Why Do I always End Up with a Dead Car Battery in the Winter?

Wintertime Dead Car Battery

Most people can attest to the frustration that goes with a dead or nearly dead car batter in the wintertime. But the big question is, “Why does my car battery always seem to die in the wintertime?”

Well the truth is, there are several reasons for a dead battery, and during the winter there are even a few extra reasons why this happens. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons why you may have a drained or dead car battery this winter so you can try and avoid it! Read More

Quality Preventative Maintenance With Our Franklin Auto Services

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want to ensure that our clients have all the insight, resources and means to take proper care of their vehicles. The best way to avoid any long term costly problems with your vehicle is simply to routinely invest in preventative maintenance services. Routine maintenance is vital to the overall performance of your vehicle as well as to its life expectancy. With that said, we encourage all our clients to take advantage of our superior Franklin auto services for all your repair and maintenance needs. Read More

Make Sure Your Car Is Ready for all That Holiday Driving

Well the holidays are here, which usually means extensive holiday driving for a lot of folks. With that said the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to ensure that your vehicle is ready for all those highway miles you have to cover. We have put together some important tips to help you prepare for all your winter driving. Read More

Important Cold Weather Vehicle Maintenance Tips

cold weather vehicle maintenance

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. Read More

The Pros and Cons of Investing In Winter Tires

Snow Tires

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, it is certainly safe to say that we know a good deal about cars and tires alike. With that said, often times our clients will inquire as to whether or not it is necessary to invest in winter tires. When the temperatures outside begin to drop and winter makes its presence known, there are many benefits of having winter tires. Read More

Affordable Franklin Auto Services to Prep Your Vehicle This Winter

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. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommend you take advantage of our affordable Franklin auto services to ensure safe driving and traveling this 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. Read More

Simple, Important Tips for Autumn Driving

Autumn Driving

Autumn is finally here and what a beautiful time of year it is. Though it is a sign that winter is on the way, the fall season presents us with a great many comforts, adventures and happenings. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to remind all our clients that driving in the fall can be somewhat challenging and even dangerous at times. Autumn driving typically involves scenic routes that give way to fun filled adventures. However, fall driving can also give way to a variety of dangers as well. Read More

What To do With a Jammed Parking Brake

Jammed Parking Brake

Jammed Parking BrakeHave you ever found yourself confronted with a jammed parking brake? There are a number of situations that typically require a bit more braking power than normal, which is why it is important to know how to properly use your brake and avoid jamming it and other unpleasant situations as a result.

The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are committed and dedicated to providing top of the line products and services to all our clients. With that said, we want to take time here to acquaint you with your parking brake, how it works, when you should use it and what to do should it become jammed.

HOW DOES A PARKING BRAKE WORK?

Your car’s emergency braking system is connected to the rear brakes of your vehicle. There are a series of cables that are connected to the hand lever on the inside of your vehicle. When you pull up on your parking brake lever, the brakes are then engaged.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE YOUR PARKING BRAKE?

If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission you will more than likely use your emergency brake every time you put your vehicle in park. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission you will probably only use your brakes when you are parked on a hill, although we should all use our parking brake at all times and not just on a hill.

When you park your vehicle, a device known as a parking pawl is engaged. This is a metal pin that goes into a ring that is directly attached to your transmission. When your vehicle is in park, the pawl keeps the shaft in your transmission from turning. There are occasions when a parking pawl can break. In this instance, your parking brake serves as an added safeguard and prevents your car from moving. You should get in the habit of using your parking brake as often as possible. It does not harm your vehicle and is a surefire way of adding peace of mind that your vehicle will not be able to roll away.

HOW DOES MY PARKING BRAKE GET JAMMED?

One of the most common causes of a jammed parking brake is that of rust or corrosion. Water and dirt cause cables to erode which then can cause either your brakes to fail, your brake pads to stick to your wheels, or your cables to snap. In order to keep your brakes from getting stuck, you should use your emergency brake on a regular routine basis which ensures that the corrosion will not occur.

Keep in mind also that your emergency brake can also freeze in place when the weather conditions are cold and wet. This can, however, be resolved quite easily by simply turning on your vehicle and letting it warm up for a short period of time. In addition, your emergency brake can also get stuck if you pull it too hard. When you pull up on the lever too hard it will cause your brakes to get stuck against the wall of your wheel drums.

To release a stuck brake there are a few things you can do. You can start by trying to rock the vehicle back and forth if you are in a safe place or even get under the vehicle and pull the cables. You can also try setting and then releasing the brake several times in your attempt to knock the brake free. Finally, if none of these tactics work, then it’s time to call in the tow truck.

The professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommend you maintain the system with routine service, make every effort to use your parking brake as often as possible, and take it easy when you are either engaging or disengaging the lever so as to avoid a jammed parking brake.

Remember, if you are in need of any type of routine maintenance services or automotive repairs then we are the team for you. Recognized for our quality products and services, our friendly, professional technicians and our affordable prices, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin stand ready to serve you. Winter driving is not far off, so take time out now, if you haven’t already, to have your vehicle tuned-up in time for the cold weather season ahead. Don’t delay. Contact our team today. You’ll be more than glad you did!!

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The Importance of Performing Regular Tire Rotations for Your Car

Tire Rotations

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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