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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Do You Own A Vehicle That Had A Recall?

No matter how well they're made, cars in Houston will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car to get the recall work done. These recalls always affect safety, so take them seriously. It's easy to see if a vehicle's being recalled. The government has links on its website - http://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html. There are many websites with free recall information and searches. There's CarFax, AutoByTel and the DMV ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tips And Myths

With high fuel prices in Houston comes lots of gas saving advice. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on people desperate to save some money on gas. When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through. Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics? Do some research on the internet or ask your service advisor at Kacal's. There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. Not even at the Johnson Space Center in Houston! So next time you get one of those e-mails, call us. You'll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement

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Nighttime Driving Visibility In The Houston Area

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the greater Houston area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility… It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night. Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as bright as they can possibly be.Headlamps dim over time. They dim so gradually that you may not notice it. Many experts suggest replacing your standard or halogen headlamps once a year.If your vehicle has standard headlamps, consider upgrading t ... read more

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