Wheel Alignment Basics

Wheel Alignment Basics

Wheel Alignment Basics THE BASICS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHEEL ALIGNMENT Keeping your car in tip-top shape is one of the most important things about car ownership. To fully enjoy your mean machine, you’ll have to learn all the parts that need attention every now and then. In this article, we’ll be looking at…

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Tips on Driving In The Rain

Tips on Driving In The Rain

Tips on Driving In The Rain How to Drive in Rain: 5 Quick Tips (and One Suggestion) Whether you live in America’s driest city or its soggiest, rain makes driving more challenging and dangerous. To help you avoid the rainy-day car-accident blues, here are 5 quick tips. A few rainy winter days and Spring is…

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Tips on Buying a New Car

Tips on Buying a New Car

Tips on Buying a New Car Buying a New Car? Are you, or someone you know, thinking of buying a used car? Have you taken into consideration all of the potential warning sings of a problematic purchase? Have you made sure that the vehicle meets state inspection criteria? Have you reviewed a CARFAX report and had a professional…

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Oil Changes

Oil Changes

Oil Changes Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil once a year or every 5,000 miles in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. For diesel engines and turbocharged gasoline engines, the usual recommendation is every 3,000 miles or six months. If you read the fine print, however, you’ll discover that the once a year, 5,000…

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Facts About Pot Holes

Facts About Pot Holes

Facts About Pot Holes Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don’t always know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process. To help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged your vehicle, watch for the following warning signs: Loss of control Swaying when making routine turns Bottoming-out on city…

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General Driving Tips

General Driving Tips 1. To properly align your driver side mirror, put your head close to the window and position your mirror so you just can see your car. 2. If your mirrors are positioned correctly, a passing car should appear in your side mirror before leaving your rearview mirror. You should also see a…

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About Wheel Alignment

About Wheel Alignment

A Short Course on Wheel Alignment In its most basic form, a wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum tire life and a vehicle that tracks straight and true when driving along a…

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About TX Vehicle Licensing

About TX Vehicle Licensing

State Of Texas Link – Information on License, Titling, & Registration Of Vehicles The links listed below will take you to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles web-site. On this site you can obtain official information on the following: (use your back arrow button in your browser to return to hart’sautorepair.com) New Resident Titling &…

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About Tune Ups

About Tune Ups

About Tune Ups Horizon Auto Center no longer offers “Tune-ups” as a fix to a problem. A “Tune-up”, before 1981, in this industry used to cure 90% of all the problems a vehicle was experiencing with engine performance.  Before 1981 when a tune-up was performed the vehicle had many components that required replacement & several adjustments…

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About Tires

About Tires Finding The Right Tire… First off, look at what you have on the car now. If you like the way the car drove and how long the tires lasted, buy the same size and brand. If you want different tires, there are lots of brands out there and they are all basically good…

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Shock and Struts

TECHNICAL TRAINING ON HOW STRUTS/SHOCK ABSORBERS WORK The job of a car suspension is to maximize the friction between the tires and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers. In this article, we’ll explore how car suspensions work, how they’ve evolved over the years…

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Maintenance in Rockwall, TX

About Noises

Tips About Noises Your Vehicle May Have These words will assist a customer when trying to explain the various types of noises that may they may be experienced while operating his/her vehicle. Noises are the way a vehicle “tells” the operator that the vehicle is developing a failure or something that may be requiring immediate attention. Noise Description…

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About Jump Starting

About Jump Starting How do I jump start my battery? Note: We recomend charging a battery instead of jump starting. Jump starting is is not recommended and will in fact void some warranties. Please be sur to check the owners manual prior to jump starting any vehicle. First, be sure to follow these important safety…

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Truck Christmas

About Intermittent Concerns

Intermittent & Drive-ability Concerns Testing Procedures Explained Many of the concerns we face with today’s high-tech vehicles are of an intermittent nature. That is, even though you are experiencing concerns with your vehicle, the concerns may not reveal themselves during the course of our testing process. An intermittent concern will be difficult find even with…

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About Heating & Cooling Systems

Cooling System This system is designed to prevent your car from overheating. The system consists of a radiator, a water pump, the thermostat, hoses and antifreeze/coolant. Anti-freeze/coolant A petroleum based solution used in most automobiles to keep the water in your coolant system from freezing in colder climates and boiling in hotter climates. It also…

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About Engines

Internal combustion engine The internal combustion engine is an engine in which the burning of a fuel occurs in a confined space called a combustion chamber. This exothermic reaction of a fuel with an oxidizer creates gases of high temperature and pressure, which are permitted to expand. The defining feature of an internal combustion engine is that useful work is performed by the expanding hot gases acting directly…

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About Electrical Systems

About Electrical Systems

About Electrical Systems Alternator An electric generator that produces alternating current. The generator’s coil is rotated (by a turbine, motor, or other power source), and its circular path causes it to cut cross a magnetic field (set up by strong magnets), first in one direction, then the other, with each cycle. The electric potential induced…

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About CV joints

About CV joints

Front wheel drive cars have two short drive shafts, one on each side of the engine to power the front wheels, with 4 constant velocity (CV) joints. Constant velocity drive shafts for front wheel drive cars are in pairs. One shaft goes on the left (driver) side of the vehicle and the other is placed on the…

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About Check Engine Lights

About Check Engine Lights

About Check Engine Lights Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the “check engine” light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. “It doesn’t mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does…

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About Brakes

Brakes A series of components working together that exert pressure to slow or stop a vehicle. • The brake pedal pushes a rod that actuates the master cylinder. • The master cylinder distributes the hydraulic braking power to the brake calipers/cylinders that push the pistons in the cylinders. • The pistons push the brake pads…

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About Batteries

About Batteries

How do I maintain my battery’s life? Note: Most automotive and commercial starting and Marine/RV batteries are considered Maintenance-Free products under normal operating conditions. However, in the event of an extreme overheat/overcharge situation, the batteries may need to be checked for water loss. We recommend the following: How to check the water level and add…

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10 Worst Things to Do To Your Car

10 Worst Things to Do To Your Car Like the human body, ignoring even the smallest signs of trouble in your car’s performance can lead to trouble down the road. And some missed signals cost more than others. A new report by CarMD.com Corporation  details exactly which maintenance mistakes can cause the most damage. Here are…

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