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 service and high-quality workmanship at a fair price. Midtown Auto Service & Car Repair in Houston is a family-owned business that is specialized in providing personalized service to our customers.
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.
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 turn, it gives us privileges from the State of Texas for issuing Automotive Repair and Replacement Assistance in Houston & the surrounding areas. 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 3400 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 as an Independent Factory Auto Repair Service Center which services all Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac & Saturn Cars & Trucks: AC Delco Factory Houston Auto Repair Facility. NAPA Auto Parts also endorses our company as an Approved Napa Auto Car Care Repair Center: All Domestic & Asian Vehicles 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: All Domestic & Asian Vehicles that employs only ASE certified auto repair technicians.
We are also a proud member of the BBB, and is in good standing with the ethics of the Better Business Bureau for auto repair with an A+ rating. Other accolades include: Angie's List 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Super Service Award. Also, voted by a national campaign for Best Auto Repair Shop in Houston and winner "YAHOO 2005" award. Additionally, The Best of The Year Newspaper awarded the shop with the recognition as the "2006 Best Auto Care in Houston". Operating since 1987, we are conveniently located between the downtown & medical center, also known as Midtown.
car care tip of the day
How can I tell if my automotive / car fuel filter needs to be replaced? Houston,Tx
The only way to tell for sure is to remove the filter and blow through it. If there's little resistance, the filter is still okay and does not need to be replaced. But if there's more than minimal resistance, the filter is dirty and should be replaced. CAUTION: Gasoline is poisonous, does not taste very good and may burn sensitive lips. So don't hold the filter to your mouth to blow through it. Instead, attach a short piece of clean rubber hose to the filter and then blow through the hose to test the filter. Filter Problems A completely plugged fuel filter will stop your engine cold by choking off the flow of fuel to the carburetor or injectors. The engine may not start, or it may start, then stall and die. Some filters have a spring-loaded bypass, however, that allows fuel to bypass the filter element if it becomes clogged. Fuel continues to flow, but it may carry dirt to the carburetor or injectors, which can create additional problems. A partially restricted filter will usually pass enough fuel to keep the engine running at idle or low speed, but may starve the engine for fuel at higher speeds or loads. So your engine may run fine putting around town, but sputter and lack power when you try to drive at highway speeds or pass someone. Tank Filter Located inside the fuel tank is a screen or mesh sock that acts like a prefilter to keep big pieces of dirt and rust from being drawn into the fuel pickup tube or tank-mounted electric fuel pump. If the screen becomes clogged with debris, it can have the same effect as a plugged or dirty fuel filter. Therefore, if you've been experiencing a fuel starvation problem and have replaced the fuel filter -- and it didn't help -- the screen in the tank is probably the culprit. To clean or replace it, the fuel tank usually has to be removed. WARNING: The fuel tank must be drained prior to removal. The fuel must be stored in a sealed "approved" container. The battery should also be disconnected to prevent any accidental sparks from an in-tank electric fuel pump connection from igniting the vapors. Do not smoke when working on the fuel tank, filter or fuel lines, and keep all other sources of ignition away (electric heaters, pilot lights, etc.) from the work area. Filter Replacement Replacing the fuel filter periodically (every year or so) for preventative maintenance can reduce the risk of filter-related driveability problems. Most vehicle manufacturers, however, no longer specify a replacement interval for the fuel filter. Or, if they do it's some incredibly long interval like once every five years or 50,000 miles. Many mechanics feel this is unrealistic. Waiting that long to change the filter is asking for trouble, especially if you drive on gravel or dirt roads, buy the cheapest gas you can find from "cut-rate" stations, use gas with alcohol in it, or your vehicle is more than six or seven years old and may have rust in the tank. The fuel filter on carbureted engines is usually located at the inlet fitting of the carburetor, or an "in-line" filter is used between the fuel pump and carburetor. When replacing a filter that screws into the inlet fitting on the carburetor, be careful not to overtighten the filter. The threads in the carburetor are relatively soft and can be easily stripped. But also make sure the filter is snug so that it doesn't leak. It's okay to apply some gasket sealer to the filter threads to assure a leak-free connection. But do not use RTV silicone sealer (which gasoline dissolves) or teflon tape (pieces of which can flake loose and end up in the carburetor). When replacing an in-line filter, most filters come with two new rubber hoses that go on either side of the filter. Use them. Don't reuse the old hoses because rubber hoses deteriorate over time and can leak or shed small flakes or rubber that can end up in the filter or carburetor. Also, make sure the hose clamps are properly positioned and tight. NOTE: Most in-line filters have an arrow showing the direction fuel should flow through the filter. Install the filter so the arrow points toward the carburetor. Fuel Injection Filters Fuel filters on fuel injected engines are usually larger and have a finer filter element than those on carbureted engines. Consequently, they are usually more expensive. The filter may be located anywhere between the fuel tank and injector fuel supply rail or throttle body. On many cars, light trucks and minivans, the filter is located underneath the vehicle along a frame rail. On some, the filter is part of the electric fuel pump assembly inside the fuel tank! Refer to a shop manual for your fuel filter's location. CAUTION: Fuel injected engines usually have a lot of residual pressure in the fuel line, even when a vehicle has sat overnight. So either follow the manufacturer's recommended procedure for relieving pressure in the line prior to removing the filter (applying vacuum to the fuel pressure regulator manifold fitting, or cranking the engine with the ignition disabled), or wrap a rag around the hose connections and slowly loosen them. If the filter has an arrow indicating the direction of flow, it should be installed with the arrow pointing toward the engine and away from the fuel tank. If the filter is located inside the tank, the tank will probably have to be removed. Follow the same precautions as previously described for replacing a plugged pickup screen.