Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on TX Roads?September 2, 2018

Here’s a travel tip that’ll I’ll bet you didn’t know, and it might keep you safer…

The average American commuter in TX spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.

The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)

So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you’re driving around Rowlett?

Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert?

Is it:

  • A. Strawberry
  • B. New Car
  • C. Pine
  • D. Warm Vanilla Breeze

It’s C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.

And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.

And you thought they just smelled nice.

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

Rowlett Tire RepairAugust 26, 2018

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Most Rowlett residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it’s inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn’t just a big safety issue for Rowlett drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high TX gas prices, we’ve all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer. 

There’s another danger with under-inflated tires for Rowlett residents. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don’t just keep adding air every few days. You want to avoid tire damage.

Rowlett residents should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs – we have a whole team of them at Lewis Complete Auto Repair. Rowlett folks can buy self-repair kits, but we advise you to save those for emergencies, like when you’re off-roading and need a quick fix so you can hobble back to civilization and get professional help. If you need to use a repair-in-a-can product, remember it’s a temporary measure only and your tire needs to be properly repaired as soon as possible.

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

Automotive Tips from Lewis Complete Auto Repair: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be ReplacedAugust 19, 2018

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Rowlett drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.

Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Lewis Complete Auto Repair to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.

The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Lewis Complete Auto Repair service advisor can help you with the timing belt.

Give us a call.

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

ICE – In Case Of Emergency In Rowlett TXAugust 12, 2018

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When accidents occur in Rowlett, TX, the victims’ emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren’t able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and medical information.

When TX police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories, they waste precious time.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the Rowlett, TX, area who you’ll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment and inform Rowlett paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.

A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading through Rowlett and around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency – is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.

Simply put ‘ICE’ before a contact name in your cell phone, like ‘ICE – Dad,’ ‘ICE – Nancy.’ or ‘ICE – Doctor Roberts.’ Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuable time.

Bob Brotchie, a Cambridge, England, paramedic came up with the idea and a promotional campaign in England in 2005. This idea is gaining attention in Rowlett, TX, and in other countries. Rowlett rescue workers all know of how many times they are unable to find a wallet or purse on an accident victim, yet most Rowlett area folks over 14 years of age are seldom without their cell phone.

There are national and worldwide disaster databases, but participation can cost up to $200 a year. ‘ICE’ is free to the 276 million cell phone users in the U.S.

It is easy for you and your families to designate some ICE contacts in your cell phone. Remember to keep the listings current.

Please join Lewis Complete Auto Repair in getting the word out. Help us put Rowlett, TX, on ICE!

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

Make your Service Visit at Lewis Complete Auto Repair a Good OneAugust 7, 2018

Most people don’t love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it’s one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible.

For one thing, it’s important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it increase in speed when you go faster? If you feel a vibration somewhere, where in the vehicle does it seem to originate? Some service advisors recommend writing things down. That way the driver won’t forget any important clues that could lead to a successful resolution of the problem.

Another thing is to make sure your vehicle is cleaned out and free of junk. That way the technician can access those nooks and crannies where some vital components may be. If your vehicle is full of strollers, boxes or your collection of fast food containers, it won’t be easy for the technician to reach some of those parts. Oh, and if your vehicle is neat, it does send a signal that you really care about it.

Finally, stay out of the way of the technician. A recent survey of technicians reveals they work more efficiently and do a better job when they don’t have someone hanging on their every move. Can you imagine how you’d feel if someone hovered over you all day while you were trying to get your work done?

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