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

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around Spring

There’s not much we can do about the price of gas in Spring TX, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we’re driving on our Spring streets.

Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.

Slow Down In Spring for Fuel Economy The first thing we can do is watch the ‘go-pedal’. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Go a little slower on the freeway to Houston. Once you’re going more than sixty-five miles an hour your fuel economy starts to drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speed uses less gas.

Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands.

Hey at current gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
888.372.3223

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil In Your Spring family car

If you’re a quart low in your family car, there isn’t enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you’re driving around the Houston area.

Clean Oil for your family car The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn’t reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Houston gas pump rolling higher and higher.

The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it’s in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.

So keep it clean and give yourself a fighting chance.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
888.372.3223

Maintaining Your Diesel in Houston

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Houston because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Spring auto owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s.

Diesels are popular in Spring because they get better MPG than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you’re not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.

Diesels don’t produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in TX as for other vehicles.

Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from cellulosic waste like wood chips and sawdust. In Houston, we may soon see bio-diesel produced from algae. These fuel sources will lessen Spring motorists’ dependence on fossil fuels and may even become truly renewable and sustainable.

Diesel-powered vehicles perform as well as other passenger vehicles, also. Most Tomball people don’t notice a difference in driving one or the other. If you haul heavy loads or tow a trailer in Spring, however, the diesel is a definite improvement.

So, you may be asking, if diesels are so great, why don’t all Houston car owners drive them? Surely there are disadvantages you haven’t told me about. That’s true. Diesel engines are heavier than gas engines, and they cost more in TX. The better gas mileage of the diesel engine is partially offset by the higher purchase price.

Because of higher fuel prices, diesel engines used to be more costly to drive in Houston. But now, with higher volatility in the prices of both gasoline and diesel fuel in TX, that cost difference is less definitive. Whether a diesel or gas engine is more expensive for Spring car owners depends now on the current price of fuel in TX and how many miles you drive.

Consider also that diesel-powered vehicles have a high resale value in the Houston area, and the costs of owning and operating a diesel vs. a gas-powered vehicle in TX becomes a real toss-up.

Preventive auto maintenance for diesel vehicles has also become similar to that of gas-fueled vehicles in recent years. The major difference is that diesels require cleaner fuel, air and oil, so their filters are more expensive in Spring than those for gasoline engines. The engine air filter must be changed more frequently as well.

The costs for car care and repairs in Spring are similar. Wait, you may be thinking, but you just told me that filters are more costly and have to be changed more regularly. True, but that is offset by the fact that diesel engines have a much longer lifetime than gasoline engines. So if you are the type of owner who prefers to hang on to a vehicle for a long time, you will be more than rewarded with a diesel engine.

So if you have been looking for C&A Transmission & Auto Repair auto advice on whether to switch to a diesel vehicle or stay with a gas-powered one, then we hope this helps. The answer as to which type of vehicle is better is that it depends on the Spring driver and their driving habits. Now that you know the facts, you can make an informed choice based on your own priorities and needs.

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight And Your TX Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Tomball knows this makes sense.

Some of us in the Tomball area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I’m not talkin’ what you see in the mirror.

family car Weight Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor.

All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and Tomball, and everywhere else.

Lose the junk and save some money.

…And you really only need one of those spare tires.

Fuel Injector Cleaning At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your family car engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Spring, Spring, and Tomball highways.

Fuel Injector Cleaning In Hufsmith, Spring, and TomballMost fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Houston automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine.

A few manufacturers have recently introduced gas direct injection systemson some engines. They are now available at some Houston dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.

Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy for gas-poor Hufsmith, Spring, and Spring car owners. TX motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.

High temperatures
under your family car hood and variations in Houston gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.

When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel efficiency and loss of power. So it’s important for Spring auto owners keep their fuel injectors clean.

Your tech ar C&A Transmission & Auto Repair can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.

Proper maintenance of your family car fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly Houston repair bills down the road.

The C&A Transmission & Auto Repair Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The team at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring and TX car owners are all talking fuel economy right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Spring car owners want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize MPG. But is there something more Spring motorists can do? After all, some of us Spring 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 Spring to Hufsmith. And that means buying more gas in Spring and producing more emissions.

Of course, your family car’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 family car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around TX? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Spring 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 Spring. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring
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Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance For Spring Drivers

Hello, Spring car owners. Let’s talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine.

Spring drivers don’t need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better an engine will run.

Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your family car ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.

The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your family car owner’s manual or C&A Transmission & Auto Repair to find out how often it should be serviced and how long you can expect it to last. You should change it before it becomes clogged. Your C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service specialist can help you with recommended replacement schedules.

If your fuel filter becomes clogged, your engine will sputter when you drive at TX highway speeds or when you accelerate rapidly. A clogged filter allows enough fuel to run the car at low speeds around town in Spring, but when you need a higher flow of fuel for faster speeds, or if you need a sudden burst of fuel, you just won’t be able to get it through the filter.

A clogged filter is actually dangerous. If you need to accelerate suddenly out of the path of danger, you just won’t have the power to do it.

Fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter becomes clogged, the valve allows some fuel to bypass the filter so the engine can keep running – just not enough to be running well.

That means, though, that dirty, unfiltered fuel is entering your engine. Instead of clogging up your filter, that dirt is now getting into your fuel injectors, where it can cause serious damage. Fuel injectors are expensive; fuel filters are cheap. It doesn’t seem like a difficult choice for Spring motorists.

Fuel filters are the epitome of preventive maintenance. They are cheap and easy to change, but neglecting them can lead to expensive repair bills. Some fuel filters are inside the fuel tank and cannot be routinely serviced – your personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair tech will be able to tell you if this applies to your vehicle.

Good car care for Spring car owners means following recommended schedules for preventive maintenance, including changing your fuel filters. Take the auto advice offered at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair and in every owner’s manual and have your vehicle regularly inspected. It may save you money by preventing costly repairs, but it will also repay you in improved gas mileage, safety and peace of mind.

To Save Gas Around Spring: Keep Up with Your Scheduled Service

One topic that hits the news in Spring on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some TX drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better gas mileage. For those of us Spring car owners who don’t want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.

Following recommended service intervals by coming into C&A Transmission & Auto Repair is one of the best ways Spring car owners can keep their minivan running efficiently. That means better MPG. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can’t lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces MPG.

Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for TX drivers.

Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your sedan engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change.

You can imagine what dirty fuel injectors can do to your family car as you drive around Spring. If your pickup owner’s manual recommends a fuel system cleaning, come into C&A Transmission & Auto Repair and ask us to get it done for you.

A simple, but very effective way for Spring car owners to save gas is to keep their tires properly inflated. Low tires can cost you up to a mile per gallon. Check your tire pressure when you gas up – or at least once a month.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
713.960.4534

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.

Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better For Spring Motorists

Spring car owners know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.

There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the engine.

Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same fuel efficiency. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.

Why the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions and improved fuel economy.

Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization.

Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.

When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won’t be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and gas mileage for Spring drivers as well as delivering less power to the engine.

Fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more expensive. And we’re talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.

So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice for Spring car owners. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good car care and preventive maintenance at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.

If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you’ll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, your fuel injectors will last for a long time.