The Woodlands Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2019

Deciphering the Rusty's Garage Menu Board

Deciphering the Rusty's Garage Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. The Woodlands, Texas, service centers like Rusty's Garage have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give Rusty's Garage a call at 8324958270 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our The Woodlands, Texas auto center at 25143 MELDA RD, 77380. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it cool ... read more

Rusty's Garage Service for Your Exhaust System

Rusty's Garage Service for Your Exhaust System

Your vehicle's exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your vehicle. The manifold is attached to the vehicle engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of these gases is carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly. For this reason, it is important American Fork residents keep their exhaust system in good repair. The pipes that connect the various parts of the exhaust system can rust or be damaged by rocks or other road debris. Such damage can cause dangerous gases to leak into the air.The catalytic converter is the next component of your vehicle exhaust system. It sort of looks li ... read more

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Exhaust

Rusty's Garage Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Rusty's Garage Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Hello Texas! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. This results in myriad benefits: better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up like conventional oil so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up. (We see that too often at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands.)Some manufacturers are extending oil c ... read more

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Fluids

Automotive Tips from Rusty's Garage: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around The Woodlands.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.It is important for The Woodlands drivers to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced. Rusty's Garage25143 MELDA RDThe Woodlands, Texas 77380 ... read more

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Timing Belt

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most The Woodlands drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Texas folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we The Woodlands drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us The Woodlands road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around The Woodlands. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around The Woodlands? Do you really need your g ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Ask Rusty's Garage: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Ask Rusty's Garage: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why The Woodlands drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost on the ro ... read more

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Timing Belt

What The Woodlands Customers like About Us at Rusty's Garage

A big part of the service we provide at Rusty's Garage for our The Woodlands customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued The Woodlands area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Rusty's Garage automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our The Woodlands customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Rusty's Garage is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in The Woodlands live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Rusty's Garage service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service. We hope Texas drivers ... read more

Serpentine Belt Service at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands

Serpentine Belt Service at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy The Woodlands road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components. Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around The Woodlands, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to ... read more

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Parts

Fall and Spring Inspection at Rusty's Garage

Good vehicle care for us The Woodlands residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance involved ... read more

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Maintenance

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your The Woodlands Vehicle

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your The Woodlands Vehicle

The Woodlands drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Texas come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the The Woodlands area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacture’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When drivers see the warning light, they know it's time to put some air in the tires.There are many benefits to people in The Woodlands who drive with properly inflated tires. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel economy. Driving on underinflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel economy. Drivers in The Woodlands will also see longer, more even t ... read more

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