C&A Transmission and Auto Repair

Servicing Spring, Houston, and surrounding areas since 1988

C&A Transmission and Auto Repair - Servicing Spring, Houston, and surrounding areas since 1988

Hitting The Brakes In Tomball

Hello Spring, let’s talk about brakes. Braking, as all TX auto owners know, is slowing or stopping your vehicle. As you can imagine, brakes are engineered to work well on a particular vehicle application. For example, you would expect more powerful brakes on a heavy-duty pickup that routinely hauls big loads and pulls trailers, than you would on a compact car. And a Corvette that can go over 180 miles per hour would have much different braking needs than the family mini-van you drive around between Spring, Houston and Tomball.

Hitting The Brakes In TomballBut the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.

Let’s step back. A new family car or truck rolls off a local Spring showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.

Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles start to add up on the family car. Spring motorists tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads, and shoes on drum brakes, are called the friction material. That’s because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it’s not until they are worn so thin as to be out of car makers’ specs that they lose their ability to stop.

The mechanical parts of the brakes have pistons and springs that get quite a workout while breaking. Over many miles around TX, these wear and get gummed up. They start to lose effectiveness gradually and could even fail – a scary possibility That’s why a regular brake inspection at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair is important for your family car and your family’s safety. At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair we can test the operation of the brakes and see if any parts need cleaning or replacing.

That leads us to brake fluid service at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. Some of the critical additives in the fluid that lubricate and clean the family car fluid system are depleted over time. That and moisture building up in the system reduce the performance of the brake fluid. A brake service at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair cleans out deposits, water and dirt. Then the system is filled up with fresh fluid.

The tires are what connect the family car to the road. Stopping force all comes down to traction. The better the tires grip the road, the quicker you’ll stop.

This is especially important on wet Houston area expressways and surface streets. Studies have shown that wet stopping distance increases significantly as tires wear down. TX drivers need to understand that they can have brakes that are operating at peak efficiency and yet still be in danger because their tires are worn out.

Keep Your Cool In Houston: Air Conditioning Service

Most Spring motorists don’t even think about their car air conditioning system unless it fails. That’s because many Spring and Spring motorists don’t really understand that auto A/Cs need periodic service. Let me share some of the reasons why they fail.

First, like every machine, the family car air conditioner parts need – you guessed it – lubrication. The lubricant is actually mixed in with the refrigerant (that’s the stuff that makes the air cool). Remember that even if the air conditioner is still blowing out cool air, the oil that lubricates the parts may be used up: and unlubricated parts can fail in all TX cars.

Keep Your Cool In Houston: Air Conditioning Service

Now here’s a tip for Spring drivers: Run your air conditioner every so often during TX winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.

The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your family car windshield during TX winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Spring cars you can’t run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don’t ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.

Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. Houston auto owners should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.

Spring drivers would be wise to learn the essential early warning signs of A/C trouble: 1) The air’s not as cold as it used to be. 2) Unusual noises when the A/C cycles on. Those are signs to get your vehicle into C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring before the damage gets worse.

By following the recommended service intervals in your family car owner’s manual, you can help prevent mechanical failure of your air conditioning system. Your A/C system contains some expensive components like the compressor, condenser, dryer, etc. Anything Hufsmith and Spring car owners can do to lengthen the life of their A/C is well worth it.

Tomball Drivers: Is It Time To Replace Your PCV Valve?

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Improved fuel economy has two benefits for Spring car owners: less fuel is necessary and fewer emissions are released. Tomball cars and trucks run cleaner than ever. Spring car owners may not realize that the first federally mandated pollution control device came out almost fifty years ago.

TX car owners that were around in the early 60’s may remember that the PCV Valve came out on 1964 model cars. PCV stand for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. Tomball Drivers: Is It Time To Replace Your PCV Valve?The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine.

When fuel is burned in the family car engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.

Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowed to remain in the crankcase, it would contaminate the oil and quickly turn it to dangerous sludge. Sludge is like Vaseline and clogs passages in the engine leading to damage.

Also, the pressure build up would blow out seals and gaskets. So in the old days, there was just a hose that vented the crankcase out into the air. Obviously, not good for our air quality in Spring.

Enter the PCV valve. It’s a small, one-way valve that lets out the 
harmful gases from the crankcase, and routes them back into the air intake system where they are re-burned in the engine. Fresh air comes into the crankcase through a breather tube. This makes for good circulation in the crankcase. And that gets the detrimental air out. As you can imagine, however, the valve gets gummed up over time.

Tomball drivers that skip oil changes now and then will notice that the PCV valve gets gummed up even faster. If the PCV valve is sticking in your family car, the gases won’t circulate as well, leading to increased pressure in the crankcase. That, in turn, can lead to oil leaks. Fortunately, the PCV valve is very inexpensive to replace at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring. Some can even be checked by your personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair advisor.

Your family car vehicle manufacturers usually recommend they be changed somewhere between twenty and fifty thousand miles. Unfortunately, PCV valve replacement is left out of some family car owner’s manuals, but at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair, we will make sure your PVC is replaced if needed.

All of us Tomball car owners can do our part for the environment. Watch that lead foot, stay on top of our essential automotive maintenance and don’t forget to replace our PCV valve.

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Spring

About 90% of our driving decisions in Houston are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely vital.

Most Spring auto owners have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our family car windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we Spring car owners need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Houston area. 78% of car owners only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

Spring motorists need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as a vital family car safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.

Spring car owners really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of TX, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Houston conditions, if your family car has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering Spring sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the family car windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard for Spring auto owners; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire family car windshield – that’s a costly consequence for neglecting such a small part.

AutoNetTV and C&A Transmission & Auto Repair recommend Spring car owners replace worn blades right away. Your Spring service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their critical work. Even though C&A Transmission & Auto Repair will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.

Find us at:

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388