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Goose Automotive - Colorado St
Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(210) 520-0608
Goose Automotive 2 - Bandera Rd
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
(210) 432-4000

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Summer Car Care

Summer Car Care

  Summertime is a season where many families and friends like to go out and about. Whether it's a vacation road trip or a quick trip to get ice cream, the hot weather can take a toll on our vehicles. The last thing you want to happen is for your car to break down amid your fun summer activities. You need to give your vehicle the proper attention during these hot months, or it won't keep getting you where you need to be. Truthfully, it does not take much effort to keep your vehicle happy. Here are the top 4 parts of every car that you should routinely check this season!   Air-Conditioning System  The worst thing that could happen to you this summer is having to drive without air-conditioning. If your AC is older, then leaking freon is not ideal. If you notice a Freon leak, bring your vehicle into Goose Automotive. We have the equipment needed to recharge your air conditioning system properly.    Other Vital Fluids  You should check all of you ... read more

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

When you stop, do you notice a vibration in your car's brake pedal or steering wheel? This may be a sign of warped brake discs. We'll go into what it is, what causes warped brake discs, how to avoid it, and how to repair it in this post. What Are Warped Brake Discs? From the factory, brake discs are perpendicular. Since brake discs are straight, the braking surface of the brake pads is uniformly distributed around the disc. This guarantees the car's linear braking. The braking surface of the brake pads no longer contacts the brake disc equally when a brake disc becomes warped or deformed. Curved Discs Are Easy To Spot. Curved brake discs are easy to spot, as we've already said. When you brake, do you notice a vibration in your steering wheel or the brake pedal? You could have crooked brakes if this is the case. When braking, you can also hear a noise. What Causes Brake Discs To Warp?Cause 1: Malfunctioning caliper The most commo ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

You've read the owner's manual for your car, take it in for regular oil changes and never let the tire pressure get below the recommended PSI. One thing wasn't mentioned too heavily in the manual though, and that's transmission fluid maintenance. Why don't they talk about it? Newer vehicles have started opting out of adding transmission fluid and filter changes to the recommended maintenance. The reason why is most likely a mix of the manufacturer's trying to showcase low maintenance requirements on their vehicles and advances in transmission fluid quality and transmission machining. One other reason could be the change in fluids used. For the majority of vehicle history, the transmission fluid used was more or less universal amongst all passenger cars with specialty fluids only used in commercial applications. These days your car's manufacturer most likely uses a proprietary fluid that isn't compatible with others, and the company doesn't want cu ... read more

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

Most drivers ignore the importance of regular car tire checks for wear. We assume that what matters to our tires is simply the pressure. Tire tread maintenance is a great determinant of the lifespan of your car tires. Treads wear out for different reasons. The wear impacts negatively on the functionality of your vehicle, including reduced mileage. Although it is common for tires to wear and tear over time, sometimes this happens way too early. Below are a few of the reasons why your tires may wear prematurely thus not serve you long enough as expected: Driving patterns Our driving habits affect the lifespan of our tires. Some drivers are too rough on the road with certain driving maneuvers that impact the tires' longevity. These trends include; spinning tires, hard breaking, speeding, and fast accelerations. Misaligned tires A well-aligned axle reduces premature wear. Proper alignment ensures the wheels are well set mechanically, and they are parallel to each other and perpend ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Whether you have a newer or older model vehicle, your car will require a tune-up. It's important to make a tune-up a part of your scheduled vehicle maintenance. Here's more about tune-ups and the symptoms that will help you determine if you need one. Difficulty Starting the Car Experiencing difficulty starting your car can be a result of different instances, including a problem with the fuel pump or a weak battery, but it can also mean there is a problem with the ignition. A tune-up can help with these problems, but you need a professional mechanic to determine the best course of action. Stalling If your car stalls occasionally or frequently, spark plugs and dirty connectors can be the culprit. You're experiencing stalling because fuel is not igniting properly. Make a note of what's going on when the car stalls, such as the type of weather or when you turn on your air conditioner. Write down this information and let your mechanic know. Rough Idling or Acceleration ... read more

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

It's a warm summer, and you are excited to take a long drive after a cold, dull winter. Then excess heat in the vehicle makes the drive unbearable. Such scenarios are everyday experiences for many drivers whose car overheats, and they are left to endure a very rough and uncomfortable ride. We are here to ensure you avoid such experiences. What makes your car to overheat? Cooling System Leaks Leaks in the cooling system trigger a vehicle to overheat, and if ignored, it might culminate in a costly repair. Leaks might be in the hoses, radiator, water pump, heater core, thermostat housing, freeze plugs, among other components in the cooling system. Any leaks should be dressed with urgency through certified mechanics' intervention to prevent further troubles with the cooling and heating system. A Faulty Thermostat The thermostat controls the amount of coolant allowed in the engine. If it is cool, the thermostat closes the entry to prevent additional coolant from entering the eng ... read more

What is a water pump replacement?

What is a water pump replacement?

The water pump system in an automobile is essential for keeping the car cool and preventing it from heat damage. The internal engines work to keep the car moving. They produce heat and when damaged and left unmanaged, they can cause many issues for the car. To prevent this from happening a water pump replacement is needed. While a car is running, stationary or not, the radiator system pumps coolant throughout the car to keep it cool. This cycle can sometimes stop working and cause overheating. To prevent this, look out for the following signs: An overheated engine: signs of an overheated engine is the first warning that the water pump may need replacing or fixing. This issue is indicated on the car's dashboard. Steam: steam coming from the car, typically the radiator, is an indication of overheating. If the water pump stops working this means cool air cannot circulate throughout the car to cool it down. In which case, a replacement is needed immediately. Noise from the accessor ... read more

How to Know When You Need Brake Service

How to Know When You Need Brake Service

Your vehicle's brakes are super important to the overall safety of your car. This is why it is so important to stay on top of your brake maintenance and have regular brake inspections performed on your vehicle. Brake pads are a key component in your brake system, which is why you should understand when to have them replaced and what the symptoms are that can indicate your brake pads are worn down.  The job of the brake pads is to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. As you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. Worn brake pads will allow metal to metal contact, which can lower brake efficiency and cause damage to other components.  Brake pads usually last anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. However, how long your brake pads will last will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your driving habits.  ... read more

What to Keep In Your Trunk This Fall

What to Keep In Your Trunk This Fall

The fall season is upon us and the weather is rapidly changing from the summer warmth to colder conditions. Driving in certain weather conditions can be unpredictable, which is why we recommend that you are always prepared for anything that may happen while driving.  Here are some items that we suggest keeping in your trunk at all times during the fall season: Spare tire, jack, and wrench - a flat tire can happen unexpectedly, and the cold air causes the air pressure in our tires to compress and become lower. This can cause blowouts or flats on the road, so being prepared to change a tire is essential. Be sure to have the necessities and read up on how to change a tire if you aren't informed about how to do so already.  Gloves and jackets - sometimes the cold weather can hit hard, especially at night. It's always a good idea to pack a few extra gloves and jackets in your trunk. Trust us, you'll probably ne ... read more

The Importance of Fall Car Care

The Importance of Fall Car Care

It's officially the fall season, which means that the weather will soon be making drastic changes as we roll into winter. The next few months will most likely bring wet conditions and shorter days, and making sure your vehicle is ready for the changes will keep you safe on the road.  The summer can be brutal - it takes a toll on our cars even if we don't realize it. The warmer temperatures can wear down fluids and put extra wear and tear on certain parts. This is why fall car care is important and will ensure that your vehicle remains reliable throughout the new season.  So, what is important when it comes to fall car care? Let's look at some of the services that should be top priorities this month.  Tires The fall season typically means wetter conditions and more rain. Because of the weather changes, it is so important to have your tires inspected. They should be in good condition and have proper tread to be able to handle well on wet st ... read more

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