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

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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

Important Facts to Know About Cheap Oil Changes

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In today’s world, it goes without saying that you always get exactly what you pay for.  For instance, finding the automotive shop that advertises cheap oil changes is surely apt to be a bad choice and definitely not the best value for your money.  With that said the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to take this time to help all our valued clients understand the difference between a good oil change deal and a bad one.  Our certified team of automotive techs takes tremendous pride in providing all our valued clients with top-rated products and services and that includes offering insight on what to look for and what to expect with your next oil change.

The $19.95 Oil Change

We are all familiar with those ever popular $19.95 oil change advertisements, whether we see it on TV, hear it on the radio or even see it online.  More times than with those ads you’re going to see language similar to “Premium oil change with a complete inspection.”  However, if you look closely at the ad or listen closely you will learn that the oil change and the advertised price are only good for conventional grade oils only which typically does not satisfy the needs of newer cars dated 2000 and forward.  So, when you get to the automotive shop to take advantage of the low price you learn that the ‘cheap oil change special’ is not suited to your vehicle.

The disclaimer will further make mention that the price is valid for ‘up to 5 quarts of a conventional oil’ and that there are ‘extra fees for synthetic or semi-synthetic blends of motor oil.’  In addition, you are sure to see language that says ‘cartridge oil filters come with an extra charge.’  Well, that is certainly no bargain at all since most vehicles today are equipped with cartridge filters’ which means there is an additional charge right off the cuff when you walk in the door.  The disclaimer will also read something like “good for most cars.”  Ok, well how do you know if your car is one of those ‘most cars’?  At the end of the day, it will typically turn out that many, if not most cars, are excluded from their ‘can’t go wrong’ oil change and inspection special.

Complete Inspection

Diagnostic ServicesThe second part of the cheap oil change advertisement says ‘complete inspection.’ However, the fine print will tell you that it is simply a brake inspection performed visually only and is in no way a complete brake inspection with the wheels removed.  This is yet another false representation.

Having shared all of this with you, we want our valued clients to recognize that the average cost today for an oil change for most vehicles ranging from the year 2000 through to 2019 will fall in the approximate range of $39.95.   Additional charges for taxes and the hazardous waste fee that is affiliated with the old parts and oil removed from your vehicle at the time of the oil change are the only other charges added to this number.  The cost of ‘good’ oil nowadays is about $3.95 per quart (a typical oil change includes 5 quarts of oil) tack on the cost of the oil filter and a wee bit for labor and you have yourself a fair price for your car’s typical oil change.

We hope you have found this information useful.  The qualified automotive techs here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are on hand to provide you with a summary of any charges linked to your oil changes that we perform here.  Today, every dollar matters.  So be sure to look to the trusted team of professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin for all your oil changes, automotive repairs and your routine auto services.   We want to help you avoid cheap oil changes that can harm your vehicle and ultimately cost more than the advertised price.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the most affordable, top-rated automotive products and services to meet your every need.  Don’t delay.   Contact our team and schedule your service appointment today!

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The Importance of a Tire Rotation Schedule for Your Vehicle

The force and friction experienced by your tires cause each tire on your vehicle to wear differently than the next.  Depending upon the type of vehicle you drive, whether its front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, 4wd, or even all-wheel drive, cornering and rolling forces will vary.   Because of the varied levels of wear on your tires and to solve the problem of uneven wear, a tire rotation is necessary.

A tire rotation requires the wheels and tires of your vehicle to be removed from your car and then replaced in different positions on the vehicle.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin when rotating your tires, we take time to rebalance both wheels and tires since they have had to be removed from your vehicle anyways.  When we perform a tire rotation coupled with a rebalancing we then even out the patterns of wear on each individual tire, which ultimately gives them longer functionality and a greater lifespan.

Tire Rotation Schedule

Tire RotationsAs a rule of thumb, you should have your tires rotated at every 5000-6000 miles. Since tires can be quite costly, failure to rotate the tires routinely can cause them to wear out and even ruin them well before their actual useful, functional life would typically expire.  If you fail to rotate your tires, you will see tread damage appear in a consistent wear pattern for a constant wheel position.  The wear may appear on both the inside and outside edge of the tire, on the sidewalls, or even in the form of a lumpy tread. Once the deep wear pattern occurs, you cannot repair it or perform a tire rotation at that time expecting to resolve the problem.

When tires are not rotated, they can become uneven and worn out which is quite dangerous.  Worn out tires can cause your vehicle to pull to one side or even wander and can significantly reduce the cornering ability of your vehicle especially when attempting to go around a curve.  The only solution to this problem caused by failure to perform routine tire rotations is the replacement of the tires and that can surely be quite expensive in contrast to a scheduled rotation of your tires and a balancing which can somewhat inexpensive.

Trust Our Professionals

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we are all about the happiness, satisfaction and safety of our clients.  With that said, our highly skilled and trained automotive techs take tremendous pride in all of our top of the line, affordable automotive repairs and services, and that includes tire rotations and balancing of tires for all types of vehicles.  We know full well the importance of shifting positions of your tires and the impact not doing so can have on your tires’ performance and the safety of your vehicle and its passengers.

We provide the highest quality automotive products, services and repairs this side of Franklin and are steadfast in our commitment to ensure the overall satisfaction and safety of our valued clients.  Whether a routine oil change, tire rotation and balancing, a cooling system checkup, replacement of hoses or brake service and installations, our team of professionals are on hand and equipped to handle it all.

There is no repair or service need too big or too small for the highly skilled technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.  Our automotive shop provides not only state of the art products and effective solutions to your automotive repair issues, but we provide them at prices that are competitive and affordable and in timelines that meet with the individual needs of all our valued clients.

For all your automotive repairs and services look to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.  You’ll be more than glad you did!

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Best All-Round Franklin Automotive Cooling System Services

With summer right around the corner, car owners need to give attention to the overall health of their air conditioning systems.  With the scorching hot summer temperatures, often times your car may find itself running hot. If that’s the case, then more than likely you will need your cooling system inspected and ultimately serviced.  With that said, the highly skilled automotive techs here at Auto Clinic of Franklin take a great deal of pride in our top of the line, affordable Franklin automotive cooling system services.

It is important to the overall functionality and performance of your car’s cooling system that the system is clean and running in tip top shape in advance of the hot summer months. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we will inspect your cooling system, identify any issues, and provide you with efficient and effective solutions to your system, ensuring that it is all set to run cool and smoothly throughout the hot summer days and nights.

routine-vehicle-maintenance-hoses-beltsOver a span of time, the radiator in your vehicle can develop a buildup of solid deposits which ultimately results in clogged lines and pipes located within your vehicle’s cooling system. When this happens, a quick but effective radiator flush out is the perfect option to resolve this problem and keep your vehicle’s cooling system performing at peak levels. In addition to these buildups and clogs, it is critical to change out your antifreeze seasonally to allow for effective performance of your cooling system. The skilled auto techs here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are on hand to change out your antifreeze and ensure that your cooling system is raring and ready to handle any and all temperatures regardless of the season.

If our technicians, during your auto inspection, determine that the issue with your cooling system extends well beyond an easy radiator flush or even a replacement, they can certainly diagnose and identify the additional problems. They will perform a pressure test to determine whether or not the pressure in your radiator is correct and if they determine it is not, they will have to perform additional inspections as well.  Ineffective radiator pressure will also require an inspection of your cooling system’s hoses, caps and other connections to ensure that these additional components do not need repair or replacement as well. If our techs determine that additional components need either repair or replacement, they will provide you with a full estimate of all work to be performed which includes, parts, materials and labor, in advance of performing any type of work.

Our team of professionals is on hand to answer all your questions, discuss any automotive concerns you may have, and even offer you advice and insight on the proper care and maintenance of your vehicle and its cooling system. Having earned ourselves recognition in the marketplace as one of the best all round automotive facilities here in Franklin, our skilled techs take tremendous pride in all our top-rated services as well as our affordable Franklin automotive cooling system services. We work within timelines that are accommodating to our valued clients and strive to deliver products and services that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors.

From everyday pressure tests to full radiator and component replacements as well as a wide range of other automotive services and repairs, the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are the perfect automotive team for you. With summer right around the corner, bring your vehicle on down to our trusted facility and let us inspect and check out your cooling system. If we find issues that need attention, then surely, we will provide our superior Franklin automotive cooling system repair services as needed. Don’t delay.  Come on down to our friendly automotive shop today and get your vehicle ready for the fun-filled, hot summer months ahead!

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Tips on How to Maintain Tires and Keep Them Performing Year Round

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Now that you have invested in a new set of state of the art tires that offer you the highest performance ratings and warranties, it’s time to take steps to protect your investment.  If you want to enjoy your tires, keep them in high performance shape and get the most out of them, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin have some useful tips on how to properly maintain tires.

Important Tips to Maintain Tires

  • Tire Tread DepthEnsure proper inflation – You should routinely check the inflation of your tires before you begin driving. Investing in a small pressure gauge can help you to accomplish this.  If your tires are not properly inflated additional strain and wear on your tires will occur which ultimately affects their performance and their lifespan.
  • Proper alignment – Proper alignment of tires contributes to the health and performance of your vehicles driveline components. When tires are properly aligned, they will wear evenly and performance will be heightened.  In addition, alignments help to maximize the design of your tire treads.
  • Proper rotation of tires – Since the weight distribution on any vehicle can vary, it is important to have your tires rotated when you have your typical oil change performed. This will prevent any uneven wear on the tires and will provide a much smoother ride.
  • Ensure tires are properly balanced – When tires are properly balanced you get a much smoother ride and wear on the tires is minimized. This task can be performed routinely whenever you have your tires rotated.
  • Proper maintenance and care – Be sure to keep your tires clean and free of all types of debris and keep proper air levels in the tires at all times. Be sure to also maintain and care for the hubcaps, rims and tire valves on your tires as well.  You should be sure to keep the valve caps on at all times and be sure that they are not broken or cracked since this can lead to leaks in the tires.
  • Pay attention to parking – During the summer months avoid parking your vehicle on the hot asphalt for extended periods of time since this can actually cause heat damage to the tires. In addition, in the colder months parking your vehicle on dirt roads and gravel can cause damage to the tires and even warping.
  • Adding weight to the vehicle – When you add weight to your vehicle this causes extra strain on your tires. With that said be sure anything that you are hauling behind your vehicle, whether a trailer or anything else, falls within the weight limits of your newly purchased tires so as to prevent any flats, blow outs or any other type of damage to your tires.

Be sure you keep up with your vehicle’s oil changes and routine maintenance since this will help to maintain tires, add to their performance and extend their life expectancy as well.  It is typically a good idea to have scheduled maintenance checkups to your vehicle every 3000 to 5000 miles driven.  When driving, always be on the lookout for any damage to your tires, tread changes or other signs of uneven wear that can occur.  If you maintain your new investment properly, your tires can last as much as 5+ years.

To learn more about how to maintain tires and their proper care, or to schedule your routine maintenance or any other type of automotive repairs, reach out to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin today.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality automotive products, services and repairs this side of Franklin.

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