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Monthly Archives: March 2021

Kacal's Auto & Truck Service Tech Question On Your Battery

Kacal's Auto & Truck Service Tech Question: I'm David in Houston, Texas. For the last year and a half I've had some battery problems. I had trouble starting my car so I bought a new battery at a parts store in Houston. At first everything was fine, then about six months later I had problems starting my car again, so I got a new battery. Again, everything was fine for another five or six months then I had trouble starting my car again. I went to get another battery and the parts guy said why do you need another battery, weren't you in a few months ago? So he tested my battery and it was OK. Apparently I've been replacing good batteries. What's wrong with my vehicle? Kacal's Auto & Truck Service Answer: Look, we can't fault David for not knowing what's wrong with his vehicle – he just didn't have enough information. And frankly, neither do I. Let's talk about where our friend went wrong and what ... read more

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Headlamps

You may be surprised to learn that 40% of traffic fatalities take place at night even though there’s 60% less traffic.  It goes to show how important proper visibility is to nighttime driving. 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 blub 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.  The idea is that your lamps never dim to the point that they become a safety issue.  Just take care of it at a fall oil change so that your lights will be bright for the ... read more

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

When you are driving your vehicle, you want all to be right with it and you do not want to encounter any issues along the way. If you are in motion and begin to see smoke coming from underneath your hood, you know immediately there is an issue and you may become scared or even frustrated; knowing there is something you will have to handle. Seeing smoke one of the first thoughts may be that your vehicle is probably overheating… you know to pull over immediately, turn your vehicle off and access things, but then there is the thought of why this could be happening. While you know there is an issue with your vehicle, you know that it is overheating and it shouldn't be… but you may not know exactly why this is happening. Here are some issues that may be occurring to cause your car to overheat. Leaks in Your Cooling System: This is generally the main reason your vehicle will overheat. Any small leak can lead to an expensive pair if you wait too long to take care of it ... read more

Fuel Filter

The function of a fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory.  It filters your fuel.  The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine.  Both gas and diesel vehicles use fuel filters. There’s not a lot of dirt in the fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out.  The problem gets worse the older your vehicle becomes.  That’s because dirt, rust and contaminates will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank.  After a car is five years or older, it can have a fair amount of sediment built up.  That just means that the fuel filter must work harder as your car ages.  It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often. A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration.  That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough can’t ... read more

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