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What Are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What Are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

You’ve probably heard the term “blown head gasket” before, but what does it mean? These words tend to frighten drivers because the repairs are labor-intensive and costly. Those two things are not something car owners want to hear when they’re at the auto repair shop. Read on to learn more about what a head gasket does, what the symptoms of a blown one are, and how you can prevent it from happening. What Does the Head Gasket Do Your vehicle’s engine is divided into two parts: the cylinder block and the cylinder head. The division between the two is where the head gasket sits. The head gasket is made to seal the pressure in and prevent coolant and motor oil from mixing together. The head gasket must withstand high pressure and temperatures.   As you know, your engine operates at extremely high temperatures. When your engine overheats, it can cause the head gasket to blow. Because the cylinder head gasket keeps the coolant contained, a blown head gas ... read more

What Can I Get Pre-Purchase Inspections in Austin, TX?

What Can I Get Pre-Purchase Inspections in Austin, TX?

A pre-purchase inspection is a service that we offer at Gordon Automotive. It's a comprehensive inspection of a vehicle that takes place before a purchase of a motor vehicle used or new. The mechanic acts as an unbiased third party who will check off every single aspect of a car, inside and out, bumper-to-bumper.    A pre-purchase inspection is necessary to uncover the true conditions of a car. Here are the benefits of a pre-purchase inspection: It can uncover minor problems. It’s good to know what you’re getting into before buying a car, but it can be difficult without a mechanic’s expertise. Our technicians can take a deeper look at your car and outline if any repairs or services are needed in the future. It can open up the doors of negotiations. If there's an issue that the seller of the vehicle might have not known, the buyer can point it out and negotiate a better deal with the car.  It can save you time. At the end of the inspection ... read more

Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Pets

Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Pets

If you are planning a road trip, it can be great fun to bring your pets along with you. This is undoubtedly a way to not have to worry about their well-being while you are gone, but it can also create some stress if you are not adequately prepared. In order to make the trip a successful and fun one for all involved, continue reading to discover some tips when traveling with your pets. Get Their Tags Up To Date No matter how conscientious you are, your pets still have the potential to get lost on a road trip. This is why you will want to make sure their tags or microchip is up to date with your latest contact information. Bring Vaccination Records Since you will be far from home, it is best to have your pet's vaccination records with you. This will come in handy if your pet becomes sick or you end up having to put them in a boarding kennel for a day or two for any reason. Give Them Some Room Your pets deserve some room to themself in the car. Do not cram into a small part of t ... read more

5 Essential Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

5 Essential Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

Every car owner should know by now that every new season brings an entire list of vehicle challenges. With spring right around the corner, we thought we'd share these five crucial car care tips to keep their vehicle safe and run at peak performance: Check and Monitor Tires Many motorists remember to monitor their tire pressure in the winter but often forget to in the spring. As temperatures climb in Austin, your tires may expand and overinflate, making them susceptible to damage and premature wear. To prevent this from happening to your tires, take the time to modify your tire pressure and check your treads. Change Motor Oil and Filter With time and chemical changes brought on by the seasons, your oil filter becomes clogged, and motor oil becomes no longer effective. Therefore, it's never a bad idea to have an oil change before the springtime. Test Battery Your battery may have suffered a significant loss in power throughout the winter, which is why you should have it tes ... read more

How Long Do Vehicle Batteries Last?

How Long Do Vehicle Batteries Last?

It's no secret that your car relies on a ton of moving parts to run at peak efficiency and performance. One of those essential components is the car battery. To ensure that your electrical components and accessories are in working order, including the engine, you need to make sure your battery can hold a proper charge. Like other parts, car batteries need maintenance too.   The Gordon Automotive service team wants to share our recommended battery change intervals for your vehicle so that you can rely on your car to get you from point a to point b. How Long Do Car Batteries Last? The industry rule of thumb states that car batteries last around three years, give or take. We say "give or take" because there are plenty of factors that can influence your vehicle battery's longevity: usage, environmental conditions, driving habits, maintenance, etc. Typically, given Austin's hot and long summers, your car battery may deteriorate faster due to the exposure t ... read more