If you've ever been in a car accident around SAN ANTONIO TX, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.
Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in SAN ANTONIO, TX:
When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in TX - even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local SAN ANTONIO lockup.
Most states, including TX require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.
Warn other SAN ANTONIO motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.
Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.
Always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you won't have an objective report to help defend yourself.
Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don't. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of TX law, the other guy may be responsible.
Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as "I was going 35 miles per hour" not "I wasn't speeding". Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you.
Also get the officer's name and badge number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.
Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Driver's license number and expiration
- Insurance information
Also take down a description of the other vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most insurance companies don't record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track the vehicle.
Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can't wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary.
Always call your insurance agent or your TX auto insurance company's 800 number.
Call or see your local SAN ANTONIO physician if you think you may have been injured.
We here at Cambridge Auto Center hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy travels.
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Your car is important to you and keeping it running properly is vital to your SAN ANTONIO lifestyle. That's why you're smart to have it serviced regularly at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.
It's also very important to your SAN ANTONIO service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our SAN ANTONIO auto service center spends annually to make sure our considerate service advisors are properly trained.
Cambridge Auto Center offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our SAN ANTONIO centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.
And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. Cambridge Auto Center technicians follow these procedures so they can safely deliver a consistent level of high-quality service.
Some services at Cambridge Auto Center require the use of specialized equipment. Cambridge Auto Center technicians are trained extensively on this equipment so that they can service your car quickly and efficiently.
Classroom, video and hands-on training is provided by the company and outside trainers. It's not only important that considerate technicians be able to perform a given task, they also need to be thoroughly trained in inspection and diagnostic techniques. One of the great services they perform is to detect potential problems before they become serious (and costly).
The automotive service industry has standards for classifying and communicating problems to drivers. For example, it's one thing to learn that your manufacturer recommends that you change your serpentine belt every 30,000 miles and another to learn that the belt is on the verge of failure. These standards help you understand the urgency of recommendations, letting you make better automotive service decisions.
TX folks may be interested to know that service technicians (including those at Cambridge Auto Center) are trained in compliance with federal and local SAN ANTONIO laws and regulations, including environmental regulations regarding the disposal of used parts and fluids.
It's the goal of Cambridge Auto Center to provide fast, courteous service. You should feel free to ask your consideratetech or one of the managers about your service or for more information about their recommendations.
At Cambridge Auto Center, well-trained service providers, established procedures, industry standards, and, of course, AutoNetTV, combine to give you the best auto service in SAN ANTONIO.
Posted in the Maintenance category
Uneven tire wear, the auto pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for SAN ANTONIO auto owners that their wheels may be out of alignment.
When doing an alignment inspection, the service specialist will check your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the auto maker's settings.
Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in accident, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around SAN ANTONIO, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Cambridge Auto Center service advisor complete a vital alignment check.
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Cambridge Auto Center
9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
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The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around SAN ANTONIO TX use fuel filters.
For more information about your fuel filter, visit Cambridge Auto Center or come by our shop located at 9823 Fredericksburg Road in SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240.
Please call 210-697-9600 to make an appointment.
Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in our SAN ANTONIO TX auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your sedan is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.
That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your sedan ages. It'll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.
A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That's because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can't get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can't get enough power to get you out of harm's way.
For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.
This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don't want to cause them damage just because you didn't spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.
You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It's a little part, it's simple and it's cheap to take care of. But if it's neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars of repair bills.
Those auto service schedules in your owner's manual are there for a reason. If ever you don't understand a recommended service, just ask your SAN ANTONIO service advisor at Cambridge Auto Center. We'll be happy to explain.
Posted in the Fuel System category
Your sedan’s exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your sedan. Maintaining it is good Cambridge Auto Center auto advice for SAN ANTONIO car owners, but it’s also good health advice and good environmental advice.
The exhaust system includes your emissions system. Because this system may affect your health and the health of our Atascosa area environment, it is subject to strict government regulations. Satisfying these regulations demands some high-tech, computer-controlled equipment, which means that the emissions system is a lot more sophisticated than it was thirty years ago. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you have your sedan exhaust and emissions systems checked by a qualified tech at regular intervals.
The exhaust system starts with the exhaust manifold. The manifold is attached to the sedan engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of these gases is carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly. For this reason, it is essential that Atascosa auto owners keep their exhaust system in good repair.
The pipes that connect the various parts of the exhaust system can rust or be damaged by rocks or other road debris. Such damage can cause dangerous gases to leak into the air. So it is important that exhaust pipes get an inspection regularly.
The catalytic converter is the next vital component of your sedan exhaust system. It sort of looks like a muffler. Its job is to change dangerous gases into harmless carbon dioxide and water. The catalytic converter doesn’t require any regular maintenance, but it can wear out. If it fails, you will need a new catalytic converter to pass an emissions test in TX. Call Cambridge Auto Center at 210-697-9600 if you suspect a problem with your catalytic converter.
Oxygen sensors in the exhaust pipe monitor the oxygen content of the exhaust. This helps the sedan engine’s computer keep the fuel-to-air mixture at optimal levels.
The muffler is also part of your sedan exhaust system, but it deals with a different kind of emission. It keeps your sedan from emitting bad sounds. Mufflers act like finely tuned musical instruments. They create a feedback of sound waves to absorb or decrease the noises made by your engine. Different mufflers can create different sound waves, so you can actually “tune” your car to produce a particular sound, anything from whisper to rumble.
It is essential for damaged mufflers be replaced immediately at your SAN ANTONIO automotive service center, especially if they are leaking. Not only will the extra noise annoy your SAN ANTONIO neighbors, a leaky muffler could be serious.
The entire exhaust system is attached to your sedan by hangers and clamps. These fasteners can rust, come loose or break. The critical components of the exhaust system can get very hot, so when the hangers or clamps fail, these hot components can come into contact with other parts such as wires and hoses. These can melt, causing serious and expensive damage to your vehicle. Good car care requires that you have your exhaust system inspected regularly.
Let’s not forget the tailpipe. It’s the last vital piece in the exhaust system — and of your sedan, for that matter. Exhaust fumes exit your sedan through the tailpipe.
If your sedan has any of the following symptoms, it may have a problem with the exhaust system: it’s hard to start, it runs rough, it’s noisy, it’s smoking. Also, if your “check engine” light comes on, especially if it’s flashing, it is important to get your sedan to Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO right away. Often, the “check engine” light indicates a problem with the emissions system.
Caring for your sedan exhaust system yields cosmetic benefits like quieting your engine sounds, but also may impact your health and safety. Your life, or the life of a loved one, may actually be on the line.
Posted in the Exhaust category
How do SAN ANTONIO drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?
Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect TX consumers against mileage fraud. It says a TX seller must certify the mileage reported is the Actual Mileage.
To have your odometer checked in SAN ANTONIO TX, stop by Cambridge Auto Center:
Cambridge Auto Center
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240 210-697-9600
If it isn't, the seller must say why; like maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 miles and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.
If the seller tells you the mileage isn’t accurate, there’s not much chance of putting a good number to it; And there’s the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it’s not so. What can SAN ANTONIO drivers do?
First, you can go to www.CarFax.com, where for a small fee, they’ll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your sedan, showing local SAN ANTONIO, TX ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, manufacturer buybacks, Lemon reports and warranty status.
SAN ANTONIO drivers can get a mileage history by checking with the local TX DMV (or wherever you happen to be) and other verified sources looking for inconsistencies in the mileage reported when the car’s bought and sold. If there are signs odometer rollback, now you’ll now.
If so, proceed with caution. Or, negotiate a lower price. Or just walk away. There’s always another.
Posted in the Older Vehicles category
One topic that hits the news in SAN ANTONIO on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some TX motorists is to buy a vehicle that gets better MPG. For those of us SAN ANTONIO drivers who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.
Following recommended service intervals by coming into Cambridge Auto Center is one of the best ways SAN ANTONIO drivers can keep their sedan running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can’t lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces gas mileage.
Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for TX auto owners.
Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your sedan engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change.
You can imagine what dirty fuel injectors can do to your sedan as you drive around SAN ANTONIO. If your family car owner’s manual recommends a fuel system cleaning, come into Cambridge Auto Center and ask us to get it done for you.
A simple, but very effective way for SAN ANTONIO motorists to save gas is to keep their tires properly inflated. Low tires can cost you up to a mile per gallon. Check your tire pressure when you gas up – or at least once a month.
Cambridge Auto Center
9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
Posted in the Fuel System category
Every sedan on TX highways has a differential, and it is critical to the proper operation of the vehicle, but most SAN ANTONIO auto owners don’t have a clue what it is.
The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the sedan must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a differential, the wheels would hop and scrape while turning.
Have you ever seen the large bugle-shaped object in the middle of the rear axle of a truck? That’s the differential. In a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is located on the back axle. Four-wheel drive vehicles and SUV’s have differentials on both the front and the rear axle.
You might expect that the differential is located on the front axle of a front-wheel drive vehicle. You’d be right. But the differential is called a transaxle on a front-wheel drive vehicle because its location allows it to be combined with the transmission.
In an all-wheel drive vehicle, an additional differential or transfer case is located between the front and rear axles. Differentials are strong: They have to be because of the critical job they do. But those tough parts need proper lubrication. You don’t want your differential to seize up. That results in expensive damage to your sedan.
So you need to have your sedan differential serviced regularly. It’s not a complicated job. At Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO we've been servicing differentials for 10 years. The used lubricating fluid is simply drained and then replaced. Some vehicles require specific additives in the differential fluid; your SAN ANTONIO service center will ensure you are getting what your sedan needs.
The intervals in time or mileage for servicing your differential vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle. Check with your owner’s manual or Cambridge Auto Center to find out how often your sedan differential needs to be serviced.
Generally, however, front-wheel drive vehicles need their differential serviced more often than rear-wheel drive vehicles. Also, if you spend a lot of time off-road or on Atascosa area dirt or gravel roads, or if you drive through water, you will need to service your differential more often than the standard recommendation – check with your considerate Cambridge Auto Center service professional.
Preventive maintenance for your differential is good car care that can spare you costly repair bills. Knowing what your differential is and how it operates is essential and will help you understand why this is good auto advice. Remember, take care of your sedan, and it will take care of you.
Posted in the Differential Service category
SAN ANTONIO auto owners often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.
Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around SAN ANTONIO, TX also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.
Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.
There's a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your automobile manufacturer recommends.
For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO:
9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
SAN ANTONIO car owners should read their owner's manuals carefully to see if it's acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in SAN ANTONIO, TX it is; the engine control computer can adapt. SAN ANTONIO motorists will lose some performance, but won't do damage. With other engines, using a lower grade of fuel could result in serious and pricey damage; so you don't want to save a couple of bucks at the pump only to pay it out a hundred fold at your SAN ANTONIO repair shop.
Your car will run best on the type of gas recommended by the manufacturer.
Today's computer controlled vehicles are optimized to run well on the recommended grade of fuel. Using a higher grade than is recommended will not give SAN ANTONIO auto owners any additional performance or better MPG.
Regulations require detergents for all grades of gasoline, so your engine will have the same protection, regardless of the grade of fuel you use. If you do hear some knocking or pinging from your engine, take it seriously and get your sedan into Cambridge Auto Center. It may be a sign that you need a tune-up or some other repair.
In times of costly gas prices, most SAN ANTONIO car owners are conscious of making their fuel dollar go further as we drive around TX. Be sure to use the right gas for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated and your vehicle well maintained and you will get the best gas mileage possible.
Posted in the Fuel System category
SAN ANTONIO auto owners know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.
There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the engine.
Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.
For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same fuel efficiency. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.
Why the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions and improved MPG.
Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization.
Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.
When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won’t be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and gas mileage for SAN ANTONIO drivers as well as delivering less power to the engine.
Fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more expensive. And we’re talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.
So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice for SAN ANTONIO car owners. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good car care and preventive maintenance at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.
If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you’ll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, your fuel injectors will last for a long time.
Posted in the Fuel System category