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How To Maintain A New Car

May 25th, 2017

So you got a new set of wheels – congratulations! You’re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you’ll want to keep it maintained as well as you Car Maintenancecan. Here are some suggestions:

First, read the owner’s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don’t let that happen!

For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it’s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner’s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the br ...[more]

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Make Your Old Ride Seem New Again

November 26th, 2016
Your old beater doesn't have to run and drive like an old beater! Here are some great tips.
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Make Your Old Ride Seem New Again

November 25th, 2016
Your old beater doesn't have to run and drive like an old beater! Here are some great tips.
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Regular, Synthetic or Blend...What Kind of Oil Do I Need?

May 26th, 2016

At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:

  • Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work ...[more]
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Auto Repair You Shouldn’t Neglect

May 5th, 2016
Too often, at BCS Tires & Lifts, we see vehicles come in with problems that could easily have been avoided if drivers were just more diligent about routine maintenance. Here are a few examples:
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Differential Service: Too Often Neglected by Drivers

February 11th, 2016
Differential Service – Why Is It Important? 
 
Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do? 
 
Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem. 
 
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A Brief Auto Repair Q & A

February 1st, 2016
At BCS Tires & Lifts in College Station, TX, we sometimes run across customers who have questions about certain aspects of auto repair. We’d like to answer a few of those questions if possible.
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All I Want For Christmas Is…a Safe Vehicle!

December 10th, 2015
Once we cross over into adulthood, Christmas gifts get harder to pick out, and that only gets tougher as we get older. Instead of buying a kitchen gadget, a boring tie or slippers, a piece of exercise equipment or some other gift-for-grownups that’ll get used once and then put in the back of a closet, why not give someone the gift of safety this year?
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 27th, 2015
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving ...[more]
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