid can diminish its effectiveness. When you have your brakes serviced at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station, the fluid should be checked and, if needed, replaced, which will clean out water, debris and dirt.

It is essential to remember that your brake system also includes your tires. No matter how well your brake system is performing, if your car or SUV tires are worn, you won’t get good stopping power. Traction is the gripping power of your tires to the roadway. Traction is always better on tires with a good tread. Good traction translates to good braking.

This is particularly vital on wet Bryan roads. A good tire will give you good braking on either wet Texas roads or dry. But stopping distance increases dramatically when worn tires meet wet roads. Tread on a tire acts to channel away water as the car or SUV passes over the wet road, thus maintaining contact between the tire’s surface and the road, which maintains traction. But the thinner the tread, the less effective the water channels become, and water can get between the tire and the roadway, reducing friction. A loss of friction means a longer stopping distance and possibly the loss of control.

Braking depends on two things: the weight of your car or SUV and the speed of the vehicle. The heavier the vehicle or the faster the vehicle, the more braking power it requires. Thus, brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle. For example, a pickup that is designed for heavy loads has a more powerful braking system than a compact car. Sports cars also have higher-grade braking systems than minivans.

Regardless of what kind of car you drive in Bryan College Station, it is always good auto advice to keep your brake system in good repair, and that means ALL of your brake system. Just one more way to keep your travels accident and worry-free. Give us a call (979) 846-5344

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Hitting The Brakes In Bryan College Station

November 25th, 2014 by shopdan

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Safety should always be a critical element of your car care. So even if you don’t care about how your car looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other Bryan College Station car owners — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.

Brakes need a regular inspection. There are vital parts that wear out or wear down, and it’s best to replace them before you have problems.

Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that’s a good sign that you need your brakes checked. Bryan College Station auto owners can also tell something is wrong with their brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate problems. If vibrations accompany braking, then it is critical to get your brakes checked.

Brakes come in two basic types. With disk brakes, a rotor is attached to the axle of the vehicle. Padded calipers straddle the rotor, which close when the brakes are applied. The resulting friction causes the rotor — and the axle — to stop turning. With drum brakes, brake pads (also called shoes) press against the inside of a drum to create friction and stop the drum, and hence the car or SUV’s wheels, from turning.

When Superior Auto Service services your brake system, your honest and friendly service specialist checks all of the brake pads for wear. If they are too thin, they need to be replaced. This is an inexpensive repair at Superior Auto Service compared to what procrastination will cost you. If pads wear away completely, then the rotors and drums can be damaged. They will have to be either resurfaced or replaced, and that can be expensive. But if your car or SUV brake pads are worn out, then your brakes are compromised and your stopping power is greatly reduced. You could easily wind up in an accident.

Brake pads come in several different grades such as regular, metallic and ceramic. The higher grades are more pricey in Bryan College Station, but they also work better. Texas car owners who want better and smoother braking, should consider upgrading. However, College Station drivers should NEVER use a brake pad that is lower than your car maker’s recommendation.

After you your brake pads are checked at Superior Auto Service, it’s vital to have your brake fluid checked. This is a critical element in your brake system. When you press your brake pedal, you are compressing the brake fluid, creating pressure that activates the brake pads. If your fluid pressure is low, it will curtail your braking power. The pads just won’t be able to press hard enough against the rotor or drum to stop your car or SUV. Just as with worn pads, insufficient brake fluid can lead to a dangerous and costly accident in Bryan College Station.

Water can build up in your brake fluid, which can cause harmful corrosion in your braking system. Eventually this can cause your brake fluid to leak. So Bryan College Station car owners should also change their brake fluid periodically. Your car or SUV owner’s manual will have guidelines on how often it should be replaced or ask a honest and friendly tech at Superior Auto Service. We have been servicing brake systems in Bryan College Station for 32 years.

Remember, College Station folks, safety first. It’s vital auto advice for all Bryan College Station car owners on the road. You’re not just protecting others; you’re protecting yourself.

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The Superior Auto Service Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

November 19th, 2014 by shopdan

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The team at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station and Texas car owners are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Bryan College Station auto owners want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more Bryan College Station drivers can do? After all, some of us Bryan College Station folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from Bryan College Station to Bryan. And that means buying more gas in Bryan College Station and producing more emissions.

Of course, your car or SUV’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise.

But look around your car or SUV. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around Texas? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Bryan College Station home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don’t. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don’t.

Clean out your Bryan College Station. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around Bryan College Station in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food, and regular old dirt. Even if it’s not a lot of weight, you’ll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

Now, don’t toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your Bryan College Station when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some money in Bryan College Station
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Drive Defensively In Texas

November 13th, 2014 by shopdan

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Car care is a vital part of auto safety in Bryan College Station. But the most important thing we can do to improve safety on Texas roads is to drive safely.

Defensive driving is safe driving. And defensive driving is all about attitude. You have to decide that you will be a safe driver in Texas, no matter what anyone else is doing.

Bryan College Station motorists can start with awareness. Always maintain awareness of your surroundings, the road conditions, other vehicles on the Bryan College Station road or expressway and road hazards. Have you ever suddenly realized that you have arrived somewhere, but you don’t really remember driving there? That is unsafe driving.

Never assume that other Bryan College Station drivers are paying attention. You be the one on alert. You be the one to take initiative to stay out of the way of other Texas drivers. And don’t let familiarity dull your alertness. Remind yourself to pay as close attention while driving on the roads near your Bryan College Station home as you would in unfamiliar territory around Texas.

Prepare your car or SUV so you can give the road your full attention. Secure passengers and pets before leaving the driveway. Secure loose items in your car or SUV so they can’t become projectiles if you have to brake suddenly. If children or pets become a distraction while driving, pull over and take care of the problem before re-entering traffic. Unclutter your windows. Take down the danglies from your rearview mirror. And don’t use your car or SUV dashboard as an office. Move distractions and clutter to the backseat. Keep your windshield clear.

Properly maintain your car or SUV. Preventive maintenance doesn’t just prevent repairs; it prevents unsafe vehicles. Make sure your tires, lights, brakes, suspension, alignment and steering get regular check-ups at Superior Auto Service. Also, listen to your honest and friendly Superior Auto Service service specialist when he gives you auto advice about other systems in your car or SUV. Knowing about the wear and tear on your car or SUV can help you avoid dangerous situations.

Avoid driving when you are sleepy or angry. Get a good night’s sleep before a road trip in Texas, and learn to set aside relationship, job or other issues while you are in a vehicle. Again, you have to take charge of your own safety. Don’t daydream in your vehicle. Also, talking to passengers can be a distraction. Keep your mind on the road. Conversations may keep you from daydreaming or excessive boredom on a long trip, but always keep your driving foremost in your mind.

Maintain a proper speed. Driving too fast is dangerous on crowded Bryan College Station roads, but driving too slowly can cause accidents, too. At night, don’t overdrive your headlights. Your stopping distance needs to be shorter than the distance your headlights are illuminating.

Never drink and drive. Alcohol plays a part in half of all fatal accidents in Texas and nationally. Also, don’t drive drugged. Pay attention to the warning labels on any medications you are taking.

Other College Station motorists need to see you and know what you want to do. Use your car or SUV turn signals, and stay out of other Texas drivers’ blind spots.

If you can, avoid driving over debris in the road. You can damage your car or SUV or end up in an accident. Of course, if swerving to avoid the debris is dangerous, then slow down and navigate as best you can. Do what you can to alert other drivers to the problem. You may want to pull to the side of the Brazos Valley road and report the debris or move it to the side of the road, if you can do so safely.

Never follow too closely on College Station roads or expressways. Observe the two-second rule. Choose an object ahead such as a tree or traffic sign. As the car in front of you passes it, start counting: one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand. If you reach the object before you’re done, you’re too close. Back off.

If you are on one of the Texas highways, or if you are hauling a heavy load, or if you are tired, or if in any way you are not the model of the alert and attentive driver, then increase that two-second rule to three seconds. Give yourself an added measure of safety. If the College Station weather is bad, increase the rule to five seconds.

Inevitably, someone always pulls in front of you when you are trying to follow the “seconds” rules. Don’t get mad. Just back off and leave them to their bad driving habits. Remember, you are not going to give up your safety for anyone else’s cussedness. It’s always a bad trade.

If someone is following you too closely, pull over and let them pass. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going. If you’re late, worry about it after you’re there, not while you’re on the road.

If you see a vehicle driving erratically in Bryan College Station, stay away. Take the next right or the next exit off the interstate. Notify the Bryan College Station police as soon as you are safely stopped.

And of course, don’t be the idiot driver we all complain about in Bryan College Station. Don’t contest your right-of-way, don’t race to beat someone to a merge, and don’t cut into someone else’s two seconds of space. Winning these types of ego trips may end up losing you your car or SUV—or worse, your life or the life of a friend.

The professional automotive team at Superior Auto Service wants all Bryan College Station car owners to stay smart and stay safe.

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Gear Up: Transmission Service at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station

November 6th, 2014 by shopdan

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The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.

How does it know when to change gears? Today’s automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing, and changes the gears as needed.

Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds” are being added. Almost all vehicles have at least four speeds. Five or six is common. Some auto manufacturers are even increasing to seven or eight – up to ten. Adding gears has a lot of advantages for Bryan College Station auto owners: it improves gas mileage and increases performance.

But there is a drawback for Bryan College Station car owners: more gears equals more parts and a more complex transmission system. Plus, all those parts need to fit into the same space as older, less complex transmissions. This means that today’s transmissions are engineered to much tighter tolerances. In other words, they demand meticulous care from Bryan College Station drivers. Transmissions are designed for durability. But that durability can be compromised if they aren’t given proper care.

Transmission FluidThat’s why changing transmission fluid is such an important part of preventive maintenance for Bryan College Station motorists. Transmission fluid lubricates the transmission and keeps it in good working order. But if the fluid runs low, transmission parts will wear out quickly or suffer expensive damage due to increased friction. The transmission can even fail.

Dirty transmission fluid can clog the small passageways in the transmission, blocking lubricant from reaching all of its parts. Again, this can lead to increased wear, damage or failure.

New transmissions aren’t cheap. Repairing them isn’t cheap either. But changing transmission fluid is a great value for Bryan College Station drivers at Superior Auto Service. That’s why responsible car care includes maintenance on the transmission system at Superior Auto Service. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that periodic fluid changes aren’t just good auto advice, they actually pay for themselves by preventing expensive transmission repairs.

Give us a call (979) 846-5344

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Exhaust Service at Superior Auto Service: Passing the Smell Test

October 31st, 2014 by shopdan

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The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Bryan College Station auto owners realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All Texas folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That’s why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so vital. We can help you with that at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station.

The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous.

One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing it, and you will die.

To keep this gas, and others, from entering your car or SUV passenger compartment, the connections from the manifold to the engine and from the manifold to the exhaust pipes are sealed with gaskets. These connections should be routinely inspected at Superior Auto Service for cracks and to check if they have come loose.

The exhaust pipes can also get damaged, allowing dangerous gases to leak into your passenger compartment. These pipes can rust or be dented or broken by rocks and other College Station roadway debris, so they need to be inspected regularly.

The catalytic converter is the next component in your car or SUV exhaust system. You can breathe a sigh of relief now, because this is where the dangerous engine gases are converted into carbon dioxide and water, greatly reducing the amount of harmful emissions in your exhaust. You’ll also be happy to know that your catalytic converter doesn’t require maintenance. However, it will wear out. If you fail an emissions inspection because of a faulty catalytic converter, you need to replace it.

The muffler’s job is far less critical, but far more noticeable, than the catalytic converter’s. It dampens or absorbs the noise from the engine. Most Bryan College Station car owners don’t realize that we can actually customize the noise our car makes with a custom muffler. You can upgrade to a muffler that will make your car sleuth-quiet, or you can advertise your presence in Bryan College Station with a sassy rumble.

Mufflers can also rust or be damaged by road debris. But just because their main function is to dampen out engine noise doesn’t mean they can be ignored. If your muffler is leaking, you need to get it replaced quickly. Exhaust fumes need to exit through your tailpipe, not your muffler.

The exhaust pipe contains at least one oxygen sensor. The sensor monitors the oxygen content of the exhaust, which allows it to adjust the fuel-to-air ratio in the engine. This keeps your car or SUV engine running smoothly and maintains good gas mileage. So, besides keeping you and the environment healthy, a well-maintained exhaust system also keeps your car or SUV healthy. The tailpipe itself can rust or get damaged by road debris, so it needs a quick inspection once in a while, too.

The whole exhaust system is mounted on the vehicle with clamps and hangers. These clamps and hangers can come loose, rust or get dinged up by road debris. Remember that the gases in your exhaust system are hot, so the exhaust system itself gets hot. The clamps and hangers keep the exhaust system attached to the car or SUV, but they also prevent the heated components from touching things they shouldn’t. If you don’t inspect and replace broken, loose or damaged clamps, you may end up with melted wires, hoses or lines. And that can spell some expensive repairs.

You should schedule an exhaust system inspection as recommended in your car or SUV owner’s manual. Because this system is critical to your health and the health of your car, and because of its sophistication and complexity, you need to have the work done at a qualified service center such as Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station.

Maintaining your emissions and exhaust system is not just good auto advice: it’s good health advice for all Bryan College Station car owners and their families.

A Cold Day In Bryan College Station

October 23rd, 2014 by shopdan

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Most Bryan College Station car owners worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Texas highway but don’t worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown at the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during College Station rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot car or SUV.

A lot of Bryan College Station drivers judge their vehicles’ air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keeps the car or SUV running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very costly in Bryan College Station.

Brazos Valley auto owners should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrigerant, and water can cause rusting of the system’s components. If your refrigerant is contaminated, the system should be evacuated and recharged. This will actually extend the life of your air conditioning system, preventing costly repairs, and keep it at peak performance.

AAA Approved Auto RepairInadequate refrigerant indicates a leak in the air conditioning system. Over time, seals in the system can crack, causing the refrigerant to leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system. Replacing these seals will keep your car or SUV air conditioning system at its best, and, again, will help you avoid more expensive repairs.

At Superior Auto Service, we advise our Bryan College Station customers to run their air conditioner periodically in the winter. This will keep the seals from drying out and cracking, saving them the inconvenience of this relatively minor repair.

Check with your car or SUV owner’s manual or with your Bryan College Station technician for information about how often your car or SUV air conditioning system should be serviced.

Another piece of good auto advice: if your car or SUV air conditioner isn’t working or is starting to show signs of breakdown, NOW is the time to get it fixed at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station. Waiting will only increase the chances that you are in for major repairs and a costly repair bill.

On a final note, if you own an older vehicle, you should check into upgrading the air conditioning system. Vehicles manufactured before 1993 often contained a refrigerant known as Freon. The manufacture of Freon was outlawed in 1993, leading to an ever-dwindling supply, which leads to an ever-steeper price for Bryan College Station car owners in Texas. If your vehicle still uses Freon, you should have it retrofitted to use the new, EPA-approved R134A refrigerant. The retrofit will actually pay for itself by reducing the cost to recharge the refrigerant in your car or SUV.

Remember, preventive maintenance — of your entire car — will keep you on the road. And, in this case, it will help you keep your cool!

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Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Superior Auto Service

October 17th, 2014 by shopdan

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All of us Bryan College Station car owners know we have to get the oil changed in our car or SUVs periodically. That’s just part of good car care. But when College Station service advisors change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That’s why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your car or SUV.

Don’t just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. Brazos Valley drivers really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner’s manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in Texas with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the College Station area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended.

Changing an air filter isn’t guesswork. If a filter’s dirty, it needs to be replaced. Air filters aren’t very pricey at Superior Auto Service in Bryan College Station. But the problems they cause if Bryan College Station motorists don’t change them can get to be pricey.

For every gallon of gas your car or SUV burns, it needs 12,000 gallons of air. Clean filters allow better airflow into your engine, which means that your engine will get more air more quickly. That means your car or SUV engine runs more efficiently.

Dirty air filters cut airflow to your engine. All the debris in the filter clogs up the spaces the air needs to pass through to get to the engine. This dirty air can damage pricey electronic components.

If you are in tune with your car or SUV, you’ll notice a difference when you change a really dirty air filter for a clean one. Your car or SUV may actually purr for you again. Its performance improves when it has a new, clean filter. So remember, changing your air filter is one of the most vital elements of preventive maintenance. At Superior Auto Service, it’s inexpensive, it’s effective, and it’s essential.