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Safety Systems In Houston: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of Houston area folks driving around on under-inflated tires. Now, it’s hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your car tire’s considered significantly under inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds. New laws required manufacturers to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System – or TPMS system – in all cars and light trucks by the 2008 model year. The system has a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below manufacturer’s pressure recommendations. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from under inflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It’s up to your car’s manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they’ll use to comply with the law ... read more

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About Your Well-Trained Technicians At Kacal's

When your car breaks down, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in the Houston area, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time. If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training that our professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. Let me give you some perspective. Today there are four cylinder engines that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars twenty years ago. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep gas prices. And they’re so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern cars driving around Texas roads are so much more com ... read more

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The Easy Way To Make Your Car Last 200k Miles

A lot of Houston motorists have so-called clunkers that they want to keep.They’re good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their cars for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so. There are plenty of Houston drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own high mileage cars on the road in Texas. Houston drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your car's engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine. There’s another reason why the scheduled oil change is so important for Houston car owners. It’s si ... read more

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Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline?

Today we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You’ve probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in Texas. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Kacal's Auto and Truck Service at 5030 Old Spanish Trail in Houston to find out, or give us a call. E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 15% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 85% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower harmful exhaust emissions to our local communities. All gas engines can run with up to 10% ethanol and in fact a lot of gasoline sold in the Houston area does contain some ethanol. The problem comes when well meaning people with ... read more

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Do You Ask The Right Questions About Your Vehicle?

We find that a lot of our customers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions, but don't want to be embarrassed or to seem pushy. Cars are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because cars have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road. You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction. It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the right service center in Hous ... read more

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Ever Been In A Car Accident? What Did You Do?

If you've ever been in a car accident around Houston, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do. Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Texas: When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in Texas - even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local Houston lockup. Most states, including Texas require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Houston motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed. Always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report ... read more

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Where are your blind spots while driving?

Everyone has blind spots – and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Jessica Simpson. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around Houston. First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others... To begin, we can greatly reduce our blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your american high mileage car before you start to drive. First, adjust your rear view mirror to give the best possible view directly to the rear of your car. You don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or your dazzling smile. The rear view mirror should look to the rear. Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust ... read more

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Can A Car Scent Keep You Safer While Driving On Texas Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll 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 number one traffic safety concern.) So what does this have to do with how your car smells while you're driving around Houston? Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry, B. New Car, C. Pine, or D. Puppy? It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to AroMetrics. And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents. And you thought they just smelled nice

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Finding Government Recall Information For Your Vehicle

No matter how well they're made, vehicles 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 information at http://recalls.gov/nhtsa.html. Recalls are serious, but not all that common. But sometimes there are less significant issues, and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Kacal's Auto and Truck Service how to repair a frequent or difficult problem. The pros get updated information through subscription plans, also available in consumer version ... read more

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In Case Of Emergency ICE

Sometimes the unthinkable happens in Houston. A terrible accident and those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with emergency contact information. You have people who you'll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, and inform paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications. Too often, our local police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for clues – often wasting precious time. A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency, is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory. Simply put 'ICE' before a contact name in your cell phone, like 'ICE – Dad', 'ICE – Nancy', or 'ICE – Doctor Roberts'. Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuable time. Bob Brotchie, a Cambridge, England paramedic came up with the idea an ... read more

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