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.
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…
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…