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How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

Everyone has some bad habits and that applies to driving too. Nobody expects you to be the perfect driver all the time but there are some driving habits that can hurt your car more than others. If you want to keep your car in good working order, it's best to stay away from these bad driving habits: Revving the Engine There's a good reason why you're told that you should warm up your car before driving and it's the same reason why revving your engine right after you've started it up is a bad idea. When your car hasn't been used in a while, you should give the oil a minute or two to circulate through the engine because your car needs to be lubricated to function properly. Speeding Over Speedbumps and Potholes Even though they're called speedbumps, they're meant to make you slow down while driving over them. If you speed over a speedbump or a pothole, the weight of the car behind that kind of drop can cause problems with many areas of your car, like the ... read more

Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

If your car hasn't been running as well, as usual, it might be time for a tune-up. Common signs that something's amiss with your vehicle include leaks, unsightly smells, noises, check engine lights, and less-effective brakes. Below we'll discuss commons signs that your car is due for routine maintenance, as well as common repairs many vehicles require over their lifetime. Squeaking, less sensitive brakes are a common sign that it's time to get your vehicle's brake pads replaced. You should have brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on your local climate and the way you drive. More cautious drivers are less harsh on their brakes, and get more mileage from their brakes and rotors. Depending on the type of oil your vehicle uses, an oil change is a service that is necessary every 3,000 miles. However, if you have a modern engine (i.e. a new car), you should plan to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles. Getting your oil changed r ... read more

Catalytic converter Theft on the rise

Catalytic converter Theft on the rise

Ripley's Total Car Care is Cataltyic Converter Experts We have been involved in Exhaust repairs since 1973 Serving Houston, Spring, The Woodlands and surrounding areas.          

Stolen Converter

Stolen Converter

Stolen Catalytic Converters are on the rise. Why would someone steal your Catalytic Converter? They steal Catalytic converters then sell them to Recyclers for the precious metals inside. Converters are made up of Platinum, palladium and rhodium. Palladium is similar in price as Gold. Recyclers will buy used catalytic Converters, then melt them down to extract the precious metals. Toyota Tundra’s are the most common victim we see at they have a high Platinum count and are easy to access by laying down underneath and cutting them with a portable Sawzall. Trucks and Vans are easy victims due to access to converters but… thieves are getting creative and stealing them from cars with minimal access as well. The aftermarket Catalytic Converters we install are a good option as they posses enough precious metals to meet E.P.A. requirements but less than factory converters; therefore, we don’t see them getting stolen as they don’t get as much money from Recyclers. Tom ... read more

Thieves Target Catalytic Converters

Thieves Target Catalytic Converters

Thieves Target Catalytic Converters Feb. 6, 2020—Beware. Thieves are after catalytic converters.  The precious metals that are in catalytic converters (platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold) have made reports of stolen ones rise.  Tommy Ripley, owner of the two-location Ripley’s Total Car Care in Texas, reached out to Ratchet+Wrench after noticing a recent uptick in cases that he’s seen.  Ripley said that in the past month, he’s seen 6 cases of this at his shop, and in the past few months, he’s noticed that it’s happening more. The shop even published a blog on it’s site. He attributes the rise in the price of rhodium, specifically, as the cause for the uptick.  “It’s headed to $10,000 per ounce,” Ripley s ... read more

Catalytic Converter Theft on the Rise - AGAIN

What's the one thing you would expect car burglars to steal when they break into your car? The car stereo, a cell phone, or that loose change you keep in the ashtray?  All of these things may be, but would you think they would steal your catalytic converter? Catalytic converter thefts are taking place because the converters contain several types of recyclable materials that can be easily “scrapped” for a quick profit.  Thefts of catalytic converters increase each time the cost of scrap metal, particularly platinum, increases.  Houston and surrounding areas have seen an increase in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts. Your vehicle's catalytic converter is a device used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. Catalytic converters have been required by law on every motor vehicle operated in the United States since 1975. It is attached to your exhaust system and is located underneath your car. Catalytic conv ... read more

OBD Trouble Codes

OBD Trouble Codes

OBD-II is the new standard of Onboard Diagnostic Systems and are in most cars and trucks on the road today. The OBD-II is a diagnostic computer that is hooked up to your car to control engine functions and diagnose problems. If there is a problem with a component of the vehicle, a trouble code will be given. Here some of the most common trouble codes, what they mean, what symptoms to look for, and some solutions to solving the problem, from the OBD Codes.com trouble code database. P0440 What Does it Mean? P0440 is the trouble code given when the evaporative emission control system has malfunctioned. The EVAP system contains the gas cap, fuel lines, carbon canister, purge valve, and other hoses within the car. The EVAP emission control system prevents fuel vapors from escaping from the fuel system of a vehicle Symptoms: T ... read more

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Shocks and Struts in Houston, The Woodlands, Spring

Shocks and Struts in Houston, The Woodlands, Spring

Shocks and struts are two very similar parts that serve similar purposes. Both shocks and struts absorb the bumps in the road and keep the tires of the vehicle on the ground, creating a smoother ride. A car without shocks or struts would bounce all over the road and be nearly undrivable, as well as dangerous. Shock Absorbers Shocks are the oldest form of suspension still used today. They are similar to pistons - tubes filled with hydraulic fluid or gas with a rod inside, connected to the chassis of the car. When the car rolls over a bump, the piston forces the air or fluid through the tube. Only a limited amount of fluid or air can move at a time, which, combined with springs, resists vehicle movement and prevents the chassis of the car from bouncing rapidly. Struts Struts are the evolved version of shocks. They are a component that combines the spring with a shock absorber to reduce production costs and simplify construction. Struts also serve as ... read more

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Suspension

Winterize your car battery

Winterize your car battery

It’s almost that time of year….Cold temperatures and warm fires, sweaters, hats, and gloves. Those rough mornings that we have to get up from our cozy, warm beds and go outside to get into our cold, cold cars. And then…click….click…the car battery is dead. Problems with car batteries are high on the annual lists of the top 10 most common breakdown faults. Not that they need to be. Thanks to newer technologies, modern car batteries provide much better cold starting performance and longer life than ever before. But, the danger is still real, and it happens to the best of us. Heat is Tough on Car Batteries Last month’s article was about how HEAT is a battery culprit, so we know that the summer months start the breakdown process. [When temps outside reach 90 degrees, the temperature under the hood of your car can reach 140 degrees, wreaking havoc on the battery. Each time the thermometer gets that high, your car’s battery fluid evaporates faster & corrosion accelerates too -- whi ... read more

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What is a Catalytic Converter

What is a Catalytic Converter

A catalytic converter (“cat”) is an exhaust emission control device which chemically - - using a catalyst - - converts toxic compounds of car exhaust into harmless compounds. The result is a reduction of pollutants exiting the car's exhaust. Catalytic converters have been standard since the mid 1970s. What Is A Catalyst And How Does It Work? A catalyst is a substance that causes or speeds up a chemical reaction without being affected by it itself. In a catalytic converter we usually find two different kinds of catalysts: Reduction Catalyst – First step of catalytic converter which helps to reduce the Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions. Oxidation Catalyst – Second step of catalytic converter, it helps to minimize the Hydrocarbons (HC) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions. Inside of the catalytic converter the catalysts - - palladium, rhodium, and platinum - - are coated onto a ceramic honeycomb or bead which then is placed int ... read more

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