TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring For Your Rowlett AutoJuly 4, 2014

Rowlett auto owners may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Rowlett come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Rowlett have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.

If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the auto manufacturer’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When Rowlett auto owners see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires.

There are many benefits to Rowlett drivers who drive with properly inflated tires around Rowlett. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves gas mileage. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel efficiency. Rowlett car owners will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires’ll last longer.

Another important benefit of properly inflated tires is increased safety for Rowlett auto owners. Under-inflated tires become hotter and that heat can actually lead to tire failure – possibly resulting in an accident. Your car and the tires themselves will just perform better and more safely around Rowlett with properly inflated tires.

Local Rowlett consumer groups, law-makers and auto manufacturers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can’t put a value on saving a life, Rowlett auto owners should keep in mind that TPMS systems aren’t free.

The systems themselves are added into the price of the car. The batteries in the sensors will have to be replaced from time to time. Parts will break and need to be replaced. In colder climates around TX, ice and salt are frequent causes of failure.

In addition, there are other behind-the-scenes costs we want Rowlett auto owners to be aware of. Every time a tire is replaced, repaired, rotated or balanced, the tire technician has to deal with the TPMS system.

Rowlett service centers such as Lewis Complete Auto Repair must purchase pricey equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Rowlett service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.

Since there is no uniformity among auto makers, service professionals need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to Rowlett service center managers like Jason Lewis at Lewis Complete Auto Repair.

That’s why the team at Lewis Complete Auto Repair is anxious for Rowlett auto owners to understand the critical financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services to car owners, and then pass the low cost on to Rowlett customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require expensive equipment.

Sensors will need to be removed and reinstalled. Even a tire rotation will require that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a car battery is disconnected, the TPMS system will need to be reprogrammed.

So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up in TX, please keep in mind that it’s because of this vital new safety equipment. The team at Lewis Complete Auto Repair just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we’re committed to doing it at a fair price.

It’s critical to remember that the TPMS warning only comes on when a tire is severely under-inflated. You’ll still want to check your tire pressure regularly. At every fill-up is best, but you should check pressure at least once a month. Here’s wishing you safe travels.

Contact Lewis Complete Auto Repair for more essential information about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.

Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance For Rowlett DriversJune 25, 2014

Hello, Rowlett auto owners. Let’s talk fuel filters. 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 engine.

Rowlett car 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 an 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 truck 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 truck owner’s manual or Lewis Complete Auto Repair to find out how often it should be serviced and how long you can expect it to last. You should change it before it becomes clogged. Your Lewis Complete Auto Repair service professional can help you with recommended replacement schedules.

If your fuel filter becomes clogged, your engine will sputter when you drive at TX highway speeds or when you accelerate rapidly. A clogged filter allows enough fuel to run the car at low speeds around town in Rowlett, but when you need a higher flow of fuel for faster speeds, or if you need a sudden burst of fuel, you just won’t be able to get it through the filter.

A clogged filter is actually dangerous. If you need to accelerate suddenly out of the path of danger, you just won’t have the power to do it.

Fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter becomes clogged, the valve allows some fuel to bypass the filter so the engine can keep running – just not enough to be running well.

That means, though, that dirty, unfiltered fuel is entering your engine. Instead of clogging up your filter, that dirt is now getting into your fuel injectors, where it can cause serious damage. Fuel injectors are expensive; fuel filters are cheap. It doesn’t seem like a difficult choice for Rowlett motorists.

Fuel filters are the epitome of preventive maintenance. They are cheap and easy to change, but neglecting them can lead to pricey repair bills. Some fuel filters are inside the fuel tank and cannot be routinely serviced – your friendly Lewis Complete Auto Repair service professional will be able to tell you if this applies to your vehicle.

Good car care for Rowlett car owners means following recommended schedules for preventive maintenance, including changing your fuel filters. Take the auto advice offered at Lewis Complete Auto Repair and in every owner’s manual and have your vehicle regularly inspected. It may save you money by preventing costly repairs, but it will also repay you in improved fuel economy, safety and peace of mind.

Following Recommended Intervals For Your truckJune 19, 2014

If you’re reading this article in Rowlett, TX, then you probably care about your car and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your friendly Lewis Complete Auto Repair technician tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say “no”, you might be harming your truck or risking your family’s safety.

At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner’s manual. But it is not like you want to keep your truck auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.

Cars are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Rowlett drivers to keep them running well. That is why auto manufacturers have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your truck performing efficiently and prevent expensive breakdowns. In a typical owners manual you’ll find: oil change, brake fluid and pad change, coolant system service, transmission service, battery electrolyte levels, cables and terminals, tire pressure and wear, CV boots, cabin air filter, air conditioning, heater, fuel filter, air filter, belts and hoses, power steering fluid, differential service, fuel system cleaning, and wheel alignment. And then there are mechanical service requirements like timing belt changes, valve adjustment, steering function, engine and exhaust leaks – yeah, it is a really long list!

Fortunately, this isn’t a test: Rowlett auto owners don’t need to have it memorized. Your friendly Lewis Complete Auto Repair service specialist has access to your car maker’s recommendations. Don’t be surprised when your service professional at Lewis Complete Auto Repair reminds you something important is due. Your auto maker has taken great care in putting together your maintenance schedule. Let Lewis Complete Auto Repair help you stay on top of essential maintenance. You can expect them to suggest recommended services and tell you what problems they find under the hood. We’ll also explain how urgent these services are so you can work them into your budget.

Fuel Filter ReplacementJune 13, 2014

Hello Rowlett motorists! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your truck feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel efficiency. The fuel filter’s job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won’t start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your car will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow dangerous particles into your engine.

A car with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around Rowlett, but sputter and strain on the highway because it’s starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in TX and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural TX, your fuel filter will have a harder time keeping the fuel clean.

And, we hate to say it, but buying the cheapest gas from bargain Rowlett area stations sometimes means dirtier fuel that’ll clog the filter sooner. Major brands tend to be cleaner and certainly have higher levels of detergent additives.

Of course, car makers recommend intervals for changing the fuel filter. But, it’s a little more complicated than that for Rowlett motorists. Some manufacturers stopped listing recommended intervals for fuel filter replacement or have very long intervals like every five years or eighty thousand miles. So you may need to look to other sources for recommendations. Cars older than six or seven years are especially at risk because they have had time for dirt and rust to build up in the fuel tank. A clean fuel filter keeps the gas flowing. Even a partially clogged filter puts added strain on the truck fuel pump. That can shorten its life and result in a significant repair.

As is often the case, spending a little money now on something as inexpensive as a fuel filter can save money for Rowlett auto owners down the road by improving gas mileage and preventing pricey repairs. At Lewis Complete Auto Repair in Rowlett, we can check your fuel filter. It is better than fixing a burned-out truck fuel pump or ruined fuel injectors.

Fuel Injector Cleaning At Lewis Complete Auto RepairJune 5, 2014

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your truck engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Rowlett, Garland, and Sachse highways.

Fuel Injector Cleaning In Rockwall, Garland, and SachseMost fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Rowlett automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine.

A few car makers have recently introduced gas direct injection systemson some engines. They are now available at some Rowlett dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.

Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel efficiency for gas-poor Rockwall, Garland, and Rowlett auto owners. TX motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.

High temperatures
under your truck hood and variations in Rowlett gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.

When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it’s critical for Rowlett auto owners keep their fuel injectors clean.

Your service specialist ar Lewis Complete Auto Repair can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.

Proper maintenance of your truck fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent expensive Rowlett repair bills down the road.