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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

What To Do When Your Car Pulls To the Side

What To Do When Your Car Pulls To the Side

Are you struggling to keep your vehicle in between the marked lines? Your car is most likely pulling in one direction, which means something is terribly wrong. Not only is car pull disturbing, but it can also be very dangerous to a certain degree. Many things can cause your car to pull left or right: uneven tire pressure, wheel misalignment, or worn suspension parts. Here's how to troubleshoot the problem! STEP 1: FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE ISSUE  Does it pull left or right? And does the direction vary? Does it pull when you speed up, or particularly when you apply the brakes? Recognizing these little details can help you (and your technician) hone in the cause quicker. STEP 2: CHECK TIRE PRESSURE  Incorrect tire pressure is the most popular explanation for why your car can't drive straight. With over or under-inflated tires, your vehicle may feel wobbly and lean. This pull can happen right or left, depending on which tires are affected. Not only will you exper ... read more