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Driving Safety Tips From Rusty’s Garage

Driving Safety Tips From Rusty’s Garage

As we enter September, seasonal changes are going to occur and it will affect our driving.  Kids are returning to the school year, regardless if they’re home-schooling, attending online classes, or reporting in-person and on campus.  The weather also starts to change, bringing cooler temperatures, rain, and delayed traffic. Before too long, the sun will set sooner and trick-or-treaters will be navigating the collection of free candy during the COVID era. Then, the November, December, and end of year holidays will soon follow. Because September is the gateway month to all of these changes, the Rusty’s Garage auto repair team wants to offer some helpful driving safety tips. We know that COVID-19 has reduced many drivers’ commutes. Because so many folks aren’t driving as often, we thought it would be smart to remind everyone of some common driving safety tips: Things NOT TO DO While Driving: Do not text and drive. Do not drive dis ... read more

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Protecting Your Car From the Heat

Summer is here, and with it comes some genuinely brutal weather. Even days that feel sunny and fair can be harsh to your car. Just like with the cold, the heat can be very unkind to your car's performance and stability. But you can combat the weather itself by keeping an eye on some of the major issues for your car and responding quickly to problems as you identify them. Plus, preventative measures ensure you are doing the most you can for the life of your vehicle. The Major IssuesGet a sunshade cover for your windscreen and use it when spending long periods away from the car. This will eliminate many of the issues in the cabin quickly and efficiently. The only real problem you'll have are the hot-fingers as you put it away, but once you do, it's as if you've had hours of shade. Remember to have your cooling system regularly flushed. This part of your car may be easily neglected and overlooked, but you're helpl ... read more

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Rusty’s Garage Superhero Spotlight

We believe we are surrounded by real-life superheroes here in The Woodlands. These superheroes are everyday people who live among us and serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.  As a tribute, Rusty’s Garage has put together a Superhero Spotlight of four individuals who are working hard to keep our community healthy and safe. Allow us to introduce you to them: Dr. Jim Mathis is an orthopedic surgeon who has been serving The Woodlands and Tomball communities for 17 years. Dr. Mathis says that fortunately, the medical staff in our geographic area are not lacking protective gear or equipment needed to fight the Coronavirus. He urges us to be smart, take care of others within our community, and be good about washing your hands. Thoughts and prayers are always welcomed, but Dr. Mathis says the best way to support the community overall is to support local businesses as much as you can.   Chris Mitcham is a Lieutenant with The Woodlands Fire Department. As a firefigh ... read more

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What Makes a Good Auto Mechanic?

What Makes a Good Auto Mechanic?

We all appreciate knowing that we have a good auto mechanic to turn to when our car or truck acts up. What is it that makes our auto mechanic so good at what they do? With all the different makes and models of vehicles, there are so many variations to each service and repair. Do you ever get curious about what it takes to become a good mechanic? Here is a list of traits that each auto mechanic needs to have to be good at their job. Good problem-solving skills To be a good auto mechanic, the first thing a tech needs is curiosity. What is causing this issue, and why are good questions that often run through your auto mechanics mind as they think of your vehicle's issue. A good tech needs to be able to look at a problem from many angles to provide the best possible solution and to accurately diagnose and repair your car. Perseverance We all get frustrated from time to time. However, a good auto mechanic can not give up when the going gets tough. Eve ... read more

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We are COVID-19 Ready

We are COVID-19 Ready

It seems that all our news and information is inundated with the coronavirus. To stay true to ourselves, we feel it necessary to share what we at Rusty’s Garage is doing to help curb the current epidemic and keep you safe. We are monitoring the latest news and updates to ensure that we are well informed as to how to flatten the curve. We want to assure you that our team at Rusty’s Garage is monitored to ensure that every member is healthy, and by keeping up with the latest in technology, we are all electronic from start to finish.  What does all electronic mean to you and the coronavirus? Well, it means that as part of our effort in social distancing, we no longer have to touch the same surfaces. By way of cell phone and computer, we offer touch-free service and after-hours key drop. We have added additional safety measures such as increased surface cleaning schedules and a rigorous sanitizing checklist for car focusing on your steering wheel, dash, and door handles ... read more

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Top 10 FAQ About Auto Repair

Top 10 FAQ About Auto Repair

Does the idea of getting your car fixed give you anxiety? Here are some facts about auto repairs to help inform and put your mind at ease when choosing a repair method. Cars should be reasonably quiet when running. If you notice that your vehicle is noisy, it might be time to bring your vehicle in for a check-up. The sooner you get it checked out, the sooner you will know what it takes to get your car back up to snuff. Not all shops are created equal. Find a reliable shop by asking friends and family who they go to and what type of experience they are having. A mechanic should have up-to-date education and training under their belt.  Be wary of kiosks that read codes. Getting a code off your vehicle's computer is one step in the right direction. However, codes are general readings and may lead you on a wild goose chase where you spend your money on unnecessary parts that do not solve your problem. A qualified technician can look at code, listen to the problem, and deduce wh ... read more

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Romantic Destinations Within Driving Distance of Spring, TX

Romantic Destinations Within Driving Distance of Spring, TX

February is a time for lovers, but also a time to show love to family, friends, pets, and even our cars. Take some time this month to care for your car and it will help you care for the people you value the most. AND it will allow you to go on a romantic getaway while increasing the chances you’ll make it there without delay.  For your car, make sure to check: the oil, wiper blades, tire wear and tear, tire pressure, battery cables, air filters. You’ll also want to update your emergency kit to include things like any medication you’re taking and plenty of good snacks. Have jumper cables at the ready as well as flares to warn other motorists if you do break down. Plenty of bottled water is always good to have on hand. Here are some recommendations for romantic getaways within driving distance from Spring: Port Aransas (4 hours) Highlights: small tourist town, sandy beaches, really good food Galveston (1 hour 20 min) Highlights: small town charm with bigger ci ... read more

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Christmas Gifts for Car-Lovers

Christmas Gifts for Car-Lovers

We are a culture that loves our cars. That can definitely help us this holiday season when it comes to gift-giving for the car lovers in our lives. This list can be endless, but hopefully, we will give you a few ideas that will help you get ahead of the holiday gift-buying rush.  Detailing: Everybody loves a clean car, but most people don’t enjoy the process. Even if you know someone who does, it can be nice for them to not have to worry about getting into all the nooks and crannies themselves. This is also a great way to help them extend the life of their car’s paint. You will give them the gift of a new-car feel without having to buy them a new car!   Garbage can: It’s so easy to let trash build up in our cars. Help your car-loving person to stay ahead of the curve with a trash can for their vehicle. There are many options to choose from, but remember that any of them will help make a difference!  Car seat protectors: Most people tend to eat or ... read more

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Holiday Road-Trips: How to Stay Safe

Holiday Road-Trips: How to Stay Safe

When heading out this holiday season, there are many ways you can prepare ahead of time to stay safe. From proper auto maintenance, updating your emergency kit, and taking the time to plan out a route based on time-frame as well as who are your passengers can make or break your holiday plans. Take the time to prepare and you won’t be disappointed! Auto maintenance: Ongoing preventive maintenance helps in every area of owning a vehicle, but when it comes to holiday travel, it can keep you from breaking down or worse. Check all the fluids under the hood: oil, anti-freeze, power steering, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, etc. Check the air pressure, tread depth, and general wear and tear on your tires. This will help you get the most out of your gas mileage and will help your tires hug the ground beneath them. Don’t forget to check your windshield wipers, brakes, and all lights. Most of this information you can find in your owner’s manual.  Emergency kit: It&r ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Thirsty? 5 Important Fluids Your Car Needs to Stay Hydrated

Is Your Vehicle Thirsty? 5 Important Fluids Your Car Needs to Stay Hydrated

There are some fluids that are critical to the performance and drivability of your vehicle. You never want your car thirsty because, just like humans, it means it’s already dehydrated. Let’s take a look at the top 5: Oil: This is what lubricates the moving parts of your engine. The best way to check your oil is to take it out for a short drive and then let it cool off for a few minutes. The dipstick for the oil is usually pretty easy to find. When you pull it out, wipe it off and then put it back in the make sure you can get an accurate read. The stick will be marked where the oil should be and if it’s low, you’ll want to add the right oil for your car. Check your owner’s manual to know for sure. If it is low, you’ll want to find out why. Also take a look at how dirty it is. If it’s low and/or dirty, it’s probably time for a change.  Radiator Fluid: This is the fluid that keeps your car running cool enough to keep you going. When i ... read more

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