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Monthly Archives: May 2021

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts? Shock and struts make the vehicle run stably by absorbing the impact on sudden braking, when driving on uneven surfaces, or accelerating. Many of the modern vehicle models use either of the two or a combination of both. When they are worn, you will have a rough ride, and the vehicle may damage other items such as the drivetrain and the steering systems. Here are some signs of worn struts and shocks: Uneven Sliding and Veering If you are driving in normal conditions, you do not expect to slide or veer off the road. The car should also drive straight even in mild wind conditions. However, if you have problems driving straight on the road, it is one sign of bad shocks. Uneven Tire Wear Usually, tires wear uniformly. However, if some struts are not working right, you will find patchy areas of wear on the tire. This is caused by tires that are not flat on the road. Tires that do not touch the road firmly a ... read more

Simple Answers from Kacal's Auto & Truck Service for Houston: Cooling System

Question My engine never overheats.  Why should I get a cooling system service? Answer That’s a good question to ask, because if you don’t have the full answer you may end up in trouble.  It seems that, if your engine is running at the proper temperature then everything must be OK.  But the fact is that engine overheating is the most common cause of mechanical failure.  So how do you get from everything is just fine to suddenly overheating and potential engine damage? Truth is, it is not a sudden process, but it is an invisible one.  Your engine coolant circulates through your engine where it absorbs heat and then flows through the radiator where it is cooled – and then back to the engine again.  If the coolant can flow freely – and there are no leaks – then the coolant can do its job.  This is the point where you must look deeper. The cooling system is a harsh environment: very hot ... read more

Recommended Factory Scheduled Maintenance Performed Here

As you know, your vehicle has factory scheduled maintenance items. These range from oil changes to timing belt replacement to brake inspection. These recommendations are usually made for certain mileage or time intervals. For some vehicles, certain recommendations are clustered around major intervals like 30,000/60,000/90,000 miles (50,000/100,000/150,000 kilometers). Following factory recommended service goes as long way towards preventing breakdowns and keeps your vehicle operating as safely and economically as possible. What you may not know is that you can have ALL of your factory recommended service performed right here – even while your vehicle is still under warranty. That’s right; your factory warranty is protected wherever the factory recommended service is performed. And following the recommended inspection schedule helps us uncover any potential concerns and allows us to make necessary repairs before they become big, expensive problems. So if your new car comes ... read more


Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels.  They’re strong parts that last a long time – but they can run into trouble. Axles just wear out over time and need to be replaced.  And sometimes axle seals leak, causing the axle to wear out prematurely.  Lubricant leaks out, and water and dirt can get in and contaminate the gears.  When this happens you might hear strange noises coming from your axle.  If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the sound would be at the rear end.  If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, the sound would be up front.  Of course, with an all-wheel drive, the sound could come from either front or back.  It might be a groaning sound or clunking when turning. There are different kinds of axles, each with their own potential problems.  Your service technician knows this and checks for things like leaking seals, torn CV boots, worn axle joints.  An inspection will ... read more


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