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Why is an Oil Change so Important for Your Car

If you’ve run your car too long without an oil change then you are sure to find black gooey sludge at the bottom of your engine and burned engine oil on all your engine parts.

What Exactly does Oil do for your Automobile?
• The oil keeps the metal parts from touching and prevents excessive friction due to its anti-friction additives.
• It lubricates the various parts of the car.
• It carries away the heat produced by the moving parts of your car.
• The detergent in engine oil keeps dirt suspended so it can move the dirt to the oil filter.
• Oil contains anti-corrosion additives that prevent metal parts from corroding.
• The anti-foaming agent present in oil prevents bubbles when it's whipped up by moving metal parts.

Why an Oil Change?
Car experts caution that not having an oil change can be the worst thing you can do to your car. This is because as you continue to use your car, the lighter weight oils get burned off, leaving only the heavier oils. Also the important additives mentioned above get worn out. If your oil is less it can cause your engines parts to grind together without lubrication which could lead to the engine parts fusing together, wearing down, jamming and ultimately seizing your engine. That’s the reason your car needs an oil change every 6,000 miles.

The ASE certified team of mechanics at Mission Car Care check your engine whenever your drive in for regular, scheduled or preventive maintenance. Well-kept engines are clean inside while neglected ones are coated with brown varnish. Our team knows the type of oil your car requires based on the size, type, working conditions and temperature ranges of your engine.

So drive into Mission Car Care on Clay Road, Katy, Tx now for that all-essential oil change.

What to Expect in a Car Tune-up at Mission Car Care

Generally the phrase "Tune-up" means "general adjustment to insure operation at peak efficiency" and that’s exactly your car will do when you drive it to Mission Car Care on Clay Road, Katy, Tx. Think of a tune up as a yearly physical for your vehicle!

The term tune-up was coined when early car's magneto ignition systems were very simple with one ignition coil for each spark plug. Each coil required adjustment to provide the same spark intensity for better idle and acceleration. As these coils worked, they made a buzzing sound. When adjusted properly, they all buzzed in tune. This is how the phrase "tune-up" resulted!

Service stations interpret ‘tune-ups’ differently. Some automobile service and repair stations will simply throw in a set of spark plugs and call it a tune-up but at Mission Car Care a tune-up is much more than a mere maintenance operation.

At Mission Car Care we:
• Replace spark plugs
• Check the cap and rotor button and coil
• Check the condition of the fuel filter
• Check the condition of the PCV
• Check the condition of the air filter
• Check the belts and fluids
• Recommend a fuel system treatment
• Recommend a throttle body cleaning
• Test to verify the electronic engine management system.

Now tune-ups which were needed every 12,000-20,000 miles are required at 30,000, or 60,000 and even 100,000 miles. This is thanks to the electronics and newer technologies which come in today’s cars. Mission Car Care believes in notifying you in advance if our mechanic encounters a repair or replacement during the tune-up which may be expensive.

The ASE certified team of mechanics and technicians at Mission Car Care remain abreast of  the latest automobile technologies and their needs. This is the reason why we remain veterans at providing tune-ups to all vehicles-- no matter what the make of your car, be it your favorite vintage automobile or the state-of-the-art, latest set of wheels.

3 Common Transmission Problems Solved at Mission Car Care

Mission Car Care always advises its customers to drive into Clay Road, Katy for good preventive maintenance procedures for the smooth running of your car’s transmission. This is because it is your car’s transmission--a complex mechanical system—which is responsible for controlling the application of power from the engine to the drive shaft.

However, if you have neglected to follow scheduled maintenance then our ASE certified team of technicians also makes its clients aware of common transmission problems to look out for. Problems in mechanical systems manifest themselves with distinct sounds which one should be alert for as the heat and friction produced by the transmission’s moving and interacting components cause constant wear and tear.

1. Less Fluids or Leaks
Beware of gear slippage or slow shifting. This may indicate a leak in the transmission which can cause low levels of transmission fluid. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is what lubricates, cleans and conditions the seals and acts as hydraulic fluid. Low levels of this will make the engine seize up and stop working completely.

The cause may also be faulty seals in the transmission or driveshaft and in such a case our mechanics will replace transmission gasket seals.
If cross contamination of transmission fluid from coolant in the radiator has occurred, our team will change the transmission fluid or flush and refill the transmission.

If your vehicle’s transmission is slipping and there are no leaks, the solenoid which controls the flow of fluid throughout the transmission may be causing the problem. Any burning smell coming from your car may mean overheating transmission fluid which is cause for concern.

2. Torque Converter Problems
Torque converters and transmission can be the source of several types of problems that can result in transmission damage or failure. Mission Car Care may need to replace the torque converter if your car shudders when driven on a smooth road, experiences a loss of power at freeway speeds and shows acceleration problems at low speeds. If you hear strange noises coming from the transmission while in driving gears it may indicate worn or damaged needle bearings.

3. Clutch Problems
In case of experiencing violent shaking underneath the vehicle, consequently very high heat levels in the transmission and a very sharp drop in the power output of your engine, our team will check for clutch problems. Clutch failure occurs when the different elements of the clutch become permanently fixed or locked together due to severe loading or distortion of the different components of the clutch. The clutch can also break if there is a shock to the clutch.

Our team makes sure that may it be a rear-wheel drive or front wheel drive, if the clutch calls for replacement it is done at MCC in perfect alignment with the pilot tool, in order to allow the transmission input shaft to go into place when the replacement is finished.

Don’t wait for ‘the right time’ or when ‘you have the cash’ for transmission maintenance because at Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx there is always an affordable solution to your transmission problems.

Car AC Service to Kick Off Summer

The summer heat has begun to take its toll and taking a ride in your automobile with your windows down is no longer an option. Make sure you don’t switch on your car air conditioning this summer just to find out it gives you no cool air.

Air Conditioning is good for your Car:
Believe it or not, the ASE certified team of expert mechanics at Mission Car Care, Katy, Tx reveal that it’s not a good idea to let the AC system in your car stay unused for long periods. This is because the AC system has a gas (refrigerant) inside that helps circulate the oil, when the system in on, and helps lubricate internal components. If left unused for lengthy time spans, the seals dry up and you can get leaks in the system.

What to expect during AC service:
At Mission Car Care we recommend you be prepared for the Texan summers by availing our AC service twice a year—once before the hot summer months and again in the fall.

AC service at Mission Car Care on Clay Road, Katy, Tx incorporates a visual system check and listening for any unusual noises. This is followed by a pressure check with gauges, a leak check (using a dye), a mode control check, a drive belt tension and tensioner check, a cabin filter check and a certified service information label.

Whether your automobile has a manual AC system which operates at the push of a button or an automatically activated AC system—our technicians know the type of AC system that’s in your vehicle and will treat it to the best service.  So enjoy a cool ride in your car this summer with your car AC performing at its peak with service at MissionCar Care
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