18 December 2010

Holiday Hours

For planning purposes, we'll be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, we'll open at 7:30am and close early depending on business and parts availability.

Ti's the season for winterizing and trip checks, as well as maintenance on college-bound vehicles. We're open today, Saturday 8a - 5p and 7:30a - 6:30p Monday through Thursday next week.

Happy Holidays and a big thank you!

01 December 2010

Coppelltireandauto.com Victim of Cyber Warfare

You know you hit the big time when little old Coppell Tire & Auto's website gets attacked, hacked, and hijacked by a foreign power on the other side of the planet (at least the hacker used a Russian URL).

While we rebuild, we hope you will find our blog worth visiting. For those checking us out for the first time, unfortunately all our testimonials are on the main site. For those wanting to leave us a testimonial, we encourage you to do so on other sites like Google (their probably even more valuable there)!

Thank you for all your support, testimonials, and referrals. We'll be back up in no time.

30 June 2010

Vacation Trip Check

When the last beach towel was loaded, the family pulled out of the driveway and headed on vacation. That’s when an unsettling moaning noise caught their attention.

Chances are the moaning noise was a result of low power steering fluid. But without a professional technician to check it out, how could the travelers be certain that topping it off would fix it?

A free trip check is the smart way to begin a vacation or road trip. Long before the dog goes to the sitter and the neighbors are asked to pick up the newspapers, it’s important to make time for Coppell Tire & Auto to examine your vehicle.

Fluids are an important part of any vehicle checklist. Expect our technicians to check and perhaps replace or top off the following: antifreeze/coolant, transmission, engine oil, brake fluid, washer fluid, and power steering fluid. The transmission fluid, oil and fuel also have filters that will need to be examined.

Air filters
Other important filters to examine in a check up is both the engine and cabin filters. A clean engine air filter improves performance and gas mileage, while a clean cabin air filter screens out toxins and allergans that you breath as well as improving air conditioned or heated air flow.

Not surprisingly, it’s a driver’s vision, not his hearing or smell, which guides 90% of driving decisions. That’s why something as simple as a misdirected or burned out headlight can spell disaster on a rainy night. Now is the time to make sure headlights, windshields, window glass, signal lights, mirrors and wipers/blades are in good shape.

Although most brake pads are constructed with built in “squealers” to alert you to declining conditions, it’s a good idea to have them examined before a trip. Brakes also should be checked at regular intervals (see owner’s manual) and whenever they begin feeling abnormal.

Unlike many of your vehicles components, a simple $24 battery check can determine if it needs to be replaced prior to a trip. While many think cold weather affects a battery’s starting ability, hot weather actually shortens a battery's life much quicker.

At any given time, a motorist is connected to the road by the few square inches of rubber that are in contact with the road. Make sure that the tire tread is deep enough; the tires are properly inflated and have been correctly rotated, balanced and aligned.

Don’t put your car’s reliability and your family’s safety on the line. Give us plenty of time to have your vehicle checked out and repaired, if needed. It’s some of the cheapest insurance around.

24 June 2010

Summer Car Care Tips

Summer can be tough on vehicles, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns.

Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery. To get the most life out of a battery, have the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging at the correct rate. If your car’s battery is the type that needs to be topped off (rare nowadays), check it often, especially in hot weather and add distilled water if necessary. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow.

The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine. To keep the cooling system working effectively, the coolant and distilled water mixture for a vehicle’s radiator should be 50:50. AS A REMINDER, NEVER OPEN A HOT RADIATOR CAP TO CHECK COOLANT LEVEL. Most vehicles have a coolant reservoir that can be safely checked. As a rule of thumb, the coolant should be changed annually on most vehicles. This will keep the cooling system fresh and clean inside, which helps to prevent corrosion and rust, and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection. A pressure test, thermostat test, a cooling fan test and a visual inspection for leaks and corrosion should also be done annually. Hoses and drive belts should be checked for cracks, bulges or frayed edges. The radiator should be kept clean by periodically using a garden hose and a soft brush to carefully remove bugs, dirt and debris.

Tires also need special care in warmer weather as high temperatures put added stress on them. To maximize tire life and safety, check the tire condition and inflation pressure monthly, and have the tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Summer heat will cause the pressure within a tire to rise, therefore, it’s important to check the pressure when tires are cold. The owner’s manual includes the recommended air pressure for your vehicle’s tires.

And one last note...the vehicle’s exterior can be damaged by the summer extremes including sunlight, UV radiation, acid rain, dirt, and air pollution. To protect the paint and finish, vehicles should be washed weekly and waxed every six months. If you already have damage, stop by for a free estimate from our full service body shop - Coppell Collision Repair.

13 May 2010

Tire Manufacturers Raising Prices June 1st

If you're in need of tires, now is the time to buy. Most major tire manufacturers have announced a June 1st price increase between 6-8% due to escalating raw material, energy, and transportation costs. The increase means another $25 - $80 for a typical set of 4.

Our approach is to recommend tires that best fit the customer's vehicle, driving habits, and of course, pocketbook. We have access to almost all brands, but highly recommend Yokohama and Toyo for their outstanding quality and competitive pricing.

Give us a call with the tire size (eg. P235/65 R17) or swing by for a quote.

07 May 2010

Incorrect wheel alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear.

The average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle mis-adjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year! Alignment issues void tire warranties, and with today's larger tire sizes, a set of four can easily exceed $1000.

Your alignment changes everyday, albeit minor, as bushings, struts, springs, etc. weaken. However, an unavoidable pot hole, curb, or even railroad crossing can dramatically shift wheel alignment and rapidly wear down tires. As such, you should get your alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year, AND always when replacing tires.

If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend an alignment check as soon as possible:
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy
  • Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead
Recognizing the importance of correct wheel alignment - improved tire life, better gas mileage, improved handling, and safer driving - we've invested in the best, Hunter's Hawkeye system with high-definition digital imaging technology. The HD cameras determine the precise position and orientation of each wheel, assuring accurate adjustments to O.E.M. specifications.

Even with state-of-the-art equipment, our alignments are only $79.95 for most cars & light trucks. Modified and over-sized vehicles are extra.

Here are a couple of videos, courtesy of Hunter Engineering Company, to explain more...

16 March 2010

Tell a Friend - Referral Reward

Our logo tag line "Ask a Friend" recognizes that our current customers are our best source of new customers. So many of you have referred your friends and graciously written testimonials that referrals are, by far, our #1 source of new business.

To reward your kindness, we're introducing a new referral program, aptly named "Tell a Friend". Each time a new customer tells us they were referred by you, the new customer receives 10% off their first visit (up to $50), and you receive 10% off your next visit (up to $50).

From our standpoint, we would much rather reward your loyalty than pay for far less effective advertising. We hope you agree!

Thanks for making us #1

04 February 2010

Coppell Collision Repair

If you've been looking for just the right moment to repair all those dings and dents, we now have a full-service body shop! Just like our auto maintenance and repair, you should expect high-quality results at reasonable prices, backed with an industry leading warranty.

Whether you're looking for like-new perfection or something less, insurance or out-of-pocket, we can help. Call to set up an appointment for a free written estimate.

08 January 2010

Catch up on Fluids & Save up to $35 on your next service!

Now through the end of April, you can save $10 on any flush (up to $30 max). Choose from:

  • Fuel System Service (Injector or Induction): removes harmful deposits from the entire fuel & air intake system, restoring power, performance, and fuel economy.

  • Transmission System Service: helps maintain proper shifting characteristics and prolong the life of your automatic transmission.

  • Cooling System Service: helps extend the life of the cooling system components, keeps, the entire system clean, and functioning as efficiently as possible.

  • Power Steering System Service: helps to provide optimal steering efficiency and extend the life of the power steering components.

  • Brake System Service: removes old, contaminated brake fluid from your brake system to help keep your brakes functioning properly and avoid costly repairs.

If you've been putting off fluid maintenance, now is the time to catch up! We're here Monday through Friday 7:30-6:30 and Saturday from 8-5.