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Oil Changes Both Vital & Dangerous!

Oil changes are the easiest job on the car and the most dangerous.  Putting the wrong oil in your vehicle can be a very costly error. Car manufacturers across the board have been shifting to a full synthetic as an oil standard.   High performance engines such as BMWs, Mercedes, Mini Coopers, and Audis moved to […]

Rain Brings Memories of Flood

It’s been raining off and on all day today. This reminds me of how I used to worry every time it rained. Will the shop flood? Our business is not in a flood plain, but it’s situated at a low spot where Shepherd’s inlets clog easily. We had them cleaned out about seven months ago, […]

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How We Helped the Tallest Man I Have Ever Met with his Broken Spark Plug

Seven foot two inch customer brought in his wife’s Ford Expedition with a seriously bad problem. He had a broken spark plug in his motor. How did this happen, you ask? Another shop was performing a standard tune-up and broke plug number four in the back where it’s hard to reach. It was an accident, […]

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Car Talk’s Garage Buried by Snow

Recent record snow falls in the East coast reminded me of my one and only snow experience. It’s a car story. On December 8, 2003, I was stranded in Cambridge, Mass. by a record snowfall brought in by a Nor’easter. It cancelled 335 flights, one of which was my ride home. With Logan Airport shut […]

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The miracle of A/C

I have discovered that I am a car expert by default. This is because I have been married for more than 30 years to one of the most knowledgeable automotive technicians in Texas. That’s a pretty bold claim, but I can support it by the fact that automotive dealers and customers in other parts of […]

Mom, is my Car Safe to Drive?

Our oldest daughter called this week. “Mom, my brake light is on.” Our 23 year old daughter was calling me from Newport, Florida. She was heading to St. Augustine for a little sight-seeing and was driving a rental car, a Nissan Sentra to be exact. “What do I do?” Now, my daughter is no dummy. […]

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One Thing Always Leads to Another

Three years ago, a customer named Lorine came in to have her car worked on, and we started chatting. She told me about a great cafe inside a historic hotel in Blessing, Texas. The hotel was established in 1906 when the town of Blessing was a major train stop. She went on and on about […]

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Classic Cars Connect People to People

It’s been too long since I have updated this blog. Life has been so rich and full that finding quiet time to concentrate and reflect has not materialized–or evaporated– before I could set my little self down. I hope that you, happy readers, are also enjoying life in these full summer days. Recently, we held […]

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Shred Day is Almost Here! Mark your Calendar for September 21

If you have been storing old papers and wondering how to dispose of them, think about bringing them to the first North Shepherd Area Business Association Shred Day on Saturday, September 21. Old papers might include bank statements, old bills, obsolete files, school notebooks, anything that is made of paper that you have been afraid […]

Why the rush? City Rush to Regulate Auto Repair will Inconvenience Consumers

Houston Rushes to Bury Auto Repair Shops in Red Tape In the interest of protecting the consumer, the City of Houston is rushing to enact an ordinance to regulate the automotive repair and service industry. This would regulate every type of business that touches a car whether it’s a body shop, an independent auto repair […]

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