Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around RowlettJuly 16, 2015

There’s not much we can do about the price of gas in Rowlett TX, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we’re driving on our Rowlett streets.

Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.

Slow Down In Rowlett for Fuel Economy The first thing we can do is watch the ‘go-pedal’. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Go a little slower on the freeway to Rowlett. Once you’re going more than sixty-five miles an hour your fuel economy starts to drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speed uses less gas.

Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands.

Hey at current gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot.

Lewis Complete Auto Repair
5110 Grisham Dr.
Rowlett, TX 75088
972.475.4800

Odometer Rollback On Your Rowlett TX AutoJuly 10, 2015


How do Rowlett car owners know if an odometer is telling the truth?

Well, back in ’86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect TX consumers against mileage fraud. It says a TX seller must certify the mileage reported is the Actual Mileage.

To have your odometer checked in Rowlett TX, stop by Lewis Complete Auto Repair:

Lewis Complete Auto Repair
Rowlett, TX 75088 972.475.4800

If it isn’t, the seller must say why; like maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 miles and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.

If the seller tells you the mileage isn’t accurate, there’s not much chance of putting a good number to it; And there’s the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it’s not so. What can Rowlett drivers do?

First, you can go to www.CarFax.com, where for a small fee, they’ll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your truck, showing local Rowlett, TX ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, manufacturer buybacks, Lemon reports and warranty status.

Rowlett auto owners can get a mileage history by checking with the local TX DMV (or wherever you happen to be) and other verified sources looking for inconsistencies in the mileage reported when the car’s bought and sold. If there are signs odometer rollback, now you’ll now.

If so, proceed with caution. Or, negotiate a lower price. Or just walk away. There’s always another.

Viva la Differential At Lewis Complete Auto Repair In RowlettJuly 8, 2015

There are a lot of Rowlett people who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in TX these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Rowlett folks don’t even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don’t need to be serviced for years, so it’s understandable that it’s not something on the top of mind. So it’s not uncommon for Rowlett people to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service.

To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any TX high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That’s to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the same distance to run.

The differential compensates for the difference in speeds between the inside truck wheel and the outside wheel in a turn, because they have to travel together through slightly different distances.

It’s a very important function. When you think of it, all the power to get a truck moving goes through the differential. Most cars weigh between three and six thousand pounds – trucks even more. The power from the engine goes through the transmission and then through the differential to the drive wheels.

That’s a lot of work and requires very heavy duty parts. And those parts need protection. The differential fluid lubricates the gears in the differential and keeps them cool. The fluid eventually gets dirty and worn down. Some kinds of differentials require special additives that break down over time. So manufacturers recommend intervals for when to replace your differential fluid.

Your friendly Lewis Complete Auto Repair service technician will drain the used fluid and check it out for metal bits, which could be a sign of excessive wear on the gears. He’ll then replace the fluid and install the additives if necessary.

Your Lewis Complete Auto Repair service advisor can look up the truck manufacturer’s recommended service interval or you can check your owner’s manual.

At Lewis Complete Auto Repair, we’ve been providing quality automotive service for our valued Rowlett customers for 9 years. If you need to schedule differential maintenance, or any other automotive service, give us a call at 972.475.4800.

Lewis Complete Auto Repair Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes OnJune 30, 2015

Today’s Lewis Complete Auto Repair auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power critical automotive systems. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your truck air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in Rowlett.

Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your truck’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Lewis Complete Auto Repair Maintenance Tips The Belt Goes OnAll Rowlett auto owners know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many trucks, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures for Rowlett auto owners. (On some trucks, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.)

So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That’s why car makers and your service advisor at Lewis Complete Auto Repair have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn’t fail.

Your
friendly Lewis Complete Auto Repair technician can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

Your serpentine belt works in tandem with a spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley. Its essential job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair, we recommend that the tensioner be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s a vital art for the function of your truck. And it’s not that expensive to replace at Lewis Complete Auto Repair – so bring in your vehicle if it hasn’t been checked in a while.

What To Do In Case Of An Accident in RowlettJune 17, 2015

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Rowlett, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what Rowlett car owners should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Rowlett is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your TX driver’s license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Garland and Sachse motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Rowlett emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Rowlett motorists should always file a police report. It’s tempting for Rowlett car owners to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Rowlett police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other Rowlett vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most TX auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track a vehicle in TX.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Lewis Complete Auto Repair at 972.475.4800

Contact Lewis Complete Auto Repair to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
5110 Grisham Dr.
Rowlett, TX 75088
Or call us at 972.475.4800

Lewis Complete Auto Repair and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Rowlett travels.