Important Facts to Know About Cheap Oil Changes

Auto Repair

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

Tire Rotations

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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Signs That Your Vehicle May Need a New Brake System

Most people lack the knowledge needed to know when their vehicle is in need of a new brake system.  Without the proper knowledge and know how, many drivers actually put themselves in harm’s way when they do not give prime attention to unfamiliar sounds or feelings generated by their vehicle’s brakes.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we take tremendous pride in our top of the line automotive services and that includes inspection, repair and replacement of any type of vehicle brake system.  With that said, we want to take this time to offer our valued clients important information needed about if and when to install new brakes.

Today there are a great many automotive shops and repair facilities that provide clients with all their automotive needs and surely choosing the ideal automotive shop can be a huge challenge.  However, here in Franklin, the professionals at Auto Clinic of Franklin have come to be known as your ‘go to’ shop for all your automotive needs.

Meet Our TeamOur friendly, licensed techs are committed and dedicated to providing top-rated products and services to all our clients.  Our team of experts works with all our clients to help them recognize, identify and understand all types of automotive problems, needs and solutions.  Equipped with the right information and knowledge, individuals are able to recognize varied automotive issues and schedule repairs needed in a timely fashion so as not to contribute to more costly problems down the road.

We here at Auto Clinic of Franklin take great pride in serving all our clients and are steadfast in maintaining our very high customer service and customer satisfaction rating by providing our clients with up and coming auto services they may need.  We have taken the time to put together some important indicators to help our clients know when it is time to invest in a new brake system for their vehicle.

First up is the presence of loud squeaking noises or a loud screeching sound that you notice when you are applying your brakes.  This is typically a surefire indication that it’s time for new brakes.  You may notice when applying your brakes that your vehicle does not come to a complete stop, but rather continues to move forward a bit.  This usually means that your pads or rotors, or both, are in need of replacement.

Yet another common sign and indeed an obvious sign is that of a dashboard indicator light that comes on warning that there may be an issue with your brake system.  You should never ignore your dashboard lights, but instead, bring your vehicle down to our trusted automotive clinic here in Franklin and let our technicians perform an inspection to identify problems and provide you with your repair options.

A final simple fact about if and when you need to install a new brake system, is to bring your vehicle in for a routine inspection and check up every 28,000-30,000 miles.  Brakes typically last for near to 30,000 miles, but often times need adjusting or additional services at this mileage marker.

At Auto Clinic of Franklin, we not only offer the highest quality automotive products and services, but we are proud of our affordable prices and our accommodating timelines as well.  If you are in need of a new brake system for your vehicle, or any other automotive parts, services or repairs, then surely you have come to the right place.  Reach out to the friendly technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin and schedule your repair or maintenance appointment today.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round automotive products and services this side of Tennessee!

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Important Spring Driving Tips for the Safe Driver

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we are excited and happy that the cold weather season is over and that Mother Nature has now given way to the warm spring temperatures and the onset of budding flowers and trees.  With that said, our friendly team of professionals wants to offer a few helpful spring driving tips to keep you and your family safe on the roadways this spring.  Read More

Indicators it’s time for new brakes

Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle DiagnosticsMost drivers, no matter how experienced they may be, are not automotive savvy and often times do not recognize indicators that warn us of impending automotive problems.  Whether your brake pads are nearly to the metal, your serpentine belt is about to blow, or your transmission will soon slip, the list of automotive problems and repairs goes on and on.  With that said, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is equipped to handle all your automotive needs.  Here at our top-rated Franklin auto repair shop, our mechanics and technicians have come to be recognized as some of the absolute best in the industry. Read More

Proper Battery Care for Your Vehicle

Dead Car Battery Because of Corrosion

Maintaining your vehicle’s battery will help extend the normal life of your battery, saving you on replacements, break downs, and other electrical issues that could spur from having an exhausted or failed battery. The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin have put together a shortlist of proper battery care tasks that every vehicle owner should take into consideration. Read More

Useful Tips For Increasing Gas Mileage

With rising costs in the economy and most assuredly the increase in gasoline prices, we are all on the lookout for ways to improve our vehicle gas mileage. It goes without saying that driving less would certainly reduce the amount of gas used, but is this really a true option? We all have a desperate need for our vehicles every day and surely we all have the need to drive. With that said, buying gas is essential to getting us where we need to go day in and day out. There are, however, a number of ways for increasing gas mileage, which is why we here at Auto Clinic of Franklin have put together these useful tips.

Are you determined to spend less money on gas and still get to where you need to go each day? Well then, these practical tips can help you accomplish just that. Read More

Franklin Auto Repair Complete Roadtrip Checklist

Autumn Driving

With winter in full swing here in Middle Tennessee and spring surely on the way, it’s almost that time of the year for fun and adventure on the road to commence! If a spring excursion is on your list of things to do this year, it’s important to take into consideration the vehicle’s needs before you leave. After the cold has passed, we’re all itching to get outdoors, out of the house, and some of us, on the road. As part  of your planning, we’ve put together a complete checklist from your trusted Franklin auto repair specialists at Auto Clinic of Franklin. We hope this helps you leave worrying about the condition of your vehicle to the experts at Auto Clinic of Franklin so you can enjoy your adventure without fail. Read More