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How To Change Your Oil

Oil changes are something that many drivers neglect, the reason you are instructed to change it every 3,000 miles is because ALL combustion engines consume oil. The average vehicle with @80,000 miles on it can consume 1-3 quarts in 3,000 miles of driving time, even with no leaks. Oil breaks down and burns then turns black, once it turns black it thickens and no longer properly lubricates your bearings, which is vital to a properly running vehicle. To change your oil refer to user manual to get the proper weight and amount required. You will need to purchase the proper amount of oil and the oil filter that goes to your vehicle (they are not universal). The tools you will need for this job are: oil filter tool, lint free rag, drain bucket, jack, jack-stands (or a set of ramps), and the appropriate sized wrench for the oil drain plug.

Remove the filler cap, this allows the oil to drain faster and helps you remember to refill it.

Lift and support your vehicle with properly located jack-st…
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Flooded Vehicles

Driving through high water can be devastating to your vehicle, it can damage electronics, engine, transmission, differential, and interior. Fixing the damage a flood has done to a vehicle can often be costly and very time consuming. Wards Mobile Mechanic recommends not attempting to start your vehicle until it has been assessed by a mechanic.

When the electronics get wet it can cause them to short circuit. Water acts like a conductor and can cross your power and ground, it can short out computers (BCM, ECM, PCM), modules, electric motors (window, sunroof, electric seat, etc.), relays, starters, alternators, or your battery.

In the event that your interior becomes wet it is not a good idea to let it stay wet very long, it can quickly mildew, rust the floorboards, and evaporating water can penetrate any surviving electronics or interior parts not already affected. Use a shop-vac to remove as much water as possible from the carpet, seats, door panels, center console, glove compartment, t…

Houstons Catastrophic Flooding From Harvey

As the rain pours down on Houston and our neighbors we continue to keep everyone in our thoughts. Torrential rains are continuing to displace people all over the area, people are losing everything they have ever known, homes, vehicles, clothing, pets, photographs, and in some cases their lives.  Wards Mobile Mechanic will continue to monitor the flood and roadway conditions and provide assistance to areas we can reach as the water levels here recede. Please do not drive in high water, if you don't know, don't go. There have already been reports of a person dying in a flooded vehicle. If you find yourself stuck in high water you can call one of five numbers for the Houston command center of the US Coast Guard if you're in danger and need rescue: 281-464-4851, 281-464-4852, 281-464-4853, 281-464-4854 and 281-464-4855. Stay Safe Houston.

Locked Out?

Lock your keys in your car? Give us a call and we can get you back in your vehicle in no time at all! More affordable than breaking a window, calling a locksmith or calling a tow truck. In most cases we can have you back behind the wheel in less than a minute! Our lock out service starts at $30, save us in your phone just in case! 832-738-3228

Get Your Bike Ready For The Warm Weather Right Around The Corner

Did you let your motorcycle sit all winter and now it won't start? Your carburetor is most likely gummed up, we can rebuild your carbs starting at $100 each, that includes removal, disassemble, cleaning, polish all the jets, necessary part replacement, re-installation, synchronization as needed and fine tune to perfection. We also repair fuel injected motorcycles, call us for a free quote! We can get you back on the road just in time for spring! Give Us A Call 832-738-3228 Or Visit Us Online!

Brakes

If you are hearing a squeak or squeal it is most likely because your brake pads and/or brake shoes are worn down, as they are designed to do. This is the best time to get your brakes checked as at this time you probably only need new brake pads or shoes. If  you are hearing a loud grinding noise when you are braking you have warn your brake pads down to the metal backing of the pads or shoes and have probably started to grind into your brake rotors or drums. In most cases you will now have to replace your pads and rotors or shoes and drums. If you do not get it repaired now you will end up having to replace you calipers and/or wheel cylinders and bleed your brake system because after your metal backing wears down it will spit out the backing and start to stop your vehicle with the calipers pistons. or you will lose all of your brakes do to it pouring out all of your brake fluid from behind you calipers piston which is bad so give US a call or text and get a free quote before it's…

Timing Belt

A broken timing belt isn't something anyone would want to have, auto manufacturers recommend replacing them between 80,000 and 160,000 miles depending on the car. So what happens if you miss that bit of scheduled maintenance?

Well, the outcome generally isn't pretty. Let's say your car happens to have an interference motor, like a large number do (see list), and your driving along the freeway when suddenly your car just dies, maybe you even heard a clunk. Now you're stuck on the side of the road with a very damaged engine, damaged may be putting it lightly.

When the timing belt breaks on an interference motor the camshaft stops moving, but the crankshaft is continuing, the cam is holding your valves open and the piston hits the open valves, bending them and thus destroying your engine. You will be stuck with 3 options; 1) Replace the engine 2) Rebuild the engine or 3) Buy a new car.

So you see, spending a little money on the preventative maintenance of your vehicle wil…