Indications Your Exhaust is Leaking

A leaky exhaust can cause serious problems if you’re not aware of the problem. Once the exhaust starts leaking, the poisonous and harmful gases from the exhaust can get inside your vehicle and cause harm to you and your passengers. Our team at Dallas Collision Center would like to offer you tips on how to recognize a leaky exhaust. Here are some signs you exhaust may be leaking.

  • Your vehicle is louder than normal when you start it and continues to get louder the more you accelerate.
  • Your gas mileage is decreasing. A leaky exhaust will make your engine…
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Got an Itty Bitty Scratch? How to Apply Touch Up Paint

Your new car was bound to get a tiny scratch sooner or later, but you can make it look like new with a bit of touch up paint. Your local auto parts store can provide matching paint from the paint code on the label on your driver's side door.

When you start your touch-up job, be sure you are in a well-ventilated area free from dust and debris. Clean the area to be treated, and clean away any rust with 220 grit sand paper. Apply a thin coat of primer and let it dry overnight, then multiple thin layers…

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The Importance of a Roof Test

One of the types of crashes that people undergo is the roll-over crash. This is one of the most dangerous types of crashes because more of the vehicle is damaged including the roof. People are very likely to die in rollover crashes. This is why the roof test is conducted for vehicles.

During a rollover, there are certain vehicles that have side curtain airbags that deploy so that the occupants can have reduced chances of major injuries. However, the roof of the vehicle has to be strong enough to leave enough space for the occupant to survive when it hits…

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IIHS Testing For The Safety Of Vehicles

Before selling vehicles, the safety of the vehicles is important. Manufacturers need to make sure that the vehicles that they are releasing to dealers are going to be safe for the customers. If there is a safety related issue that is found in the vehicle, then a recall is very likely to be issued.

In order to find out how safe a vehicle is, a test is conducted by the IIHS. The testing includes different crashes from the front, side, and roof. Other tests include head restraints and different evaluations of the vehicles. This is all done to see how…

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Common Reasons Why Your Engine Might Be Overheating

An engine that is overheating is a dangerous situation for both you and your vehicle. If you ignore an engine that is having temperature problems, this could cause irreversible damage to your automobile. Not sure why this occurs? Here's some common reasons.

  • The coolant levels in your vehicle may be low. If you don't have enough of this specific fluid, your engine will overheat. Also, it's important to check for coolant leaks that could be causing the drop in fluid levels.
  • A damaged or defective radiator cap can alter the temperature of your engine.
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What Should You Know About a Vehicle's LATCH Evaluation Rating?

Are you on the hunt for a family vehicle that will make securing child safety seats a breeze? If so, then Dallas Collision Center urges you not to overlook the LATCH evaluation ratings of the various vehicles that you are considering. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH, evaluations are created by diligent vehicle safety boards.

Those vehicle safety boards look at how simple a vehicle’s LATCH systems makes it for parents to install a child’s safety seat securely. The four-part evaluation consists of a comprehensive design test. In the end, a vehicle’s 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire

We believe in the power of knowledge at Dallas Collision Center, so we want to ensure you know how to change a flat tire in a pinch. Of course, you can use this valuable knowledge in Dallas or anywhere you drive.

Bring your vehicle to a safe, smooth stop when a flat occurs. Park on level pavement, and run your hazard lights if needed. Typically, you'll find your spare tire and a jack kit beneath your trunks floor. The jack kit should include a lug wrench.

Safely place the jack under the frame notch nearest your flat tire. Next…

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Detailing Your Automobile the Proper Way

Detailing your automobile can be very beneficial for the overall condition of it, but not using the right processes can actually do more harm than good. Let's talk about some tips that Dallas Collision Center can share with you regarding detailing your vehicle.

Don't skimp on products when it comes to washing, waxing and protecting. Invest in a soap that's designed for automobile use. Never use something like dish soap. Don't buy the cheapest wax that you see. Invest time and money in a good wax job. Finally, don't forget about other areas like your…

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What to Know About Brakes

Generally speaking, your brakes will need to be replaced every 50,000 miles. There are also many signs that you may notice if it is time for you to replace the brakes. If your brakes make a squeaking sound, then it is time for you to get new ones. You may also notice a growling or grinding noise. 

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