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Yearly Archives: 2018

What do I need to do for my high mileage vehicle?

Question: What do I need to do for my high mileage vehicle?Kacal's Auto & Truck Service Answer: Houston drivers ask this question at Kacal's Auto & Truck Service a lot more these days. The median age for vehicles on Texas roads is now over 11 years. Regardless of your reason for keeping your vehicle around, the good news for Houston drivers is that it's capable of going 150,000 to 200,000 miles (or 250,000 to 3500,000 kilometers) or more with proper care and professional automotive service at Kacal's Auto & Truck Service. Here are some tips from Kacal's Auto & Truck Service on how to make your car last: First, Houston drivers should follow all of their regularly scheduled maintenance routines. Things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service are for avoiding damage. This reduces your overall ... read more

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Alternator Replacement

Many Houston drivers have probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on their dash when they start their engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything's OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your vehicle battery's not charging properly. Houston motorists probably know that their battery stores electricity – enough to start the engine and get moving. But that's about it – you can only get a few miles or kilometers on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your vehicle engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your vehicle alternator isn't working, there isn ... read more

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February Heart Engine Health

It’s heart health month! Just as we take care of our own hearts, we should also consider taking care of our vehicles heart. Do you know what part of a vehicle is the heart? If you said the engine, then you are right! We must take care of not just our health but our vehicles. Many forget that an annual tune-up for their engine is important. It is just as important as our own check-up. By taking a few minutes out of your day for a basic engine tune-up, you can save a vehicle from dying. Considering how no two people are alike, we must remember this about vehicles as well.  Basic engine tune-ups vary depending on the type of vehicle. Most basic tune-ups include a check of the following: Battery / charging voltage  Belts and hose Scan for fault codes Idle speed  Gaskets and seals are reviewed for dirt, grime or leaks Spark plugs Fuel Pump  PCV Valve Now, this is merely the basics, but most mechanical shops will complete a review of all filters and much mo ... read more

Diesel Winter Tips

Diesel Winter Tips Winter is a blissful time for many people but not everything enjoys the cold. Have you experienced issues with your vehicle not starting? Or stopping after it starts during the cold? Was it specifically on days where the temperature was below 32 degrees? When you are a diesel lover then you know the frustrations of chilly weather. For others, this comes as a surprise when they experience their first “Diesel vs. the Cold”.  Why does this happen? Unlike gasoline which does not solidify and is more flammable, diesel will solidify during chilly weather. Since diesel contains paraffin, which is a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and commonly used in candles or cosmetics, it can solidify into a waxy substance(“Paraffin,”2018).  When diesel solidifies it is commonly called, “gelling”.  Don’t worry about the frustration but focus on a few solutions. Here are three tips for preventing or minimizing diese ... read more

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