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How To Combat the Holiday Traffic in Texas

How To Combat the Holiday Traffic in Texas

The holidays are quickly approaching, and many families are looking forward to finally seeing each other again! If you plan on taking a holiday trip this year to visit your family, you should know that the Nortex Lube and Tune team is looking out for your safety. Dealing with holiday traffic is much easier and stress-free if you know that your vehicle is properly serviced and won't break down. We highly encourage you to take your vehicle to our shop for a pre-trip inspection before you hit the busy roads. To escape the pains of holiday highway traffic, please consider the following tips:  Holiday traffic peaks the day before Thanksgiving and several days before and after Christmas. If you can, we advise you to travel outside of those days. Don't forget the entertainment if you have kids. Traveling with children can put additional stress on you. To ensure everyone is happy and calm, don't forget those entertainment devices. Also, feel free to play some road trip games ... read more

What Is the Difference Between DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid?

What Is the Difference Between DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid?

The average driver does not have a very good understanding of brake fluid. We all know our cars need it, but that's it. For instance, there are different ratings for brake fluid, and that they can affect how your vehicle performs.  Understanding what brake fluid does, what the ratings mean, and the difference between these types of brake fluids can help you make better choices for your vehicle's brake system long-term. How It Works Many cars use a hydraulic braking system, which means it relies on fluid. Without brake fluid, your vehicle won't be able to go through the processes it does to stop. As a responsible car owner, you need to change your brake fluid over time. Brake fluid is prone to absorb moisture, which makes it lose its efficiency. You might be wondering why moisture is harmful to your brake fluid? New brake fluid has a boiling point that is a higher temperature than the conditions produced while braking. And water has a much lower boiling point. If moi ... read more

What Does the Future of the Car Industry Look Like?

What Does the Future of the Car Industry Look Like?

The automotive industry has been ever-evolving since the first creation of automobiles in the early 1900s. However, some of the most breakthrough technologies in vehicles have occurred in the last decade. Today, we will go over some of the craziest improvements in the automobile industry to date.   Alternative Fuels Standard gasoline is no longer the only preferred "fuel" in town. There are many alternative fuel choices other than fossil fuels, and there is a push for them to become more widely available. A very trendy fuel option today is electricity, such as the ones used in Teslas. They are so popular that you may pull up to an airport or shopping mall with complimentary charging pumps. Biodiesel is another fuel alternative made from vegetable fats. Other forms of biodiesel are made from recycled restaurant oils, making this type of power super-efficient. It isn't as popular as electric cars, but it is definitely an advancement to watch for. The Decline of Man ... read more

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage for the Back-to-School Season

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage for the Back-to-School Season

With more people heading back to the office and back to school, gas prices don't seem to be getting any cheaper. Regardless of what time of the year it is, you should always try to get the best out of your gas mileage. The way you handle and operate your motor vehicle has a significant influence on your MPG #. There are plenty of hacks that you can find on the internet that may help you save money on gas, but the best way to do it is to take good care of your car with proper maintenance. Besides adequate car care, here is some additional advice to improve your fuel economy:   Your Tires Are the Key to Everything There are three aspects concerning your tires that will determine how much fuel your vehicle takes: tread, alignment, and balance. You should make sure that your tires wear evenly, are inflated at the correct pressure, and are aligned and balanced.   Slow Down Research shows that driving slower at a steady speed yields significant savings in the long run. Th ... read more

How Do I Know If I Need an Oil Change?

How Do I Know If I Need an Oil Change?

It's no secret that the top essential maintenance step you can take to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently is simply getting regular oil changes. You've probably already heard of the three months or 3,000 miles rule, but it's not 100 percent accurate. Some cars can go longer between changes, while some older vehicles or ones with high mileage may need more frequent replacements.    How do you know when it's time to take your vehicle in for an oil change?  CHECK YOUR OIL REGULARLY We can't emphasize enough how important it is to inspect your oil levels on a regular basis. Oil is necessary to keep your engine running smoothly, and if you don't have enough or it's dirty, the parts aren't getting lubricated. You can sustain severe damage if you don't get it taken care of. To check your oil: Start by removing the dipstick. Wipe it on a paper towel or cloth and place it in the reservoir. Remove it again and inspect it on th ... read more