Important Summer Service Tips for Your Car

The summer heat can be a strain on your car, particularly in the HVAC and powertrain systems. That’s why it’s important to keep your vehicle in working condition during the summer by being aware of these service needs.

Air Conditioning

Having a car without a functioning air conditioning system can make summer drives miserable. Even a short commute to work can be a hot one. Fortunately, having your car’s air conditioning system inspected by a professional technician can ensure the system runs perfectly all summer long.

Taking simple maintenance steps can dramatically improve the air conditioning system. Replacing the cabin air filter, for example, is a maintenance item that most drivers can take care of on their own. Consult your owner’s manual to determine the filter’s location.

Cooling System

An overheating engine is a common cause of summer breakdowns. A functioning cooling system can help prevent overheating, provided it is properly maintained. The system should be flushed and refilled every two years. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water will go a long way in optimizing your engine’s performance.

As a general rule, never remove the radiator cap after the engine has been running, Wait until the engine has cooled before attending to it.

Oil

Oil is responsible for cooling, lubricating, and protecting vital components within the engine block. Old oil won’t perform any of these jobs nearly as well as fresh oil. Consult your owner’s manual to see how often the manufacturer recommends changing your car’s oil.

Keeping your car cool during summer is a job best done by a professional technician. If these summer service tips for your car indicate that your vehicle needs special attention, make an appointment at Randall Noe Used Cars.

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Traveling with Pets: Tips and Tricks for Road Trips

Travelling with a pet

Driving with pets can make any trip more enjoyable, especially if you plan on taking a long summer road trip this year. However, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind when travelling with pets. As a member of the family, pets need to stay protected when you are driving.

First, according to American Humane, test out your pet’s comfort levels with short trips before taking a long journey. If they are anxious, you may be able to get medication from your vet. Alternatively, you may simply decide to leave your pet behind—it’s not worth it if they’re stressed the whole time. You should also update microchip info and get proper ID tags in case you’re separated.

Never leave pets alone in a vehicle, especially on a hot summer day. Temperatures can reach fatal levels quickly, so be sure to plan accordingly if you need to stop. It’s also a good idea to bring plenty of fresh water and treats for your pet.

Use proper restraints. It can be tempting to ride with your pet in your lap or to let your dog stick their head out the window; nevertheless, proper restraints will keep them safe. You can find crates and seatbelts online or at most pet stores, as well as seat dividers for larger pets. While it might seem less fun to buckle up your pet on the road, no one wants to lose a pet after a car accident.

For a wide selection of pet-friendly vehicles, visit Randall Noe Used Cars.

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Fun Things to Do This Summer in Terrell

Terrell is a wonderful place to live, even during the hot Texas summer. If you’re looking for a way to keep the family entertained while they’re not at school, then we have you covered. Here are a couple fun things to do this summer in Terrell.

 

Number 1 British Flying Training School Museum: If you’re looking for a quirky way to entertain the kids this summer, head to the Number 1 British Flying Training School Museum. This location is great for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts alike. This flying school became well known during World War II as the first and largest base for British pilots who were training for the war. Americans also trained there, bringing the total number of pilots that learned how to fly there to over 2,000 Royal Air Force and American Army Air Force pilots.

Books & Crannies: Reading is always a great way to past the time, so why not stop in to Books & Crannies to enjoy a good book out of the heat? With over 100,000 books to choose from in all genres – and new books on order each week – this movie-theater-turned-book-shop is a great place to go. You can even bring in a gently loved book from your own collection and make a trade for store credit.

 

If you decide that you feel like traveling this summer, though, make sure to stop by Randall Noe Used Cars—we will help you find a vehicle to make your road trip the best yet.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring is a symbol of a fresh start, which makes it the perfect time of year to give your car a deep clean. Here, we outline our tips for spring cleaning your car to get it nice and clean for warmer weather.

Wash and wax the exterior. Get rid of the salt and grime leftover from winter weather by giving your car’s exterior a wash. Once it is spic and span, then add a layer of wax to keep your car’s paint in tip-top condition.

Clean out and organize the glove box. Take everything out of your glove box and organize it so you know the exact location of all the important paperwork you might need. A glove box can also be a catch-all for random pieces of trash, so make sure to get rid of that, too.

Pay attention to the upholstery. Winter can be rough on the inside of your vehicle, too. Give your upholstery a good vacuuming, including your car mats. Don’t forget to wash the plastic parts of your seats, too.

Give the dashboard a scrub. Use a wet cloth and wipe away the gunk and dirt that has accumulated on the dashboard over the course of the winter. Make sure you include your cupholders and the center console in this cleaning to keep your vehicle looking fresh.

It’s always nice to have a clean car, but if you decide that you would like to step up to a newer vehicle, then come stop by Randall Noe Used Cars.

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Basics of Spring Car Maintenance

As the weather begins to get warmer and winter turns to spring, it’s time to spend some time on your car and get it ready for the hotter months. You should extend your spring cleaning and freshening up to your car, as there are various things that you can do to keep it in its best possible shape and looking good before the warm weather hits.

Give your car a good wash and clean the cabin. After the winter months, it’s a great idea to do a thorough wash down of your vehicle. This is especially important if you’ve been driving in areas that have used salt on the roads, as salt can eat away at the underside of your car and your car’s paint. In addition, collect and dispose of all the debris and bits of trash that have accumulated in your car during the winter months, and clean the surfaces—seats, carpets, dashboard, etc—of your cabin. Your car will look and feel brand new just in time for spring!

Check your tires and windshield wiper blades. Fluctuating temperatures and chilly weather affect tire pressure inside your tires, so you should have it checked as the weather begins to get warmer. This will help improve handling and steering of your vehicle as well as fuel efficiency. You will also want to check your windshield wiper blades, making sure that they’re flush with your windshield and are not dried out. Since wiper blades work extra hard in the winter because of harsh weather and road conditions, you will want to check them before the heavy spring showers hit.

Spring car maintenance is an essential part of happy car ownership. For the best car care, make sure to bring your car for a checkup at Randall Noe Used Cars.

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How to Check Your Oil in Less than Five Minutes

Without enough clean oil, your vehicle’s engine can quickly degrade. But how can you know when the time has come for an oil change? Many modern vehicles come with an electronic “oil life” monitor, but knowing how to manually check your car’s oil health is an important skill for any car owner to possess—especially because it’s so simple!

 

To check your oil, follow these simple steps:

  • Park on level ground.
  • Let your engine cool a few minutes if the car has been running.
  • Lift the hood.
  • Find the oil reservoir and dipstick.
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or cloth.
  • Reinsert the dipstick; be sure to push it all the way in.
  • Remove the dipstick once again.
  • Look at the end of the dipstick and look at the oil smear. Every car dipstick has a specific marker that indicates the ideal oil level, usually marked by small holes, the letters “L” or “H” (for “Low” and “High”), “Min” or “Max,” or hash marks across the stick.
  • If your oil level is below the indicated marker, it’s time for an oil change.

 

If you need an oil change, schedule an appointment with Randall Noe Used Cars’ service department today. And if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, we’ll be happy to check your oil for you too!

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Try Some of These Resolutions for Your Car in 2018

resolutions for your car

Each year, over 40% of Americans make one or more resolutions for New Year’s. However, nearly half of those people have already given up on their goals by February. If you are looking to try something new this year, consider making resolutions for your car.

  • Catch up on your maintenance. Read through your owner’s manual and find your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. If you have fallen behind in certain areas, have your car thoroughly inspected to get everything caught up.
  • Make safety a priority. If you plan on shopping for a new car this year, put safety features at the top of your priority list. Look for vehicles that offer advanced safety features that can help you avoid an accident.
  • Clean your car. Once a month, give your car a thorough cleaning inside and out. This will help preserve your car’s paint and will make it last longer.
  • Pay attention to dashboard lights. If one of your dashboard lights turns on, don’t pretend that you didn’t see it. Get your car checked out to resolve the problem as quickly as you can.

Are you planning on trying any of these resolutions? If car shopping is in your future, we offer a great selection of quality used cars right here at Randall Noe Pre Owned Super Center.

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How to Keep Your 2018 New Year Resolutions

2017 is on its way out and 2018 is quickly approaching. If you haven’t achieved your resolution by now, you’d better hurry. If you failed this year, take steps to ensure it doesn’t happy in 2018. At Randall Noe Pre Owned Super Center, we have a few tips to help you keep your 2018 New Year resolutions!

Look for Support

Many people can’t achieve their New Year resolutions alone. Finding a support group, whether it involves friends, family, or an actual outside support group, will ultimately increase your odds of success. Their encouragement can help drive you to keep working towards your goal.

Talk About it

Talking about your resolution with other people may be annoying, but it also helps commit you to your goal. It may also help to share your experiences with friends and family in order to fully realize how far you’ve come since ringing in the New Year.

Change Slowly

The fact of the matter is that most people won’t be able to keep a years-long bad habit in a few days’ time. If you’ve been smoking for 40 years, don’t plan on quitting cold turkey. Instead, aim to cut down on how much your smoke per a day and continue working down from there. Small steps and changing slowly are the best methods of keeping your 2018 New Year resolutions.

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How to Prepare Your Car for a Texas Winter

Admittedly, winter in Texas is usually pretty mild. We never expect a white Christmas and any measurable snow fall is rare. However, because of this, when winter weather does come, many drivers are unprepared and that can lead to disaster.

Here are a few tips on how to be a better driver and prepare your car for a Texas winter.

  • Check the weather. If winter weather is predicted, consider delaying your trip until it has passed. Stay where you are and wait until the roads are cleared.
  • Inspect your vehicle. Cold weather can turn minor car trouble into major trouble. Check your battery, belts and hoses, and tires, to make sure everything is ready for the cold season ahead.
  • Be prepared. Just in case you do find yourself stranded, you should keep an emergency kit in your car with items like a blanket, food and water, a pair of gloves, an ice scraper, and a bag of sand or kitty litter.
  • Fill it up. By keeping your gas tank at least half full, it will help prevent your fuel lines from freezing. If you have a garage, park in it to keep your car warmer and you won’t have to scrape the windows if there is frost.

Have you ever experienced dicey winter weather here in Texas? If you need a new ride before the cold weather comes, visit us at Randall Noe Pre Owned Super Center today.

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Improve Your Gas Mileage with These Basic Tips

One of the best ways to save money while owning a car is to improve your gas mileage behind the wheel. There are a few ways to do this but it usually comes down to either driving habits or vehicle mechanics. That’s why we’ve written out a few of the best ways to save at the pump and reduce harmful emissions.

According to the EPA, one of the best ways to improve your gas mileage is to drive more efficiently. Simple, right? Well, it might take some effort to see significant changes. For example, aggressive driving—like speeding, rapid acceleration, and tailgating—can reduce gas mileage by up to 40% on the highway and up to 30% in town. By simply taking a deep breath and relaxing behind the wheel, you could save anywhere from $0.25 to $1.00 per gallon.

Another way is to perform regular maintenance. Skipping one oil change may not do serious damage, but missing several appointments could drastically reduce performance. You should also be sure to replace your spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter when suggested by your technician.

Finally, one of the best ways to improve gas mileage is to simply get a new car. If you’re driving a jalopy that gets terrible gas mileage, it might be time to trade up. With some of the savings that you could get in gas mileage alone, a new car could even be a great deal. For help with that, make sure to head over to Randall Noe Used Cars today.

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