Service First Automotive is now Caliber Auto Care

Yearly Archives: 2021

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Driving a vehicle that has worn shocks and struts can be more dangerous than you might assume. Most drivers don't realize how risky it is. It can increase how much time you need to stop and give you less control over your car in general. Since the changes happen gradually over time, it may not even be easy to notice but it's an important thing to pay attention to. What Do Shocks and Struts Do? They can be used independently or together. A shock is an individual part while a strut combines a shock and other parts to make one unit. Their main purpose is to stabilize your vehicle. They're the reason why your ride can feel so smooth even when there are little bumps all over the road. They help you have control over your vehicle and stop you from bouncing all over the road while you're driving. Their lifespan depends on how rough your ride is. If you hit a lot of speed bumps too hard or have a particularly bumpy commute, their lifespan is going to be shorter. Signs of W ... read more

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Are you getting concerned about the performance of your car battery? Unfortunately, there's no straightforward answer to the question of when to replace it. It's quite difficult to tell the lifespan of a car battery. From experience, many experts agree that how long a battery lasts will depend on three factors: vibration, heat, and time. Let's look at each of these factors closely.   Vibration Cars vibrate when they move, but too much vibration may cause physical damage to battery parts. Vibrations can worsen if the battery is not held down in a fixed position, allowing the battery to move around. Cars have special hold-downs that secure batteries in places. The lifespan of your battery will reduce significantly when you don't have these hold-downs or when they get loose. Heat Heat is one of the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions. High temperatures mean high reaction rates. When the reaction rate is high, the battery will degrade faster. This ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

If your vehicle is failing to start, you may ask yourself if your vehicle is suffering from battery issuers or issuers with the alternator. Seeing as the battery and the alternator are connected to each other and benefit from each other to make your car start through the use of electrical charging and gear switching, it can be quite tricky to sense exactly where the problem is coming from. In order for you to narrow down the problem so that you may focus on one issue instead of wasting your time, here are the symptoms of a bad battery issue, as well as the issues with a bad alternator issue. Bad Battery If you crank your engine, and it feels different from the other times you've done it and seems off, you should suspect a battery issue with your car. The reason that a battery may impact the starting of a car and fails to start efficiently, is that corrosion has impacted the battery and your car's battery is not able to connect to the system of your car and make it start up f ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Brake squeaks are a very common complaint about brakes. These noises are annoying, though they can alert you of impending danger. If your brakes squeal, it better to have them checked by a professional as soon as possible. Brakes are a very important component of your car, and you should treat their malfunction as an emergency. It's advisable to play it safe rather than waiting until it's too late. Qualified technicians will identify the cause of the problem and ensure the disturbing and unpleasant noise from your brakes is no more. What Car Squeal When You Brake Could Signal Car squeal is a way in which your car sends you a message that the brakes need your attention. There are three issues you might be facing here: Your Brake Pads Could Be Worn Out Brake pads do get worn out after some years. Worn-out brake pads are the leading cause of brake squeal. When the brake pads wear out, the metal wear indicator gets exposed, causing the squeaking sound. This sound actually let ... read more

If You Are Using A Screen Reader And Are Having Problems Using This Website, please call Spring - Louetta Rd (281) 719-5599, Champions - Louetta Rd (832) 559-5660, The Woodlands - Creekside (281) 516-7628, West Woodlands - FM 1488 (281) 789-7358, Grand Oaks - Rayford Rd (346) 831-0600, Cinco Ranch (832) 437-2287, Tomball - Spring Cypress Rd (832) 843-7645, McKinney - Virginia Pkwy (469) 545-0016, Plano - Hedgcoxe Rd (469) 543-1048, Fort Worth - Golden Triangle Blvd (682) 207-1039, Carrollton - E Hebron Pkwy (469) 986-1290, McKinney - S Custer Rd (972) 626-2822, Cypress - Fry Rd (832) 334-5980, Presidio Junction - Harmon Rd (817) 864-1927, Flower Mound - FM 407 (469) 540-9256, Saginaw - Basswood Blvd (817) 600-5705, Mansfield - Debbie Lane (682) 400-0762, Frisco - FM 423 (469) 430-0447, Hurst - Grapevine Hwy (682) 610-2999, San Antonio - Alamo Ranch Pkwy (210) 455-1645, San Antonio - Potranco Rd (210) 988-1330, Kingwood - Northpark Dr (346) 299-9691, Atascocita (281) 394-0251, Frisco - Coit Rd (469) 200-1226, Sienna Plantation - Hwy 6 (346) 567-4084, Towne Lake – Barker Cypress (346) 332-0388, Murphy - FM 544 (469) 907-4367, Fulshear – FM 1093 (281) 394-0307, Helotes - Bandera (210) 866-7563, Sachse (214) 978-4414, Arlington - W Sublett Rd. (682) 712-0964 For Assistance.