Important Cold Weather Vehicle Maintenance Tips

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Winter weather comes year after year and we all find ourselves having to drive in those frigid winter months. With that said the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to remind all our valued clients to engage in cold weather vehicle maintenance before the winter season arrives. There are a variety of helpful tips you can use to winter proof your car that we have listed here below.

To begin with, you want to check the anti-freeze in your car. Antifreeze makes its way into your radiator and is very important to your vehicle. Be sure that it is at appropriate levels at the start of the winter season.

Next, you want to be certain that your windshield wipers are in tip top shape to allow the quick and easy removal of snow, rain, salt and even sand that gets onto your windshield during winter driving. If they are not performing at peak levels, make sure you replace them. Also, be sure to check the level of your windshield wiper fluid as well.

Tire Tread DepthFurther, you want to take time out to inspect your tires to ensure that they have sufficient tire depth and traction so as to avoid any slipping and sliding in foul weather. Continuing on with important steps to take we want to remind all our clients to check the battery terminals on your car. When the temperatures drop your car typically needs a whole lot more power so you want to be sure that your battery is able to handle the extra workload.

Be sure to check the engine oil in your car as well as your brake pads, again to ensure that they are performing at peak levels in anticipation of the much colder driving temperatures. It is also important that you check the status and condition of your spark plugs as well.

These important steps will help to ensure that your vehicle is up for the winter weather driving challenge and will also help provide protection for your vehicle from the cold weather elements. These cold weather vehicle maintenance tips not only contribute to the well being of your vehicle, but also contribute greatly to the safety of you and all your passengers as well.

Remember, if you are not comfortable to perform any of these important steps, then no need to worry. Simply bring your vehicle on down to our facility and let the highly skilled and trained auto techs here at Auto Clinic of Franklin take care of all those winter woes. Our team is committed and dedicated to providing top of the line products and services each time every time. Having earned ourselves a spot on the marketplace charts as one of the best all round automotive service providers this side of Tennessee, our staff remains steadfast in maintaining that very presence and reputation.

Should you also find that you are in need of any type of automotive repairs or services, then surely you have come to the right place. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin you are our #1 priority which is why you can be sure that we will meet your every need with the greatest of ease and professionalism.

Winter is truly upon us now, and whether you will be driving about here in Tennessee or have plans to travel to snowier destinations this holiday season, take time out now to have cold weather vehicle maintenance performed on your vehicle. We wouldn’t want you to get caught this winter with vehicle problems, so bring your vehicle in today and let us be sure you are prepped and ready for winter season driving ahead. From our family to yours we send along wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!!

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The Importance of Performing Regular Tire Rotations for Your Car

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Tire RotationsHere at Auto Clinic of Franklin, our highly skilled and trained team of certified master mechanics are committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with the best all round car repair and services this side of Tennessee. From oil changes, repairs, battery replacements and tire rotations to name a few, our team is on hand to take care of your every automotive need.

Our experienced automotive repair techs are trained and equipped to handle any car problems you are experiencing. With that said, our tire rotation services give focus to changing the positioning of your vehicle’s tires so as to minimize massive tread differentiation between them. Tires will always exhibit different levels of tread wear because each and every tire experiences a different level of stress during use. For this reason, it is important that car owners have their tires rotated in order to address the uneven tread wear that occurs.

Tire Tread DepthBy alternating your tires according to specific tire rotation patterns, you help distribute the tread wear more precisely and evenly and contribute to reduced uneven tread wear over time. Tire rotation patterns will, however, vary depending upon the type of vehicle you are driving and the make and type of tires that are installed on the vehicle. The experts here at Auto Clinic of Franklin may, during your tire rotation appointment, swap your front tires with one another, exchange the rear tires with one another, or even swap the front and rear tires with each other. Further, we give note to whether or not you have a full sized spare tire in your vehicle and will take into consideration appropriate tire rotation for your spare as well.

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Meet Our TeamAs we have already mentioned, it is important to rotate your tires to avoid uneven tread wear which typically occurs because the majority of vehicles do not distribute weight evenly amongst the front and rear tires. More often than not, the front tires of a vehicle tend to wear and deteriorate much quicker than the rear tires simply because of their location and because of the heavy weight of your car’s engine. When you rotate your tires, you distribute the wear evenly, and will not have to replace or buy new tires quite as often. Tire rotation will not only extend the lifespan of your tires but our professional services, when performed routinely, can also help to improve the gas mileage of your car.

You may ask why? The answer is simple. Well maintained tires easily reduce rolling resistance which is what directly affects the overall performance of your vehicle as well as its gas mileage. With our top-rated tire rotation services, you can be sure we will help to prevent extensive tread differentiation between your tires, will promote much better car performance, and will also contribute to better gas mileage, which over time, saves you money.

Summer has come to an end and fall is now upon us which means that winter driving is right around the corner. In the fall, the falling leaves can present some driving hazards which is why we highly recommend you have your tires rotated now and perhaps again in two months before the winter driving season is here. If you have any questions about appropriate timelines for your car’s tire rotation or any other automotive services or repairs then surely you have come to the right place. The certified technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are just the team for you and stand ready to take care of your every automotive repair or service needs. Don’t delay. It’s time to get those tires rotated so schedule your appointment today!!

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Back To School Automotive Maintenance Checklist

With school back in session for most, all those school supplies, new clothes, and furnishings (for those going to college) have likely been considered. However, often times one important component is left off of the back to school task list for students, teachers, or even parents who have to drive their kids to school. What is that one important component? Simply put, your car’s automotive maintenance checklist.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we have put together a few very important items you need to give focus to before heading back to school. For starters, check your vehicle’s engine oil levels. It is mandatory to keep your oil at appropriate levels in order to enhance your engine performance. Having regular oil changes performed is an absolute must do. Depending on the type of oil you use and your individual daily driving routines, how often you change your oil will vary from person to person, and vehicle to vehicle.

Emergency Road Kit

Next, be certain to check your brakes since they are one of the most critical safety features of your car. Be sure that your brakes stop your vehicle quickly and have no strange, squeaking noises or grinding noises when you step on them. If you notice any odd noises, then don’t hesitate to take your car in and have them checked. Further, have your brake pads and rotors check routinely so as to ensure the safety of your vehicle.

The next item on our automotive maintenance checklist is checking your fluid levels. There are a variety of fluids that need to be maintained. From windshield washer fluids, coolant and transmission fluids to brake fluids and power steering fluids be certain to have them all checked and changed as needed.

Finally, the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommend that you always have an emergency car kit on hand. If you do not have a kit already in your vehicle, then its time you create and pack your very own emergency kit. You do not have to make the kit extravagant, but rather included some important basic items such as jumper cables, a jack, a spare tire and first aid items specifically. Each of these items will assist you greatly should your vehicle ever break down on the road.

The last thing you as a parent would want to worry about is your son or daughter in a situation they may not be prepared to handle on their own, such as a flat tire, loss of brakes, or some other dire circumstance.

With that said, our highly skilled and trained automotive technicians stand ready to serve you with all your automotive maintenance and service needs. Our team is committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with superior products and services that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors. With prices that are affordable and timelines that are accommodating to you, our auto center has been recognized time and time again as one of the best all round automotive centers this side of Tennessee. When school is back in session, traffic increases, timelines become stressed, walkers are abundant and chances for mishaps and delays are increased.

Having earned ourselves a spot at the top of the marketplace charts, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin has come to be known as your go to company in Franklin and the surrounding towns for all your automotive needs. If you are getting ready for the new school year ahead, then don’t delay in adhering to our vehicle maintenance checklist. Give a call out to the pros here at Auto Clinic of Franklin and schedule your repair or service appointment today. We look forward to serving you and to contributing to the safety and well-being of you and your family this school season. Don’t delay. Contact our team today!!

 

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Indicators That Your Car’s Rotors or Brake Pads Need Replacing

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Although they are not outwardly visible and certainly not a feature of your car that you typically brag about, your brakes are vitally important to the overall functionality of your car. For this very reason, it is essential that you give focus and pay attention to any of the indicators that suggest it is time for your rotors or brake pads to be checked or replaced. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to offer you the insight needed to recognize these warning signs.

First and foremost, if you notice your brake pedal is pulsating then it’s a very good chance that you need to invest in new brake pads. If you press down on the brake pedal and it begins to pulsate or vibrate this is a good indicator that your brake pads are either warped or worn out. If this is the case you can either have them remachined or replaced altogether.

Rotors or Brake PadsNext, if you notice that your brakes are squealing and/or screeching rest assured it’s time to replace those pads. A high-pitched sound that is emitted when you depress the brakes is caused by the metal shim. If your brakes are over exposed to water you may hear this sound once or twice only. However, if you hear it constantly, then it’s time to pay a visit to the highly skilled technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

The next indicator is that of a grinding or clicking sound coming from your brakes. If you hear this sound when you apply your brakes, then again, it’s time to replace them. Usually a grinding sound of this sort tells you that your brakes are well beyond the point of questioning whether or not they need replacement. Since the grinding sound is caused by the metal disc and caliper rubbing together because the brake pads are completely worn out, you must not delay. Rather, get on down to our facility as soon as you can because chances are, you need to replace both the rotors and the pads.

Yet another indicator that your rotors or brake pads may need replacing is the simple act of your car pulling. This means that it feels as though your car wants to turn on its own, whether you are driving or braking. Your braking system could have a stuck caliper causing friction on one of your wheels or it could be uneven brake pads or a brake hose that has collapsed. In some cases, it could just be the fact that your tires are not inflated evenly. Regardless, when you feel the car pulling get it to our mechanics for a good once over.

Finally, if you take a peek at your vehicle’s brake pads through the car wheel spokes, you can often determine by viewing if they need to be replaced. The outside brake pad is the material up against the metal rotor. If you notice that there is less than a quarter of an inch, then head on over to our repair shop right away.

We hope you find this information helpful. Remember, if you are in the market for a reliable, professional, certified and highly experienced automotive repair shop then certainly you have come to the right place. Whether diagnostic testing, new tires, typical preventive maintenance or any type of automotive repair, we are the team for you. Our team stands ready to serve you with the best all round automotive services this side of Tennessee. For all your automotive needs, reach out to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. You’ll be glad you did!!

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Don’t Fall Victim to Your Car Overheating This Summer

Summer is finally here and with all the atmosphere issues, it looks as though we are in for a really scorching hot one. Many people plan their summer vacations and multiple weekend getaways well in advance of summer’s arrival. You probably have already figured out what you are going to pack, what tourist activities interest you and what type of memories you are looking to add to the memory book. But many people forget one thing before heading out for vacation. When driving that long distance to your vacation spot, be sure to have your vehicle checked before you head out so you don’t find yourself falling victim to your car overheating during your travels.

With that said, there are a few things you need to do to ensure your vehicle will not overheat when driving in sweltering summer temperatures. We have taken this opportunity to discuss those items with you so you do not come face to face with car troubles on your vacation.

How to Prevent Overheating

One of the best ways to avoid car overheating problems is simply by ensuring you perform routine maintenance on your vehicle. This is the first and most important step in avoiding any type of engine trouble for your car. With the multitude of systems in your car, some of which are specifically designed to regulate temperatures, you want to ensure that each is performing at peak levels at all times.   Your engine oil, for instance, is responsible for providing lubrication to the moving parts of your car’s engine. It also serves to minimize friction and reduce heat. By engaging in routine maintenance and especially oil changes, you help to ensure that your engine is running cool at all times.

Understanding your car’s cooling system is important for every vehicle owner. Your cooling system is comprised of many parts from fans and belts to coolant fluids. Over time the cooling system in your vehicle will develop what are called scale deposits that restrict the circulation of coolant. When this occurs, it is necessary to have your cooling system flushed out. That is where the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin come in. Our highly educated, skilled and trained technicians carry out all the normal examinations of your vehicle and ensure that your car is effectively and efficiently cooled down and able to keep on running for years down the road.

Steps to Take Should Your Car Overheat

If you find yourself faced with a car overheating, make sure to pull over right away. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and then turn off your engine. Make certain not to open the hood of your car at this time. Wait for your vehicle to cool down, typically about a half an hour. You want to wait until the temperature gauge is indicating normal vehicle temperatures. Next, check the coolant levels of the vehicle. You can locate the coolant typically near to the radiator. It is a transparent reservoir. If the coolant levels are low, you must refill the reservoir. We highly recommend when traveling long distances in the scorching summer months that you travel with and extra bottle of coolant.

Next, you want to check the hoses for any leaks by squeezing them. If you feel no pressure from the liquids in the hose, then surely you have a problem. If you decide and are comfortable enough to remove your radiator cap, take very careful steps in doing so. Protect your hand and be sure to tilt the lid in a direction away from your face. Wait until the car is completely cooled down to do this. Never try to remove the radiator cap when the vehicle is still hot. Also, if you find it necessary to pour water into the radiator, never pour it into a hot radiator since that can quickly crack the engine block on your car.

We hope you found this information useful. However, if you are worried about the maintenance and overall health of your vehicle in the sweltering summer months ahead, then simply come on down to our facility and let us perform any needed routine maintenance so as to avoid your car overheating this summer. The friendly, professional technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are on hand to perform all your needed oil changes, fluid flushes, or any type of auto repairs you may have. We look forward to serving you and to helping to make your summer a season of travel, fun and memories for you and your family!!

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Don’t Overlook Your Vehicle’s Battery Replacement

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Your car battery is certainly an essential component of both your starting system and your car’s charging system. The role of the battery within the charging system is primarily to send an electrical current to your vehicle’s starter in order to allow the car to start up and run. Further to this simple task, your battery also supplies electricity to the many other electrical components in your car. Components such as the radio and CD player, and interior and exterior lights when your vehicle is off are just a couple of important features that are dependent upon your vehicle’s battery. With that said, your battery upkeep and, when necessary, your battery replacement are critical to the overall functionality of your vehicle.

Most vehicles use only one battery, but diesel engine vehicles and electric vehicles require two or even more batteries in order to provide sufficient power to their engines and electrical systems. Most vehicle batteries are SLI batteries (starting, lighting and ignition) batteries and, again, are essential components of your vehicle. If your vehicle has no battery, then, as just about anyone knows, the engine cannot start. Understanding the important role the battery plays in your vehicle is reason enough for you to keep a close watch over the condition and strength of your battery life.

The Importance of Battery Replacement Services Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our highly skilled and trained team of certified master mechanics and technicians are committed to providing all our valued clients with the highest quality car repair services Tennessee has to offer. Our professional auto repair technicians possess the experience and know-how to handle any car problems you may find yourself faced with.

If you are experiencing issues starting your engine, then surely you can contact our team or come visit us for our specialized battery replacement services. We will test your vehicle to determine if the battery is, in fact, the root cause of the problem and whether or not it is in need of replacement. Keep in mind that though new batteries typically perform quite well for the first 3-5 years, after this span of time they may actually malfunction. Your batter life can be minimized by extreme weather elements or improper maintenance of the battery. Our staff is on hand and equipped to test and determine the overall status of your battery’s lifespan and has the tools to review your battery performance and determine whether a battery replacement is the effective solution to your problems.

If we determine that a new battery is in order, rest assured we will take every step to ensure the performance and functionality of your vehicle before it leaves our facility. We will walk you through the replacement process and stand ready to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about our recommendation to replace your battery. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin you are our #1 priority which is why you can always trust our advice, our teams, our products and our top-quality services.

Proudly serving Franklin and many of its surrounding towns, our friendly and professional staff is on hand to take care of your every automotive need. If you are having issues with your car battery and are in need of a battery replacement, or are experiencing any other problems with your vehicle then we are the team for you. Simply give a shout out today and schedule your appointment. Summer is right around the corner and we don’t want you to get caught without your vehicle come time to gather up the family and head on out on your long-awaited summer vacation. Don’t delay. Contact our team today!!

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Quality Preventative Automotive Maintenance

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Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want to ensure that our clients take ideal care of their vehicles. The best way to avoid any long term costly problems with your vehicle is simply to keep on track with its preventative automotive maintenance schedule. Routine maintenance is vital to the overall performance of your vehicle as well as to its life expectancy. Engaging in routine maintenance provides for optimal driving capabilities and prevents serious automotive issues that can certainly be difficult on your pocketbook. To ensure that you are providing all the necessary routine maintenance for your vehicle, be sure to consult with your vehicle owner’s manual and more specifically with the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you own or the year, make or model of the vehicle, it is critical to perform regular maintenance and put a routine schedule in place. That’s where our highly skilled and trained staff and certified technicians comes in. When servicing your vehicle, we will keep adequate records of all services and repairs performed in our efforts to assist you in maintaining accurate routine maintenance records as needed. Though your owner’s manual presents with the ideal preventative automotive maintenance schedule many car owners find it much easier and comforting to simply consult with our friendly professionals. We will keep you apprised of services needed from changing your oil and filters and replacing driving and timing belts to topping off fluids and replacing brake pads to name a few of our routine services.

Preventative Maintenance Tasks

Our technician specialists are on hand to keep your vehicle in tip top shape by performing necessary maintenance tasks. Some of the typical preventative automotive maintenance services and automotive repairs we provide include the following:

  • Inspecting and replacing timing and serpentine belts
  • Checking, repairing and replacing batteries and battery connection components
  • Checking and changing oil
  • Checking and replacing cabin air filters as well as engine air filters
  • Checking, adjusting and replacing spark plugs and wires
  • Tire replacement, rotation and balancing
  • Wheel alignments

In addition, we provide full vehicle inspections and diagnostic services on all makes and models and are equipped to handle windshield repairs and replacement as well. We are truly a full service automotive repair center that affords our clients the best in preventative automotive maintenance services this side of Franklin. Our highly skilled and trained technicians stand ready to serve you with your every need. There is truly no repair or service project that is too big or too small for our team. With our high level of commitment and dedication, our team remains steadfast in providing superior products and services to all our valued clients.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin you are our #1 priority which is why we have been billed often as your ‘go to’ place for all your automotive repair and maintenance needs. If you are in need of premier automotive repairs, services, or preventative automotive maintenance then we are the team for you. Take time out now to contact our staff and schedule an appointment today. Spring is here and summer is right around the corner which means that many people will be preparing to do a whole lot of driving and traveling. With that said, we want to ensure the overall functionality of your vehicle and the safety of your family during all those travels.

For more information on the services we provide take a browse through the rest of our website and then give a shout out and schedule your repair or preventative automotive maintenance service appointment today. Don’t delay. Summer is almost here so give our team a call today!!