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

Gas Savings In Spring: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Spring increase the cost of living for TX car owners. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Spring vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.

According to TX news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive.

Gas Savings In Spring: Sharpen Your PencilIn this area, we can take a lesson from professional Spring vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Spring folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance.

Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents expensive repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. For them, even a small decrease in gas mileage may put their Houston business in the red.

So what does this mean to Spring drivers? Well, there’s a ninety percent chance that you’re missing some service that would improve your fuel efficiency. Here’s a quick reminder list:

Fuel system cleaning, transmission service, differential service, engine air filter, wheel alignment, oil change, tune up.
Ring any bells? Can most Spring motorists honestly say that there isn’t at least one thing on the list that hasn’t been done?

Let’s suppose you chose to spend one hundred and fifty dollars and get caught up on some of these services at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. Figure that they combine to improve your fuel economy by fifteen percent. What would that mean to your pocketbook?

Well, the average personal vehicle in Spring is driven about twelve thousand miles a year. If you get twenty miles per gallon in your family car, over the course of one year you would pay for the hundred and fifty dollars worth of service and save an additional hundred and sixty five dollars if gas is at three dollars and fifty cents. If gas is four fifty, you would save two hundred and fifty-five dollars. And you’d rack up savings of three hundred and forty five dollars with gas at five and a half bucks.

GAS PRICE
$3.50
$4.50
$5.50
20 MPG
$165
$255
$345

From this you can see that the more fuel costs, the more it pays to keep up on scheduled maintenance. Some of us drive trucks in Spring for work or recreation – or want a large SUV for family needs. A fifteen percent improvement in MPG can generate huge savings – six hundred and sixty dollars a year if gas is four fifty a gallon in Spring. Take a look at this table to see where your savings could lie.

GAS PRICE $3.50 $4.50 $5.50
10 MPG $480 $660 $840
20 MPG $165 $255 $345
30 MPG $60 $120 $180

 

So catch up on those services you’ve been neglecting at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. Get a couple done now and a couple next time. Chances are you’ll save a lot of income at Spring gas pumps this year – and a lot more on repairs in years to come.

 

 

ICE – In Case Of Emergency In Spring TX


When accidents occur in Spring, TX, the victims’ emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren’t able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and essential medical information.

When TX police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories they waste precious time.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the Spring, TX area who you’ll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, and inform Houston paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.

A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading through Houston and around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency, is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.

Simply put ‘ICE’ before a contact name in your cell phone, like ‘ICE – Dad’, ‘ICE – Nancy’, or ‘ICE – Doctor Roberts’. Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuable time.

Bob Brotchie, a Cambridge, England paramedic came up with the idea and created a promotional campaign in England in 2005. This dynamic idea is gaining attention in Spring, TX and in other countries. Spring rescue workers all know of how many times they are unable to find a wallet or purse on an accident victim, yet most Houston area folks over fourteen years of age are seldom without their cell phone.

There are national and worldwide disaster databases, but participation can cost up to two hundred dollars a year. ‘ICE’ is free to the 276 million cell phone users in the U.S.

It is easy for Spring drivers and their families to designate some ICE contacts in their cell phone. Remember to keep the listings current.

Please join C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in getting the word out. Help us put Spring, TX on ICE!

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

Spring motorists often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.

Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Spring, TX also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.

Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.

There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your automobile manufacturer recommends.

For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring:

20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
713.960.4534

Spring motorists should read their owner’s manuals carefully to see if it’s acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in Spring, TX it is; the engine control computer can adapt. Spring car owners will lose some performance, but won’t do damage. With other engines, using a lower grade of fuel could result in serious and expensive damage; so you don’t want to save a couple of bucks at the pump only to pay it out a hundred fold at your Spring repair shop.

Your car will run best on the type of gas recommended by the manufacturer.

Today’s computer controlled vehicles are optimized to run well on the recommended grade of fuel. Using a higher grade than is recommended will not give Spring auto owners any additional performance or better fuel economy.

Regulations require detergents for all grades of gasoline, so your engine will have the same protection, regardless of the grade of fuel you use. If you do hear some knocking or pinging from your engine, take it seriously and get your family car into C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. It may be a sign that you need a tune-up or some other repair.

In times of expensive gas prices, most Spring car owners are conscious of making their fuel dollar go further as we drive around TX. Be sure to use the right gas for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated and your vehicle well maintained and you will get the best gas mileage possible.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair Advice On Buying New Tires

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Today’s tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every Spring driver’s style, habits and driving conditions.

Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all TX seasons.

Spring off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires’ high profile protects rims from damage.

But what if you own an SUV but aren’t interested in off-roading around Spring? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.

The same goes for wheels. When Spring drivers shop for new wheels, they can be hard-pressed to make a selection from the thousands of styles available at TX tire stores. If they choose a wheel that is the same size as the ones that came with their vehicle, they can get them changed out and get back on the road, no worries. But if they change the wheel size, then they may need to make some vital adjustments to their vehicle.

Upsizing a wheel may mean changing the suspension on the family car. The wheel and tire need to fit inside the wheel well without any rubbing during turns or when driving over bumps. Rubbing can cause uneven tire wear and even damage the tires or cause safety issues.

Upsizing wheels also increases the unsprung weight of the vehicle which has a major impact on braking performance. The larger wheels increase rotational inertia, as well, which translates to longer stopping distance and lower brake performance. Upsized wheels may require upgraded brakes. Further, wheel size is used to calculate the speed and mileage of a vehicle. Changing wheel size will cause the speedometer and odometer to give inaccurate readings unless the vehicle’s computer is re-programmed to compensate for the difference.

So if you want to customize your family car with new wheels, you should consult with a wheel and tire professional at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring to ensure you get the style you want without sacrificing safety or performance — and without damaging your vehicle.

If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your family car on the road.

So personalize your vehicle, but don’t forget that good car care will keep that sassy ride on the road in Spring a lot longer.

Save Fuel By Watching Your Weight

Most Spring motorists are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. TX folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.

And we Spring drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum gas mileage. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us Spring motorists can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

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

Of course, your vehicle’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. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around Spring? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Spring neighborhood? 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 family 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 vehicle. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around 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 the car when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around Spring all the time.

After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some cash
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