Yearly Archives: 2022

Where Can I Fix My Car AC Leak?

Where Can I Fix My Car AC Leak?

Summer is in full swing in Denton, TX. While the Texas heat lingers year-round, the temperatures are no joke this time of year. If you are a frequent AC user in your car, it is important that you make sure it is properly blowing cold air. When your car starts blowing warm air instead, you most likely have a freon leak on your hands.   Refrigerant or freon is the substance that is necessary to allow cool air to flow through your vents. And one of the most common AC repairs happens to be freon leak repairs. Since refrigerant is invisible, it can be hard to detect these leaks.    You must take your car to a professional to detect AC leaks. First, we will test your AC pressure. Most technicians have to use a special technique, which involves adding ultraviolet dye to locate the leak. Once the dye circulates, we put a lamp to find its exact location. Once we locate the leak, we can repair the leak and resupply the system with freon.   Sometimes, car AC troubles can ... read more

What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Beam Wiper Blades?

What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Beam Wiper Blades?

If you’ve ever shopped for wiper blades, you may see the terms conventional and beam wiper blades. While both serve to be reliable at clearing your windshield, they are different styles of wiper blades. Read on to learn the differences between the two blade types. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CONVENTIONAL & BEAM WIPER BLADES Conventional blades are straight, and beam blades are curved – The extra curvature enhances the blade’s ability to hug and reach more areas of the windshield. When you change from conventional to beam wiper blades, you can expect to see the difference in the passenger side more than anything.  Beam wiper blades have higher resistance to wind than conventional blades –  High winds create drag and can often lift conventional blades away from the windshield during your drive. Whereas, beam blades turn the wind resistance to pressure instead. Conventional wiper blades and beam wiper blades are made with different materials – conve ... read more

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