Carmotive Total Auto Care

Auto Maintenance

Brake Service Packages

Silver

Standard Brake Service
  • Installation of new brake pads or shoes and lubrication of caliper pins
  • Inspection of Braking System
  • 12-Month, 12,000-Mile Warranty on Parts and Labor

Gold

Brake Service with Brake Fluid Exchange
  • Installation of new brake pads or shoes and lubrication of caliper pins
  • Inspection of braking system
  • Conduct a brake fluid exchange and replace with new brake fluid
  • Testing Brake Pedal Pressure and Testing for Air in Brake Fluid System
  • 12-Month, 12,000-Mile Warranty on Parts and Labor

Platinum

Brake Service with Installation of New Brake Rotors
  • Installation of new brake pads or shoes and lubrication of caliper pins
  • Installation of new brake rotors or drums
  • Inspection of Braking System
  • 12-Month, 12,000-Mile Warranty on Parts and Labor

Diamond

Brake Service with Installation of New Brake Rotors and Brake Fluid Exchange
  • Installation of new brake pads or shoes and lubrication of caliper pins
  • Installation of new brake rotors or drums
  • Inspection of Braking System
  • Conduct a brake fluid exchange and replace with new brake fluid
  • Testing Brake Pedal Pressure and Testing for Air in Brake Fluid System
  • 12-Month, 12,000-Mile Warranty on Parts and Labor

Safety and Savings – Brake Check Specialists

Many drivers take their brakes for granted. Sure, they know how important good brakes are for safe driving, but they let themselves drive around for far too long without proper brake service. Getting your brakes check is a maintenance that deserves a routine appointment like an oil change or tire rotation. If you pay close attention to your brakes, you might notice something that doesn’t seem right, bring any questions you have regarding your brakes to CarMotive in Houston and our brake service specialist will provide answers and a thorough diagnosis. Slowing down smoothly and stopping on a dime are what any effective braking system should be able to do. Anything short of this should receive our quality brake check service.

With Expert Eyes and Ears – Brake Check Services

The early indications of your vehicles need for brake service are usually audible. When the brake pads wear down too low, there will be a squealing noise whenever you apply your brakes. This is how your vehicle’s manufacturer designed your brake pads, to give you an alert about the need for brake pad replacement. Brake noise can go unnoticed if the car stereo is loud enough, but anyone outside of your car can hear you coming from down the road. Take note of any excessive noise that comes from your braking system, because that would be the perfect time to bring your vehicle to CarMotive for brake check service.

Preventative Brake Repairs & Maintenance

Being ahead of the game is key to maintaining excellent vehicle performance. A quality brake check will tell us what condition your braking system is in, so you don’t have to guess. We can let you know exactly what you’re facing, giving you either a big thumbs up or problem-solving brake service. Our brake check service prevents any costly repairs down the road. For instance, when worn pads are ignored for too long, a metal-on-metal grinding will be the result. This can lead to damaged parts in your braking system. Stick with CarMotive and our brake check service team will keep you safe, save you time, and ensure your savings.

Oil Change

Engines have a variety of parts that move at high speeds. These moving parts tend to cause friction, which produces heat. If you change your oil regularly your car will have proper lubrication that reduces the amount of heat produced by the engine. Oil changes also get rid of dirt and debris, which makes your engine run slower. If your engine heats up because of old oil, it will wear down and eventually stop working properly.

How often you need to change your engine oil and oil filter varies based on the type of oil used. Most cars today require synthetic oil which can last 7,500-10,000 miles or six to ten months between oil changes. Unlike Conventional Oil or Synthetic Blend Oil, Full Synthetic Oil won’t break down and will protect your engine for longer. At both low and high temperatures, synthetic oil encompasses more viscosity and stability than conventional or synthetic blend oil. Full synthetic oil is designed to flow quickly in winter temperatures and resist extreme heat, allowing your engine to run smoothly year-round.

Alignment

How Do I Know if I Need a Wheel Alignment?

Your vehicles alignment can become misaligned from normal wear and tear on the road. The most obvious sign of an off wheel alignment is veering to the left or right when you’re attempting to drive straight. You may also need an alignment if you notice your tires are starting to wear unevenly or if your steering wheel is not positioned straight when the vehicle is driving straight. Drivers that experience any of this should visit their auto repair facility for an alignment check.

Luckily, at Carmotive we can check your alignment for free! Our technicians are highly skilled and trained in performing precise alignment services while utilizing the most advanced tools and equipment so you always know that you’re receiving the best quality service possible. While we check your alignment, we will perform a diagnostics of the steering system to locate any potential issues that can be related to an off alignment or any faults that create a dangerous driving condition. Our service team will present the findings from our technician and will provide you with a written estimate for any repairs that may be needed.

Our alignment service will save you money by preserving your tires. An off-wheel alignment will cause your vehicle’s tire tread to wear unevenly. This ultimately forces you to replace your tires before you can get the full use out of it. Tires are supposed to grip the road and create traction, but a misalignment will compromise tire performance and will cause spending more money from early tire replacement.

Tires

Tire Rotation

A tire rotation is when the tires of your vehicle are moved from one position on the vehicle to another, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front, typically in a cross-diagonal direction, meaning they will also change sides. Your vehicle carries more weight at the front, so front tires will typically wear out faster. Tire rotation is done to prevent the uneven wear this can cause and to prolong the life of your tires. Your tires should be rotated at the same interval you get an oil change.

Tire Balancing

Tire balancing is one of the recommended services listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Often confused with wheel alignment, tire balancing is important for assuring the best performance from a vehicle, and for gaining the longest service life from tires.

Tire balancing provides a smooth ride and assures even tire wear by properly adjusting the tire weight distribution around the vehicle. As you drive, your tires lose balance, so periodic tire balancing service is needed to return proper balance. Over time, tread wear causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change, which leads to the imbalance. This may be felt in unusual shaking or vibration as you drive.

When you have tire balancing service done, the technician will use a calibrated spin balancer, testing non-moving/static balance and the moving/dynamic balance. Tires will be restored to the proper balance in accordance with the test results. Tire balancing is usually done in combination with tire rotation, and is typically performed every 5,000-6,000 miles or every six months.

Taking your car in for regular tire balancing service is especially critical in today’s vehicles, which are designed to be lighter weight. The heavier weight of older model cars actually helped smooth out the ride by suppressing vibrations before they were felt. Modern tire design is more responsive, with lower profiles for style and performance. Tire imbalance can cause problems for both the vehicle and tires.

Wiper Blades

The general rule of thumb is to replace your windshield wiper blades every six to twelve months. But in some cases you may need to replace them sooner.

Tune Up

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend performing a tune up at 30,000 miles. Just as important as an oil change is to your vehicle, a tune up can benefit your vehicle’s engine performance significantly. Assuring a more cleaner engine operation can reduce loss of fuel economy, poor engine performance, allow longer life out of the engine. Most typical tune up includes the replacement of the spark plugs, spark plug wires, engine air filter, performing fuel injection cleaning service, throttle body cleaning service, oil and oil filter replacement.

Drive Belt

The drive belt or serpentine belt plays an important role in your vehicle. Through rotational movement the drive belt applies power to the A/C Compressor, Power Steering Pump, Alternator, and in some vehicles the Water Pump and Cooling Fan. With continuous weather changes and normal wear and tear, the drive belt starts to become weaker and may develop cracks and a dry rotted appearance. When the belt is in this condition it is time to replace. As part of routine service, replacement of the drive belt varies based on the vehicle and can range from 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. At every service interval we inspect the drive belt condition to monitor when replacement may be necessary.

Brake Fluid Service

Brake fluid lives in a sealed system and can survive for years, but moisture from the surrounding air can work its way in through hoses and other parts of the brake system. If your brake fluid has become dirty or contaminated, it can change how your brake system operates; brake pedal feel can be affected, as can heat dissipation in repeated stops. Water in the brake lines lowers the boiling point of the fluid, so stopping ability can diminish in hard stops as heat in the system increases. In addition, over time the moisture can cause internal corrosion in the brake lines, calipers, the master cylinder and other components.

Flushing and replacing brake fluid is a minor cost in comparison to replacing rusted brake lines, brake calipers and other brake parts can run several hundreds of dollars, so there’s value in keeping up with maintenance. As a rule of thumb, it’s wise to have the brake fluid inspected and tested for moisture content every few years, and more often in humid cities such as Houston.

Power Steering Fluid Service

Most modern vehicles are now equipped with an electric power steering system. However, a lot of vehicles continue to have a hydraulic power steering system, in which it is necessary to replace the power steering fluid when it has contaminates in the reservoir or when the fluid looks very dark. Because the hydraulic power steering system exert high pressure to allow easy movement in the steering, the fluid is pressurized and flows between components throughout the power steering system. The fluid can damage these components if there is debris and contaminates in it. Therefore, an inspection power steering fluid at each service interval is important to prevent costly repairs such as replacement of the power steering pump, rack and pinion and hoses

Radiator Coolant Fluid Service

Coolant is commonly also called antifreeze. It is comprised of a 50/50 mix of ethylene or propylene glycol and water. Coolant/antifreeze is added to a vehicle’s cooling system, which circulates the fluid throughout the engine and radiator to prevent overheating. If your vehicle’s cooling system is functioning properly, it will effectively reduce the heat produced by the engine and keep everything running smoothly. Without regular coolant service, the cooling system may not function as it should, causing overheating which leads to engine damage. Coolant needs to be flushed because the additives which they contain begin to break-down over time. Anti-freeze and anti-boiling additives won’t be as effective as coolant becomes older.

Engines contain a lot of different parts which if aren’t taken care of properly, will begin to rust. Coolant helps prevent rust while it is circulating the engine; this is one of the main reasons why you should change your coolant at its recommended intervals.

Transmission Fluid Service

There are many fluids that run throughout your vehicle, but one of the most important is the transmission fluid. The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions varies from make to make so it’s best to consult the service intervals in the owner’s manual.

Like other vital automotive fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. Hard use — such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads and trailer towing — will accelerate the deterioration. That kind of driving raises the transmission’s operating temperature, and heat puts more strain on the transmission and the fluid. Unlike engine oil, which is primarily a lubricant, transmission fluid serves as both an oil and a hydraulic fluid that helps facilitate gear shifts, cools the transmission and lubricates moving parts.

Transmission fluid often is red but can come in other colors, and as it deteriorates it tends to turn darker. It may also acquire a burned odor that could indicate it needs to be changed or that the transmission is developing mechanical problems.