The Lewis Complete Auto Repair Guide to Proper Fluids for Your VehicleFebruary 19, 2017

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The automotive professionals at Lewis Complete Auto Repair would like to give Rowlett drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday – and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.

The Rowlett do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many TX car owners rely on the advice of their friendly and knowledgeable Lewis Complete Auto Repair service advisor to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and their driving habits in the Rowlett area.

Let’s start with engine oil. Rowlett drivers who have been paying attention, will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the TX scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. The vehicle manufacturers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. Your Rowlett service center will know what weight your vehicle manufacturer recommends – and it’s important to follow those recommendations. Your service advisor at Lewis Complete Auto Repair can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can tell you all about conventional and synthetic oils.

Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, vehicle manufacturers only recommended a couple of different types of coolant. Now, several different formulations are needed because of the high-tech materials that vehicle manufacturers are using to build the cooling system. Using the wrong type of coolant in your vehicle can actually void your warranty, so it’s important to get that right.

Transmission fluid is becoming specialized for Rowlett vehicles as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that require specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.

Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids TX drivers need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more for Rowlett drivers. Fortunately, Lewis Complete Auto Repair will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you’ll get the right fluids your car needs. It’s all part of the commitment we make to your driving peace of mind.

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

Automotive Tips from Lewis Complete Auto Repair: Serpentine Belt TensionerFebruary 12, 2017

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Rowlett drivers.

Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional Lewis Complete Auto Repair service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.

Give us a call.

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

 

Arrive Alive in RowlettFebruary 7, 2017

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We’ve all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from Rowlett. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It’s a wonder we even dare drive on TX roads.

The truth is that all of us are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other external factors are beyond our control. The distractions inside our car, however, are things we can often control.

Here’s some things that’ll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around Rowlett.

  • Rowlett drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player.
  • Rowlett drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children.
  • Those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle.

Other factors like fatigue, stress and lack of sleep make it harder to pay attention to driving – no matter what age we are. It is always better to pull over and take a quick nap than risk falling asleep at the wheel. Rowlett drivers are also distracted by thinking about relationships, family issues, money and bills. So what can Rowlett drivers do to manage these distractions? Well, the first thing is to eliminate as many as we can.

If you really think you have to shave, change your clothes or put on make-up while driving in Rowlett – you’re wrong. Just start getting ready earlier so you have enough time to finish those things before you drive around Rowlett.

The professional here at Lewis Complete Auto Repair wand you to remember that driving is probably the most dangerous thing you’ll do all day – so don’t make it any worse. Use these tips to keep you and your loved ones safer behind the wheel in Rowlett.

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

The Lewis Complete Auto Repair Guide to Caring for Your TransmissionJanuary 29, 2017

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Most cars and trucks have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Rowlett drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Rowlett. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there’s an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you’re doing.

Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That’s what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on TX roads. And automatically shifts back down to climb Rowlett hills, pass or start up again.

Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common.

At Lewis Complete Auto Repair, we routinely service transmissions with six speeds and several have seven or even eight speeds. As you can imagine, this means more parts. Any they all have to fit into roughly the same space.

Transmissions are computer controlled these days, with some high end transmissions having two or three computers. Transmissions are engineered to last. But they are also engineered to tighter tolerances. If a portion of the transmission is starved for lubrication, it can lead to failure.

Not enough fluid can starve the transmission or dirty transmission fluid can clog small passages in the transmission, then the lubricant is blocked and can’t get to all the parts to protect them, so they wear out prematurely. The technicians at Lewis Complete Auto Repair see far too many transmissions that needlessly failed due to neglect.

And, as you can imagine, repairing one of these new transmissions at any Rowlett service center can be quite costly. That’s why owner’s manuals have a schedule for how often you should change the fluid and what type of fluid to use.

It’s really important for Rowlett area drivers to carefully follow the manufacturer’s transmission service schedule.

At Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett, we hope you never become shiftless in Rowlett because you didn’t take care of your transmission.

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

 

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