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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

Start The New Year with a Tune-Up

Start The New Year with a Tune-Up

It's a new year, which means everyone is set on setting goals and resetting their routines for a healthier and more productive mindset. One way to reset for the new year is by getting a tune-up for your car.  Regular tune-ups help with maintaining your car. If you want your vehicle to last longer and achieve better gas mileage, a tune-up is exactly what you need. The certified technicians at Gordon Automotive will help kick off 2022 with a fresh-feeling car. BENEFITS OF TUNE-UPS It can extend the life of your car. Boost your fuel economy. Reduce the likelihood and cost of repairs. Improve engine performance. Prevent breakdowns Believe it or not, a tune-up is just as crucial as your oil changes. When paired together, these two services will make a world of difference in your car. A typical tune-up may vary from car to car based on its needs. Below are some tasks that a tune-up can entail: Replacing fuel filters Changing air filters Inspecting or replacing the PCV valv ... read more

The Causes of Car Overheating

The Causes of Car Overheating

Imagine you hop in the car with your family for a weekend getaway. After a few miles on the road, the engine starts smoking. What would you do?   Ensure that you maintain your engine properly and on schedule to avoid such inconveniences. However, if your engine overheats anyway (it can still happen despite maintaining your car), this article gives you some tips on what you can do (and not do!) during such a disaster.   What Causes Engines to Overheat? Multiple factors can cause your engine to overheat. In most cases, it would be due to something wrong within your car's cooling system; as a result, heat does not escape the engine compartment effectively.   Below are some reasons behind an engine overheating: Broken water pump A cooling system leak Clogged coolant hose Faulty radiator fan No matter the source of the problem, an overheating engine is not something you should ignore. The damage can be far more costly if unatte ... read more