Back To School Vehicle Safety Tips

  • By Pasour Auto Repair
  • 28 Aug, 2015
Parents have a lot on their minds when it’s time for back-to-school. But we can’t think of anything more important than your child’s safety. Whether you drive your kids to school or they ride the bus, we have some important tips that could actually save your child’s life.

And if you’re not a parent, please keep reading. We are all responsible as drivers to make sure that children going to and from school are safe.

Here are our top back to school vehicle safety tips!

Parents of Car Riders

1. Have your kids enter and exit your vehicle from the side of the car closest to the curb.

2. Even if you’re running late, don’t drop the kids off across the street from the school. Pull into the parking lot where the danger of your kid(s) being hit by another vehicle is much less.

Parents of Bus Riders

3. Walk your kids to the bus stop, if possible.

4. Teach your kids to take three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches.

5. Teach kids to walk in front of the bus (not behind it) when necessary.

6. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and open the door before approaching the bus.

7. Teach kids that if they have to cross the street after exiting the bus, to take five giant steps in front of the bus and get the bus driver’s attention by waving goodbye. If the bus driver waves back, your child will know that the bus driver sees him/her.

8. Teach children to look both ways before crossing the street.

9. Do a practice run before school starts by walking your children to the school bus and reviewing these safety tips.

All Drivers
Yes, even those of you without kids.

10. Never block the crosswalk at a stop sign or stop light, but especially at a school crossing.

11. Obey the speed limit in front of schools.

12. When driving near a school or in neighborhoods during bus pick-up and drop-off times, be especially mindful of pedestrians.

13. Look out for crossing guards and what they’re trying to communicate to you. And do what they say. They’re there to protect the students.

14. Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.

15. Never pass a bus that is stopped and has its stop sign out if you are behind the bus, in a lane going the same direction of the bus, or going the opposite direction on a road with no median.

16. Give school buses at least 10 feet of room. This is the area that is most dangerous for children.

17. Be extremely cautious for children pedestrians who often cannot judge dangerous situations like more experienced adults. Don’t assume they see you or will make the right choice.

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By Pasour Auto Repair 05 Aug, 2016
As parents, there are so many things we worry about sending our kids back-to-school. And whether you have a high schooler who drives five miles to school or a college student who drives across the state, your kid needs a safe car. That's why during the month of August, Pasour Auto Repair is offering a FREE back-to-school check-up for your kid's vehicle. The check-up is a complete 27-point visual inspection of all the key components that tell us about a vehicle's health. 

Your FREE Back-To-School Checkup includes an inspection of:
  • Engine Oil
  • Transmission
  • Power Steering
  • Cooling System
  • Differential(s)
  • Brake Fluid
  • Brakes
  • Belts/Timing Belt
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Tune-up
  • Exhaust System
  • Fluid Leaks
  • Lights
  • Tire Condition
  • CV Boots/Axles
  • Horn
  • Heater Operation
  • A/C Operation
  • Wipers
  • Battery Cables
  • Oil Gauge or Light
  • Temperature Gauge
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • NC Inspection
  • Warning Lights
We will tell you if there are any red flags that you should be concerned about and give you peace of mind that your son or daughter's car is in good condition and can get them where they need to go safely. Best of all, this thorough check-up is absolutely FREE! 

Schedule your FREE Back-To-School Check-Up for your child's vehicle now by calling 704-922-9422 or schedule online
By Pasour Auto Repair 12 Jul, 2016

By changing your behavior with how you drive and treat your car, you can save money at the pump. Over time, these small changes can add up to be big bucks! Want to know more? Follow these easy tips!

1. Tighten your gas cap. 
If you have a typical gas cap, make sure you secure it by twisting until it clicks 3 times. If it's loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out. This could cause the check engine light to come on as well. If you constantly smell gas, you may need a new gas cap.

2. Drive sensibly.
Unnecessary erratic braking and taking off can cost you up to 68 cents more per gallon than someone who drives more smoothly. So ease into braking and taking off, anticipate the flow of traffic, and pocket those savings!

3. Ease off the gas pedal.
Do you ride with your foot on the brake? If you kick the habit, you can save about 1.35 cents per gallon and that can really add up over time.

4. Change your air filter.
About one in four cars have a dirty air filter. By simply swapping it out for a new one, you can increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 10%, saving about 33 cents per gallon.

5. Slow down.
Driving slower is more fuel efficient. In fact, for every 5 mph you reduce your speed, your fuel efficiency improves by 7%. If you usually drive 70 mph on the highway and slow down to 65 mph, you can save as much 27 cents a gallon!

6.  Get your wheels aligned.
You could save as much as 39 cents a gallon by getting your wheels aligned! If you feel your car pulling to one side, it's time to make an appointment with us and start saving at the pump.

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By Pasour Auto Repair 21 Jun, 2016
Question:
How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced?

Pasour Auto Repair Service Answer:
The interval for tire rotation depends on a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the vehicle manufacturer. But why do tires need to be rotated anyway?

Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders faster up front. Rotating the position of the tires allows for more even wear among all the tires. Now the suspension set-up on certain vehicles may also affect the relative wear between the front and rear. There are several rotation patterns – your friendly and knowledgeable Pasour Auto Repair Service tire professional will see that you get the correct pattern for your particular vehicle.

Wheels and tires are not perfectly balanced due to slight variations in the manufacturing process and the placement of tire pressure monitoring sensors. So weights are strategically placed on the wheel to ensure that the tire spins true. When a wheel is out of balance it is essentially bouncing thousands of extra times every mile. Now this can result in an uncomfortable vibration for Dallas drivers in the steering wheel or through the seat. An unbalanced tire will also wear quicker and it is for your shocks and struts.

Dallas drivers should have their wheels balanced if they detect a vibration or uneven wear. A wheel balance check every year is a good idea. Because tires cost so much in the Alexis area, it's a great idea to do everything you can to make them last as long as possible. Proper tire inflation, regular tire rotation and wheel balancing are keys to long tire life. The team at Pasour Auto Repair Service in Dallas can examine your tires for signs of uneven wear and diagnose and correct the problem. 

Give us a call at 704-922-9422 to make sure your tires are in proper working condition. 
By Pasour Auto Repair 21 Jun, 2016

The US government has a website dedicated to helping us  use less fuel . It presents the cost savings in a way drivers can relate to, no matter what kind of vehicle we drive. Here's an example:

Having your engine properly tuned can save up to 4%. If you're paying $3.50 for a gallon of gas in Dallas, you could save fourteen cents a gallon.

Dollars Per Gallon             $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
Tune Up 4%                            0.12   0.14   0.16


Replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to forty percent for NC auto owners. That's a whooping $1.40 in savings per gallon.

Dollars Per Gallon                            $3.00   $3.50   $4.00
Faulty O2 Oxygen Sensor 40%     1.20     1.40     1.60

Chances are that if your vehicle oxygen sensor is kaput your check engine light will come on. Now, there's any number of things that could cause your check engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it's on, get it checked out as soon as you can at Pasour Auto Repair Service.

Here's an easy one for busy NC drivers:  Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save you 3% or 11 cents a gallon. Even a little drop in pressure will cost you at the pump so check your vehicle tires every week.

Your vehicle manufacturer has recommended  a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on your vehicle engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost 1-2% in reduced fuel economy, or up to 7 cents a gallon.

Here are some free gas saving tips:  Don't drive aggressively, drive within the speed limit and remove excess weight (junk in the trunk) from your vehicle. These can add up to a dollar or more per gallon.

At Pasour Auto Repair Service, we have been providing professional, quality auto repair and maintenance for over 30 years.

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By Pasour Auto Repair 21 Jun, 2016
It's boating and camping season, so let's talk about towing safety. Too often drivers just slap a trailer on the hitch and take off. But there are safety considerations to protect your tow vehicle, comply with NC law,s and limit your liability.

  1. Know your tow vehicle. Your options will affect the tow rating, so you need to carefully read the towing section of your owner's manual to know how much your vehicle can tow.
  2. Know the weight limits of your trailer hitch.   It will have a maximum tongue limit and an overall limit.
  3. Know your hitch type:   a weight-distributing hitch may be required by your for certain trailer weights.
  4. Know the towing laws for the provinces in which you'll be towing as they may have stricter equipment requirements.

Your owner's manual will also give you some help in determining how to calculate how much weight you can tow. It's more complicated than the maximum weight the marketing guys trumpet. There are two codes you can find on the driver's side door.

One is GVWR – or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This is the maximum weight of the tow vehicle, including passengers and cargo.

The other is GCWR – or Gross Combined Weight Rating. This is the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, cargo and loaded trailer.

Every state requires safety chains and they also have regulations for   when trailer brakes are required in NC . And the tires on your vehicle and trailer should be in good condition and have the proper load rating. Your suspension should be inspected to make sure it can handle the load. Also your transmission may need additional fluid cooling, so check with your friendly and knowledgeable Pasour Auto Repair Service Technician about adding a transmission cooler and/or performing maintenance.

Carefully follow your vehicle's towing guidelines to maximize your safety, and protect your vehicle from damage and yourself from liability.

A quick note on your trailer: wheel bearings on trailers are often neglected by drivers. They need to be serviced on schedule to avoid failure. This is especially important for trailers that are driven through water. We can help you at Pasour Auto Repair Service in Dallas. Give us a call at 704-922-9422!
By Pasour Auto Repair 09 Jun, 2016

The axle assemblies in your vehicle transfer power out to the drive wheels. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, there is an axle shaft that goes from the differential in the center of the axle to each rear wheels. On a front-wheel drive vehicle, the axle shafts go from the transmission to each front-wheel. All-wheel drive vehicles have axle shafts connected to all four wheels.

Axles assemblies are pretty tough parts: they transfer torque from the engine to the wheels to move the vehicle. Tough as they are, they are still subject to normal wear and tear. The axle shafts are in a sealed housing with lubricant that protects the axle shaft. When there is a leak anywhere in the axle assembly, lubricant gets out and dirt, water, and other contaminates can get in. This can greatly accelerate axle wear. If an axle assembly fails, you’re not going anywhere.

A worn or damaged axle assembly on the front will make a clunking sound during low speed turns – often just when turning one way. A worn rear axle also makes noise, but may be more difficult for the driver to hear. Also, if you see any oily leaks around your wheels, have it checked out.

If you have a bad axle assembly, your Pasour Auto Repair Service technician can make the repair. It is often more cost effective to replace an axle assembly than it is to take it apart and rebuilt it.

If you are hearing strange sounds coming from your front or rear wheel area, have Pasour Auto Repair Service inspect your vehicle. We can determine if it is an axle problem, or perhaps a worn steering, suspension, or brake component.

Give us a call at 704-922-9422! 

By Pasour Auto Repair 09 Jun, 2016

Question:
My friend had a broken timing belt and it was very expensive to repair his engine. What can I do to avoid a broken timing belt?

Pasour Auto Repair Service Answer:
Well, a broken timing belt can lead to one of the most expensive engine repairs a driver will ever face. The good news is that replacing your timing belt on its recommended schedule can help avoid those problems. Here's a brief overview of what the timing belt does:

Air is drawn into the cylinder of the engine through the intake valves. After the air and fuel mixture is burned, it's pushed out through the exhaust valves. The timing belt, which is driven by the engine, turns the camshafts which control when the intake and exhaust valves open and close. It is that the opening and closing of the valves take place at exactly the right time for the engine to run properly.

Beyond that, on some vehicle engines the valves actually extend into the combustion chamber far enough that they can be hit by the piston as it moves up and down in the cylinder. When everything is timed just right – no problem. When the timing is off, the piston will slam into the valves and cause big damage for Dallas drivers.

The timing belt makes sure everything is timed just right. However, the belt does have a useful life. Beyond that it can break or slip – and that's when the damage can be done. If your vehicle has a timing belt (some have metal timing chains) it will have a recommended interval for replacing it. Be sure to check your owner's manual or with your Technician at Pasour Auto Repair Service to make sure you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced: there is a lot at stake.

Now, getting to the timing belt requires a lot of labor so it is service item, but it is certainly less than repairing a damaged engine. If your timing belt drives your water pump, change them both at the same time to save labor costs down the road. Ask your Pasour Auto Repair Service Technician when you timing belt should be changed and get an estimate for what it will cost so you can budget for this service.

Give us a call at 704-922-9422 to schedule your appointment! 

By Pasour Auto Repair 09 Jun, 2016
Changing your brakes takes a little extra time and effort. But at least it'll cost you a little less money. Now when you buy NAPA premium brake parts, get up to $50 back via a Rebate Visa® Card, by mail. Includes: pads, shoes rotors and drums. (via Napa )

If your brakes are squeaking or just not working like they used to, now is an excellent time to schedule an appointment at Pasour Auto Repair. Through the month of May, Napa is offering a $50 rebate (in the form of a Visa gift card) on any qualifying Napa brake parts. And since Pasour Auto Repair is a Napa Auto Care Center, any qualifying brake parts we purchase to repair your vehicle will get you the rebate. 

Call 704-922-9422 to schedule your repair! 

By Pasour Auto Repair 10 May, 2016

Our customers often ask questions about the cooling system – the system that cools your vehicle engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let’s examine the topic in two areas: first, the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.

The coolant is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. You need the required amount of coolant to keep your vehicle cool. 

You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of vehicles require different coolant formulation to protect against corrosion.

Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles of driving, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can actually start to eat away at the vehicle's cooling system parts. Your owner’s manual and your Pasour Auto Repair Service technician can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule and make sure you’re getting the right type of coolant.

Now let’s talk about the cooling system components. These will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Starting with the radiator, we see them coming into our shop with leaks or clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean, repair, or replace your vehicle's cooling system components. We also see radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem. We see leaky water pumps and hoses that need to be replaced. There’s also a part called the thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they stick open or closed and the cooling system won’t work properly.

Engine damage from overheating can be very pricey to fix so it’s important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic cooling system inspections. Certainly come in to Pasour Auto Repair Service in Dallas if you suspect a leak and have us take a look.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment at 704-922-9422! 

By Pasour Auto Repair 10 May, 2016

The weather is heating up and it's only going to get hotter! We want to make sure you stay cool and comfortable in your vehicle all summer long.

During the month of May, you can get your A/C serviced for only $69.99!

This includes:

  • Set up on A/C System Analyzer
  • Check system pressures
  • Test discharge duct temperatures
  • Evacuate and recharge system with refrigerant.

*Includes parts, labor and tax; includes up to 2 lbs. of 134a refrigerant

Make sure you keep your cool this summer! Call us at 704-922-9422 to schedule your appointment right now!


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