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Yearly Archives: 2020

How Far Can You Drive On An Empty Gas Tank?

How Far Can You Drive On An Empty Gas Tank?

Looking down at your dashboard to see the low gas warning light turn on can be a bit stressful, especially if you're on a dark road with no gas stations in sight. While most drivers understand that this light means to get to the gas station as soon as possible, how long can you actually drive your vehicle with this light on without filling up the tank? The miles that you can continue to drive with an empty rank depend upon the make and model of your vehicle. If you have a newer model car, such as within the last 10 years, your vehicle more than likely has a function that tells you how many miles you have left until your car won't run. Typically, the low gas light will come on when this is between 30-50 miles. However, different vehicles with different engines will have varying mileage on an empty tank.  If you do see your low gas warning light turn on, don't panic. Try to find a gas station within 10 miles. You won't break down on the side of the road right away ... read more

Pre-Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Pre-Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Although we are still pushing through those summer temperatures, it's time to start thinking about the back to school season and the upcoming autumn weather. Preparing your vehicle for the fall season will ensure that you are safe on the road and that your vehicle is well maintained according to the weather changes.  Summertime can take quite a hit on our vehicles, causing them to wear and tear faster with the warmer temperatures and increased amount of driving. After the summer is over, it's time to evaluate your vehicle and get on top of any maintenance your car needs os that you can travel smoothly throughout the fall and into winter.  The following pre-fall vehicle maintenance checklist includes some of the most important items to keep in mind when preparing your car for the next season.  Windshield wiper replacement Brake system check Engine oil change if needed Cabin air filter replacement Tire air pressure and tread check Battery test Top off ... read more

Tips for Teaching Your New Teenage Driver

Tips for Teaching Your New Teenage Driver

It’s the summer months, which means that your teenager is home on summer break and may finally have more time to start learning and understanding how to drive a car before the big test. If you’ll be working on teaching your teenager how to drive this summer, here are some helpful reminders and tips to communicate in order to promote safe and legal driving: If your teenager has a driver’s learner’s permit, the best place to begin your teaching is in a parking lot that is vacant or not too busy. Here, you can practice basic stop and go methods and parking techniques. This is always less stressful for a beginning drive since there isn’t much traffic around.    Teach your teenager about the SMOG method. This is a great way to teach your teen how to safely switch lanes while on the road. S - signal the direction you wish to turn, M - check rear view and side mirrors for other vehicles, O - be sure to look over your shoulder to check your ... read more

Is the Check Engine Light Serious?

Is the Check Engine Light Serious?

You're driving along and look down on at your vehicle's dashboard to see that dreaded check engine light turn on. You're hoping that it is some mistake and that it will eventually turn off on its own. However, it stays on throughout the day and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. We understand this dreaded feeling and the uncertainty that comes along with dealing with a check engine light. You may wonder, is it serious? Can I continue driving? Let's look at some of the potential causes for why the check engine light turns on and what to do next.  There are many different reasons why your check engine light illuminates - some of the issues can be minor and others can be major. Even if you are scared of the season why the light is on, it is important to bring your vehicle into Trinity Auto Haus as soon as you can. The faster that we are able to identify the issue and fix it, the less money you'll end up spending on repairs.  Here are the top reasons wh ... read more

Symptoms of Failing Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are a critical component of your vehicle’s internal combustion engine. Spark plugs transmit an electrical signal that’s sent from the ignition coil to create a spark that heats the air-fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber. Good quality spark plugs will help with your fuel efficiency, while bad or failing spark plugs won’t even start your motor. Similar to motor oil, fuel, and air filters, spark plugs require regular maintenance to keep your vehicle running strong. Most manufacturers suggest that spark plugs are replaced every 30K to 50k miles. However, some newer cars and trucks have advanced ignition systems that make spark plug replacement unnecessary. Having knowledge of spark plugs and whether they are damaged can result in quick repair and save on costly expenses.  Listed below are a few common symptoms your spark plugs are damaged or worn out:  Difficulty starting the vehicle The engine’s ... read more

Tips to Make Your Windshield Wipers Last Longer

Windshield Wipers are an exposed vehicle component, which makes them more susceptible to heat and other factors. Due to this reason, the wipers only last about 12-18 months, depending on the weather and how often you park your vehicle under the sun. It is so important that your vehicles wipers are always in good condition, because they are vital when you need to see clearly, whether its raining or you need them to clear dirt.  How do you know when windshield wipers need to be replaced? A good rule of thumb is to replace them when you start noticing that the wipers are streaking, skipping, or smearing. Additionally, if you look at the wipers and they appear frayed or dry, it's time to replace them.  If you notice that your wipers are bad and its only been a short amount of time since you last replaced them, keep in mind the following tips on how to make your windshield wipers last longer.  Lift your blades in freezing temperatures to avoid them from freezing up aga ... read more

A Message from Trinity Auto Haus About COVID-19

A Message from Trinity Auto Haus About COVID-19

Trinity Auto Haus is open for business and we are here to help! As an automotive repair shop, we have been classified as an Essential Service and will remain open for any automotive needs you may need. We know how uncertain times are at the moment, and we want to be a source of help when you find yourself needing auto care.  Our vehicles are important during this time more than ever, which is why we remain open for business. You can be sure that your health is a priority of ours, which is why we have implemented new measures for sanitization and options for contactless service. We will remain open with our normal business hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm. We are doing everything in our shop to keep you and our employees safe: Free No Contact Pick up and Deliver All communication can be over the phone   Disinfection all keys and vehicles before and after services Technicians change gloves after each service performed ... read more

What is a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

Buying a used car from another person can often times be uncertain. While the seller may express that the vehicle is in great condition, it is difficult to truly tell the condition just by looking at it. There could be a small issue growing within the engine that may cost you an engine replacement in the near future, an expense that you weren't planning for. This is why a pre-purchase inspection in Waco TX is so important.  What is a pre-purchase car inspection? A pre-purchase inspection is when you bring the used vehicle into our shop for an evaluation. We perform a multi-point vehicle inspection and test multiple components for basic function and condition of parts. We put together a report for you which will include the condition of all major parts and will outline what repairs or services we feel that the vehicle will need in the near future.  When you understand what services or repairs the used car will need shortly after you purchase it, you'll be able to not ... read more

What is a Collapsed Car Hose?

Your vehicle has many different hoses working throughout to ensure that fluids are properly pressurized and circulated. When a hose collapses, this is usually a reference to the radiator hose. A collapsed hose basically means that it appears to have sunken or caved in.  A radiator hose can collapse for a number of different reasons. A faulty radiator cap is one culprit. If the radiator cap is not releasing pressure, it can cause a vacuum to develop which can lead to the collapse of the radiator hose. Another potential problem is a blocked overflow hose, which can also create a vacuum due to a clog somewhere in the system.  The overall condition of the hose plays a part too, because a new hose won't necessarily be affected by a create vacuum. It is older and more fragile hoses that will be affected, which will need to be replaced.  Some hoses also have wire reinforcement woven into rubber of the body of your car, and if that reinforcement wire is faulty, this ... read more

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