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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Buying a “new” used vehicle

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So you’ve bought a “new” used vehicle. How do you know what you’re getting? It is hard to know what you’re getting because drivers sell cars for different reasons. Think about why you’ve sold cars. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from. Maybe it was a little of both.

Used cars with 25,000 to 35,000 miles on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or vehicles that have done duty in rental fleets. drivers feel pretty confident because they’re newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?

If you plan on owning a car for a long time, you’ll keep up on the maintenance so that you can avoid expensive repairs down the road. But, if you know you’re only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to think that skipping an oil change here and there wouldn’t ruin a brand new engine. Then it’ll be someone else’s problem when it comes time to pay for the damage.

It would be very tempting to skip the 30,000 mile service if you knew you’d be turning in your leased vehicle in a couple of months.

If the vehicle didn’t come with maintenance records, you need to assume the worst. Most likely the coolant system and transmission have never been serviced. The cabin air filter has probably not been changed and a fuel system cleaning may be in order.

You’ll want Texas Auto in to check the air conditioning, battery, engine air filter, serpentine belt and hoses. An inspection at Texas Auto is well worth the cost.

And if your “new” used vehicle has more miles on it, an inspection is even more important. Check your owner’s manual or talk with your Texas Auto service advisor about what should have been done. Please don’t forget the timing belt – that can be very expensive if it fails.

Your friendly and knowledgeable Texas Auto service advisor will help you with a plan to take care of critical services and get the rest caught up. If your budget won’t allow you to take care of everything right away, your friendly and knowledgeable Texas Auto can help you prioritize your needs and get it taken care of over the next several months. And remember to keep your maintenance records. They’ll help you get top dollar when it’s time for you to sell.

SERVICE HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8AM-6PM / SATURDAY 9AM-3PM 

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Buying a “new” used vehicle