Prep Your Vehicle for the Winter Weather

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With winter quickly creeping up on us, it would be foolish to try to head into the cold winter season without properly preparing your vehicle. Performing a car care check is essential to safe driving and travelling in the winter. Winter driving can certainly be a bit of a challenge and struggle, but with proper routine maintenance and care, your vehicle will be ready to handle it all.

Vehicle InspectionsBefore heading out to drive this fall and winter, take some time to perform these typical recommended service repairs to prep your vehicle for winter:

  • If you are having any type of engine performance problems such as rough idling, lessened power, hard starts, or consistent stalling, get these problems resolved at a reputable vehicle repair shop. The bitter cold weather will only enhance these problems, so it is important to resolve them well in advance of the frigid winter temperatures.
  • Necessary for protecting your engine, routine oil and filter changes should be performed on your vehicle and especially if the driving you do consists of excessive stop and go actions and frequent short travels. This is one of the most important services for providing added protection to your vehicle’s engine.
  • Make certain that all your filters are clean and changed, including your air, fuel and PCV filters. Again, this is essential for an effectively running engine and contributes to efficiency and less burning of gasoline.
  • In anticipation of the below freezing temperatures, adding a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank at least once per month will help keep any moisture in your fuel line from freezing. Also, keep your gas tank filled to avoid any moisture from forming.
  • Ensure that your defroster and the heating system are all working properly. You definitely don’t want to get caught without any of them when temperatures are below freezing, and you are driving in a snow storm of any type.
  • Be sure to have all your vehicle drive belts, hoses and clamps inspected and replaced if necessary by a professional mechanic or technician.
  • Make certain to replace your old windshield wiper blades. In addition, be sure to keep windshield wiper fluid on hand since we all use excessive amounts of it during the winter season. Further, be sure to put an ice scraper in your vehicle in advance of that first snowfall.
  • Replace any burnt out bulbs you may have and periodically clean the lenses of your headlights as well.
  • Have your exhaust system inspected for any leaks or problems. You don’t want exhaust fumes to make their way into your car’s cabin. This, of course, can be deadly.
  • Inspect your battery. If you see corrosion on the posts or cable connections, remove it. If you believe your battery may be weak, have it tested by a professional. You surely don’t want to get stuck with a dead battery when the temperatures fall below zero.
  • Have a thorough inspection of your brakes performed. With all the snow, ice and freezing temperatures you don’t want to find yourself unable to stop or slow down during hazardous driving conditions.
  • Examine your tires to see how much tread life they have left. Look for uneven wearing or cupping and check the sidewalls for any nicks or cuts. Check your tire pressure regularly and if necessary have your tires rotated or purchase new tires altogether. Also, ensure that you have a spare tire on hand and a working jack as well.
  • Finally, always carry an emergency roadside kit with you. The ideal emergency kit would include flares, flashlight with batteries, a blanket, gloves, and boots, a bit of sand and a shovel, a cell phone charger and even some protein snacks.

Yes, winter can be a bit of a challenge, but if you take time out to prep your vehicle for winter and make certain to have an emergency kit on board at all times then your vehicle problems and downtime should be minimal to none this season. And don’t forget, if you find you are unable to perform any of these service tasks or need any type of vehicle repairs, then the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are the perfect team for you. Contact our expert technicians and schedule your seasonal maintenance service now so you don’t get caught out in the cold this winter. We look forward to providing you with all your vehicle repair and service needs and extend wishes for a very safe and happy holiday season!!

 

Top Notch Franklin Automotive Professionals

When something goes wrong with your vehicle, you typically turn to an experienced professional to help manage the problems. No matter what your vehicle issues may be, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are the team for you. Our Franklin automotive professionals are among the best in the region and in the industry. Dedicated to providing superior products and services, our pros stand ready to serve you with all your automotive needs.

Vehicle InspectionWe utilize only state of the art equipment and innovative repair techniques and are committed to providing our clients with the most effective and affordable solutions.  When you rely upon our Franklin automotive professionals and our specialists, rest assured you can ease your mind knowing that your vehicle is in the hands of some of the industry’s absolute best.

Our professionals are knowledgeable in every aspect of vehicle repair and maintenance. We use innovative techniques, including top of the line software programs to identify problems with your car or truck. Once identified, our qualified technicians provide effective and efficient solutions and often perform necessary fixes in timelines that are accommodating to our client needs.

There is truly no repair job or routine maintenance task that is too big or too small for our expert teams. Open weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm to serve you, we stand ready to deliver our top notch Franklin automotive professional services to all our valued clients. Proudly serving the Franklin area and many of its surrounding towns the pros here at Auto Clinic of Franklin have been recognized time and time again for our outstanding services.

If you are in need of routine vehicle maintenance, such as tires, fluids, braes or other necessary vehicle repairs, then surely you have come to the right place. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we are proud of our extensive roster of satisfied clients and our award-winning presence in the marketplace. Our high customer satisfaction rating is a testament to our commitment and dedication.

Need a tune-up? Need routine maintenance? Need automotive repairs? Don’t wait a moment longer. Why not schedule your automotive appointment today by calling us at (615) 794-9890, or better yet, stop by our Old Carters Creek Pike location and chat with our mechanics. Whatever your concerns or needs may be, rest assured we handle it all. We look forward to serving you and to welcoming you as a member of our automotive family!!

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Affordable Franklin Auto Maintenance Services

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Proper care and maintenance is vital to the performance and life expectancy of any vehicle. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we are committed and dedicated to providing top of the line Franklin Auto Maintenance services for all our valued clients. We take tremendous pride in our quality products and services and in helping our clients to properly maintain their vehicles.

Without proper routine maintenance of your vehicle, over time you will find yourself spending a great deal of money on costly vehicle repairs. Setting aside money regularly will ensure that you have the funding when the need arises to have maintenance or repairs performed on your vehicle. Further, we advise all our clients to get in the habit of scheduling routine maintenance appointments as well.

Auto Clinic of Franklin - BrakesOpen five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, our highly skilled and trained technicians are here to take care of all your Franklin auto maintenance needs. Whether you are in need of routine maintenance or vehicle repairs, rest assured our teams can handle it all. Adhering to a routine maintenance schedule will certainly help to alleviate any costly repairs down the road. Abiding by your manufacturer’s recommended services and schedules is a sure fire way of making certain your vehicle gets the attention it needs.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we proudly serve our many satisfied clients in the Franklin area and surrounding regions. Our abundant positive customer reviews are a testament to our superior products and services.

Look at what some of our clients have to say about us.

“Best people in the world to work with. I have taken my cars here for a few years and they are great about telling me what is – and is not – wrong with my vehicle. Recently, a part they replaced broke a month after installing it while I was on a trip. They paid the out of town mechanic for his labor costs and I didn’t have to pay anything. Unfailingly honest, reputable, and timely. Highly recommend these guys.”

Don’t get caught short on cash. We encourage all our clients to take important steps and get in the habit of budgeting for unexpected automotive expenses and performing routine maintenance on your vehicles as well. Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, proper maintenance of your vehicle is essential to its efficient functionality and life expectancy. When you are in need of top notch Franklin auto maintenance services turn to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

Give us a call at 615-794-9890 or, better yet, stop by and say hello at our Old Carters Creek Pike facility today. We look forward to providing you with all your vehicle maintenance and service needs!

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Top-Rated Franklin Vehicle Repair Services

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Though the average vehicle typically lasts about 200,000 miles, there are a wide range of maintenance tasks you can perform to extend the life expectancy of your vehicle. The technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are licensed and certified to provide superior Franklin vehicle repair services to all our valued clients and to help manage their routine vehicle maintenance.

Auto Performance upgradesOpen weekdays from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm to serve you, our highly skilled technicians are here to address all your Franklin vehicle maintenance and repair needs. We make it a point to keep our clients apprised of vehicle maintenance tasks that are an absolute must do and how often to do them. In addition, we take time to answer all your questions and address all your concerns.

Surpassing the typical 200,000 life expectancy can be easily accomplished if you trust your vehicle to our award-winning automotive shop. There is no problem too big or too small for our mechanics. We will manage and maintain your vehicle end to end. Transmission fluid levels low? Don’t fret we’ll take care of it. Need an oil change, no problem at all. Dirty oil filters, our mechanics got you covered.

check engine lightRecognized in the marketplace for our superior Franklin vehicle repair services, we take tremendous pride in delivering quality products and services to all our Franklin clients. Is your car battery old, we’ll change it. Are your fuel filters dirty, then let our technicians take care of replacing them. Spark plugs misfiring, we got you covered for sure. How about your timing belt? If you’ve surpassed 90,000 miles, then rest assured it’s apt to break on you. Don’t get caught with a snapped timing belt, our mechanics are here to replace it and get you back on the road again.

Noticing a squeaky sound every time you apply your brakes? You guessed it. We are the team for you. Come on down to our shop located at 156 Old Carters Creek Pike and let our mechanics check out the brakes pads and calipers and get your braking system back up to par.

Whatever your automotive needs may be, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are equipped and trained to handle it all. For top of the line Franklin vehicle repair services that are not only effective but affordable, reach out to the experts here at Auto Clinic of Franklin today. You’ll be glad you did!!

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Franklin Automotive Services with a Touch of Class

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We live in such a fast paced, hectic world. Getting from one place to the other is so important. Is it any wonder that our vehicles are so critical to our everyday life? Whether commuting to and from work each day or traveling for a vacation, a healthy maintained vehicle is essential. Here at The Auto Clinic of Franklin we are proud of our award-winning Franklin automotive services. We have provided all of our valued clients with our top-rated services and products here in Franklin over the past 10+ years.

You are our number 1 priority. Whether you’re here in Franklin or you drive 2 hours to bring your vehicle to us (as so many of our customers do) you can count on our experienced and certified technicians to provide superior services each and every time–at truly affordable prices. From oil changes, diagnostic testing and tire services to vehicle inspections, transmission services and engine repairs, our highly trained technicians can do it all!

Our top-rated Franklin automotive services have earned us a spot at the top of the charts on Google Local Reviews, Facebook and Yellow Pages as one of the best all-round automotive service providers this side of Nashville. As one reviewer wrote,

“Can you believe that anyone would rate an auto repair shop with 5 stars? Well Auto Clinic deserves it. I have been using Auto Clinic’s services for about 4 years now and I find myself recommending them all the time. They are honest, timely, thorough and always exceed my expectations. Look no further.”

With summer coming to a close and the cold weather now making its presence known, it is important that vehicle owners give appropriate attention to their vehicle maintenance in anticipation of the fall and winter weather.

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Brakes and Tire Maintenance

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Fall can be quite tricky with rainy weather and slippery leaves. It’s important that your brakes and your tires are inspected and replaced or repaired if necessary,  It is essential to your vehicle’s health and to your own safety!

With winter we have the obvious concern of snow and ice, though nowhere near as much a concern as other parts of the country. However, ensuring that your vehicle is prepared to handle the change in seasons and all the accompanying weather should be a primary concern for all vehicle owners. Relying regularly on our top-notch Franklin automotive services our team provides is the surefire way to know your vehicle is being properly maintained and ready for the potentially challenging driving conditions ahead.

It’s true that new automobiles and trucks have high performance with little maintenance for many years. Larger repair jobs upfront are usually rare, but over the years, as is the case with anything, wear and tear start to come into play. Maintenance before that happens will extend the life of your vehicle and help stretch your dollar.

Ensuring that your vehicle has routinely scheduled tune-ups by the experts here at the Auto Clinic of Franklin will certainly make your life a whole lot easier and definitely a whole lot safer.

If your vehicle is long overdue for its tune up, then give a shout out to our licensed technicians today and schedule your appointment.We are located at 156 Old Carters Creek Pike, we are open weekdays from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Whether a routine tune-up or any other automotive repairs are needed, rest assured our Franklin automotive services here at the Auto Clinic of Franklin will simply not be beat!!

How to Make Your Franklin Vehicle Last

Auto RepairThe average vehicle lasts no more than 200,000 miles. But what if there is a way to supersede this number? There is!  The average car owner changes their oil every 5-10 thousand miles. The manufacturers recommend every 3 thousand. This alone can shorten the life of your vehicle. There are plenty of things that need to be changed and taken care of that many people neglect causing the life of their cars to be shortened dramatically. Here are some things that your Franklin vehicle needs to be repaired and changed regularly.

Transmission Fluid for Your Vehicle

Transmission fluid is needing to be managed and maintained thoroughly.  This is a very easy task to do, simply fill to the recommended amount needed and you are all set. Be careful not to neglect this because though easy to take care of, if the transmission fluid runs dry it could damage the transmission of your vehicle which is a very costly fix.

Air Filter

An easy fix that anyone can do with a minimum, if any tools, is changing the air filter. An air filter is needed to be changed once every year or 12000 miles. This not only will help increase gas mileage by having a clean filter it will help everything run smoothly compared to having a filter full of garbage and debris.

Car Battery

Another easy maintenance task to do yourself would be changing your car battery. You should replace a car battery once every 48 months. Depending on the car model and type this can be an easy task that can be done by a novice mechanic or if the battery is difficult to get to some places will change the battery for you if you buy it through them.

Fuel Filters

Fuel filters are important to any car but are often overlooked. There are ways to change this yourself but this is one of the more difficult things that need to be taken care of on a car so it would be wise to let someone with previous experience change this for you. Fuel filters should be changed once every 24000 miles or every 2 years.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are easily overlooked and require minimum mechanical experience to figure out how to replace. Spark plugs need to be replaced every 30,000 miles up to 100,000. These are easy and fairly cheap to replace.

Timing Belt

A Timing belt is needed to be replaced every 90,000 miles otherwise if this breaks on you, your vehicle will be more or less totaled. These are hard to replace without mechanical knowledge ability and the right tools so best to have a mechanic do this, but don’t let it slip your mind. It is easy to overlook this key part of your vehicle.

Brakes for Your Franklin Vehicle

Lastly, the brakes will need to be changed every so often depending on the vehicle. Though not the most difficult to do on your own, it does require some tools and mechanical ability to change. To tell if you need new brakes, listen for screeching when slowing down or feel for your car to shake when slowing down.

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to give the mechanics at the Auto Clinic of Franklin a call. They can make an appointment for your vehicle to be looked at.

The Importance of Budgeting for Franklin Auto Maintenance

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Auto maintenance is a vital part of keeping your vehicle running. If you maintain that car or truck sitting out in your parking lot regularly, you’ll enjoy smoother operation and fewer problems down the road. If you ignore important maintenance tasks, you’ll spend far more money on repairs to keep the vehicle running. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have money set aside for basic maintenance tasks and service appointments so you don’t have to spend a small fortune on repairs later on.

Start Saving Money Now for Franklin Auto Maintenance

Even if your vehicle is running perfectly and you don’t have many maintenance tasks to take care of immediately, do yourself a favor and start saving for maintenance anyway. Put a small amount of money into a savings account each month, say $50 to $100 and you’ll be in a much better position to maintain your vehicle when the need arises. Most people spend between $1000 and $2000 on automotive maintenance annually depending on the type of vehicle they have and its age. Setting aside a monthly chunk of that will help you prepare for the big costs as they come.

Schedule Service Appointments

Now that you are actively budgeting your money for auto maintenance, you should start planning that maintenance as well. Schedule your first service appointment with your local dealership and plan follow up services as well. With the money you’ve set aside, you should be able to cover the cost of at least one service appointment a year, and you’ll feel better knowing that you are taking care of your vehicle.

Enjoy a Reliable Vehicle

As long as you stick to your manufacturer’s recommended service intervals, you should enjoy a pretty reliable vehicle over time. Sure there will be some unexpected repairs needed eventually, but as long as you’re budgeting for automotive expenses you’ll be ready for those as well. Owning a vehicle costs money, and it’s good practice to plan for those costs rather than ignoring them.

The worst thing you can do is avoid saving money and then have to resort to credit cards or avoid maintenance entirely instead of having the work done when it’s needed. Do the right thing, save money for auto care and you’ll be ready to pay the costs the next time you have a problem with your vehicle.

When you’re in need of Franklin auto maintenance, speak with the mechanics at the Auto Clinic of Franklin. Set up an appointment to get your vehicle looked at.

The Importance of Greasing Franklin Suspension Components

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Greasing Franklin suspension components is an important part of good auto maintenance. Many modern suspension components rely on grease to function properly, and to prevent wear. While much of a car’s suspension is sealed with grease today and made so that you can’t properly grease it yourself, there are still some areas of a vehicle’s suspension that benefit from regular grease application. Vehicle owners looking to get the most out of their cars, trucks and SUVs should purchase a grease gun and regularly fill grease fittings with fresh grease, or they should hire a mechanic to keep up with regular maintenance, including filling those grease fittings.

Extend the Life of Franklin Suspension Components

Franklin suspension components are constantly in motion and they come up with other components. Grease is necessary to slow down wear and to keep the different joints and sockets of the vehicle functioning properly. If grease fittings are allowed to get dry, your suspension components will wear out very quickly, leaving you with a rough riding vehicle and parts that require replacing.

Add Grease Yourself

Adding grease to a grease fitting isn’t that difficult, you simply attach a compatible grease gun and pump the fitting full of grease until you notice grease emerging from a different section of the component, or until you simply can’t add more grease to the fitting. By doing this regularly you’ll know for sure that your components are in good working order. A grease gun is affordable and replacement grease can be purchased regularly, but you need to be willing to take the time to do the job, and to check on the components of the vehicle regularly to keep it in good shape over time.

Get a Mechanic to do the Job

If you don’t want to mess with greasing up the fittings on your own vehicle, you can have a mechanic do the job for you. Many mechanics throw this type of job in along with regular maintenance, but it’s important that you ask whether or not it’s included, and that you find out if the mechanic can add in greasing your components during a service date if he wasn’t going to originally. It may cost you a bit more than the standard service, but you’ll be protecting and preserving your vehicle in the process.

Greasing up a vehicle is important maintenance and something that needs to be prioritized. If you own a vehicle with grease fittings it’s vital that you have the components serviced regularly and that you keep up with grease needs of the vehicle before excess wear occurs. Speak with the auto clinic of Franklin to find out how we can get your vehicle in the best shape possible.

Maintenance Considerations When Franklin Towing

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As a truck owner that tows regularly, you have more maintenance concerns than the average vehicle owner. You’re putting more strain on your vehicle than most people are after all. That means you have to stay on top of important maintenance tasks and take care of many maintenance tasks more often. Below is a breakdown of common maintenance considerations that you need to make as a regular hauler for Franklin towing services.

Stay on Top of Oil Changes

Your engine is working very hard as you tow trailers or anything else down the road. For that reason, it’s vital to change the oil at the recommended intervals or a bit sooner. Poor quality oil will force your engine to work even harder and can lead to premature engine failure or all sorts of other problems that you don’t want to do deal with.

Transmission Fluid in Franklin Towing

It’s vital that you stay on top of your transmission fluid as well. There are recommended transmission fluid intervals, but you should check the quality of the fluid before your suggested interval to be sure that it’s still decent quality. Get this fluid changed as needed and never let it go past the change interval if you can help it.

Braking

The brake system is arguably the most important system of a vehicle, and it’s up to you to keep it in tip-top shape. You can do this by swapping warn brake pads before they are down too low and keeping the brake fluid topped up. Also, make sure that you bleed your brakes after changing them to keep the braking nice and firm. Franklin towing is serious. 

Tires

It’s important to rotate your tires regularly, but that’s not all you should be worried about when driving your vehicle around. You want to make sure your tire pressure is at the proper levels and that you aren’t driving with too little tread. A blowout while towing is a very real danger, and all the added weight of the trailer is hard on your tires. Make sure that you don’t run into a serious problem out on the road by staying on top of your tires.

As the owner of a truck or SUV that’s used to tow regularly, it’s up to you to make sure all the proper maintenance is performed. You’re counting on your vehicle for more than just carrying you from place to place, and you have to take special care of it to keep things running smoothly for your Franklin towing vehicle.

Contact the Franklin Auto Clinic to set up your regular auto maintenance on your towing vehicle.

Taking Care of Common Maintenance Tasks Recommended by Manufacturers

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One of the best ways that you can extend the life of your vehicle is to maintain it properly. Not only will you keep your car running longer if you do things like changing the oil and swapping out the air filter once and awhile, but you’ll also improve its resale value and you might even sleep better at night knowing that your vehicle is in excellent shape. Unfortunately, there are many different maintenance tasks for you to stay on top of, and it can be a bit overwhelming trying to remember everything that needs to be done. Of course you can solve this problem by bringing your car in for services, but if you want to do everything yourself you’ll have to remember the important maintenance tasks yourself.

The Top Maintenance Tasks to Remember

  • Tire rotation
  • Oil change
  • Spark plugs
  • Spark plug wires
  • Fluid inspections
  • Air filter replacements
  • Transmission fluid
  • Timing belt replacement

The above list is most of the common replacements that you’ll need to remember and keep in mind while driving your vehicle. It’s important to keep an eye on the mileage of your vehicle and make replacements as specific by your owner’s manual.

There are some replacements that need to be made regularly, like an oil change and tire rotation, and there are others that aren’t needed nearly as often, such as the transmission fluid. Learning the intervals yourself will ensure that the work is always done on time. Take the time to become familiar with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and you can double check that the shop is doing the right work, or you can do the work yourself.

Consider Getting Your Vehicle Serviced

Even if you know the maintenance schedule for your vehicle, that doesn’t mean that you have to handle the maintenance yourself. Instead, you can work with a local garage and have your vehicle serviced regularly. You’ll have the major maintenance tasks taken care of for you, and the only thing you’ll have to do is enjoy your vehicle and how smoothly it performs.

By spending a bit of money maintaining your vehicle, you’ll avoid serious problems and expensive repairs. It’s a decent trade-off that most people are more than happy to make. Talk with a local garage about maintaining your vehicle, or look into doing all the work yourself. Just make sure that maintenance is performed or you’ll suffer from major repairs later on and wish that you did the work earlier.

Contact the Auto Clinic of Franklin to get an appointment for your service maintenance needs.