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What's That Puddle Under My Vehicle?

August 24th, 2016

You pull out of a parking space and notice a puddle of…something…that’s spread out under where you were just parked. What is it?Oil Leaks in Humble TX

Here’s a quick rundown of things that can leak and leave that puddle.

--Water: Your air conditioner has a drip tube to drain off the condensate that forms while the A/C is running. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about.

--Antifreeze: For years, antifreeze was dyed green to make it easy to identify. Newer formulations may be dyed pink, orange or yellow, but antifreeze will always have the same sweet, pungent odor.

--Transmission fluid: Automatic transmission fluid has always been dyed magenta and usually has a slightly sweet smell.

-- Motor oil: Motor oil is honey-colored and slippery, and may be darker (lik ...[more]

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Do You Ask the Right Questions?

March 26th, 2016

car-repair-servicesby: Cody Wallis

Your mechanic or auto repair technician should possess the same qualities that you expect from your doctor and dentist; namely trust and reliability. Car owners have a lot at stake when seeking vehicle maintenance and repairs, it's very important to find the right auto repair technician. There are three categories of inquiries you should make about his business: the skill level of the workers, the price of the work being done and, finally, the policies and extra services. Let's take a look at the some recommended questions.

Does your service center specialize in a particular type of car or a ...[more]

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Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? - Big Tex Tire & Suspension

January 13th, 2016

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travelby: Cody Wallis

 

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. The truth is … long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving, but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Here is a simple check list for preparing your car for Holiday travel.

Two to four weeks before you go

  • Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at leas ...[more]
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Do You Have Good Brakes?

December 23rd, 2015
by: Cody Wallis
 
 
There are some things on your vehicle that you should have confidence in and never worry about. Is everyone buckled up? Do I have a full tank of gas? Your vehicle should make you feel safe and secure, and keep you and your loved ones safe throughout your travel. It goes then, without much, saying that you also need to be confident in your brakes. This function is the one thing keeping you out of harm’s way in the event of an accident or road hazard. Think about it, you do not want to find out in the middle of a busy highway when everyone has slammed on their brakes that yours have not been properly maintained or are failing. Knowing that your brake ...[more]
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Winter is Coming

October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready? 
 
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly. 
 
Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or grinding noises when you apply the ...[more]
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What Does Your Check Engine Light Mean? - Big Tex Tire & Suspension

August 18th, 2015

Check Engine Lightby: Cody Wallis

 

 

When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your ...[more]

Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

August 3rd, 2015

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the ...[more]

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Tips for Summer Auto Repair

June 27th, 2015

auto repair houston txWhether you are traveling cross country or running errands around town, keeping auto repairs up-to-date during the summer months is necessary to both the safety and dependability of every vehicle. Quickly distressed in warm weather, vehicles can easily fall into disrepair. With BIGTEX Tires and Offroad in Houston, TX, prepare for the long summer ahead with assistance from the most qualified technicians in the area. Supplying tires and auto repair to customers in Houston, TX,  BIGTEX Tires and Offroad works diligently to ensure customers are comfortable and safe in their vehicles for all seasons of the year.

Maintaining scheduled auto repairs such as oil changes and bel ...[more]

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Keep Your Cool This Summer

June 9th, 2015

Before the blazing sun of summer leaves you sweating and feverishly rolling down the windows, consult a mechanic to inspect your air conditioning system for leaks, cracks or other malfunctions. There is no greater summertime discomfort than peeling yourself out of a scorching vehicle. Beat the heat with air conditioning repair. Like most auto repair an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of good. Never allow a tiny problem turn into a disaster; as a minor air conditioning repair is often relatively quick and inexpensive, while a larger fix may not be.

As the air conditioning system in a vehicle ages, constant check-ups and addressing small problems will save both time and money in the future. If the air conditioning system in a vehicle is not offering the cooling power it once did, th ...[more]

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Stay Ahead of Brake Repairs

May 29th, 2015

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Staying current with brake inspection is imperative to avoid costly repairs or replacements. Most major malfunctions and repairs can be avoided with routine maintenance, coupled with driver awareness. Learn signs of needed brake repairs such as: noises, smells and other vehicle malfunctions. Through driver awareness of these symptoms, problems can be easily detected to prevent long-term damages. Use these following tips to detect early signs of needed brake repair and, when these signs appear, consult your auto repair specialist immediately.

Sound: Unfamiliar noises such as: squealing, rubbing, and screeching are typical symptoms of brake pad or brake shoe malfunction. Inspe ...[more]

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