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Tips to Boost Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Boost Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is often measured in MPG, or miles per gallon, which is the relationship between the distance they cover per gallon of consumption of gasoline. Considering inflation has hiked and affected gas prices lately, saving money on gas has become more important than ever. McSpadden’s Tire and Automotive is here to come to the rescue.    Here are a few tips our top tips on how to increase your fuel efficiency or MPG: Don’t miss your oil changes - Motor oil affects your fuel consumption because your engine relies on proper lubrication to run efficiently. If you want to minimize your gas consumption, please be sure to get your oil changes on time and with the right oil type. Take it easy while driving - Quick acceleration demands more fuel. So, slowly increasing your speed may help you out. Plus, it is better to drive at a constant speed whenever you can. Pay attention to your tires - Proper inflation of tires is key to getting the most out of your gas ... read more

Will it damage my engine if I continue to drive my car with the check engine light on?

Will it damage my engine if I continue to drive my car with the check engine light on?

When you see the check engine light on, it can mean a variety of things. It is one of the car's main diagnostic lights that appears. Will it damage your car if you keep driving with the lights on? Let's find out. Figure Out the Problem ASAP This is one of the most obvious things to do when the light is on. Once you've figured out what is the problem is, you can determine from there if the car is safe to drive. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as low oil pressure or the engine overheating. In that case, you can fix the problems yourself and the light will most likely go away. Keep in mind that some cars have a red light, which means stop using the car, and some have a yellow light, which means to investigate the cause. Don't Drive Fast If the engine check light is on, the worst thing you can do is drive at higher speeds. Instead, go slower and take it easy on your engine. If you are carrying a load, make sure that the load is as light as possible. Until you ... read more

What To Expect During an Emissions Test

What To Expect During an Emissions Test

The annual emissions test for Texas drivers is like a physical for your vehicle’s emissions system. At our auto repair shop, we have a checklist of items to ensure your car is in compliance with regulations. Depending on your vehicle’s make/model/year, you will need to pass the test to renew your registration. Your vehicle’s engine releases a lot of byproducts from combustion. The exhaust system is in charge of transforming these gasses and releasing them into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, if the amount of emissions isn’t regulated, our air quality and environment can have damaging effects. When you bring your car in for an emissions test, one of our technicians will physically inspect your exhaust system. Then, we will hook your car to a testing machine. The equipment will measure the level of pollutants that your car emits, such as hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and more.  If you pass the test – congratulations! You are good to ... read more

Signs You Need a Coolant Flush

Signs You Need a Coolant Flush

To drive smoothly and seamlessly, your car’s engine needs to stay at a stable temperature range. To make that happen, a fluid called coolant/antifreeze gets pushed throughout the engine to regulate the temperature. Unfortunately, the coolant doesn't stay effective forever. Over time, contaminants and grime can build up in the cooling system. A coolant flush can solve this problem and protects the engine from corrosion, keeping it in the best shape possible. Besides a simple inspection, how can you tell when you need a coolant flush? Low Coolant   You can pop open the hood and visually check your coolant levels. If the fluid looks too low, you may have a leak. Be sure to check if any bright-colored fluid is around or under your vehicle. We can also check for you when bringing your vehicle into Mcspadden’s Tire & Automotive. Bad Coolant Quality  Another sign that may trigger a need for a fluid flush is if you find the coolant to be contaminated or d ... read more

How to Protect Your Vehicle Battery During the Summer

How to Protect Your Vehicle Battery During the Summer

According to experts, a car battery has a shorter lifespan during the summer than in the winter cold. Sunshades, building shadows, dashboard covers may not be the only ways you can protect your vehicle battery during the summer. Since we know when summer begins and ends, here are more tips on how to protect it better. If you love your car, you will inspect it regularly. The convenience that comes with cars need an equal amount of maintenance thus need for regular checks. Inspect your battery regularly as you check for wear and tear, tightening loose ends, corrosion and the overall condition of your battery. As you look to increase the time you drive your car to allow the battery recover from recharge, you can also cut the drain from within the car. There is an entire system to plug in all kinds of devices on the dashboards. Just distinguish between the devices you need and those you want to use. Additionally, always remember to shut off the entire car system and disconnect external d ... read more

4 Common Explanations for Spongy Brakes

4 Common Explanations for Spongy Brakes

Every driver knows that their brakes are the most important safety feature in their cars. And when their brakes start to feel unusual or soft, they’ll likely notice it right off the bat. What do spongy brakes mean? Read on to find out. Low or Old Brake Fluid One possible explanation for mushy brakes is low or old brake fluid. In most cases, this is a simple fix for technicians. Feel free to bring your car to our auto repair shop so that our technicians can inspect your brake fluid. Air in the Lines A widespread problem that causes spongy brake pedals is air in the fluid lines. Air is the ultimate enemy for the brake system as it limits the flow of the fluid and distribution of pressure to stop your car.  Problems with the Caliper Calipers are a piece of disc brake systems. They work by clamping down on the brake pads to stop your vehicle. When they become worn, it can ruin the entire stopping process. In addition to soft puddles, you may hear loud squeaks with the symp ... read more

What Is An OBD Scanner Used For?

What Is An OBD Scanner Used For?

We've all been victim to a frightening check engine light before. One of the reasons why drivers dread this repair is because check engine lights can mean so many different things. That is why it is essential to take your car to an auto repair shop, so they can properly diagnose your vehicle problem using a scan tool.   At McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, we use the latest and most accurate scanners to diagnose your check engine light. To do so, we will plug the OBD scanner into your vehicle's OBD port. Your car will then send the necessary code to the scanner, which a skillful technician can decipher. Because the coding language can be complex for the average person to understand, you should take your vehicle to a qualified professional.    The letters in OBD stand for On-Board Diagnostics. In most vehicles, it records data from the Electronic Control Units (ECU), which holds messages from various sensors throughout your car. Every time you turn on you ... read more

Fun Date Ideas for This Valentine's Day

Fun Date Ideas for This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a widely recognized holiday where many couples go out and spend time together. While a dinner or a vacation are all lovely and romantic ideas, the tricky part is it can be hard to get a reservation or come up with an elaborate itinerary last minute. If you're struggling to come up with a unique plan for Valentine's Day, you've come to the right place.  Outdoor Picnic One classic idea is to take a nice drive and have a picnic at a local park or other scenic areas with a view. All you need is to pack up a blanket, picnic basket, and drinks. Valentine's Day can be enjoyable and simple as an outdoor picnic. This date idea has an intimate setting, where the two of you can talk, eat, and enjoy each other's company without any disruption. Venture Out of Town How about taking your significant other out of time for a weekend getaway? There's no need for dinner reservations; the two of you can just book a nice hotel, spend the evening enjoy ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

Replacing your brake pads and making sure they are in good working condition will save you money, your vehicle and eventually save your life. Brake pads, brake caliper, and rotor are the main components of your car's braking system that need well-maintenance. Eventually, brake pads will wear out but how often they wear depends on factors like driving habits, environment, brake pad hardness, and materials used to make up the brake pad. But how do you tell if it's time to replace your brake pads? Here are warning signs indicating that you need new pads.   Screeching or Squealing Noises When you notice squealing or screeching noise every time you hit the brakes, it is a sign your brake pads need replacement. If you don't replace them early enough, you will experience a grinding or screeching noise. Some brake pads have metal wear indicators that make grinding noises to alert you to replace the pads. Please don't rely on the sound alone to assess t ... read more

FAQs on Tune-Ups

FAQs on Tune-Ups

Car mechanics emphasize general car maintenance for a reason. It's a topic that's very stressed here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive since it can go a long way to prolonging your car. With the proper care, your vehicle can run for decades. Good car care also entails regular tune-up services.   What Gets Done During a Tune-Up Service? During a tune-up, a professional technician will perform basic services, such as measuring and adjusting your tire pressures, changing your motor oil, and testing your lights and windshield wiper blades.    Historically, a tune-up also included a fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, distributor cap, and rotor replacement. However, cars have changed significantly within the last several decades. For instance, many cars no longer have carburetors, spark plug wires, or distributor caps. Therefore, a modern-day tune-up includes replacing spark plugs, changing the air filter, and cleaning the intake or fuel injectors ... read more