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Jay's Rides and the 2017 MS 150

Jay Meir is an active bicyclist, and has dedicated his biking skills to raising funds for the 2017 BP MS 150. It’s a 180 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin that takes place over 2 days in April. Jay is spending a lot of time riding, getting his body prepared for the intense trip.

Jay completes specific tours around the city of Houston to train. His favorite ride is The Planetary Urban Tour, which is just under 25 miles long. Jay hit his highest average speed on that ride, moving as fast as 18.8 MPH. He completed the tour in 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Jay puts in the time on longer rides too. His longest is the 63 mile long Gator Ride Baytown, which he completed in 3 hours and 36 minutes, with a top speed of 38.9 MPH. Here are some of Jay’s best numbers:

Activity Name Distance Time Avg Speed Max Speed
Gator Ride Baytown 62.98 3:35:10 17.6 38.9
Tour de Houston 61.22 3:21:04 18.3 28
Houston Road Cycling 21.5 1:16:16 16.9 29.1
The Planetary Urban Tour 24.9 1:19:11 18.8 28.4
The Planetary Urban Tour 24.9 1:19:11 18.8 28.4

The BP MS 150 raises millions each year for multiple sclerosis research and to provide support and hope to those who suffer from MS. Jay’s goal is to hit the $3000 mark, and he’s getting close. He’s raised $1785 so far, but he needs your generous assistance to make it the rest of the way. Jay is training hard, and your tax-deductible donation will help make a difference in the life of someone with MS.

Please take a few minutes, and make a donation to Jay’s BP MS 150 fund. You’ll be giving to a great cause, and become a part of something amazing. Jay is riding for MS, and you can make all those miles a little easier.

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15% OFF Power Steering Fluid Flush

You may ask what is a power steering flush? Well, this pump pressurizes the power steering fluid which is then carried by a line to a power steering gear box, or a rack and pinion. The steering gear, or rack and pinion, uses this high pressure fluid to help with the motion created by you turning the steering wheel, making it much easier to turn the wheels.

The general rule of thumb that states the power steering fluid should be replaced every two years or after running the vehicle for 24,000 miles. A licensed mechanic will recommend that the power steering fluid be changed if it looks light brown when he or she is doing a vehicle inspection.

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Support Jay For The 2017 MS 150

The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National MS Society, South Central Chapter. The ride is the largest event of its kind in North America, with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers, and countless spectators along the route and at the finish line in Austin. The fundraising goal for the 2017 BP MS 150 is $16 million dollars to bring hope to many who are affected by multiple sclerosis.

Your participation will drive MS research forward faster and deliver services to those who face the challenges of MS every day so they can live their best lives.

Click here to support Jay's MS 150 Ride

The Problems Surrounding a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Engine

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Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) improves fuel economy and aids drivability through the rev range. Gasoline is injected at a high pressure into the engine’s combustion chamber. GDI results in a more complete combustion and cooler cylinder temperatures that enable a higher compression ratio which leads to greater efficiency and power. The GDI engines are mostly found in luxury and mainstream vehicles, however, these engines are having reliability problems.

According to Bosch direct injection can return a 15% gain in fuel economy and boost low-end torque by as much as 50%. The issue with the GDI engines lies in the intake ports and across intake valves as deposits build up and effect fuel performance. The GDI, also known as Petrol Direct Injection must be maintained regularly to prevent the deposits from building up and avoid expensive repairs.

The lean high pressure fuel mixture deposits build rapidly and bake onto intake valves and ports over time. Since the fuel does not travel to the intake ports or across intake valves the deposits build up. If your engine stumbles more than it used to, or suddenly the engine lacks power you should have it checked out by your auto repair shot.

According to AutoGuide.com the rumblings noise of your engine could be blackened buildup on the backsides of intake valves which is a major problem and something that could be disastrous for motorists if they do not maintain the engines performance. The carbon buildup can result in all kinds of problems for the auto owner from drivability woes to misfires, turbocharger issues, and even catalytic converter damage.

If your engine is a GDI, make sure to have your mechanic take a look to assist in preventing major engine problems which could be much more expensive than a regular maintenance program. Check out our Fall GDI special as our offer expires. November 21st. Schedule your GDI engine inspection today.

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Replacing Your Wiper Blades

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With hurricane season still in full effect the weather can easily turn a sunny day into a downpour of terrential Texas rain showers. It's important to keep you and your family protected by making sure your wiper blades are in good condition for enhanced visibility.

"Auto mechanics say periodically changing out your old blades for new ones allows the windshield wiper to effectively remove debris, rain and snow, therefore increasing your safety when you drive."

"But how often should your replace windshield wiper blades?"

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Happy Labor Day!

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Wishing you a great holiday from our family to yours!

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

"Many motorists are unaware their vehicle has a cabin air filter, much less where the filter is or how to replace it. Yet cabin air filters have been included in many vehicles since the mid-1980s, and are used in more than 90 percent of newer cars and trucks."

"One of the reasons for this lack of knowledge is that cabin air filters are hidden behind the glove box or under the base of the windshield. They are out of sight — and usually hard to find unless you know exactly where to look. Some hybrid vehicles even have a separate cabin air filter for the hybrid battery cooling system in the back of the passenger compartment."

"The filter’s location, replacement procedure and recommended service interval can usually be found in most vehicle owner’s manuals. But many motorists never open the pages of their owner’s manuals so they remain unaware of these filters."

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When Should You Replace Your Cabin Air Filter on Your Car?

Ever wonder when you should replace your cabin air filter? A cabin air filter is a common feature on most modern cars. It cleans the air that enters your vehicle through the HVAC system. Before the air is cooled or heated, it passes through the cabin filter to remove irritants like dust, pollen, and other allergens.

The cabin filter keeps your car smelling nice and free of particles that you don’t want inside your vehicle.

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Recommended replacement schedules vary by vehicle, and the environment and climate also affect how often the cabin filter needs changing. People who spend a lot of time driving through city traffic and heavy urban smog will need to switch out their filter more often. One way to know your cabin filter needs to be changed is a persistent, unpleasant odor in your vehicle. Generally speaking, you’ll want to change your cabin filter every 12,000 – 15,000 miles.

The method of changing your cabin filter is different for each car, and you’ll usually find the details in your owner’s manual. Often, the filter is behind the glove box, which you can take out by releasing it from its fasteners. On other vehicles, the cabin filter is easier to reach, and will be under the hood.

A dirty filter will be filled with contaminants like dust, grime and even insects and leaves. A fresh filter will do a better job of cleaning the air coming into your car, making for a more pleasant interior experience. There are different types of filters available, with a wide price range. Some filters come with activated carbon which not only traps dust but odors and emission as well.

If you’re in doubt about changing your cabin filter, ask your mechanic. A knowledgeable technician will tell you how your environment affects your cabin filter’s life span, and what you can expect from your vehicle. Ask to see the filter before it’s changed to see if it’s really necessary. Change your filter regularly to keep the air inside your car as comfortable as possible

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Happy 4th of July!

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Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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