Don’t wait for a rainy day to find that you’re due for windshield wipers!! The most obvious indication that it’s time to have your wipers replaced is if in inclement weather they are NOT able to remove rain completely. Another sign you’re due for new wipers is if they’re leaving streaks/smears behind. Keep an ear out for noisy wipers as well. Remember your windshield is what’s keeping you from seeing outside of your vehicle. With a dirty windshield, especially through rain, you’re prone to accidents and putting yourself and others in harm’s way. We recommend inspecting your windshield wipers every 6-12 months. Give us a call at (210) 658-8325 and have our ASE certified technicians keep you safe on the road!
Are you hearing a squeaking or squealing sound whenever you apply the brakes? Depending on how often and when you’re hearing the squeaking/squealing, this could be a sign that it’s time to service your brakes. It’s not uncommon to hear a squeaking or squealing noise when you first start up your vehicle or after a shift in weather/temperatures- like rain, snow, or humidity (we know humidity far too well here in Texas). This is a result of moisture and dirt being scraped off the surface of the rotors by the brakes pads whenever you apply the brakes. Once your brake pads and rotors are at work and heat up, and the noise stops you’re in the clear but we still advice to have your brakes inspected once a year! A constant squeaking or squealing, or an increase in noise may be your vehicle telling you it’s time to inspect your brake system to see what’s going on and also, it may be time to replace parts in your brake system. Here at Victory Lane we d ... read more
Does your vehicle veer or pull to the right/left? Does your steering wheel sit cockeyed? Does your vehicle vibrate? Did you recently replace the tires? If you answered yes to any of these, we recommend checking your vehicle’s alignment! Your vehicle has preset angles to specify the manufacturer’s ideal measurements, positioning your tires to align with one another and to the road-- when misaligned (meaning one or more wheels are pointing in different directions) your vehicle will not maneuver smoothly! Alignment issues may arise naturally as a result of car parts aging and normal wear and tear on the vehicle. Other leading causes maybe- impact from hitting a curb/pothole, or from an accident. Items that affect the alignment are tires, Ball Joint(s), Tie Rod(s), Control Arm(s), Bushings, Idler Arm, Pitman Arm, Center Link, Gear Box, Rack & Pinion Steering, Struts, and Shocks. A correct alignment improves drivability, prevents ... read more
With Spring upon us, it’s the perfect time to check your cabin air filter! For starters let’s clear the air about what a cabin air filter does. (Pun intended!) The sole purpose of the cabin air filter is to reduce airborne particles such as pollen, dust, dirt, smoke, mold spores, exhaust gases, smog, and odors from invading the cabin of your vehicle. Now, it’s not to be confused with an engine air filter! Both are similar, one just covers a different area of the vehicle. Simplest way to remember this is that the engine air filter-filters the air in the engine, the cabin air filter does the same but for the cabin of the vehicle. The inexpensive cabin air filters are made up of paper and a mixture of other fibrous materials. The filters have pleats to better catch and hold the contaminants. However, the high-end filters, most times have charcoal embedded in them and or enhanced with antimicrobial which protects against mold, mildew, odor and bacteria- as well as produc ... read more
As most adults do, we have a routine. . .what’s not part of that routine is a dead car battery. To avoid an auto nightmare, first let’s get into what exactly your car battery does. It is a storage unit that supplies power to all the electrical components throughout your car, such as the starter, radio, power windows etc. Your car also has an alternator that is designed to maintain the battery and keep it fully charged. All the different electrical components are put to work by the zap of electricity your car battery provides which in turn delivers the power to your starter. In other words, your battery is the beating heart of your vehicle, as you may have figured out the hard way at some point, without it your vehicle will not start. So, when is the right time to change out your battery? The most obvious answer is when it’s dead, but the most effective answer is every 3-5 years. The best tip to avoid any dead battery issues is to h ... read more
Here is a sound that’s heard on vehicles ever so often once they start to age and get some miles on the odometer. It comes on gradually and slowly gets louder over time, but sometimes comes on faster than you think. While you’re driving down the road and you hear a kind of roaring, whining noise and the faster you go the louder it gets. Different components or parts on your car can make noises as they wear out or go bad, but one of the most common noises that change with speed is the front Wheel Bearings or Hub Bearings when they start going bad, even sometimes can come from the rear as well and can cause a roaring, whining, or a growling noise and it gets louder as you go faster. At Victory Lane Automotive our trained ASE Certified Technicians can diagnose this type of problem quickly, by listing while driving on the road, or putting the car up on a lift and having someone run it in gear to turn the wheels faster and faster and the tech listens with a ste ... read more
I get asked this question often. What is a timing belt, and why do I need to have it changed? The simple answer, the timing belt has teeth on the inside of the belt that keeps the engine in sync, or in time. There are essentially 2 halves of an engine, an upper and a lower half. The lower or bottom side of the engine has the crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons, it is known as the rotating assembly because the pistons are connected to the crankshaft. As the explosions takes place from the fuel being ignited in the cylinder, the pistons are forced downward causing the crankshaft to rotate. The crankshaft has teeth on a gear on the front that the timing belt rides on. This rotation causes the belt to move and turn the upper half of the engine that contains the camshaft, or multiple camshafts, valves and lifters. There’s also a toothed gear attached. The camshaft pushes down on the valves against the springs to make them open and close. This lets air and fuel in on the intake ... read more
Don’t wait for your auto Air Conditioning to go out on you! Call us for an inspection. Summer times here and it getting very HOT outside it’s time to have your auto A/C system serviced even if it’s blowing cold there are several components to be check and tested including an A/C performance test where we connect an A/C machine to check gauge pressures, Freon level, duct temperature coming out of the dash and defrost function. We visually inspect the A/C compressor, A/C condenser and A/C pressure hoses. We also inspect the cabin filter to make sure it’s clean, then we inspect all drive belts including the A/C belt. Then we inspect the coolant hoses, coolant condition and level, radiator and cap for proper flow in the cooling system as well as radiator cooling fan operation. So don’t wait until something goes wrong to have your automotive air conditioning system checked. Give us a call today ... read more