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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Fuel Saving Tip: The Woodlands Tune Up

Fuel Saving Tip: The Woodlands Tune Up

Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together.Now this is no surprise; I'm going to relate the orchestra to your vehicle. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.We call this... (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra's out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle's out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.So check your owner's manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your The Woodlands service advisor at Rusty's Garage what he thinks....Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable. Rusty ... read more

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Fuel System

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing The Woodlands drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your vehicle, parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it's a good idea for drivers in The Woodlands to remember their suspension system in their schedule of preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you'd spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That's where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the vehicle. Some vehicles have struts in the ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in The Woodlands, Texas, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Rusty's Garage tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for The Woodlands residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing eff ... read more

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Maintenance

Check Engine Light Diagnosis at Rusty's Garage

Check Engine Light Diagnosis at Rusty's Garage

Hello The Woodlands . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for The Woodlands drivers?First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious vehicle engine trouble. That's why The Woodlands residents often don't know how to respond to it.The Check Engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get your car serviced. If your Check Engine light is on and flashing, you sh ... read more

Should The Woodlands Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Rusty's Garage tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around The Woodlands are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside Texas temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of Texas freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around The Woodlands or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But for m ... read more

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