Don’t Stack the MatDecember 16, 2018

In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here’s why.

It’s important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so they can function the way they are supposed to. Stacking mats in the driver’s side footwell can make them sit up too high on the floor. That can, in turn, jam your accelerator pedal forward, causing your vehicle to unintentionally speed up; it may get stuck in that position. Same thing applies to the brake pedal. The mats can get caught underneath it and prevent you from stopping.

Here are some other good practices when it comes to mats. It’s best to get those designed for your vehicle. They are shaped to fit your specific car, truck, van or SUV. Ill-fitting mats can have the same untended consequences as stacked mats.

Good mats will have either a Velcro-type fastener on the back of them or a hook that fits into a hole in the mat. That way, the mat stays affixed to the floor so it doesn’t slip and cause problems.

One more thing to keep in mind. If you have objects rolling around your vehicle, let’s say under the driver’s seat, just think about what happens when you jam on the brake. That object is thrown forward and can get caught in a pedal. You might find the accelerator stuck or the brake pedal inoperative.

Your service advisor at Lewis Complete Auto Repair can recommend the right mat for your vehicle. The right mat may save your carpeting, the wrong one may cost you an accident.

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

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