What Drivers Should Do After a Car Accident

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Getting into a car accident can ruin a lot more than just your day. So, consider these tips to make sure the damages aren’t worse than you originally think:

1. Make sure everyone is okay, and call 911 to report the accident. Not only will this help in case of serious injury, but will also enable official documentation – which may save you a lot of frustration and money later.

2. Call your insurance agent to find out what information he/she needs, and listen to any advice based on their experience, and based on your coverage and role in the accident.

3. Exchange insurance and contact information with the driver of the other vehicle. If you can, take your own photos of the scene and damage with your cell phone.

4. Follow the directions of your agent to file a claim, if necessary, and consider the repairs that might be needed. But remember, if your insurance agent tells you that you have to use a certain shop, check the laws in Texas. Many states prohibit insurance companies from requiring you to use their contracted facility. You also want to be careful that your service center doesn’t use inferior parts that may void your warranty.

If you have any questions about vehicle repair after your accident, please call our professional service advisors at Texas Auto. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

Texas Auto
16200 Hwy 3
Webster, Texas 77598
281-938-2059
http://www.texasauto.com

At Texas Auto we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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What Drivers Should Do After a Car Accident

E85 Fuel Safety For Webster Drivers

This Texas Auto automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: Webster fire fighting experts. You’ve probably heard of E-85 gasoline. Some newer vehicle models sold in Texas are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not.

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E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption in Texas. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower harmful exhaust emissions in our Houston area environment.

All gas engines can run with up to 10% ethanol and in fact a lot of Webster gasoline does contain some ethanol. The problem comes when well meaning Webster without Flex Fuel certified vehicles put E-85 into the tank.

At an 85% concentration, the potential for problems arises. Because of the chemical differences between ethanol and gasoline, special seals and gaskets are needed for Flex Fuel vehicles. In a normal engine, the ethanol in E-85 gas will eat away important seals and gaskets. This leads to gas and oil leaks.

You can imagine the fire hazard caused by leaking gasoline. Texas fire fighting experts caution Webster to only use E-85 if they know they vehicle is certified to handle it.

In fact, service and repair center owners are being warned to purchase fire extinguishers that use the special foam needed to extinguish ethanol fires as a precaution in case starting-up an ethanol damaged engine leads to a fire.

Obviously, this isn’t something you want to have happen in your garage at home, either. If you have a Flex-Fuel certified vehicle, feel free to protect the environment by using E-85 gasoline. If not – please do not use E-85 in an engine that’s designed to run on unleaded gasoline only. If you have questions or want to find out how to determine if you vehicle can safely use E-85, go to www.e85fuel.com for more resources.

Give us a call if you have any questions.

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E85 Fuel Safety For Webster Drivers

What to do if your car is in a flood

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If you car has been in a flood follow these steps to assess and address the damage.

1. Do not attempt to start the car! If there is water in the engine, attempting to start it could damage it beyond repair. If you have doubt, its best to have the car towed to Texas Auto.

2. Determine how deep the car was submerged. If the water didn’t rise above bottom of the doors, your car will probably be fine. Most insurance companies will consider the car totaled (damaged beyond reasonable repair) if water reaches the bottom of the dashboard.

3. Call your insurance company. Comprehensive insurance usually covers flood damage. Even if you don’t have collision coverage, you may be covered for repairs or replacement.

4. Start drying the interior. If water got inside the car, mold will grow quickly. Open all the doors and windows, use towels to soak up water, but you should plan on replacing anything that got wet.

5. Check the oil and the air cleaner. Do not attempt to start the engine if you see droplets of water on the dipstick or the level of the oil is high, or if the air filter has water in it. Have the vehicle towed to Texas Auto to have the water cleared and the fluids changed.

6. Check all the other fluids. Brake, clutch, power steering and coolant reservoirs should be checked for contamination.

7. Check all of the electrical systems. If the vehicle looks safe to start, checking everything electrical: Headlights, turn signals, air conditioning, stereo, power locks, windows and seats, even the interior lights. If anything looks slightly amiss bring it to Texas Auto for further inspection.

8. If in doubt, push to have the car totaled. If your car is a borderline case, consider pushing your insurance company to declare the car a total loss.

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What to do if your car is in a flood

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Why isn’t my air conditioner blowing cold air?

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Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons drivers lose their cold air have to do with the refrigerant.

The first is not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system and very small holes in a hose, seal or coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air.

Another potential problem for auto owners is contamination. Over time the inside of the rubber hoses can deteriorate and little bits of rubber can clog up various filters and other parts of the vehicle A/C system, preventing proper circulation of the refrigerant. And a component could also be worn or broken. So the first step for drivers who can’t cool their vehicle is a thorough air conditioning inspection, looking for leaks and worn parts. In fact, Federal law requires an inspection before adding refrigerant. Some states do not allow topping off a leaking system.

Once any repairs are made, refrigerant is added. At the same time, special oil is added to the system. This oil cools and lubricates various components as it circulates along with the refrigerant. If you have a refrigerant leak, you also have an oil leak – and it’s that both be replenished for proper function and protection of your A/C system.

Sometimes overlooked by drivers is the fact that a worn serpentine belt (which drives the A/C compressor) leads to belt slippage which puts additional strain on the compressor. Replacing your serpentine belt and belt tensioner on schedule at Texas Auto will extend the life of your A/C compressor and other belt driven accessories.

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