When your car dashboard lights all of a sudden come on, surely you are like nearly every other person, you panic wondering what has gone wrong.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we thought we would provide you with three of the most common automotive problems that occur and the ideal solution for each. Read More

Important Facts on Replacing Spark Plugs

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Historically car owners would have a tune-up performed at about 35,000 miles.  The tune-up would consist primarily of replacing mechanical breaker points in the ignition, setting the ignition timing, cleaning the carburetor and replacing spark plugs and plug wires.

In today’s world the tasks performed by the carburetor are now done by way of fuel injection and both the spark and ignition timing are controlled now by the engine computer of your vehicle.  In addition, there are minimal vehicles today that still have plug wires since the distributor has long been replaced by the vehicle’s computer and a new coil on plug design that transfers a spark at each of the spark plugs.

WHAT ABOUT MAINTENANCE OF THE SPARK PLUGS THEMSELVES

As a result of innovative plug designs and materials today, most manufacturers suggest 80K mile service intervals on a vehicle’s spark plugs.  The electrodes on the spark plugs will typically begin to wear down at 80,000 miles and a worn-down electrode results in a wider spark plug gap and ultimately in a loss of both power and fuel economy as well.  In addition, spark plugs in place for thousands of miles tend to present with seized threads which, as many of us know, can be very difficult to remove from the engine cylinder head and can result in quite an increased repair bill at that time.

With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to advise all our valued customers on the importance of replacing spark plugs and proper maintenance as well.  If you have a vehicle equipped already with a specific type or brand of spark plug, it is important that you adhere to that same plug design when it comes time to replace them.  In addition, it is a good idea, when replacing spark plugs to also give attention to a few other items under your vehicle’s hood.  Some of those items (but not limited to) include the air filter, cabin air filter, belts, hoses, the starter, the charging system, 02 sensor, and all vacuum lines and junctions.

Though today’s cars tend to be much less high maintenance, that does not mean that they are entirely maintenance free and require no attention at all.  Recognizing that a routinely and well-maintained vehicle is, in fact, a very reliable and high powered running vehicle, it is important that you do not put off or entirely neglect vehicle maintenance such as replacing spark plugs simply because it is a maintenance task that needs not to be performed very often.  It may not be necessary to change out spark plugs often, but it is imperative that at that 80K marker, or perhaps a bit before or after 80K, that you invest in necessary maintenance and have your spark plugs replaced.

THE DEDICATED TEAM YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of highly skilled and experienced automotive technicians is on hand to meet your every need.  Our team of professionals is committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with the highest quality parts and services this side of Franklin.  Recognized as one of the best all round automotive service stations this side of the state, our team is steadfast in meeting the needs of all our valued clients in timelines that are accommodating to their individual needs.  We take pride in our affordable prices, our quality products and services and our top-rated team of certified auto techs.

From oil changes, tire rotations and AC system checks to diagnostic testing and replacing spark plugs the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin handles it all.  Give a shout out to our staff today and schedule your service appointment!

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Choosing the Proper Motor Oil for Your Vehicle

Using the Correct Motor Oil is Important

We all value our vehicles and most of us schedule routine maintenance needed to maintain the peak performance of our vehicles and add to their lifespan.  With that said, motor oil is typically known to be the mainstream blood of a vehicle and has a number of important functions it performs.  The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to share with our valued clients some of those very important functions.

IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF MOTOR OIL

Motor oils serve your vehicle well and does so in a number of important ways, including:

  • Serving as a lubricant for all the important engine parts
  • Helps to protect your vehicle’s emission system
  • Contributes to enhance fuel economy

Motor Oil TypesThere are so many motor oil products on the market today that choosing the right one can be somewhat of a challenge and an overwhelming task.  Auto supply stores, hardware stores and the average Walmarts, Lowes and Home Depots of the world all stock motor oils.  However, if you choose the wrong one, there are definitely consequences to be had.  The wrong product can actually do harm and damage to your engine over a period of time.  For this reason, it is important that before you proceed with changing your vehicle’s oil, you make sure you are purchasing the correct oil for your vehicle year, make and model.

There are three various types of motor oil to choose from:

  • Conventional oil, which is between 75and 80% refined crude oil;
  • Full Synthetic oil, which is your standard base plus some additives; and
  • Synthetic blend which is a combination of conventional and synthetic

There are also a variety of additives and antioxidants that are necessary to maintain the overall health of your vehicle and specifically detergents that are used to keep the high temperature surfaces consistently clean and the antioxidants that help to prevent oxidation which can result in thickened engine oil.  There are also some specialized oils on the market that are specially designed for high mileage vehicles.  These specialized oils have a component good for conditioning and protecting the seals to avoid a variety of leaks.

USING THE CORRECT MOTOR OIL BENEFITS YOUR VEHICLE

It is important to use the correct motor oil for your vehicle so as to get the most benefits for your vehicle’s engine type.  Oils come with various weights and different viscosity levels, which are important to take into consideration depending upon whether you drive your vehicle in colder climates or warmer.   For all these reasons, it is not hard to understand why the motor oil you use in your vehicle is, in essence, the bloodline of your vehicle which is why it is critical that you use the correct oil in order to keep your vehicle’s engine healthy and running well for years on end.

If you are in need of an oil change for your vehicle, or any other type of automotive repairs or services, then surely you have come to the right place.  The highly skilled and dedicated team of automotive technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is on hand to assist with all your automotive needs and, rest assured, when you venture on down to our clinic for a vehicle oil change our team will always use the correct oil.  To learn more about the proper motor oil to use for your vehicle, or to schedule an appointment reach out to our staff today.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round automotive services this side of Tennessee.

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How Changing Outdoor Temperatures Impact Tires

We all experience a wide range of climate changes with weather conditions in the summer months being warm and temperatures in the winter months being much colder.  Here in the south our summers are typically very hot and the humidity levels high, whereas in the northwest the summers are warm with very cool and comfortable morning and evening temperatures.  In the northern portion of the country the winters are extremely cold with mountains of snow, ice and below zero temperatures, while here in Tennessee and the south altogether the winters are quite mild.   Regardless of where you live, however, the outdoor temperatures impact tires, whether winter, spring, summer or fall. Read More

Important Fall Driving Tips

With fall almost here, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin have some very important tips to offer our valued clients about safe fall driving. When the season changes driving conditions change as well.  There are specific dangers that come into play that drivers should be on the lookout for when driving in the fall months.  The tips we have here for you are meant to help our clients know just what to look for this fall when driving. Read More

Don’t ‘Fall’ Behind on Your Vehicle Maintenance

Autumn Driving

Now that summer is coming to a close and the fall and winter months ahead, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to remind all our valued clients not to fall behind on their vehicle maintenance.  We highly recommend all our clients perform maintenance on their vehicles to properly prepare them for the challenging fall and winter driving seasons ahead.

TOP 6 FALL PREPARATION VEHICLE MAINTENANCE TIPS

Get Ready for the Slippery Fall and Winter Driving Conditions – The fall season typically presents with lots of rain and falling leaves that make for very slippery driving conditions, as we all know.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want to ensure that your tires and vehicles are set to handle the many challenging driving conditions that present themselves during the fall and winter months.

Proper Tire Pressure – Ensure that your tires have sufficient air pressure and treads for the driving months ahead.  Be sure that you measure the tire pressure, including your spare tire, and make certain they are balanced and properly inflated.  When your tires are at optimal pressure levels they not only will last longer, but will also save on gas and enhance the overall handling and driving capabilities of your vehicle.

Windshield Wiper Blades – Install new wiper blades to accommodate the rainy conditions as well as any winter snowfalls.  If your wipers are split, squeaking, streaking or skip at all, then it’s time to invest in a new winter set of blades.

Wheel alignment and Suspension – Before the cold weather sets in, be sure to have one of our certified mechanics inspect both the wheel alignment and suspension of your vehicle to ensure that your vehicle will provide you with a safe and smooth ride in the cold weather months ahead.

Check Your Battery, Wires and Plugs – Temperature and weather changes can challenge your vehicle’s electrical components and minimize the performance of your vehicle.  With that said, the qualified technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to remind you to test and if necessary replace your vehicle’s battery, plugs and wires.

Check Your Braking System –  The fall season lets loose with a whole lot of rain and the winter months can present with cold, icy conditions.  With that said, be sure to have your braking system fully inspected, including the brake fluid levels, the hoses and lines, as well as your emergency parking brake to ensure they are in operating order.

Routine comprehensive fall/winter vehicle maintenance that is performed not only will improve the safety of your vehicle, yourself and your passengers, but will also help to prolong the lifespan of your vehicle as well.  We all know how tricky driving can be in the slippery fall months, especially with excessive rainfall mixed with lots of beautiful falling leaves.  So, take time out to ensure that your vehicle can meet the cold weather driving challenges ahead.  In addition to defensive, careful driving techniques and habits, be sure you have also invested in the proper amount of car insurance as well.  There could be a variety of hazards when driving during the cold weather seasons, and having proper auto insurance in place will certainly benefit you should an accident or other incident occur.

We hope you have found this blog informative and useful and want to remind all our valued clients that when you find yourself in need of top of the line automotive products, repairs and services, whether preventative or not, then surely you have come to the right place.  The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin stands ready to meet all your automotive needs and that includes performing all your vehicle maintenance whether winter, spring, summer or fall.  Contact our staff today and schedule your fall/winter vehicle maintenance today!

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Common Summertime Car Problems You Don’t Want to Experience

Summertime is nearly everyone’s most favorite time of year and rightfully so.  From planned, exciting vacations, summer break from school and lots of family gatherings to beach trips and outdoor movie adventures the list goes on and on.  When traveling on that long-awaited vacation, no matter your destination, road trips can be a whole lot of fun for everyone.   What a fun-filled adventure when you get behind the wheel of the car and make tracks to your summer destination with family and friends.  Surely, there is no better way to either begin or end the summer months unless of course you fall prey to one of those ‘sure to occur’ summertime car problems.

With the summer season, comes scorching hot temperatures that can wreak a whole lot of havoc for everyone.  Extremely high temperatures in the summer months can take a desperate toll on your vehicle and leave you frustrated and stranded which is why the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want all our valued clients to know how important it is to be familiar with some of the car problems that can take away from your summer vacation and fun. Read More

Reasons Why Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioner is Blowing Warm Air

Have you ever been driving along in the scorching hot summer weather and all of a sudden find your vehicle’s air conditioner is blowing warm air?  You have just finished the longest day ever at work and are not only exhausted physically, but exhausted by the extreme heat and now have to drive all the way home without any cool air.  The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to offer you some insight on the primary reasons why your vehicle’s air conditioner is blowing warm rather than cold air. Read More

The Importance of Automotive Cooling System Repairs and Upkeep

Keeping your car’s cooling system working at peak levels can certainly be a challenge and especially when the summer temperatures reach scorching hot levels.  Our valued clients have nothing to worry about when they put their trust into the hands of our highly skilled and licensed mechanics here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.  Our team of professionals specializes in all types of automotive repairs and have all the know-how needed to get your car and keep your car’s automotive cooling system in tip top working order.

Your car’s cooling system minimizes the temperature of your vehicle and helps to keep all the engine components working efficiently and effectively.  It is important that our clients understand what goes on under the hood in our efforts to keep everyone apprised of important facts they need to know about their automotive cooling system.  For starters, there are spark plugs located inside your car’s engine that ignite the gas inside the engine cylinders which ultimately contribute to your vehicle’s forward moving motion.  The spark plugs create tiny explosions in the engine that, when not controlled, can actually reach high temperatures and cause damage to your car’s engine.

Your automotive cooling system has a liquid coolant within the engine that absorbs the heat that is generated by the engine and transports it through rubber tubes cooling it during the transfer.  Whenever any of the components of your cooling system become worn or damaged your vehicle’s air conditioner will not function properly.   When you bring your vehicle to our team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin for a cooling system problem, our experienced technicians will check all the hoses and belts in search of any holes or cracks.  They will then check your fluid levels, look for any signs of rust or deterioration, or the presence of fluids that indicate leaks or damages.  Once they have checked all the components they will ensure that in addition to properly working components that all the fans, and your thermostat are fully functional and operating at peak levels.

Over time, your automotive cooling system will fall prey to scale deposits that will minimize the circulation of coolant in your vehicle requiring a flushing of your cooling system by a professional.  Our specialists will perform all the necessary tests and exams to identify problems and thereafter provide effective solutions to ensure that your cooling system is in proper working order for years ahead.  In your efforts to keep your cooling system performing at high levels never disregard issues that are present with your vehicle’s air conditioning because they could turn into serious problems that will eventually shut down your engine altogether.

In addition, it is important to have your coolant system flushed every 2 years at least, or every 40-50,000 miles traveled.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we typically check all fluid levels, including your coolant levels, during your routine oil changes.  If you are experiencing issues with your automotive cooling system then be sure to reach out to the friendly team of automotive specialists here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

Our team is dedicated to providing our valued clients with the highest quality automotive products, services and repairs and looks forward to our every opportunity to serve you.  If you are in need of automotive repairs or services, or its time to have your automotive cooling system inspected and maintained, then surely you have come to the right place.  Summer is here as are the scorching hot temperatures, so don’t get caught without your vehicle’s air conditioning.  Contact our team today and schedule your system inspection and checkup now.  You’ll be more than glad you did!

Using the Correct Motor Oil is Critical to Your Vehicle’s Performance

Using the Correct Motor Oil is Important

Using the Correct Motor Oil is ImportantThe type of motor oil you use in your vehicle is indeed critical to both its performance and lifespan.  Motor oil performs a variety of important functions in your vehicle and is somewhat of a bloodline to the health and safety of your vehicle.  With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to share some important functions that the correct motor oil performs in your vehicle. Read More