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Three Common Tire Troubles

Tires can often be the window into the soul of your vehicle’s front-end suspension. When it comes to preventative maintenance for your tires, it is important to pay attention to the signals your tires may be sending to you about the wear and tear to your car’s front end and undercarriage. There are different problems that can arise from worn front-end suspension parts, and the different types of wear and tear shown by your tires can give some important clues regarding the suspension components that may be in need of attention.

Fast Wearing Tires

As Houston commuters add miles to their cars, they will notice that the tread will simply wear down and the ridges in the tire’s tread pattern will become shallower. If your tires are wearing evenly, but wearing down too quickly, you may need to replace the tires with a higher quality brand that is designed to wear longer. Within the treads of your tires, there is a wear-bar that runs perpendicular to the major tread pattern, and when you can see these wear bars clearly it is time to replace your tires. If you can see any wire or metal parts protruding from your tire treads that means the tire has long exceeded its useful life and is probably no longer safe to drive on.

One tried and true technique for anyone to check tire-wear is to use a standard U.S. penny. If you stick a penny into the tread with the president’s head sticking down, the tire tread is acceptable if any part of the head remains below the tread. If your tire does not pass this penny test, chances are the tire has worn too far and it should be replaced.

Uneven Tread Wear

When the treads of your tires are wearing unevenly, there is less likely a problem with your tires. Uneven wear is a signal that the front-end suspension of your car has issues that need to be addressed. If only one side or edge of the tires are wearing out, this may indicate that your car needs a front end alignment, but it could also be a sign that worn ball joints or control arm bushings in the front end are causing problems. If your tires are showing this type of wear, it is important to have a professional mechanic diagnose your front-end issues.

If both the outer and inner edges of the tire are wearing faster than the middle tread of the tire, you may have under-inflated tires. Over-inflated tires will generally wear the center tread more than the edges. Either case can be avoided by using a tire pressure gauge when filling your tires with air, and you should check the pressure of your tires periodically.

Feathering or Scalloping

Sometimes tires will wear in an odd pattern where there is a rounded edge on one side of the tire and an uneven, scalloped or feathered wear pattern on the other edge. In some cases, this condition can be seen by a visual examination of the tire, and in other cases, the condition can be detected best by simply running your hands over the edge of the tire. You will be able to feel the unevenness as you run your hand over the tread. A third method of detection is a vibration or humming noise that can be heard from the front end while driving. The main cause of this issue is front-end tire alignment, and if caught early enough, a proper alignment can prevent further damage to the tire. This condition can also be caused by damaged or bent wheels or other suspension parts.

One of the best ways to ensure the longest life for your tires is to rotate them regularly and make sure that you make a tire-check part of your regular pre-road trip inspections. If you are in the Katy area, be sure to schedule your regular front-end maintenance today at Mission Car Care on Clay Road to ensure that you get the most out of your tires.

How important is your vehicle manual?

Wouldn’t you read the user manual if you bought any new gadget or piece of machinery? The same goes for your car. Your vehicle is something you are using day in and day out and the manual will tell all you need to know about your vehicle.

May it be warning indicators which will alert you as to something going wrong inside your car to troubleshooting those problems—your manual will guide you to it. One of the most important things your vehicle manual will tell you is the preventive maintenance schedule and recommended oil change and air filter change schedule. Following this regime will make your engine’s life longer.

The worst thing which can happen is that not following the clear instructions for your particular car type might cause damage to your vehicle which might make your warranty void.

If your car is really precious to you, you will surely refer to your car manual. In fact choosing an auto service station with ASE certified mechanics who know the manuals of each vehicle is vital to the well being of your car. For quality auto repair in Katy, Tx, drive into Mission Car Care on Clay Road and let our professional team give you the best quality preventive maintenance in Katy.

Good Service takes Time

Slow and steady always gets the work done right! As in everything else, this applies even for automobile repairs. Professional technicians and mechanics do not believe it giving band-aid solutions to your car problems instead, they believe in doing things right to give your long-term answers so that your car will go a long way.

The reason why repairs sometimes take longer than you expected is because you might have taken your car in for one problem, but your mechanic’s trained eye might also identify other issues which need to be addresses simultaneously.

The ASE certified team at Mission Car Care will patiently listen to the symptoms of your automobile problem and give you a realistic timeline as well as cost estimate after the complication has been diagnosed.

Depending on the nature of your problem you can choose to wait, drink a coffee at a nearby café or diner, or drop off your car to pick it up later. It may take hours, days or weeks; our team will try to give you your car with the resolution of the complication. Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx is open between 7 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and 8 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.

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Body work for your Car at Mission Car Care

Even the slightest dent can mar the look of your prized car. Instead of wincing at those scratches, scuffs and dents to your vehicle, or putting off a paint job because you fear you can’t afford it, just drive into Mission Car Care, Katy, Txfor full body repair service.

Even minor accidents can cause a lot of damage to the exterior of the car and should only be handled by professional service and repair stations.

Thefully equipped workshop and ASE experienced team of qualified mechanics at Mission Car Care can handle all kinds of car and van body repair work with the highest quality products so that your car receives the best quality repair service.

Body work at Mission Car Care incorporates metals and plastics, interior and exterior parts and coatings and seams.Minor paint work or a complete paint job-we can do it all. We also offer the affordable and easy option of paintless dent repair where dents in your automobile’s body can be ‘pushed out’ using special tools by skilled technicians.

Our consulting team will first assess the damage and give you a free estimate as to how much it will cost to repair your car. This will be followed by giving you a schedule and timeline as to how long your repairs will take. We pride ourselves on meeting our deadlines so that you don’t have to stay without your car for too long.Log onto for a look at our complete range of automobile repair services.

A Cabin Air Filter Check this Fallat Mission Car Care

Fall is here and it’s time for those dried up leaves in the colours of the sunset to create a carpet on the sidewalks and roads. It is also the right time to get your cabin air filter checked and replaced.

What does the cabin air filter do?

The cabin air filter helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust, leaves, bugs and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle’s air conditioning and heating and ventilation systems. Premium filters are made up of a multi-layer design that traps airborne contaminants so that you do not inhale them. The first layer traps larger, coarse particles. The middle layer is electrostatically charged to remove minute particles.

When to get your cabin air filter replaced?
Cabin air filters which clean the incoming air and rid it off allergens should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles according to the ASE certified team of mechanics at Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx.

When your cabin air filter doesn’t work

Your vehicle is sure to smell unpleasant and musty if your cabin air filter has not been replaced on time. The contaminants can become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers will end up taking in more fumes and particles when riding in the car than when they are on the open road. A clogged cabin air filter hinders the airflow in the HVAC system, creating interior heating and cooling issues. Thus, a perfectly functioning cabin air filter is not just important for efficiency of your cars heating and cooling system but more so for the well-being and health of your car’s passengers.

Servicing the cabin air filter

At Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx our team of technicians maintain that filters should not be cleaned and reinstalled; instead, they should be replaced. Our mechanics will help locate the cabin filter under the hood or in the interior of the cartypically located under your vehicle's dashboard or attached to the glove box. Our team will study the owner’s manual; they know which filters require basic hand tools to remove and install the replacement filter and which filters need to be handled by hands only.

Drive into Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx for a preventive maintenance check for your vehicle this fall to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for the approaching winter.

Are you a Safe Driver?

Rash driving is not simply hazardous to you and others on the road but speeding, rapid acceleration and breaking violently wastes gas and lowers your gas mileage.

Here is a step-by-step checklist of things you should reflect upon to judge if you are a safe driver:

1. Adjusting the seat for effective control and adjusting all three mirrors for being alert of your surroundings at all times.

2. Wearing your seatbelt.

3. Indicating properly and well in time on curbs, while changing lanes and on roundabouts.

4. Looking in the rearview mirror when braking.

5. Slowing down at intersections and looking for other cars even if you have right of way.

6. Avoid changing lanes. Doing a head check by turning around in case of changing lanes and  in  blind spots. 

7. Stopping completely at stop signs.

8. Not exceeding your speed limit.

9. Leaving space when you stop behind a car.

10. Keeping your car will tuned so that it is completely in your control

Sensible driving is not just safer for your car’s passengers, pedestrians and other vehicles on the road but you also end up saving gas. It is sensible to follow the above checklist so that your car also stays in prime condition so that you can avoid automobile repair costs.

However, automobile servicing is something a safe driver never overlooks. For regular scheduled and preventive maintenance of your car, drive into Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx where the ASE certified mechanics and technicians value safe drivers.

Servicing the Serpentine Belt

It might just look like an innocuous, long winding belt but it is responsible for transporting power to the vital automotive components of your car.It is the serpentine belt, which drives the accessories including power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor and water pump in your car.

Without a properly functioning serpentine belt, your car can end up with a dead battery, and may even over heat. And knowing the Texan heat, the AC is something we surely can’t do without!

When you drive your car into Clay Road at Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx, for an oil change, our team will carry out a preventive maintenance check where the serpentine belt will also be inspected thoroughly.

The serpentine belt needs to be changed not only when it breaks completely but when you can see it cracking along the pulley or making a noise. Tears on the belt may mean that it is rubbing a pulley flange or bolt as it moves and may just require a professional mechanic to file a pulley flange or bend something out of the way.Small cracks at intervals do not necessarily mean that you should have your serpentine belt changed immediately but if cracks are observed 3 mm apart all along the belt then our team will replace the belt.

Even if there are other issues with the car, like a leaking water pump or oil leaking onto the belt and contaminating it, the ASE certified team at Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx will recommend whether the belt can survive longer or will need replacing.

We like to keep our customers informed that even though the serpentine belt does not require periodic adjustment but it, too, cannot last forever. This is the reason why Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx keeps a look out for every small detail so that you will never be stranded in your car.

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