How should I spend a memorable Valentine’s Day 2020 in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Just for Fun on Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 8:23 PM
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Unique Valentine’s Day 2020 Activities in Austin, TX

It can be hard to think of unique ways to spend Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’ve compiled a few local Austin events that stood out to us here. We’re not going to explain what the events are, but if something below catches your eye, click the link to learn more!

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Can you use regular gas in a flex-fuel vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Technology, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 8:35 PM
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Flex-fuel vehicles, or FFVs, are optimized to be able to run on special ethanol- and methanol-based fuels. But what happens if you put regular gasoline in the tank? Can regular gas be used in a flex-fuel vehice?

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Does it snow in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Texas on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 8:20 PM
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Yearly Snow Levels in Austin

A quick Google search will reveal that Austin, TX receives an average of zero inches of snow per year. It’s easy, then, to conclude that Austin does not receive any snow at all, which seems in keeping with its southern location. But is this true? Does it ever snow in Austin, TX?

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Is crude oil used in cars?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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Crude Vs. Motor Oil

You may hear the word “crude oil” batted around the news from time to time. “Crude oil was spilled here,” or “the prices of crude oil are rising there.” What exactly is crude oil? Is this the same oil that we use in our automobiles?

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How do I attach new windshield wipers?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 at 9:26 PM
Hands pick a windshield wiper up off the windshield, presumably for the purpose of replacing it.

Windshield Wiper Attachment Instructions

Like headlights, brakes, tires, and many other parts of the automobile, windshield wipers are a necessity that often go taken for granted until they break down. When this sad state of affairs occurs, it’s time to replace your windshield wipers and attach new ones. A service shop can certainly do this for you, but a fair amount of labor costs can be saved by doing it yourself.

How does one replace and attach new windshield wipers on their vehicle?

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Are the left and right windshield wipers the same?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 9:47 PM
Two windshield wipers wipe a windshield.

If your driver-side windshield wiper brakes, one temporary solution could be to put your passenger-side wiper over onto the driver side. Is this possible? Are left and right windshield wipers the same, or are there differences between them?

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Why is there a lot of oil in the Middle East?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 8:08 PM
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Middle Eastern Oil: Where It All Comes From

Most Americans tend to use a lot of oil in their daily lives. The most obvious use, of course, is in our automobiles, for which oil provides the basis for both fuel and lubricant. For this reason, we here at Third Coast Auto Group spend a lot of time thinking about oil.

The main sources of oil in our modern world are located in the region commonly referred to as the “Middle East” (although this nomenclature may admittedly be problematic). Why does the Middle East have so much oil?

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What’s the Difference Between Soft Touch and Touch-Free Car Washes?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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Soft Touch vs Touch-Free Car Washes

Have you ever heard horror stories about local car washes leaving scratches on vehicles and decided then and there to avoid ever going near it? Or maybe you prefer to wash your vehicle at home but would like a more convenient wash option as well. This guide is going to breakdown the pros and cons of both soft touch and touch-free car washes to help you find the wash that is right for you and your vehicle. Check out the info below before letting a friend’s horror story keep you out of your local car wash.  Read the rest of this entry »

How fast can you drive in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun, Tips and Tricks on Monday, December 30th, 2019 at 8:10 PM
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What is the fastest legal speed limit in Texas

If you’re a big fan of driving fast, you’re in the right place. The federal speed limit cap of 55 mph was repealed back in 1995, and since then, most states have chosen to set their own standards for what is an acceptable speed. Texas was one of those that upped their speed limit by quite a bit. Find out what the fastest speed limit is here in Texas and where you can go to ride it out! Read the rest of this entry »

How to change your oil fast

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 7:31 PM
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One of the most common maintenance needs is an oil change. Oil changes are recommended every six months or every 5,000 – 7,500 miles, whichever happens first. Those costs can add up over time, so if you’re looking to save a little extra money, it may be in your best interest to try changing the oil yourself. Take a look at the short video here on our blog to learn how to change the oil in your car fast and efficiently! Read the rest of this entry »