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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…

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.