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Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around The Woodlands is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Rusty's Garage, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so yo ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Automotive Tips from Rusty's Garage: Air Conditioning ? Common Problem

Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around The Woodlands. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.A common A/C problem for The Woodlands drivers that visit Rusty's Garage is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components.Leaks can develop at seals and gaskets and may reduce the amount of refrigerant, causing the system to work too hard to compensate. Dirty components can have the same consequences.Ask your Rusty's Garage service advisor for an air conditioning system inspection to make sure everything is up to spec.Rusty's Garage25143 MELDA RDThe Woodlands, Texas 773808324958270http://rustys-garage.com  

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Air Conditioning

Getting New Tires in The Woodlands?

There are so many tire choices in the The Woodlands area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most The Woodlands area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Rusty's Garage tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your The Woodlands tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in The Woodlands, Texas

Every car in The Woodlands, Texas, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Texas where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. The Woodlands drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near th ... read more

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Automotive News

A Cold Day in The Woodlands ? Air Conditioning Service at Rusty's Garage

Most The Woodlands drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Texas highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during The Woodlands rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.A lot of The Woodlands drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keep the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive.The Woodlands drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the ef ... read more

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Air Conditioning

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?

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 c ... 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

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 al ... read more

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Timing Belt
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