College students, don't let your vehicle go too long without a proper tune-up! We know with finals and spring break coming up, automotive preventative maintenance might be the last thing you are concerned with. Meanwhile, a quick tune-up could keep you from having a break down on your way to finals or your spring break destination. Here is a list of top priority items to check.
Tires: It’s too easy to take tires for granted. Have a good look at all four tires and inspect them for wear and inflation level. Take a penny and insert it into the treads, Lincoln’s head down. Can you see the top of Lincoln’s head? Then the tires are at 2/32” depth and need to be replaced. Try again with a quarter – if the tread rea ...[more]
At Pueblo Tires & Service, we want to wish everyone happy holidays…and we’d like to suggest a few destinations for the family:
Hidalgo: Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights includes more than three million lights and 900 displays around town! Take a train, trolley or horse-drawn carriage ride starting at City Hall Plaza to take it all in.
Brownsville: Check out Green Christmas in the Park, at Resaca de Palma State Park. For more information, call the park at (956) 350-2920.
S Padre: Of course there’s so much to do at Padre Island, and you can check out the outdoor Art Festival with original art, food, and music.
San Antonio: If you want to head up I-35, the ...[more]
We’re going to be in another hot South Texas summer before long, and that means it’s time to think about A/C repair in McAllen, TX.
When it’s time for maintenance and A/C repair in McAllen, TX, there are a few things to remember. Automotive A/C systems are much more reliable and efficient than they were at one time, but they can still degrade over time, as seals and other connections dry out and shrink. Even late-model cars can develop leaks and other A/C problems over time, requiring a tune-up or A/C repair in McAllen, TX.
At Pueblo Tires & Service, as part of routine A/C repair in McAllen, TX, we can perform services such as:
- Pressure readings on al ...[more]
The average age of a car on the roads in the United States is now 11.8 years. There are a few different ways to interpret that statistic. One is that cars are clearly made better today, with better machining, better build quality and engineering. That’s compared to vehicles from the 70s and 80s, when interior materials would oxidize and disintegrate, bodies and frames would rust and engines would wear prematurely.
The more likely reason for that higher average longevity, though, is that more people are reluctant to take on debt and car payments and are more inclined to get more miles out of their vehicles. Indeed, those cars from the 70s and 80s only had five-digit odometers, hinting at a service life of 100,000 miles and no more. Today, 200,000 is “the new 100,000&rdqu ...[more]
At Pueblo Tires & Service in Brownsville, TX, we know that some folks find it a dicey proposition to decide on the right auto repair shop. There are 50 years’ worth of horror stories about auto repair shops that are out to scam drivers and fleece them with unnecessary services, slipshod work or ridiculously high prices for parts and labor. In light of that, here are some things to bear in mind when you’re looking for a great auto repair shop – and some cautionary notes on things to look out for in a not-so-great one.
· ASE and iCAR certifications: These are two leading industry-group accreditations, from the Nationa ...[more]
For many drivers, finding a mechanic they can trust can be pretty tough. The auto repair field is notorious for scammers and shady operators, waiting to take advantage of drivers who don’t know any better. Considering that cars keep getting more and more sophisticated with every model year, there are some very good reason for staying with the same auto mechanic and auto repair shop:
· ASE Certification: This is what separates the good shops from the so-so ones. Like we mentioned, every model year of vehicles is getting more complex. There’s more processing power in a 2015-model car or truck than the NASA computers in Houston that sent a m ...[more]
- Tires: Your safety is literally riding on your tires! Have you had a good look at them lately? Check for proper inflation, cracking or irregularities on the sidewall, uneven tread wear or low tread depth. Here’s an easy way to check your tread depth…take a penny and insert it into the tread grooves, Lincoln’s head down. If the tread doesn’t touch Abe’s head, your tread depth is below 2/32” and your tires need to be replaced right away. Now, insert a qu ...[more]
- Battery: Hot weather is actually more damaging to your car’s battery than cold temperatures. Heat can cause your battery’s fluid to evaporate, damaging the cells and impeding their ability to hold a charge. If your battery doesn’t have sealed cells, be sure to check the level of acid in the cells and replen ...[more]
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