Monthly Archives: March 2021

Automotive Tips from Rusty's Garage: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Rusty's Garage when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most The Woodlands drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Rusty's Garage service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for Texas drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Rusty's Garage25143 MELDA RDThe Woodlands, Texas 773808324958270  



Stay Safe in The Woodlands by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

We don't want to think about it, but each The Woodlands resident who drives or rides in a vehicle is potentially an accident victim. In the worst-case scenario, those people are unconscious and unable to communicate with Texas rescue workers. Rescue workers and The Woodlands police are well aware of this difficulty, even if the rest of us don't stop to think about it. They can all recount stories of searching through glove compartments, pockets, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for a person's name and for contact information for someone who can help them get the person the medical care they need. This contact information is critical in an accident because The Woodlands medical workers need to know about allergies and potential drug interactions. Also, in Texas, some medical treatments can't be provided without authorization or consent, and there can be insurance and billing issues if the person's medical care is not properly arranged. ICE provides a solu ... read more


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Rusty's Garage: Good Service and Good Fuel Economy

Most The Woodlands auto owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving economy. At Rusty's Garage, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can The Woodlands drivers actually save?In today's Rusty's Garage article, we're focusing on the things you can do to improve your vehicle’s economydriving around Texas. We'll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at $3.50, and we'll show a chart that also shows the savings at $3.00 and $4.00.   DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00 TUNE UP 4%.12.14.16 The next item is replacing a clogged engine air filter. Your engine needs enough air to burn fuel efficiently for the best mileage. A clean air filter means you get plenty of air. The fact that the air's clean protects your engine. That can save you up to 10 percent or 35 cents a gallon.   DOLLARS PER GALLON$3. ... read more


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The Woodlands Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among The Woodlands drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should The Woodlands drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around The Woodlands?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero Texas temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in Texas?Do you drive often in dusty The Woodlands areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around The Woodlands?Do you drive in very hot or very cold Texas weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest The Woodlands on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on The Woodlands surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is ... read more


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