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GENERAL MAINTENANCE

It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

Times are changing...cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs; today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.

The tune-up was historically associated with the routine replacement of key ignition system parts like spark plugs and ignition points, along with some basic adjustments to help "tune" the engine. Mounting pressure for increased fuel economy and lower emissions drove the car manufacturers to adopt electronics and to do away with ignition points in the '70s, along with the carburetor in the middle '80s. This eliminated the need for the replacement and adjustment of a growing number of ignition and fuel system parts.

As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions. Things that were once handled mechanically are now controlled electronically through the widespread use of onboard computer technology.

Because vehicles have changed so much over the years, the Car Care Council has introduced the 21st Century Tune-up. This program is designed to help re-define and educate motorists as to what a tune-up should consist of on today's modern vehicles.

"There is a misconception that today's modern vehicles don't need tune-ups because they never break down, but that simply is not true," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "If you're at work and your computer goes down, you can't get any more work done. It's the same with your vehicle. If the vehicle isn't being properly maintained, you're not going to get where you want to go."

As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today's modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected:

  • Battery, charging and starting
  • Engine mechanical
  • Powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks)
  • Fuel
  • Ignition
  • Emissions

Vehicle owners ask for tune-ups for a variety of reasons, including improving performance, maintaining reliability, planning a vacation, preparing for winter/summer or because they're giving the car to a friend or family member.

To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle from every aspect. Study the owner's manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Mechanical failure—an inconvenience anytime it occurs--can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. Besides, a well-maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, lasts longer, and could command a higher resale price.

Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of a professional auto technician.

  • Engine Performance - Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters-air, fuel, etc.
  • Fuel - Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual—more often (every 3,000 miles) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
  • Cooling Systems - The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Windshield Wipers - Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent-you'll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.
  • Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically. Check your owner's manual for the location and replacement interval.
  • Battery - The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Exhaust System - Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floor boards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
  • Tires - Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressures once a month. Check the tires when they are cold, before driving for any distance. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.
  • Carry emergency gear: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flash light. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. . . Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

  • Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
  • Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual-more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
  • Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended-more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
  • Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Emergencies - Carry some basic tools-ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Consider buying a cellular phone.

Keeping Your Vehicle in Tune with the Environment

Car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last longer-up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians. The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.

  • Keep your engine tuned. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
  • Check your tires for proper inflation. Under inflation wastes fuel-your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder, too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
  • Keep your air conditioner in top condition and have it serviced only by a technician certified competent to handle/recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners contain CFCs-gases that have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost one third of the CFCs released into the atmosphere come from mobile air conditioners; some simply leaks out, but the majority escapes during service and repair-so it's important to choose a qualified technician.
  • Do-it-yourselfers: dispose of used motor oil, anti-freeze/coolant, tires, and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items. Or call your local municipal or county government for recycling sites. Never dump used oil or anti-freeze on the ground or in open streams.
  • Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply above 55 mph.
  • Drive gently. Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go's. Use cruise-control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible.
  • Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family. Today's vehicles are designed to "warm up" fast, so forget about those five-minute warm ups on cold winter mornings.
  • Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage. Store luggage/ cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
  • Plan trips. Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions. Join a car pool.

Remember, how your car runs, how you drive it, and how its fluids, old parts, and tires are disposed of all have serious consequences on the environment.

What People Say About Us


  • -Zeeshan M.

    Quick oil and filter changes, tire repair as well as purchase new, body shop, family owned and operated. Owner works and available all the time. Reasonable charges.


  • -RJ R.

    Always the Best Service Ever!!!


  • -Rhonda W.

    Friendly, honest mechanics. I am glad my friend told me about them.


  • -UC U.

    Knowledgeable! Fair price! Great customer service!!


  • -Timothy R.

    These guys are great. They have helped me twice so far for my automotive needs. Friendly, knowledgable and fair repair prices. I highly recommend them and will be using them again. They appear to be always pretty busy. There is a reason why...They do do great work!


  • -Farook H.

    The people here are great at what they do. Through the great customer service, you can feel that you are leaving your car in good hands. Fully recommended for anybody.


  • -Ram K. B.

    The one and only trustworthy mechanic I've found. Expert in hybrid battery and other things. Very respectful and quick fix. I recommend A&B Car Experts for peaceful life for your car.


  • -Jona H.

    I recommend it. Service with a smile. Good work, honesty, fix it right the first time, and inexpensive. Oh yeah, they have good coffee too and candy.


  • -David M.

    Finally, an honest mechanic who does quality service asap. I finally found the automotive unicorn. My company fleet will be serviced here. Mr. White is a class act.


  • -Sarah C.

    I work around the corner from this place, so dropped car off during lunch for an oil change. The customer service is great! I paid exactly what I was quoted, and they had it done within a few hours (I told them I'd come back later for it, and it didn't need to be done ASAP!). They even offered me a plate of food while I waited to check out when I went to pick it up. I'll definitely be back.


  • -Emily D.

    Found this place on Google and after reading a few reviews, thought I'd give them a try. 100% satisfied!!! Love this place. Great prices. I was outta there in an hour. Honest, family operated, convenient and very laidback. Please give this place a try, you won't be disappointed.


  • -Alaweeya M.

    Very helpful, thorough, trustworthy, quality work, good prices, and I got a plate of food & coffee!!!


  • -Del S.

    Everyone knows how difficult it is to find an HONEST, and at the same time a PROFESSIONAL, mechanic. I sure found mine. I would not go anywhere else for sure!!!!


  • -Archibald S.

    Never dread going to a mechanic again. Do yourself a favor, do business with the experts.


  • -Megan K.

    My car was fixed in the range I felt comfortable paying. Quick and easy. Also, I ultimately paid $150.00 less then we expected.


  • -Rosie V.

    I'm so thankful that I found this place. Everybody is helpful, and they take care of your car with only what needs to be done, nothing more. Thank you!


  • -Clayton R.

    I recently had my radiator replaced at A&B. The service was excellent, and they were able to fix my car quickly and much cheaper than expected.


  • -Heather H.

    This is the fastest, most professional auto repair shop I have been to. And, unfortunately, I've been to quite a few. They went above and beyond to help me and quickly repair my vehicle. Thanks so much! I highly recommend them.


  • -Diane P.

    Professional, honest and truly experts in car repair - regardless of the make or model.


  • -Lilly K.

    Always upfront & honest about what needs to be done. The work is top quality & very fast. I appreciate their service very much & recommend them to all of my friends/family.


  • -Sheila B.

    Everyone is professional and experts in their job. Very reasonable.


  • -S.

    Very professional and good honest work. I've been bringing my personal vehicles here for years and am now bringing my work vehicles as well.


  • -Corey A.

    Had my truck towed to their shop Monday night, and my truck was repaired and ready to go Tuesday afternoon. Great customer service.


  • -Dale S.

    Brought my 2003 Ford Mustang in for power steering leak and loud screeching noise. They tried four different power steering pumps to replace it, but they didn't charge me extra. They actually gave me a discount for the inconvenience.


  • -Lisa F.

    These guys are so awesome! I refuse to go anywhere else to have my car fixed.


  • -Monad

    Had a very pleasant experience. AC was not blowing, so I was given an estimate to change the fan. When the problem was fixed, I was told the fan is fine, and it was another minor problem and was charged a lot less! Thank you for your honesty. Excellent business.


  • -Monther A.

    Honest mechanic. Will only fix what's bad and not over charge or fix something that doesn't need fixing.


  • -Jay B.

    Ashraf is the best. I needed a quote for two older model Camrys, and he helped me get a quick estimate for cheap! I would highly recommend this place to all of my friends and family for their auto repair needs.


  • -Dorthey H.

    I was a little nervous about going to a new shop, but once I got there the guys were super nice. They were upfront and honest. I will go back if I ever need service again.


  • -Jay K.

    Very honest reviews. I came from dealer who told me my Prius need brake replacement and oil leak. Ashraf inspected it very carefully and told me there is nothing wrong with my car and did not charge me anything. He taught me how to replace cabin air filter, and I did it myself to save lots of money by buying parts from Auto Zone. I trust Ashra, and I will bring all my cars.


  • -P. S. E.

    A&B has always been super helpful and friendly even on short notice in their late working hours. So far I have been there a few times. I believe the staff (today I worked with Ashraf) truly care about their business' reputation and in turn offer honest, fast, and good work. Also, the lobby is comfortable with snacks, couches and phone chargers.


  • -Joe A.

    Don't judge a book by its cover. A&B may look like a busy, overcrowded neighborhood repair garage. However, the true judging of this facility is not based on curb appeal, but on their ability to perform a multitude of complex repair issues including exceptional body repair. A&B may be a neighborhood repair facility, but their capabilities and customer-focused service raise them above other shops where you are just a number and an invoice.


  • -Chris C.

    Ashraf and his guys take care of me every time. I trust him 100% with his recommendations. A&B changed the tires on my Hyundai Sonata, and they've been great. They've fixed the A/C in my Hyundai after taking it to another garage where they only temporarily fixed the issue. Needless to say I go to Ashraf and his team. I've also serviced my mother's Ford Fusion Hybrid and my good old Astro Van. Thank you for the great service.


  • -Bill R.

    These guy were great every step of the way. My car was towed to them and it fixed itself on the way!! They didn't charge me anything and still gave me advice and local places to buy parts. They do the right thing every time! Thank you.


  • -Austin K.

    I enjoy doing my own car work, however sometimes things don't go quite right, and I end up needing someone more experienced. Such was the case when the bolt on my catalytic converter broke. As the bolt is pressed in, it was much more difficult to work with. After several hours of using a punch on the bolt, drilling, and using torches, I decided it was time to give up and call a professional. I showed up early next morning at A&B, a recommendation from a friend, and Ashraf got my car up and immediately started work on it. In less than an hour he was done. He had a great attitude, was easy to work with, and had a reasonable rate. I am very happy with A&B Car Experts.


  • -Saad T.

    I've known Ashraf for over five years, and he is as honest a person as I've ever met. He takes pride in his work and provides excellent automotive advice. He only performs what is necessary, and you never have to worry about the workmanship. High quality service from a high integrity individual...what more could you ask for?


  • -Jordan H.

    Joe was great. I called one afternoon, and he was able to see my car the next morning and was done about an hour later. He replaced the motor so the window would work again. I couldn't pick the car up until later that day, and they didn't mind me leaving it there until I could get there. I highly recommend him as he does his work efficiently and at a great price.


  • -Shani S.

    Joe is a doll. I am sure he doesn't want to be called that, being a mechanic and all, but it's the truth. These guys are friendly, helpful, and their prices are more than fair. Need a used tire? Go here first. Need some auto work? Go here - these guys won't steer you wrong! We were stranded in Round Rock with a flat tire, they were right around the corner, and we scored a tire for a Jeep for just $35 that was in awesome shape. Thanks, A&B!!!


  • -Jessie T.

    I was very impressed with the service I got at A&B. I went in for a routine oil change and tire rotation and was helped quickly. The service took about an hour. The best part was that I wasn't bullied into any extra services. I told them what I wanted, and they gave me just that. When a problem arose with my car, they took me into the garage to show me the problem, but let me decide how to handle it without pressuring me into one decision or the other. At $45, the oil change and tire rotation was a bit more expensive than going to Jiffy Lube or another chain mechanic, but getting honest and courteous treatment is worth it to me.


  • -Melissa R.

    These guys are great! I don't feel pressured or like I'm minutes away from burning a hole in my wallet. They really value your loyalty, which means they will be honest! I came in a few months ago just for an oil change. Little did I know, I had a plethora of other issues. There was a rat nest that caused issues with my engine, there was a nail in my tire, and I had a dying battery. All of these issues weren't really a surprise, but I'm glad A&B looked at it. They even patched my tire for free! Again, great service...I will be back again!


  • -Amm W.

    After several visits, I actually feel comfortable trusting these guys with my car. I'm not easily impressed, especially when it comes to auto repair shops, but I have to admit these guys know what they're doing. I find their prices very reasonable & their work is professional and honest. They do get really busy sometimes so try calling them before you show up. They've always managed to repair my car in a timely manner. I hope it stays like this because the location is also very convenient to me.


  • -Abe S.

    Excellent knowledge about cars, honest at a very reasonable price, you can't possibly have it any better. A friend of mine told me about this place and that I should check it out, so I took my son's 2006 Dodge Charger to have front end work and alignment. Friendly guys, honest, they showed me what was wrong with the car. So, I got the best type of parts, which are made by MOOG, and they have a life time warranty and their prices are good. I am extremely happy with the service I got and definitely will go back. I would recommend giving them a shot and trying it for yourself. I promise you will not regret it.


  • -Amy T.

    BEST AUTO CARE PLACE IN ROUND ROCK!!! Everytime I have an issue, I call around to get quotes & I always end up here. They have saved me so much money! Not to mention the quality of work is the same or even better than the bigger places. I have decided this is the only place I will take my car. The guys are very friendly & tell you if they find something else wrong, but without pressuring you. Very professional service!


  • -Zeeshan M.

    Quick oil and filter changes, tire repair as well as purchase new, body shop, family owned and operated. Owner works and available all the time. Reasonable charges.

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