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
You may be surprised to learn that 40 percent of traffic fatalities in Texas take place at night even though there's 60 percent less traffic. It goes to show how important proper visibility is to nighttime driving in our Houston community. Obviously, a clean windshield is important – so are good wiper blades. Your headlights play a big role as well. There are two main concerns. One is with the headlamp, or bulb. The other is with the lens. The fact of the matter is that headlamps go dim over time. You just need to replace them. Some vehicles come with a standard bulb which you can replace, or you can upgrade to a halogen bulb that's much brighter. Halogen costs a little more but you'd be amazed at the difference. It's a good idea to replace your headlamps once a year ... read more
Wow! We are at week 8 of supporting our local restaurants in the Houston area! We are so pleased to be a part of this initiative to help support local business during these unprecedented times. This week we were treated to lunch by Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese from the Hotel Granduca - Ristorante Cavour! He served an amazing lasagna lunch to our staff. Thank you Chef for the delicious food! Check out Hotel Granduca for all their amazing amenities! Keep supporting local! Thank you Houston
Maintaining your car or truck will make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel: And you save money. To help organize our discussion, let’s think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. Friction. Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the engine. It must work harder to overcome the drag – and that takes more fuel. The first thing that comes to mind is engine oil. Low oil means there’s not enough to fully lubricate the engine so there’s more friction. The wrong viscosity and grade of oil can also adversely affect fuel economy. Dirty oil won’t lubricate as well as clean oil. The same principles apply to transmission fluid. Getting your oil changed and transmission serviced on schedule will reduce friction and save money. Consider upgrading to synthetic oils in your dif ... read more