Houston Auto - Car Maintenance T.V. Interview Channel 11 - Winterizing Your Car - Midtown Auto Service & Repair Houston 2011
How to prepare a car for winter
Your car has a lot to endure during winter - cold weather, slippery roads, salt and sand on the streets. Any hidden problems your car may have will get worse during cold winter. An old battery, engine oil that hasn't bee ... read full story
Midtown Auto Service - Car Care Repair / Service - Houston Pothole TV Interview
While a bumpy road may be a minor nuisance to car drivers, a road littered with potholes can cause expensive car care auto repair / service costs to your car and even result in a car accident. Potholes are bowl-shaped openings in the road ... read full story
Auto Car Care Repair Service Interview-Febuary 2010, Channel 11-Houston,TX
How Auto Car Repair / Service / Care Insurance Works in Houston
Similar to car auto insurance, an auto repair / service / care insurance in Houston policy is a contract between a vehicle owner and the car insurance company, which binds the company ... read full story
Welcome... It's our goal at Midtown Auto Service & Repair Shop in Houston to always provide great car care services with high-quality workmanship at fair prices. You may have seen us on TV or heard us on the radio station, we are frequently featured on Channel 11 and Channel 2 on issues about car maintenance. Specifically, on Channel 2 we provided Q&A: the viewers, answers to their problems with their cars. Or maybe, heard us on the radio: nationally broadcasted on CARTALK or other Local Radio Stations around Houston. We are a leader in the knowledge of car repair, and hard to fix issues, that others cannot. Midtown Auto Service & Car Repair in Houston is a family-owned business that is specialized in providing personalized service to our customers.
One of the highest recognitions for an auto repair shop in Houston is given by the State of Texas to be a Recognized Auto Repair and Emmissions Repair Facility. In 2007, there were less than 100 automotive repair shops in Houston that had this license by the State. That is a big disproportion considering there are over 5400 auto repair shops in Houston and the surrounding areas. Another factor to being a highly recognized Houston auto repair shop is being chosen by General Motors Inc. as an independent Auto Repair Service Center for Factory AC Delco Repairs on all GM repairs in Houston. Which includes, Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, GMC, GM Daewoos, Holdens, Hummers, Oldmobiles, Opels, Saab, Saturns, all make and models of their cars and trucks.. In addition, NAPA Auto Parts also endorses our company as an Approved Napa Auto Car Care Repair Center in Houston which means that their company certifies us to do their repair warranties or any needed car service repairs. Also, our shop is an AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility that employs only ASE certified auto repair technicians. We are also considered by the BBB as a A+ rated shop, and is in good standing with the ethics of the Better Business Bureau for auto repair. Operating since 1987, we are conveniently located between the downtown & medical center, also known as Midtown.
Since 1987, Midtown Auto Service & Car Repair Shop in Houston has been committed to providing the highest quality automobile car repair service at affordable prices. We have established our auto repair business on sound ethical and moral principles. Simply put, our Houston auto repair business focuses on customer service, and your satisfaction is paramount. We want you to be pleased with our services so that you will continue to use us for your automobile repair-service needs in the future and tell your friends.
Our skill and knowledge about automobile car care enable us to address a broad range of auto repair-services of mechanical issues, which means you'll experience a higher, more comprehensive level of car care services and greater value with us.
How do we do it? We listen. Hearing your opinions about our car repair services, observations and concerns make it possible for us to work with you as a team. By earning your trust, we can better guide you toward solutions that meet your specific needs about your car auto repair services.
At Midtown Auto Service & Repair , you'll always get a clear explanation of what's happenings with your car repair, as well as whatever options you should be aware of when making your maintenance and auto repair decisions. That's our commitment to you. Please browse around our website to learn more about us and our commitment to provide you with the best service possible.
car care tip of the day
Does a replacement automotive /car battery have to be the same size as my old one? Houston,Tx
No. If your old battery has reached the end of the road and needs to be replaced, or if you think you need a battery with a bigger amp capacity for easier cold weather starting or to handle added electrical accessories (such as a killer stereo system, driving lights, etc.), then there’s no reason why you have to install a battery that’s the same size as your old one. The word "size" may be a bit confusing here because what we’re really talking about is the battery’s amp or power rating, not the physical dimensions of its case. A battery with a bigger case is not necessarily a more powerful battery. Battery manufacturers can cram a lot of amps into a relatively small box by varying the design of the cell plates and grids. So two batteries with identical exterior dimensions may have significantly different power ratings. Batteries come in many different sizes and configurations (which are referred to as "group" sizes) because the vehicle manufacturers can’t get together and standardize anything. So when you’re choosing a battery, you have to consider three things: (1) the group size (height, width, length and post configuration), (2) whether your battery has top or side posts, and (3) how many amps will be needed for reliable cold starting and vehicle operation. Group Sizes Because there are 57 different group sizes, many aftermarket replacement battery suppliers consolidate group sizes to simplify inventory requirements. So some replacement batteries may not fit exactly the same as the original. The battery may be slightly shorter, taller, narrower or wider than the original. But as long as it fits the battery tray and there are no interference problems (too tall a battery may cause the cables to make contact with the hood causing a dangerous and damaging electrical short!), it should work fine. Some replacement batteries come with both side and top posts to further consolidate applications. Some also have folding handles to make handling and installation easier. Battery Ratings Though many replacement batteries are marketed by the number of "months" of warranty coverage provided (36, 48, 60, etc.), what’s more important in terms of performance is the battery’s power rating which is usually specified in "Cold Cranking Amps" (CCA) rating. The CCA rating tells you how many amps the battery can deliver at 0 degree F. for 30 seconds and still maintain a minimum voltage of 1.2v. per cell. In the past, the rule of thumb was to always buy a battery with a rating of at least one CCA per cubic inch of engine displacement. But twice that is probably a better recommendation for reliable cold weather starting. At the very least, you should buy a replacement battery with the same or better CCA rating as your old battery or one that meets the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements. For most small four-cylinder engines, this would be a 450 CCA or larger battery, for a six cylinder application, a 550 CCA or larger battery, and for a V8 a 650 CCA or larger battery. Bigger is usually better. Extra battery capacity is recommended if your vehicle has a lot of electrical accessories such as air conditioning, power windows, seats, electric rear defogger, etc. Battery Installation Most batteries are "dry charged" at the factory, which means they’re activated as soon as acid is poured into the cells. Even so, the battery may require some charging to bring it all the way up to full charge. Most experts recommend charging the battery before it is installed regardless of whether it is dry charged or not. This will ensure the battery is at full charge and lessen the strain on your charging system. When the battery is installed, it must be locked down and held securely by a clamp, strap or bracket. This will not only keep the battery from sliding around on its tray (which might allow the positive cable to touch against something and short out the battery or start a fire!), but will also help to minimize vibration that can damage the battery. The battery cables should also be inspected to make sure they’re in good condition, too. If the cables are badly corroded, don’t fit the battery posts or terminals tightly, or have been "fixed" by installing temporary clamps on the ends, the cables should be replaced. At the very least, you should clean the cable clamps and battery posts with a post cleaner, sandpaper or a wire brush to ensure good electrical contact. A light coating of grease, petroleum jelly and/or installing chemically treated felt washers under the cable clamps will help prevent corrosion