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Keeping Your Car Germ-Free During the Coronavirus Pandemic
   Published July 9, 2020
Steps you can take to keep your vehicle clean and prevent illness from germs that can hide out on various surfaces inside and outside of your vehicle.

While the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is serious and deadly, any flu should be taken seriously. Both the new coronavirus and various seasonal flu strains can be especially dangerous for seniors with underlying conditions as well as children.  Read More
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Navigating The Road Ahead During the COVID-19 Crisis: Your Car Questions Answered
   Published July 8, 2020
If you’re like us, you’ll never again take for granted the freedom to get in your car and head to your local grocery store to pick up a few things. The ability to do so is just one way transportation is being impacted by COVID-19, which has left many usually busy streets much quieter as people stay home to practice social distancing. The Coronavirus is having a big impact on transportation as it forces us all to, in a word, adapt. Adapt to how often we use our vehicles, how we care for them, and even how we buy them. Here we’ve compiled some of the most prevalent questions many people have when it comes to driving, buying and getting cars serviced during the COVID-19 crisis.   Read More
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Capless Gas Tanks Pros and Cons
   Published June 17, 2020
[Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original posting date.]

More and more, as I review new vehicles, and they need fuel, I open the gas tank flap all set to unscrew the gas cap, but there is not one there. There is a small trap door, that you can’t push in with your finger, yet when you stick the gas nozzle from the pump in, it easily inserts. Welcome to capless gas tanks. Ford really pioneered capless fuel fillers on the 2009 Explorer. Other brands currently offering  Read More
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Dealing With Summer Car Service Woes at the Dealership
   Published May 7, 2020
A Texas Car Pro Show listener got in touch with me, totally frustrated with her dealership. She loves the dealership overall, loves her salesperson, and loves her vehicle. However, she gets irritated when she calls the dealership to make an appointment, and the first available time is two weeks away.

Welcome to summer temperatures and the problems it causes for dealerships and customers.

Summer Car Service Challenges
All the years I owned car dealerships, I dreaded the summer heat.   Read More
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How To Care For Your EV or Hybrid When Not In Regular Use
   Published May 6, 2020
If you’re like many Americans you’re likely using your vehicle a lot less frequently during COVID-19 with all the stay at home orders around the country. We’ve provided some car care tips here for when your car is parked for longer than normal. Ford is also offering up some tips on how to specifically care for electric vehicles that may not be in regular use right now.

The automaker says owners of battery-powered vehicles might wonder how much charge they should keep in their  Read More
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10th Annual CarMD Report On Check Engine Light Causes
   Published April 22, 2020
CarMD, a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data and business solutions, released its 2019 CarMD Vehicle Health Index report. This annual VHI report provides an overview of information related to check engine-related car repairs, costs and trends.
Top 5 Reasons for Check Engine LightBelow you’ll find the rankings according to CarMD’s findings along with average cost of repairs. The one you don’t want is the pricey problem of  Read More
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An Easy Driveway Vehicle Check During Car Care Month
   Published April 22, 2020
This April finds itself very different from the last, but one thing has not changed, and perhaps become even more important: Taking care of your vehicle, whether it’s parked for a while or not.

April is National Car Care Month. Most automotive service departments remain open to conduct repairs, recalls and fulfill other service needs. But you can also maintain your vehicle from home with a driveway vehicle check.

“A driveway vehicle check only takes about 10  Read More
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Where To Find Your Car’s Digital Owner’s Manual Online
   Published April 2, 2020
Have questions about your car? Well, forget finding them the old fashioned way, in an owner’s manual tucked away in your glovebox. These days you’ll need to go online. In the digital age, automakers are posting them on their websites and some, like Hyundai’s, even include augmented reality features. Many brands are also now allowing you to reference them through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

The move to digital manuals is due in part to cutting weight, since paper adds up. In fact, if  Read More
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Car Care Tips If You're Parking Your Vehicle Short-Term
   Published April 1, 2020
We’re not the only ones staying home these days. So, too, are our cars. As Americans are being asked if at all possible to stay home, many cars are sitting parked on the street, in the driveway or garage for days, and those days are turning into weeks. Unfortunately, parking your car even short-term for a few weeks can pose some potential problems for your vehicle. The best way to prevent many of them is to drive your car. Once a week if you  Read More
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Car Pro Guide to Handling Vehicle Hail Damage, Plus Severe Weather Driving Tips
   Published March 25, 2020
Spring brings storms and, with them, many places get hail. We had this happen this past Sunday evening in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. In parts of the Metroplex, baseball-sized hail ruined thousands of cars, some so bad the windshields and rear windows were knocked out.

When driving in the rain, you need to exercise greater caution than usual because your reaction time and sight will be decreased.
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Hit a Pothole? Here’s How to Tell If You Have Damage
   Published March 4, 2020
Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. According to the American Automobile Association, the average repair cost of pothole-related repairs is $306 although sometimes repair costs can soar to over $1,000. More importantly, hitting a pothole or trying to avoid one can result in a crash and potential injuries.
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The Importance Of Checking Your Car’s Belts
   Published February 27, 2020
The Car Care Council is reminding us about the importance of giving cars the proper TLC to avoid engine trouble and keep them running properly.

One way to keep your vehicle maintained is by checking its engine belts to make sure they are in tip top shape. Engine belts are a vital part of keeping your vehicle moving. Losing one can mean immediate trouble for the engine and an unpleasant breakdown for you.
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Beware: All Car Sales Are Final, So Don’t Skimp on the Test Drive
   Published February 19, 2020
I preach it on the radio regularly, but it happens way too often. People go out and buy themselves a new vehicle, and within 72 hours they realize they don’t like it or it doesn’t fit their family, or some other issue. It is called buyer’s remorse, and in spite of what people think, there is no “cooling off” period in any state in America. When you drive away, you own it. Usually when someone regrets his or her purchase, it is because he or she didn’t take a proper test drive.

Some people refuse to take a test drive. I believe the test drive of a new or used vehicle is a very important step in the car buying process. I cannot imagine spending money on shoes without trying them on, and I sure cannot imagine making your second-largest purchase without driving what you are buying. Here are some tips for doing it properly.  Read More
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AAA: Texas Gas Prices To Fall Under $2 Per Gallon
   Published February 12, 2020
If you’ve filled up at the pump lately in Texas, you’ll likely have noticed the price drop at the pump. It’s not your imagination, either. Gas prices in Texas continue to fall according to the American Automobile Association. Its recent Weekend Gas Watch Report reports an average gas price in Texas of $2.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel. That’s five cents less than this day last week and is 13 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. That is also less than the  Read More
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Car Pro Guide To Oil Changes, Synthetic Oil and Oil Consumption
   Published February 10, 2020
I hear from people all the time who are confused about the correct time to change their oil and filter. I wrote an article some years ago titled “nix the 3000-mile oil change”. The truth is, oil is just so much better these days, there is never any reason to change it at fewer than 5000 miles, and that is for those people who really want to get a lot of mileage out of an engine.

When to Change Your OilBusinesses that change oil for consumers often want to tell you that the sooner you  Read More
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Understanding Vehicle Start/Stop Systems
   Published February 5, 2020
I am spending time this week with a General Motors SUV that has the Auto Start/Stop system. That in itself is not problematic, but this SUV does not have a button to turn it off, which drives me crazy. While it is fresh in my mind, I thought it might be a good time to revisit these systems.

How Stop-Start Systems Work
If you are not familiar with this system, simply put, when you come to a stop, like a red light, the engine shuts down, but essential other components continue to run, like the air conditioning system, power steering, brakes, sound system, etc. When you take your foot off the brake to press the gas pedal the engine restarts and you go on your merry way. In a vehicle with a manual transmission, the system operates from the clutch pedal instead of the brake.
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How To Find A Good Auto Service Repair Shop
   Published January 29, 2020
Many people who have cars out of the warranty period, often ask me if I know a good garage to recommend. In some areas, I do but in others, I don’t know a sole.

Some people use auto dealerships for all their repairs and maintenance to their car, and there are certainly some advantages to  Read More
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Dealing With An Insurance Adjuster
   Published January 9, 2020
As expected, we have heard from a ton of Hurricane Harvey victims who have lost cars in the flood. They are rightfully concerned about getting transportation so they can rebuild their lives and get back to making money. One trend I am seeing is people rushing to settle with their insurance company on their old vehicle. That’s exactly what the insurance company wants you to do.

If your vehicle is totaled by wreck or flood damage, or stolen and not recovered, you are going to be forced to  Read More
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NICB: “Puffing” Your Vehicle Could Cost You
   Published January 8, 2020
Ever run out and start your car to get it warmed up during the winter, then go back inside for a few minutes? Well, you should rethink that plan according to the National Insurnace Crime Bureau. The NICB calls it “puffing” and warns that if you leave your car unlocked and unattended while warming it up, it could become a target for theft.

The NICB says more and more states and municipalities are passing laws banning “puffing,” making it illegal to leave a  Read More
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5 Ways to Be A Safer Driver in 2020
   Published January 2, 2020
Let’s face it. The roads can be downright dangerous out there, filled with distracted, drunk, drowsy or aggressive drivers, not to mention those who feel a need for speed and try to beat red lights. If you’re guilty of any of these behaviors yourself, it’s time to make some resolutions to change that. Here are five New Year’s driving resolutions to make for the year ahead that will make the road safer for yourself and other drivers including law enforcement and first responders who risk their lives every day working traffic incidents.  Read More