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Squeeze a Few More Miles Out of That Gallon of Gas

December 17th, 2015
If you’re past “a certain age,” you might remember when gas was $1.50 per gallon, or $1.00 per gallon, or 59 cents, or what-have-you…but the truth is that everything has gotten more expensive. After all, when gas was $1.00 per gallon, a nicely tricked-out Chevrolet Caprice Classic was selling for about $6,000 brand new. 

 
Now that we’re well into the 21st century, gas prices are likely to fluctuate, but one thing’s for sure: gas is likely to never be “cheap” again. We know that everyone’s trying to get a little more out of every dollar, and whether you’re driving a big SUV or a subcompact, there are things you can do to help your vehicle’s fuel economy: 
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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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The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

 
Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper 
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
 
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound th ...[more]
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Is A Grille Guard Right For My Truck?

November 10th, 2015
Grille Guards in College Station, TXYou’ve seen them on trucks, SUVs and even police Crown Vics…grille guards and push bars out in front of the front bumper, protecting the grille, radiator and headlights from potential impacts. In a low-speed collision or in the event of hitting a deer, they can definitely help protect everything up front.  There are a few different styles and options to choose from when it comes to grille guards: 
  • Full Grille Guards extend across the entire front end of the vehicle, including the headlights. Typically, these grille guards have two strong vertical members on either side of the grille itself, with loop tubing around the headlights and horizontal bars to provide protection. These are popular for off-roaders, as they protect the headlights from bra ...[more]
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Don’t Forget Your Spare

October 29th, 2015
Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn’t get much respect. 
 
Today, a lot of vehicles don’t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little “donut” space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded…
Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn’t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are pr ...[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 ...[more]
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Replacing Brake Fluid? Why?

October 5th, 2015
Brake Repair in St Louis, MOIn some cases, your technician might need to replace brake fluid when servicing your car’s brakes. While brake fluid is usually good for years at a time, there are a couple of reasons why that might be the case. 
 
Anytime that the brake system is opened up, such as when a caliper or wheel cylinder is replaced, air is introduced into the brake lines. In these instances, it’s necessary to purge the air from the lines; bubbles of air in the hydraulic fluid of the lines will compromise braking performance. This process is known as “bleeding the brakes.” 
 
Brake bleeding is done one wheel at a time, forcing fluid out and watching closely for bubbles. By the time all four wheels are done, it’s not unusual to add an ...[more]
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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

September 30th, 2015
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
 
Every 5,000 Miles
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Wheel Alignment? Or Wheel Balancing?

September 16th, 2015
Wheel Alignment College Station, TXAt BCS Tires and Lifts in College Station, TX, we occasionally run across customers who are confused about wheel alignments and wheel balancing. It’s pretty easy to understand why there’d be some confusion – after all, both are processes that are necessary for a car that rides, drives and handles properly, but they aren’t the same. Let’s see if we can clear up any confusion here…
 
Wheel alignment refers to the angles that the vehicle’s wheels are set at; every car or truck leaves the factory with the wheels set at specific angles to ensure proper ride, handling and drivability. The angles are toe-in/toe-out (left or right orientation compared to a straight-ahead line); camber ...[more]
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