I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in RowlettJanuary 22, 2017

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About 90% of our driving decisions in the Rowlett area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.

Most Rowlett drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Rowlett area. 78% of only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

Rowlett drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.

Rowlett vehicle owners really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of TX, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Rowlett conditions, if your vehicle has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the vehicle windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard for Rowlett drivers; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire vehicle windshield – that’s the consequence for neglecting such a small part.

Lewis Complete Auto Repair recommends Rowlett drivers replace worn blades right away. We can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Lewis Complete Auto Repair will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.

Find us at:

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

A New Battery in RowlettJanuary 15, 2017

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Hello Rowlett drivers, let’s talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Rowlett, here’s some auto advice to help you.

There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.

The weather where you live in TX also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehicle engine, the more power it takes to get it started. Also, cold TX weather reduces the electrical efficiency of the battery, which reduces the amount of energy available in the battery to start the engine. Thus, in freezing temperatures, you need more power to start an engine, but you have less power available to get it started.

Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett can help you choose an appropriate battery for your vehicle and your lifestyle. If you need extra power owing to cold weather or a need for more reserve capacity, you may want to choose a heavy-duty battery. Just make sure it fits into your vehicle. An oversized battery may give you the power you need, but it’s a serious safety hazard if the terminals come into contact with other parts of the vehicle.

Keep in mind that preventive maintenance preformed at Lewis Complete Auto Repair, and good car care, can extend the life of your battery. Judicious use of electric gadgets and good driving habits is and can help you get the most out of your battery.

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

Automotive Tips from Lewis Complete Auto Repair: Causes of Wheel MisalignmentJanuary 10, 2017

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Rowlett drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Rowlett driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving.

When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.

Give us a call.

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

Let Lewis Complete Auto Repair Help You Extend the Life of Your CarJanuary 2, 2017

If you haven’t shopped in the Rowlett area for a new vehicle recently, you’re likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Rowlett, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old car for a few more years gets even more attractive.

On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles or more. So why don’t they? Usually it’s because Rowlett drivers don’t stay on top of preventive maintenance. Good car care at professional automotive service centers like Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett is the key to getting the most mileage out of your vehicle.

Too often, Rowlett vehicle owners are inclined to wait until their vehicles develop an obvious problem and take them in for repairs instead of maintenance. Repairs can be expensive, but allowing routine car maintenance to slide also has the invisible cost in shorter life expectancy for a vehicle.

For example, the fluid in your coolant system becomes corrosive over time and should be replaced periodically. If not, it can damage the radiator and other engine parts. Talk to our pros at Lewis Complete Auto Repair. Over time, this damage can build up until these parts have to be replaced.

The same goes for the power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning refrigerant, differential fluid and transmission fluid. All of these fluids need to be replaced on schedule or you risk causing serious damage to your vehicle and shortening its life span.

If oil is not replaced on schedule, your engine can build up oil sludge, which can also lead to serious engine damage. Insufficient oil can also eventually cause your engine to seize. Brake pads should be replaced before they are completely worn down. This prevents expensive damage to rotors and/or drums. Again, your Lewis Complete Auto Repair pros can advise you.

Belts and hoses should all be inspected regularly. If they are showing signs of wear, they need to be replaced. If they break or begin to leak, the results can be repair bills. Again, this can significantly reduce the life expectancy of your vehicle.

Most Rowlett drivers recognize the wisdom of keeping up with preventive maintenance. But we also have a lot of other responsibilities on our plate. Car care just doesn’t get to the top of our list until it does become an emergency. Unfortunately, that emergency usually means repair bills, which always seem to add up to more than the preventive maintenance at Lewis Complete Auto Repair would have cost us.

So take some good auto advice and develop a relationship with a certified service center located near your Rowlett area neighborhood. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair we value the relationships we have established with our clients. We keep track of our customers’ vehicle needs and help them keep its maintenance on schedule. We know you have a lot of other things to keep track of.

As far as car care goes, the old adage “a stitch in time saves nine” holds true. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair, we rephrase it as “a dollar now saves ten later.” Or twenty. Or one hundred. Or more.

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

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in RowlettDecember 25, 2016

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There’s a segment of the Rowlett area population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance

Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as a hundred thousand miles. So tune-ups used to force you in to Lewis Complete Auto Repair for service and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.

Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new cars in Rowlett have been leased. These folks plan on turning the car in after two or three years, so they haven’t focused on the maintenance that helps your car last longer.

Given all that, what’s the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.

Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prevented. And these aren’t just repairs that are a long ways off. Modern vehicle engines are far more sophisticated and have many parts that are in critical need of proper lubrication. Missing just one oil change can allow oil sludge to start forming. Sludge clogs small engine passages, robbing parts of the lubrication they need. An expensive failure could easily occur within two or three years.

And modern engines require more sophisticated fluids. Because of the different types of materials that are used to make auto parts, things like aluminum, plastics and steel, different types of additives are required to protect automotive components from corrosion. These additives deplete with time as well as with use.

Taking care of the little things now prevents big problems later. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair, we have been taking care of all those little things for years. Your vehicle still needs to be taken care of – it’s just that some of those points of care have changed with automotive advancements. The need for proper maintenance in Rowlett drivers vehicles did not go away.

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