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Spring Maintenance Extends the Performance of Your Car

Some maintenance items should be done every year, and your vehicle is no different. Spring is a great time to do those things that should be done at least once a year, and we at Round Rock Genesis want to make sure that you have the knowledge to keep your vehicle up to date on its maintenance.

There are a couple of things that will protect your vehicle from hot weather. For instance, you should have your coolant replaced. 

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The Right Way to Clean Your Tires

Tire cleaning can be performed in a number of ways. Most of them are dependent on the type of product that will be used to clean the wheels itself. Another consideration that may not come to mind is the tire manufacturer's recommended cleaning steps. Some companies will advise their customers to use certain chemicals while avoiding others. Other times, a simple solution of soap and water could be all that is needed. In any case, here are some of the best ways to maintain your wheels.

As you spray the cleaner onto the sidewalls of your tires, let the…

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Know When to Maintain or Replace Your Headlights

In order to be as safe as possible when driving down the road at night, or in low-light conditions, you need to have headlights that are illuminating the roadway brightly. If at any time you notice that a headlight is out, not functioning properly or is dim, you should get a new headlight installed.

On most vehicles on the road today, changing the bulb in the headlight is a simple matter. Taking the entire assembly off is not usually required. 

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Is Your Exhaust Leaking?

When everything is working properly, exhaust gas should flow from the exhaust manifold to your muffler. However if you have a leak in the exhaust system, you could be at risk of inhaling deadly gases. If you notice any popping or hissing sounds from your engine, tiny leaks around the tail pipe, an odd shaking when you touch the wheel or significantly lower gas mileage, these could all be signs that your exhaust has a leak.

The older your vehicle is, the more likely that the exhaust system will break down. It is a safe idea to have your exhaust…

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Regular Tire Rotations Extend the Use of Your Tires

Your vehicle's tires are of critical importance to its overall performance and safety, so it is important to keep them fresh and in good condition. They are not a cheap thing to have to replace, either so you will want to try and get as many miles out of a set before you have to replace them.

The good news is that there are steps that you can take to make sure that you do get as much out of them as possible. For starters, make sure that they are running at the recommended PSI level. 

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Warmer Weather Calls for Strong Wiper Blades

The transitional months are synonymous with challenging driving conditions. Driving your vehicle with the proper windshield wipers, geared for better visibility in storms of rain or ice, is a must for drivers. Wipers are made to help overcome these inevitable spring and autumn events. Stop in at Round Rock Genesis, and we will get your vehicle ready for the spring rains ahead!

When wiper blades get worn or cracked, pieces of debris will become trapped in between the rubber and metal, causing streaking and smearing, just when you need them most! 

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Is it Time to re-Tire?

New tires have even tread and strong sidewalls and usually require nothing more than air and rotation. Over time, the rubber treads wear down, and signs of excessive wear are important cues for driving safety. You can look for objects embedded in the tread like nails or sharp objects. For many drivers, wear occurs on either the inner or outer edge of the tires.

Houston area drivers understand the importance of good tires. The tires meet the road and hold your vehicle to the surface in all types of weather conditions. 

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What Extreme Temps Do to Your Car Battery

Extreme temperatures can have a negative and permanent impact on your car battery. This includes extremes of both hot and cold. Extreme heat results in the corrosion and deterioration of the lead plates in your car battery. This shortens its life. Extreme ambient cold reduces the chemical reaction and reaction of a car battery. Over time, extreme cold temperatures reduce the recharge efficiency of the battery in your car.

With these potential negative consequences in mind, it is important for you to be proactive in protecting your car battery against temperature extremes. 

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Clean Air Filters Improve Efficiency

There are many factors that can affect a car's gas mileage, from the type of fuel being used, the type of driving you are doing, and the general health of your vehicle. One of the biggest factors in improving fuel efficiency has nothing to do with fuel however, it has to do with air.

Vehicles require gas, a spark, and oxygen in order to create the internal combustion needed to drive the engine. The oxygen is taken from the air outside and then passed through an engine air filter to remove any particulates. 

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Why You Should Inspect Your Belts and Hoses

Do you know your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations for inspecting the complex system of hoses and belts that keep your car running problem-free? We at Round Rock Genesis invite you to check with our auto service department to find the recommended hose and belt service schedule for your particular make and model of automobile.

If not checked on a regular basis for cracks, leaks and other signs of aging that can lower performance, your vehicle's hoses and belts can cause emergency breakdowns and costly repairs at the most inopportune times. 

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