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What Kind of Brake Fluid Can You Put in Your Vehicle?

Your brake fluid is the lifeblood of your braking system, and it bears great responsibility for keeping you and your passengers safe. As such, it needs to be built for durability, but it also needs to be compatible with your vehicle and with your unique needs. If you know a little bit about your options, you can make more informed choices when the time comes for inevitable brake fluid and system upgrades or repairs.

Most brake fluids are either water-based, petroleum-based, or synthetic. 

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What is Synthetic Oil?

When you bring your vehicle to our service station in Nederland, TX for a routine oil change, our service technicians will ask you what type of oil you would like us to use for your vehicle. This question is basically asking, "Would you like us to use synthetic oil or conventional oil?" It may seem like a no-brainer to use conventional oil, but synthetic oil can be just as good and sometimes superior to the conventional option.

When an oil is synthetic, it is chemically-made and it typically will have very few imperfections because of the process of how it…

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Book Routine Service With Our Online App

Now is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming season by using our online service scheduling app. We encourage you to arrange service before you have trouble on the roads and then need to call in an emergency repair. Here are a few things to consider when you get you vehicle to the dealership for an inspection.

The mechanics at the dealership all have combined decades experience, and this means that once your vehicle is being maintained on the lift that these crew members have the chance to spot small issues that could become serious emergencies…

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Care for Your Car With Proper Windshield Wiper Fluid

If you clean your auto windshield with standard tap water, you will end up hurting your health and that of your passengers, too. Using plain tap water in your windshield washer fluid system makes your vehicle a perfect breeding ground for legionella bacterium.

Legionella bacterium is a type of pneumonia that spreads when people inhale mist from plain water in water tanks or tubs. As you spray the windshield with tap water, the air-borne legionella bacterium will spread and quickly get into your lungs. 

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You Don't Need to Change Your Oil So Often

If you are getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles, this is likely too much. While old standards required that in order to maintain your vehicle properly you need to change the oil every 3,000 miles, this is no longer true.

Most cars can be driven 7,500 miles in between oil changes as recommended in the owner's manual.

So why does this myth persist?

For the most part, people are used to getting their old changed every 3,000 miles and stick with the same schedule despite advances in technology. In addition, people benefit financially when…

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Everything You Need to Know About Measuring Tread Depth

Are you driving on bald tires? How can you tell when your tread is too thin? The answers are not hard to find once you know just a few simple things about measuring tread depth.

How is tread depth expressed?

Tread-depth measurements are always recorded in 32nds of an inch (e.g. 4/32 inch, not 1/8 inch).

What tools are used to measure tread depth?

Professional mechanics use a depth gauge to get an exact reading. At home, a penny or quarter can be used to measure tread depth. Insert the coin into the tread with the president…

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How to Check 2 Vital Engine Fluids


Your pre-owned car from Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center has been inspected for quality, and comes with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report with information on how it has been maintained through the years. Now its maintenance is in your hands.
 

Our professional service center, located in Nederland, is always here to help whenever you need an oil change, battery replacement, tire rotation, and more—but to provide the best possible care for your vehicle, it is important to check engine fluids at home.

Checking Your Oil

This should be done once a month. Make sure the engine is cool, then locate…

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Maintain Your Used Car Regularly with the Help of Our Trusted Service Technicians

According to research from the American Automobile Association—better known as the AAA—there are many drivers one the road who go into debt because they cannot afford the cost of repairs. Oftentimes, this is because of a lack of regular maintenance which leads to more expensive car repairs down the line. Fortunately, our team at Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center is here to...

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