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Trip Inspection at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands

Trip Inspection at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands

The Woodlands area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.Now The Woodlands drivers can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle's perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding Texas byways? Purple mountain majesties or fruited plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How far will you travel each day? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Pulling a trailer, roof top carrier or ATVs? Will it be dusty? Prepared with answers to these questions, you can schedule a trip inspection at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands to help you  ... read more

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Alignment

Automotive Tips from Rusty's Garage: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. The Woodlands drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday The Woodlands driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Rusty's Garage25143 MELDA RDThe Woodlands, Texas 773808324958270http://rustys-garage.com

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Alignment

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in The Woodlands?

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in The Woodlands?

There is a clear and vocal demand in The Woodlands and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Texas market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on The Woodlands area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. The Woodlands auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest The Woodlands dealership.The Woodlands drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in The Woodlands, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide what you ca ... read more

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Automotive News

Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Rusty's Garage

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Rusty's Garage article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in The Woodlands with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.Most of us in The Woodlands replace our wiper blades when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can't clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. In other words, we deal with our wiper blades from a failure perspective. We address them when they no longer function. The theory, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply here. Instead, we should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that we should maintain rather than ... read more

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Maintenance

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for The Woodlands Drivers

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for The Woodlands Drivers

Knowing how their engine works can help The Woodlands drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel and air. The piston then rises, which compresses the fuel and air. At this point, the spark plug fires, igniting the fuel and pushing the piston down. This downstroke transfers energy to the engine, which provides the power it needs to run. The piston rises again, and a valve opens to release the exhaust.All of this movement is orchestrated by a timing belt. The timing belt is so named because it keeps the pistons and valves operating in synch with each other, just as a conductor keeps all ... read more

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Timing Belt

A New Battery in The Woodlands

A New Battery in The Woodlands

Hello The Woodlands drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in The Woodlands, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.The weather where you live in Texas also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder  ... read more

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Battery

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Rusty's Garage we get a lot of The Woodlands drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Texas, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart The Woodlands drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around The Woodlands to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Rusty's Garage for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.25143 MELDA RD The Woodlands, Texas 77380 8324958270http://rustys-garage.com ... read more

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Maintenance

Transmission Care in The Woodlands, Texas

Transmission Care in The Woodlands, Texas

Do you have any plans around The Woodlands, Texas, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots of snacks and the cooler's stocked – ready to go.How about your tow vehicle? It has plenty of gas and you've even vacuumed it out, but is your auto maintenance up to date?Stop and think. You'll have some heavy traffic on your way out of town. Hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and you may have hot weather. And all the time you're going to be towing around a lot of extra weight.That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Your transmission's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What's a fun little blast to the lake for you ... read more

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Transmission

Below 45 Degrees in The Woodlands: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and The Woodlands drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. Texas drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the The Woodlands area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with Texas winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at The Woodlands temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that The Woodlands drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been improve ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and The Woodlands drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in The Woodlands.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for ... read more

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Maintenance
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