Most in the Houston area may not know much about transfer cases, but if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you've got one. It makes sure you have power available for both the front and rear axles when driving around Texas. For example, if you have a rear-wheel drive SUV, power goes to the rear wheels until you need four-wheel drive. That's when the transfer case steps in and transfers some of the power to the front wheels as well. You might use a shift lever to go into four-wheel drive, it could be a button on the dash or it might even go into four-wheel drive automatically, depending on your vehicle. The transfer case is serviced at Kacal's Auto & Truck Service by periodically draining its fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid. We also check for leaks and damage. Transfer case fluid cools and lubricates the gears, chains, bearings, shafts and other parts for Houston motorists. Over time, the additives in the fluid ... read more
This week we were happy to host lunch for our partners from the Houston East End Chamber! Thank you to Gulf Coast Distillers and Ben's Den Truck for providing an awesome lunch! We were happy to help East End Chamber with supplementing the lost revenue to the Chamber due to Covid's Stay at Home and Social Distancing policies. The efforts by everyone participating is allowing the Chamber to continue to work as First Responders to Small Business owners in the East End. Thank you for all your support!
Batteries are a huge part of modern life. Think of how many battery chargers you have. Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into Kacal's Auto & Truck Service and need a new battery, they're really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don't make it for 4 years. There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know at Kacal's Auto & Truck Service and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter, and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that, too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them. Also, running your battery way down is bad for it. Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off can&nbs ... read more
You probably know that USB is a computer term (it stands for Universal Serial Bus). But do you know what a TSB is? You should, because it could be important for your vehicle. A TSB is a Technical Service Bulletin. Once a new vehicle is introduced and starts being driven by thousands of real-world users, weaknesses in parts or design are revealed. So, automakers send out TSBs, so service technicians will know to look for those problems. A TSB can be issued for things such as a loud noise when the vehicle turns or a minivan power door that won't close properly. A TSB is not the same as a recall. If a vehicle has a defect that could result in people being hurt or illegal emissions, that vehicle is recalled. The manufacturer must pay for a safety defect to be fixed, usually at a dealership. When a Technical Service Bulletin is issued, it's an acknowledgment that the vehicle manufacturer has noticed a pattern of something not working the way it shoul ... read more
A lot of people want custom wheels. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes they just don't fit right: The tires rub in turns or over bumps. Consulting your Kacal's Auto & Truck Service tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every vehicle. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside. If you don't want to make any modifications to your car, you would need to focus on a wheel and tire combination that would fit. With trucks, some Houston folks like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift. Also, most Houston drivers don't realize that you need to keep the rolling diameter of your new tires – that's the overall hei ... read more
Your engine also needs clean air to burn the fuel – and it needs a lot. In fact, a typical vehicle needs about 216,000 gallons of air for every tank of gas. All that air passes through a filter that catches the dust and dirt. Eventually the filter gets completely full. Because the filter can only hold so much, dirt starts getting through. This dirty air passes through the mass airflow sensor and starts to accumulate on the delicate sensor element. The mass air flow sensor measures how much air is getting into your engine. When the airflow reading is incorrect, your engine doesn’t get the proper amount of fuel. It runs rough and doesn’t perform as well as it should. Eventually, the sensor is so damaged it needs to be replaced – which is pricey. In fact, you could buy a case or two of air filters for the cost of a sensor replacement. Of course, that dirty air keeps on going through to your engine where ... read more
Did you know we are on Instagram? We are and right now we have the Ultimate Summer Giveaway going on! Find us on Instagram and enter for a chance to win big! We are giving away a $50 Gift Card to Bandini's, a $100 Gift Card to spend here at Kacal's and 1 FREE Night Stay at the Marriot South Hobby Airport! Follow us at @kacalsautotruckservice for more details. It's the Ultimate win! In observance of the 4th of July holiday, Kacal's will be CLOSED Friday, July 3rd. We want to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!
Today we want to talk about your engine air filter. That's the filter that cleans the air before it's burned in your engine. Many people in Houston wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is "when it's dirty." That's a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your vehicle manufacturer will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled. If you drive in Houston where there's lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That's why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change at Kacal's Auto & Truck Service. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed. Your filter can only hold so much d ... read more
Week #10 brought us great food from Brandani's Restaurant and Wine Bar! To support our community restaurants during this time Kacal's ordered lunch from Brandani's owned by Claire & Ron Brandani. The lunch was fantastic and all the essential workers here at Kacal's enjoyed every bite! We love supporting local restaurants, thank you Brandani's! Go check them out on Facebook or give them a call at 832-987-1313 and remember to Support your Local business!
Here’s some travel tips that I’ll bet you didn’t know, and it might keep you safer: The average American commuter spends two and a half hours daily in their car The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Aggressive driving is the #1 traffic safety concern. So, what does this have to do with how your car smells? Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: Strawberry New Car Pine Warm Vanilla Breeze It’s C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to Aromatics. And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents. And you thought they just smelled nice. Give us a call at 71