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Best Practices for At-Home Car Washes

Best Practices for At-Home Car Washes

With hot temperatures in Austin, you can cool off AND get a chore done by washing your car. Who doesn’t want a clean, sparkling car for the summer? Before you bring out the hose, buckets, and sponge, read on to learn about the best at-home car wash practices. Car Washing Tips Have all the supplies you need - You're going to need a hose, sponges, at least one bucket (preferably two), and microfiber cloths. And be prepared to dress for the occasion. Wear clothes and shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting wet and dirty. Avoid using harsh cleaners - When people opt to wash their vehicle at home, they tend to grab what is available. A cleaning agent that people tend to grab is dish soap. However, we strongly advise against using dish soap as it could be too harsh for your car’s paint. It is better to invest in a car cleaner instead. Wash your car in the shade - While this may sound counter intuitive, you don’t want your car drying too fast. Otherwise, it could ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is essential to keeping your vehicle operating. Ignoring your transmission fluid might cause your transmission to slide or create wear and tear on the gears and other transmission components. WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF TRANSMISSION FLUID? Transmission fluid serves just one purpose: lubrication. Regardless of transmission type, your vehicle need the lubrication supplied by transmission fluid to keep everything working smoothly and your gears from grinding. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE FLUID IN MY TRANSMISSION? Synthetic transmission fluid lasts up to 100,000 kilometers. Because automatic transmissions heat up more than manual ones, the fluid needs to be changed more often. Follow the maintenance regimen in your vehicle's owner's manual to maintain transmission fluid. SIGNS THAT YOUR TRANSMISSION FLUID NEEDS TO BE CHANGED Here are some indicators that your transmission fluid should be checked: Puddles Underneath Your Vehicle These aren't usually caus ... read more

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