Our Complimentary Courtesy Inspection

Our Complimentary Courtesy Inspection

| By: James Guzman, Christian Brothers Automotive Hutto

Our Complimentary Courtesy Inspection

The scary news is for your vehicle to run properly, many complicated systems have to not only run efficiently but cooperate with one another. That can be overwhelming for anyone! The good news is simple checks can alert you of small problems before they become costly repair jobs, and our ASE certified technicians want to take this responsibility off of you.

Many engine and major system failures are the results of poor preventative maintenance, but here at Christian Brothers Automotive, our technicians will keep you informed about maintenance issues before they become major problems. This is even more important as the temperatures continue to drop! Our team will make sure all components of your vehicle are ready for fluctuating and icy temperatures during our coldest month of the year.

Important Aspects of the Courtesy Inspection During Colder Temperatures

1. Prepare your cooling system.

The cooling system, often confused with the luxury of an A/C system, must be in top shape, especially in the cold! The engine cooling system consists of many parts, including the water pump, the radiator, coolant, radiator hoses, heater hoses, the heater core and the thermostat.


Coolant, or anti-freeze, is stored in the radiator and regulates the engine’s temperature. The proper mixture of coolant and water in the radiator prevents your engine from freezing during the winter. When the mixture isn’t correct, your engine may actually freeze over from the cold.

Radiator and Heater Hoses

Cold weather is often responsible for weakening the integrity of hoses, leading to snaps and breakage. This would be very dangerous if this happened on the road! It’s important to take the extra precaution before the temperatures drop too low.

2. Check your battery.

Your vehicle’s engine will be working harder in cooler weather. This puts extra pressure on the battery, making it more likely for it to die prematurely. To prevent this, our technicians can make sure your battery can still hold its charge before your family gets on the road this winter.

3. Check your tire pressure.

As the temperature starts to drop, the air pressure in your tires drops as well. Remember, air compresses in cold climates so you must put more air in your tires for them to stay properly inflated in colder months. When you don’t take care of your tires, the vehicle won’t have the proper traction for traveling over wet, snowy, or icy road conditions.

4. Check your brakes.

At Christian Brothers Automotive, we make it a point to check every customer’s brakes as part our courtesy inspection. Our ASE-certified technicians don’t just inspect your brake pads, they examine the rotors and brake fluid too, to ensure that your brakes are functioning as they should. If you feel that your brakes aren’t working properly, it is critical that you make an appointment with us. Faulty brakes can always be dangerous, but it can be an even worse situation in cold temperatures and hazardous road conditions.

We’re Here For You

The last thing we want you concerned about is if your vehicle is going to function properly on a cold, busy morning. Let that be our job. As our technicians perform the free courtesy inspection on your vehicle, we are committed to keeping you, your family and your vehicle safe. So whether you feel your vehicle is ready for the cold or you’re a little apprehensive about the chilling temperatures, we invite you to stop by our full-service auto repair shop on Highway 79 in Hutto. Just look for the big orange hippo!

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