Archive for the ‘FAQs’ Category

How do I attach new windshield wipers?

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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?


Are the left and right windshield wipers the same?

Friday, January 10th, 2020
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?


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

Monday, January 6th, 2020
An oil pump pumps oil in a desert at sunset.

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?


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

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Rear view of vehicle going through car wash

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.  (more…)

What are the best pubs in Austin, Texas?

Monday, October 21st, 2019
An assortment of beers sitting on a bar

The Best Pubs in Austin, TX

A good pub is a treasure. The inexpensive comfort food, the perfect beer selection, and the laid-back atmosphere all combine into something greater than the sum of its parts. Austin is a big city, and it can be hard to know where all the best spots are. So, we decided to do the research for you and figure out which pubs the locals think are the best.

Here are the best pubs in Austin, TX. (more…)

Will Toyota bring back the FJ Cruiser?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
A green 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser drives along rugged earth with a Toyota logo in the upper lefthand corner.

Back in 2014, the acclaimed Toyota FJ Cruiser was given one final special edition and then discontinued, an action that struck straight to the heart of its often-fervent fanbase. This rugged, off-road oriented small SUV paid homage to the adventurous powers of the famed Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40. It provided its niche market with exactly what they were yearning for (perhaps without even realizing it). And then it was all taken away.

To this day, Toyota execs report getting continuous requests for the return of the FJ Cruiser. There have been many hopeful rumors circulating and fading for years. Is it just wishful thinking? Or will Toyota truly bring back the FJ Cruiser? (more…)

Are car wash tokens universal?

Friday, October 11th, 2019
A car smushes through a car wash as a yellow bar sprays down on top of it.

Token Cross Acceptance: Where it works and where it doesn’t

Many car washes these days take tokens instead of actual quarters. While these little trinkets can be kind of fun to have, sometimes you end up with extras for a car wash that you’re not going to be returning to. At times like these, you might be wondering if you can use those same tokens elsewhere. Are car wash tokens universal? (more…)

What should I do if my car dies while driving?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
A man in a yellow shirt pushes a green car up a countryside road.

It can be a pretty frightening moment when your car starts having trouble out on the street. But in general, any serious incidents can be avoided if you stay calm (which can be easier said than done) and follow clear steps like the ones below. Read on to find out what to do if your car dies while you’re out on the road. (more…)

How can I prevent carbon build-up in my direct injection engine?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
A mechanic holds a clipboard and looks under the hood of a car, presumably at a carbon-soaked direct injection engine.

Causes and Prevention of Direct Injection Carbon Build Up

A direct injection engine brings many benefits- higher fuel efficiency, more power from smaller engines, and fewer emissions. Unfortunately, they also reintroduce an old automotive problem- the threat of carbon build-up. Carbon build-up can cause a variety of serious problems, including making an engine misfire.

So what does the owner of a direct injection engine do when faced with the threat of carbon build-up? Is it just a fate we must accept? Nay! Read on to find out the causes and prevention strategies for the issue of direct injection carbon deposits. (more…)

What can cause a warped cylinder head?

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Complex machinery inside an engine.

Having a misshapen cylinder head can lead to some pretty big problems in your vehicle. Like, really big- it could damage your engine so much that the whole mechanism needs to be replaced. Instead of dealing with that, the best path to take is to prevent your cylinder head from ever getting harmed in the first place.

In order to prevent a cylinder head from warping, you need to know: what causes a warped cylinder head, and what should I do to prevent it? (more…)