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Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(210) 520-0608
Se Habla EspanolGoose Automotive 2 - Bandera Rd
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
(210) 432-4000

Yearly Archives: 2021

Decorate Your Car for Spooky Season!

Decorate Your Car for Spooky Season!

Whether trick-or-treating is in your schedule or not this Halloween, there's no reason you can't get in the spirit of Halloween! Between dressing up in a fun costume, decorating your house, watching the classic horror movies, and even getting a costume for your car, there are endless options you can do for this season. If you're stumped on how to dress up your vehicle for Halloween, here are some ideas: Window Paint Halloween window paint is a great option for those who like to be creative and enjoy being a part of the festivities. You can paint ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, bats, or an entire creative art piece! This is also a fun activity to do with friends, family, and children. No matter what age you are, you can enjoy a fun art project. Decals and Magnets If you aren't an artsy person and are looking at a no-fuss option to decorate, then decals and magnet decorations are right on your ally. Decals and magnets are straightforward to apply, reposition, and take off. A ... read more

What Is Cruise Control & When Should You Use It?

What Is Cruise Control & When Should You Use It?

  The cruise control system was invented in 1948 by the American engineer Ralph Teetor. The idea came to Teetor while riding as a passenger in his lawyer's car. During the trip, he noticed his lawyer kept speeding up and slowing down every time he spoke, which Teetor saw a need for consistent speed control in vehicles. However, society didn't revolutionize the modern system until the 90s, and cruise control systems still see advancements today.     What is Cruise Control? Cruise control is a mechanism that allows you to maintain a set speed without using the accelerator or gas pedal. Once the driver selects the speed they want to operate, they can release their foot off the accelerator, and the vehicle will drive itself at said speed. Adjustments can be made when the system is employed by clicking buttons or pulling on a lever.   Cruise control can be very advantageous in certain driving situations. The cruise control function allows drivers to operat ... read more

Wheel Alignment Basics

Wheel Alignment Basics

A proper wheel alignment is essential when it comes to safe automobile handling. All of your wheels need to be correctly aligned with each other for the tires to drive straight. When you operate a vehicle with bad wheel alignment, your tires will typically wear down quicker and unevenly, and you may have difficulty steering and controlling your vehicle. We recommend getting your alignment taken care of as soon as you notice a problem.    Having regular wheel alignments done will keep your tires in excellent condition, which will save you money on tires over the years. You'll also achieve better fuel efficiency and performance and protect your vehicle's suspension components from unforeseen repairs. Misaligned can be caused by several different things, including:  Running over potholes Flying over speed bumps Hitting curbs or road debris Minor vehicle collisions Poor quality shocks and struts or other suspension parts Vehicle mods such as lifting If your w ... read more

Benefits of Waxing Your Car

Benefits of Waxing Your Car

  Maintaining the outside of your car is just as important as the interior parts, making car washes essential. After a thorough wash on your vehicle, you should include a waxing step in your cleaning routine. While it's imperative to keep your car clean, waxing your automobile has long-term benefits that make it worth the extra dollars. A car wax is more than just a shiny paint job. Here are the other benefits of getting your car waxed:   Protection Against Scratches  The chemical composition of wax includes petroleum distillates, natural oils, and other ingredients that harden the wax on the paint. Wax offers a clear finish on top of your car's paint, giving an additional layer of protection.    Prevents Sun Damage  If you often leave your vehicle in the sun, you might notice faded paint spots. The sun's UV rays can cause imperfections to your car, and the wax can act as a shield similar to sunscreen. With frequent usage, wax can provid ... read more

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

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