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Preparing Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

   The current winter season is coming to an end, and everyone is eager to enjoy the warmer weather during the spring season. Before road trips, visiting friends and families during spring, make sure you get rid of all ice, salt, and snow damage caused to your car during the winter season. In addition, prepare your vehicle for warmer weather during the summer season. Here, you get more details on how to prepare your vehicle for the spring season; continue reading; Check Your Tires During the winter season, snow-covered roads and cold air can be tough on your car tires. The snow can increase friction on your tire treads thus, increased tear and wear. In addition, the cold weather increases the chances of your tire pressure dropping. Thus, make sure you get an expert to get the health of your tire inspected. Inspect your windshield wipers The snow during the winter season keeps your windshield wipers in use. The increased wipers usage increases their tear and wears and thu ... read more

Why Is My A/C Not Cool Enough?

Why Is My A/C Not Cool Enough?

Driving around Denton, TX, on a warm or hot day without working air conditioning can be miserable. You might try to fix it by turning it off and on again or opening and closing your vents. This situation can make you and your passengers uncomfortable, but it can even be dangerous in the upcoming months. So, please don't hold off on A/C inspection and repairs this season. Today, we will discuss the possible reasons for auto A/C malfunctioning.    The most common culprits for weak or malfunctioning A/C are refrigerant/Freon leaks or compressor troubles. However, it can also be linked to a dirty cabin filter or cooling fan issue. If the air blowing through your car vents isn't cool enough, it most likely points to a freon leak. You should bring your car to an automotive professional for an inspection to be sure.    If one of our technicians finds that you leak, we can patch up the leak and recharge your A/C system. An A/C recharge is usually necessary if yo ... read more

Why Is My Engine Sputtering?

Why Is My Engine Sputtering?

A sputtering car can be unnerving, and it usually means there's trouble that needs fixing. These signs indicate that your car is either running out of gas or not able to combust properly. It can happen at low or high RPMS, depending on the situation. Let's break down some possible circumstances that can cause your engine to sputter: Scenario #1: Fuel System Error A common cause of a sputtering motor, especially upon stepping on the gas, is a malfunctioning fuel system. The fuel filter, pump, and injectors work in tandem as part of one joint system. Over time, the fuel system collects a lot of dirt and debris. It only takes one part to go down to take the entire system down. As a result, you may experience poor engine performance, and of course, engine sputtering. Scenario #2: Faulty Spark Plugs Spark plugs play an important role in igniting the air and fuel for combustion to occur. And it is always providing the necessary spark, even after you start the car. If they're ... read more

6 Symptoms That Indicate Your Transmission Needs Service

6 Symptoms That Indicate Your Transmission Needs Service

Catching transmission problems early on can save you money, time, and a life. At Strande's Garage, we believe that every driver in Denton needs to know the warning symptoms of transmission wear and damage. Below are the top 6 signs that indicate you need transmission service.   If you detect any of the following signs, please bring your car to our transmission repair shop in Denton, TX, as soon as possible: Red Fluid Leaks: Transmission fluid is responsible for keeping your transmission components lubricated and cooled down. When your car leaks this fluid, friction and heat increase, leading to significant damage. However, if you can detect the leak early, you may only need a fluid flush and/or minor repairs. Burning Smell: Low fluid levels or contaminated fluid can induce a burning scent. Please have a professional check to make sure. Unusual Noises: Automatic and manual transmissions often produce whining or humming sounds whenever something is wrong. Typically, the sou ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive With the Engine Oil Warning Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive With the Engine Oil Warning Light On?

Is it safe to drive with the engine oil light on? I wouldn't recommend it! When the engine light illuminates, that's usually an indication that something is not right. The light may also indicate that you are either low on engine oil, or that your care is due for an oil change.   When the engine light comes on, the problem could be as small as the gas cap hatch being left off after filling your tank with gas (I've witnessed cars drive away with the gas cap hatch hanging by a thread). Or, it could be as big as a misfire in your engine. Regardless of how big or small the problem is, listen to your car when it "tells" you something is wrong. If your engine oil light comes on, pull over immediately and assess the situation. More than likely, you may need your car taken in for service. It may be an inconvenience taking your car into the shop, but think of the life or lives you may save by paying attention to the flashing, little orange oil light symbol!   ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Road Travel?

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Road Travel?

Hundreds of thousands of individuals pack up their vehicles every year during the holidays to visit friends and family. If you are traveling this busy holiday, please fix your car before hitting the busy roads. We've broken the preparation into three simple steps: Get an Inspection Before You Leave - One of the most manageable things you can do for your and your family's safety is take your vehicle to a trusted repair shop like Strande's Garage for a pre-trip inspection. Our brilliant team can take a close look at any noticeable damages, ensure all your lights, tires, and other safety functions are operational, and more. Furthermore, we can top off your essential fluids, including your oil, antifreeze, etc. Lastly, you'll need a good pair of wiper blades to clear any rain or snow you may drive through. Test Major Components - It can be hard to go through the tedious process of testing all your components, especially if you're not familiar with what to check in the ... read more

3 Signs That You Need A Wheel Alignment Soon

3 Signs That You Need A Wheel Alignment Soon

It's a lot easier to knock your wheels out of alignment than you think; we have all done it at one point or another without even realizing it. The good news is that Strande's Garage can realign your wheels whenever they need it! Wheel alignment is essential as it helps you control your automobile and prevents premature wear of your tires. Here are four signs that your wheels probably need this service soon! Sign #1 - Pulling to a Side One of the most common symptoms of misalignment is if your vehicle pulls to the right or left side even though you are trying to direct it to go straight. Your wheels should naturally be aligned so that it goes straight. If your car is swerving to one side, it means that the wheels are not appropriately pointing in the right direction. Sign #2 - Crooked Steering Wheel The steering wheel can be a significant indicator of your alignment. Is the car manufacturer's logo centered on the steering wheel? If it's crooked, then that means your ... read more

Put Tires on Your Back-to-School Checklist!

Put Tires on Your Back-to-School Checklist!

It is already that time of the year where the kiddos are heading back to school. With the convenience of online schooling this past year, it may take some getting used to getting back into the rhythm of what used to be. When you – or one of your kids – head back to school this fall, make sure you properly inspect all your tires. Routine tire care and safety are simple and easy. All you need is several minutes of your day to check your tires for damage, uneven wear, tread depth, alignment, and proper inflation. By doing this at the start of the school year, you can save yourself time, aggravation, and money down the line.   The first step is to ensure you've got the correct air pressure in your tires. Underinflation of tires can lead to tire failure and blowouts, whereas overinflation can cause uneven tire wear. The vehicle manufacturer specifies the right amount of air pressure for your tires and is usually listed on the vehicle door frame.    The nex ... read more

Top 4 Cool Car Gadgets That Every Driver Needs

Top 4 Cool Car Gadgets That Every Driver Needs

There are so many nifty car gadgets and tools that most people don't know of. In fact, some of them are so useful and can change your entire driving experience. Today, we've compiled a list of practical car accessories that every driver (at any age) needs to have.    Phone Mount A phone mount for you is essential if you depend on navigation apps on your everyday commute. There are plenty on the market, but we suggest you get one that requires no installation. These types of mounts will fasten to your phone with a strong magnet or sensor clasps and clamping onto your air vent. Once it is fitted on there, you can conveniently view Google Maps, Maps, or Waze.    Portable Hand-Held Car Vacuum Everyone should invest in a portable hand-held car vacuum at one point or another. Some can even plug into your vehicle to give you a boost in cleaning power. As a result, you don't have to worry about its battery dying in a couple of minutes. When browsing for th ... read more

Habits That Will Improve Your Gas Mileage

Habits That Will Improve Your Gas Mileage

The way you handle your vehicle on your everyday commute significantly impacts your fuel economy. Whether gas prices are rising or not, you can still save some money by making minor adjustments to your driving habits. Here are some of the best tips and practices to ease the pain of paying at the pump.   How to Get the Most Out of Your Gas Slow down. According to Consumer Reports, driving faster on the highway can significantly take away from your car's fuel efficiency. As you might know, the harder we accelerate, the more fuel ends up getting used.  Avoid unnecessary braking. Additionally, when we frequently press on the brakes, we also waste the power used beforehand to get up to speed. To save some coins, avoid unnecessary braking whenever possible.  Travel light. Remove any unnecessary stuff that has been sitting in your car. Heavier items are not fitted for long-time storage in your vehicle, especially if you want to maximize your fuel economy. Not only w ... read more