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The Importance of Regular Vehicle Inspections

The average car owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the condition of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your vehicle, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At our shop, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it is actually a way that you can ensure you&rsqu ... read more

Spring Car Care

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

5 Tips on How to Avoid Car Accidents

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed.   Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t pre ... read more

How Long do Brake Pads Last?

The brake system in our vehicle is extremely important, because it allows us to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t occur all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency.  The brake pads are the part in your brake system that helps to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. When you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. With worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components.  Most brake pads will last 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.  If your brake pads need to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Brake pedal shake ... read more

Happy New Year from Goose Automotive!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Winter Vehicle Maintenance

At Goose Automotive in San Antonio, TX, we want to make sure that you and your family are kept safe on the road this winter and holiday season. While you may be in a rush to get on the road to spend time with family and loved ones, it is important to make sure that you vehicle is well maintained and prepared to drive in the winter season. The following winter vehicle maintenance tips will guide you on how to take care of your vehicle and be safe on the road through the colder months!   Have your vehicle inspected. The best way to catch an issue early on is to have your vehicle inspection by your local trusted mechanic here at Goose Automotive. Our experts will complete a full inspection of your vehicle to ensure that all components are working properly and that all is in order to ensure your safety while driving.   Change your windshield wipers. Since we are expecting quite a bit of rain this winter in Texas, it is important to make sure that your windshield wipers work pr ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the beginning of Fall Car Care Month, the time of the year when it's time to start getting your vehicle prepared for the upcoming winter months. This month is also a great time to learn about proper vehicle maintenance and how taking care of your vehicle can end up saving you money through the years by helping you avoid costly repairs.   As the weather gets colder, there are certain measures we should take as vehicle owners to ensure our safety and comfort while driving in the winter. Head to your local auto repair shop for an inspection of vital parts that will make sure your vehicle is in top shape.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter:   Check fluids - Check the engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Topping off fluids and making sure fluid and cavities are clean will ensure prop ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Vehicle Inspected?

When it comes to owning a vehicle, regular maintenance and service is one of those things that can sometimes be an inconvenience, but it important to save you money over time and to keep you safe on the road.  You may wonder, how often should I have my vehicle inspected? On a scheduled basis, we recommend that your vehicle is inspected during every oil change visit. This will typically be every 3-6 months, and is the perfect time to have an inspection since your vehicle is already at the shop. Most shops will already complete this service for you, letting you know of any issues that they notice while performing an oil change. However, if you notice something strange with your vehicle, like a lack of performance or a sudden strange noise or smell, you should have your vehicle inspected at the first time of a problem.  If you notice a telling sign of a problem with your vehicle or the check engine light has turned on, a vehicle inspection is due. Driving around when there is ... read more

Running Like New

Running Like New

From Residue to Running Like NewHow a Fuel System Cleaning Can Restore Your Engine Whether you put too much food down the garbage disposal (we prefer composting), too many leaves fall into the gutters or grandma's famous tuna casserole left your oven covered in an unknown greasy substance, things stop performing at their optimal level unless they're cleaned. The same is true for your car's engine. Residue gets left behind in your engine every time you turn off your car. Any time an engine shuts down, it goes through a 'hot soak'. A hot soak is when your engine is still producing heat and there is no air flowing through it to cool it down. During the 'hot soak' period, fuel residues become thin deposits called gum and varnish. with time, these this residues accumulate and bake into rock-hard carbon deposits, which can be very difficult to remove. The hard car ... read more

Being "Cool" Again

Being "Cool" Again

Coolant System Explained (Part two of two)Last week we discovered a pool of ‘green blood’ under the car…Is it an Alien’s? As we learned in Coolant System Part 1, that "green stuff" is not some weird alien blood (although to some, a car may seem like an alien)! It is anti-freeze – also known as coolant. What does Coolant do? Coolant performs a number of important roles in keeping your vehicle on the road. Its primary function is to cool engine parts around the cylinder walls and cylinder head where your car’s fuel is burned; that is, where combustion takes place. The engine needs coolant circulating through it continually; without it, the combustion chambers reaches temperatures over 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (RED HOT, in other words). Its secondary responsibilities are to heat the inside of your car (via the heat ... read more

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