Battery Maintenance Tips From Lewis Complete Auto RepairDecember 9, 2018

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When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:

First, your vehicle won’t start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn’t working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.

A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Rowlett, TX, market. They were hailed as being ‘maintenance-free batteries.’ While it is true that you can’t get in and adjust the electrolyte levels of a sealed battery, it is by no means maintenance free.

Batteries are very sensitive to changes in the weather around TX. Temperature really affects auto battery performance. A battery inspection is an important part of your spring and fall checkups. Next time you’re under your hood, take a look at your battery.

  • Is it clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will drain.
  • Is there corrosion at the terminals where the battery cables attach to the battery? If there is, the corrosion can interfere with how efficiently electricity passes back and forth from the battery.
  • Are the cables loose? Make sure they are tight.
  • Are the cables themselves corroded? Corrosion can actually eat through the battery cables.

Lewis Complete Auto Repair service advisors can inspect and test your battery. If the inspection warrants a cleaning, have it done. If the battery test indicates that replacement of the battery or cables is in order, you will be lucky to have caught the problem before it becomes a major inconvenience.

Your battery will also last longer if you keep your fuel system and ignition system clean. It’s all part of your commitment to regular maintenance, to keep your vehicle running on Rowlett streets at its best for a long, long time.

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

The Lewis Complete Auto Repair Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty OilDecember 2, 2018

A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Rowlett area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives.

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Rowlett can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.

Oil lubricates your vehicle engine and keeps it running smoothly. If you’re running low, there is increased friction in your engine. Friction creates drag, which means it takes more fuel to keep the vehicle motor running. This all translates to lower fuel economy.

Check your oil to make sure the engine is getting all it needs. Your owner’s manual and service advisor at Lewis Complete Auto Repair will tell you the proper weight and type of oil for your vehicle.

Responsible Car Care

Dirty oil grits up your engine, which also increases friction. So even if there’s enough oil, you’re still getting that extra drag that reduces your fuel economy. That’s why your owner’s manual recommends getting your oil changed regularly. It’s good auto advice.

While you’re checking your oil, you should take a quick look at your transmission fluid as well. Your transmission also needs clean, adequate fluid to work efficiently. An inefficient transmission also translates into lower fuel economy.

Your service advisor at Lewis Complete Auto Repair will be able to check your oil and other fluids, top you off or change your oil if necessary.
Your owner’s manual will have recommendations on how often you should check your oil and transmission fluid. But you can also consult with the pros at Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett. The types of roads you drive on in TX, the climate where you live and the air quality in your area can all affect how often you should change your oil.

And don’t forget that this will improve our environment here in Rowlett as well. Improved efficiency translates to fewer emissions. Changing your oil as scheduled doesn’t just help your vehicle (and your pocketbook), it helps keep the air clean as well.

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

Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for Rowlett DriversNovember 25, 2018

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Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.

Rowlett auto owners don’t need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.

Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.

The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner’s manual to find out how often it should be serviced and how long you can expect it to last. Rowlett drivers should change it before it becomes clogged. Your friendly and knowledgeable Lewis Complete Auto Repair service advisor can help you with recommended fuel filter replacement schedules.

Good vehicle care means following recommended schedules for preventive maintenance, including changing your fuel filters. Take the auto advice offered in every owner’s manual and have your vehicle regularly inspected at Lewis Complete Auto Repair. It may save Rowlett auto owners money by preventing costly repairs, but it will also repay them in improved safety and peace of mind.

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

Keep Your Cool in Rowlett: Air Conditioning ServiceNovember 19, 2018

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Most Rowlett drivers don’t even think about their air conditioner.

Now here’s a tip for Rowlett vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during TX winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.

The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during TX winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Rowlett cars you can’t run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don’t ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.

Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. Rowlett drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.

TX drivers would be wise to learn the early warning signs of A/C trouble: 1) The air’s not as cold as it used to be. 2) It makes unusual noises when the A/C cycles on. Those are signs to get your vehicle into Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett before the damage gets worse.

By following the recommended service intervals in your vehicle owner’s manual, you can help prevent mechanical failure of your air conditioning system. Your A/C system contains some components like the compressor, condenser, dryer, etc. Anything Rowlett car owners can do to lengthen the life of their A/C is well worth it. 

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

Keep Your Rowlett Car Breathing Free: Engine Air FilterNovember 11, 2018

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Hey Rowlett – this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.

That’s like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn’t, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in TX affects when your filter needs to be changed.

Dusty conditions around Rowlett or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Lewis Complete Auto Repair can check your filter for you. In fact, it’s often a routine part of an oil change.

When you think about it, a clogged air filter won’t allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your vehicle needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better fuel economy and performance.

Dirtier filters don’t work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much; after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most vehicles. These high performance filters cost a little more, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel economy to boot.

So it’s important for Rowlett drivers to make sure and have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn’t cost very much at Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett and it should easily pay for itself in better fuel economy before your next oil change.

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