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The 4-Step Process to Parallel Park

The 4-Step Process to Parallel Park

If you've ever passed up an open parking spot that requires you to parallel park to avoid the stress and anxiety that comes with it, you're not alone. Some people simply never learned or practiced it, and others are just too afraid to. Parallelophobia (the fear of parallel parking) is more common than you think. Regardless of your feelings about parallel parking, we've broken it down into four easy steps! Step 1: Find the parking spot. The ideal spot for parallel parking should be roughly 1 1/2 times the length of your vehicle. As you approach the space, remember to do the following: check your mirrors, look over your shoulder, and turn on your signal. Afterward, pull up next to the vehicle you're going to parallel park behind and maintain a 2-3 feet distance between your car and your passenger's side. Step 2: Turn the wheel and reverse. Start by turning the wheel tightly to the right. However, it's important not to turn your wheel too far. While turning, sl ... read more

FAQs on Emissions Testing

FAQs on Emissions Testing

Are you a new resident of Texas or a new car-owner in Texas? If so, you should probably familiarize yourself with the basics of vehicle inspections and testing laws. Before a vehicle can become registered in the state of TX, it must pass inspection and may require an emissions test as well. What is an emissions test? Emissions tests (also known as smog checks) measure the level of pollutants, such as hydrocarbons, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen, that are present in the vehicle's exhaust system. Do I need an emissions test? Yes. Currently, more than 33 states require some level of testing on registered vehicles, including Texas.  How long does emissions testing take? Emissions testing typically takes anywhere between 15-30 minutes. Since there's no standard national test — each state sets its own requirements on what needs to be done. It also depends on where you choose to have it done. How much are emissions testing fees? Depending on your locality, the em ... read more

Are Pre-Purchase Inspections Worth It?

Are Pre-Purchase Inspections Worth It?

A person brings a used car they are contemplating buying into the auto repair shop for an inspection; this service is called a pre-purchase inspection. This step is often overlooked in the used-car buying process, but it is critical to ensure you make the right investment.    A pre-purchase inspection is always a good idea because of the following reasons: It can open up negotiations. There could be a problem with the vehicle that the seller you might not know or be able to detect unless you're a professional. With this knowledge, you can try to get a better deal on the car. You can find hidden problems with the car that the previous owner may have tried to hide from you, which will save you money on costly repairs. A thorough pre-purchase inspection may also include a detailed road test to help a tech understand driveability issues. If you are pondering whether a pre-purchase inspection would be worth the cost, then in plain words - YES! It's going to be worth t ... read more

Why Does the Inside of My Car Smell Like Oil?

Why Does the Inside of My Car Smell Like Oil?

You've probably lived through a couple of moments when you're driving on the highway and suddenly smell engine oil in your cabin. The smell of motor oil in your vehicle's cabin is typically associated with an oil leak. If you notice that the strong odor does not go away, it can signify a severe issue. Regardless of what it is, the best way to know what is happening is by having your automobile inspected at Carport Automotive. Our professional team can perform a complete vehicle inspection to better understand the issue at hand and brainstorm on how to restore your vehicle to its best.    Here are some of the most prevalent causes for an oil smell in your vehicle:  An oil leak seeps into the exhaust system. A poorly performed oil change could cause this scent to erupt if excess oil is spilled on other parts under the hood.  A loose oil filter A leaking or damaged oil plug A failing gasket Oil Leak Repair in Houston, TX It would help if you kept a ... read more

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