Here’s what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your family car owner’s manual will have a recommendation of when to change the filter. Second, a visual inspection by your Houston technician may determine that your filter it is visibly dirty and needs to be changed.
So between your owner’s manual and your Houston technician’s inspection there’s really no guesswork involved.
Now, most air filters purchased in Hufsmith, Spring, or Tomball don’t cost a lot to replace. It’s just that TX people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Houston.
Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Spring home. When it’s all clogged up, enough clean air can’t get through. In your family car, that means that your engine can’t get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more expensive TX gas to move your vehicle around Houston roads.
Your family car actually needs about 12,000 gallons of air for every gallon of gas it burns. Engine air filters don’t cost much in Spring at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. When it’s time to change yours, just get it done. You’ll buy less fuel, have better performance and protect your engine.
Most Houston motorists have experienced a flat tire. You know it’s inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn’t just a big safety issue – it also has a financial impact. With high gas prices, we’ve all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to get the best possible fuel economy. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.
There’s another danger to under-inflated tires. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don’t just keep airing them up every few days. You want to avoid serious tire damage.
Tires can also be damaged by road hazards in and around Spring. Punctures, cuts and unfortunate encounters with curbs or potholes can also cause damage that could lead to tire failure. Sometimes, it’s something that an automotive analysis would reveal. Try to remember to check your tires when you’re pumping fuel. Look for slashes, missing chunks, nails or screws in the tread or just uneven wear. Of course check the air pressure too.
Now tire damage can be on the inside where you can’t see it until it’s removed from the wheel. Such damage could come from a severe impact, driving on a flat or even just low pressure. Some punctures can cause internal damage that is too extreme to be repaired. You may see our C&A Transmission & Auto Repair tire professionals take the time to remove your flat from the rim and inspect the inside before repairing it, which means we’re just following best practices.
Of course, some tires just can’t be repaired. A puncture may be too large to plug. Also, the puncture could be in a location that’s not safe to repair like in the sidewall or outer portion of the tread. So called run-flat tires should not be repaired because their design is such that internal damage can’t be detected by a visual inspection.
Spring car owners should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs – we have a whole team of them at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. Houston folks can buy self repair kits, but we advise you to save those for emergencies, like when you’re off-roading and need a quick fix so you can hobble back to civilization and get professional help. If you need to use a repair-in-a-can product, remember it’s a temporary measure only and your tire needs to be properly repaired as soon as possible.
Here are some other considerations: A DIY flat repair may void your tire manufacturer’s warranty – just something to keep in mind. Also, if you repair a speed rated tire, you should not use it in any motorsports or operate it above legal speed limits. Your personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair tire specialist will repair your tire whenever it’s safe to do so and he’ll advise you when it’s better to replace it. So watch those curbs and keep the air – on the inside.
When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you’ll feel it in the steering wheel. If it’s a rear wheel you’ll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.
That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a family car wear out faster than the rear tires. As they push through turns from Spring to Tomball, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the tire.
Proper tire inflation will also help Houston folks’ tires last longer. Under-inflated tires wear more on the shoulder and may even overheat. This could cause tire damage or a blow out. Over-inflated tires wear too fast in the middle.
Four wheel drive trucks and SUV’s tend to wear their tires more unevenly so rotation is even more important with them. Give C&A Transmission & Auto Repair a call to get our recommendation for your family car.
See your owner’s manual or ask your technician at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair for your recommended tire rotation schedule. It’s usually every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Tires are expensive and they are one of the most essential safety components on your vehicle. Take care of them and they’ll take care of you.
Let’s start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That’s why there’s a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently.
The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into the engine. A fuel system service at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair will leave your intake as clean as a whistle.
The big fuel thief is dirty fuel injectors. They deliver fuel to the engine at a specified pressure and in a particular spray pattern. When they’re clogged, the fuel doesn’t get atomized the way it’s supposed to and doesn’t get burned as efficiently.
See your owner’s manual or ask your Spring service advisor at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair when a fuel system cleaning is recommended.
Spring motorists may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Spring come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Houston have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.
If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When Houston drivers see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires.
There are many benefits to driving with properly inflated tires around Spring. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel efficiency. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel gas mileage. You’ll also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires’ll last longer.
Another important benefit of properly inflated tires is increased safety. Under-inflated tires become hotter and that heat can actually lead to tire failure – possibly resulting in an accident. Your car and the tires themselves will just perform better and more safely around Spring with properly inflated tires.
Local Spring consumer groups, law-makers and car makers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can’t put a value on saving a life, Spring car owners should keep in mind that TPMS systems aren’t free.
The systems themselves are added into the price of the car. The batteries in the sensors will have to be replaced from time to time. Parts will break and need to be replaced. In colder climates around TX, ice and salt are frequent causes of failure.
In addition, there are other behind-the-scenes costs to be aware of. Every time a tire is replaced, repaired, rotated or balanced, the tire technician has to deal with the TPMS system.
Spring service centers such as C&A Transmission & Auto Repair must purchase equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Houston service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.
Since there is no uniformity among automakers, technicians need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to Spring service center managers like Carlisle Aspinall at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair.
That’s why the team at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair is anxious for Houston motorists to understand the financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services, and then pass the low cost on to Houston customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require expensive equipment.
Sensors will need to be removed and reinstalled. Even a tire rotation will require that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a car battery is disconnected, the TPMS system will need to be reprogrammed.
So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up in TX, please keep in mind that it’s because of this new safety equipment. The team at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we’re committed to doing it at a fair price.
It’s important to remember that the TPMS warning only comes on when a tire is severely under-inflated. You’ll still want to check your tire pressure regularly. At every fill-up is best, but you should check pressure at least once a month. Here’s wishing you safe travels.