Trust Auto Clinic of Franklin for All Those Summer Car Problems

Car Problems

With summer right around the corner, it will soon be time for families to plan their summer escapes. With the current restrictions in place today, many families will choose to drive to their summer vacation destinations rather than chance taking flights. Road trips are often an ideal way for families to spend quality time together and enjoy loads of fun and laughter. How exciting it can be to pack up the car and get behind the wheel on a beautiful summer day and head towards your summer vacation destination. Surely there is no better way to share family memories than with a fun-filled summer road trip unless of course you find yourself faced with unsuspecting car problems.

Car Problems

Car Problems

COMMON SUMMER CAR PROBLEMS

Summer is certainly a time for scorching hot temperatures that can lead to many problems not only with your health but with your car as well. Extremely high temperatures can take an incredible toll on your vehicle which is why the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to take this time to acquaint our valued clients with some of the common car problems than can catch you off guard this summer. Nearly anything can go wrong when travelling but there are a number of common problems that can put a damper on all your vacation fun if you don’t take care of them beforehand.

  •  Overheating Engine – Scorching summer temperatures often contribute to an overheated engine. A vehicle’s engine can reach a temperature near to 200 degrees and coupled with sweltering high outside temperatures can be a definite problem in the making – an overheated engine.
  •  Low Fluid Levels – It is important to take every precaution to protect your car’s engine in the hot summer months. One of the best tips for ensuring safe and fun summer road trips is to be sure that all your fluids are topped off before starting out on the road. Whether the motor oil, coolant, anti-freeze or the windshield wiper fluids be sure that all your levels are topped and your vehicle is ready to go.
  •  Low or Dead Battery – Batteries are often times one of the most common car problems that motorists are faced with during the hot summer season. If your battery is old and perhaps near to the end of its lifespan, then be sure to have it checked before journeying out on the roadways.
  •  Flat or Balding Tires – When the temperatures rise in the summer months the air pressure in your tires can increase just as well. When the tire pressure is increased, tires begin to wear and blowouts can easily occur. To protect your travels and your family be sure that your tires are inflated appropriately and set to the proper air pressure settings. Be sure there are no leaks in your tires before starting out on any long drives since leaks ultimately result in flat tires.

THE TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN COUNT ON

Summer is surely a favored time of year for most people and long family road trips are a definite part of the fun. With that said the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to advise all our clients to be particularly careful with the overall care and maintenance of their vehicles in the hot summer temperatures so as to avoid being faced with dangerous and costly car problems.

Routine maintenance contributes to a healthy vehicle, less repairs and overall peace of mind. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of dedicated technicians stands ready to meet your every need and are steadfast in their commitment to provide only the highest quality automotive products and services this side of Tennessee.

If summer road trips are on the agenda for your family this year, then be sure to take time out to perform routine maintenance and a vehicle checkup to avoid the inconvenience, fear and cost of potential car problems you can face. Reach out to one of our team and schedule your routine maintenance and inspection. We look forward to serving you and to helping you and your family get the most fun and excitement out of your summer road trips. Summer is right around the corner, so be sure to schedule your automotive appointment today!

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Car Noises That Need Your Immediate Attention

Car Noises

There are some specific car noises that no driver wants to hear because they typically mean there is a problem with your vehicle and often times is costly to repair. Most drivers are very familiar with their cars and can easily detect a noise that can potentially become a problem over time. With that said, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to familiarize our valued clients with some of the most common noises that indicate that there may be some type of trouble brewing.

Car Noises

Car Noises

CAR NOISES YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE

  • One of the first noises you want to give attention to is that of a sound much like a coin that is bouncing around in your clothes dryer. If you happen to hear this little bit of rattling coming from inside your wheels when driving at slower speeds but it disappears once you accelerate faster, there is a good chance that you have a loose lug nut shifting around inside one of your hub caps. It is probably the result of your wheel not being properly tightened the last time it was removed. Be sure to get on down to our trusted facility ASAP should you hear this rattling sound.
  • The next sound to raise concern is that of grinding or squealing brakes. When you hear a squealing sound it typically means that your brake shoes or pads are nearing the end of their life expectancy and need to be replaced as soon as possible. If, on the other hand, you hear more of a grinding sound then make it a point to have a mechanic check your brakes immediately because this sound is usually an indicator that your brake pads are so worn down that they are touching metal which can be a very serious and dangerous problem.
  • Yet another sound to be on the lookout for is that of a popping or loud clicking sound whenever you turn your vehicle. If you have an all-wheel or front-wheel drive vehicle this sound when making a turn usually means that the CV joints on the front axle of the vehicle need to be replaced. Be sure to get to a mechanic as soon as possible.
  • If you hear a clunking or banging rhythmic sound coming from under your hood, we strongly suggest you get to our shop as quickly as possible. This sound is an indicator that you have a critical problem with either your valves, pistons or connecting rods and is nothing to play around with.
  • Finally, if you hear an annoying squealing sound coming from under the hood when you either start up the vehicle or when you accelerate, don’t delay. This usually means that you have worn out or loose accessory belts linked to the power steering pump, the alternator, or even the air conditioner compressor. It could also be attributed to a problem with your serpentine belt as well.

THE TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN ALWAYS RELY ON

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of highly skilled technicians is committed to providing all our valued clients with the highest quality automotive parts and services this side of Franklin. We understand full well how important it is for all our customers to have reliable vehicles that run properly at all times.

If you find yourself faced with any one of these car noises, then surely you have come to the right place. Our technicians stand ready to serve you and are steadfast in their commitment to meet the individual needs of all our valued clients. For state-of-the-art automotive services and a team of dedicated experts who strive to deliver the best, and most affordable automotive services, look to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. You’ll be more than glad you did!

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Proper Auto Maintenance and Vehicle Care

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Nearly everybody today is dependent upon their vehicles. But often times people fail to schedule proper auto maintenance and care of their vehicles. Without routine maintenance, the chance of experiencing unexpected car trouble is increased, not to mention that lack of proper care and maintenance can minimize the lifespan of your vehicle over time. That’s where the dedicated automotive specialists here at Auto Clinic of Franklin come in. Our team is steadfast in their commitment to provide clients with repair and service needs that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors.

auto maintenance

auto maintenance

OUR TEAM HANDLES IT ALL

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, we take pride in providing our clients with only the highest quality automotive repairs and services this side of the state. From new tires and tire rotations, brake installations, air conditioning repair and windshield wipers, to electrical repairs, tune-ups, and a variety of systems checkups our team of highly skilled automotive techs handle it all.

Located right here in Franklin, the friendly professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin use only the best innovative technologies as well as state of the art equipment to perform all types of repairs and automotive services. Our skilled technicians are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your vehicle and discuss concerns about maintenance issues and performance. We cannot emphasize enough to all our valued clients the overall importance of having routine auto maintenance performed on your vehicle, including regularly scheduled oil changes, system checkups, tune-ups, brake installations and tire rotations. Each of these functions and many more contribute directly to the overall health, performance and lifespan of your vehicles.

PROPER MAINTENANCE MATTERS

Maintaining and caring for your vehicle can surely minimize the chances for major auto repairs or services. Our certified, friendly team of service techs is available to provide you with all the important data you need to help with the proper care and maintenance of your vehicle. Technicians can identify potential problems, bring them to your attention, discuss your options, and provide effective solutions as needed. Often times, individuals are completely unaware of a problem in the making, which is where our techs come in. Our repair team provides clients with a thorough explanation of auto services performed, the source of the problem that led to the services rendered, steps taken to resolve the issue, and upcoming maintenance schedules that customers need be aware of. We will never suggest auto services or repairs be performed that are not absolutely necessary. We strive to maintain complete maintenance records of all repairs and services performed on your vehicle and keep our clients apprised of any and all upcoming necessary services.

THE PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN COUNT ON

If you reside in Franklin or any of the nearby towns and find yourself in need of quality automotive repairs, services or auto maintenance then we are definitely the team for you. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we take a great deal of pride in our superior auto products and services and in providing our clients with the peace of mind they need to know that they have put their trust into the hands of some of the absolute best in the industry. Having earned ourselves a spot on the marketplace charts, our team of dedicated technicians strive to maintain that very marketplace presence by only providing the highest quality parts and services to all our valued clients.

Spring is here and surely everyone is prepared to start traveling a bit throughout the spring and summer months. With that said, we recommend you take time out to have proper auto maintenance performed on your vehicle before all that warm weather travel and fun begins!

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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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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!

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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