Windshield Wipers: Replacement – When, How, & Why

Windshield Wipers

One of the more common, puzzling questions for many vehicle owners is the simple concern about when to change their windshield wipers on their car or truck.  Many windshield wiper manufacturers highly recommend that wiper blades are changed at least twice per year on all vehicles.  Though quite simple and practical advice, the truth is that there is no specific timeline for the lifespan of your wipers but rather upgrading or changing them is dependent upon the various conditions your vehicle encounters during the year and on the amount of wear and tear they experience.

When to Change Your Windshield Wipers

Depending upon the amount of wear and tear your wipers have seen and the various weather conditions they have faced, timelines for changing your windshield wipers will vary.  If you live in locations where there is little to no rain, then your wipers are apt to last at least 6 months, if not longer.  Without the presence of harsh weather conditions and especially in cooler climates, your wipers may very well not need to be changed but once per year or even once every two years.

If you live in an area that experiences a whole lot of rain or snow or in an area where it is extremely hot year-round or if you house your vehicle outdoors during extremely hot temperatures, there is a good chance you will need to replace your wipers every 6 months.  It is important that you also change your rear wipers at the same time you change the front wipers in your efforts to maintain a consistent and accurate maintenance schedule for your vehicle wipers.

Signs That It’s Time to Change Your Wipers

At Auto Clinic of Franklin our highly skilled and experienced automotive technicians are on hand to provide you with all your vehicle maintenance and care needs.  If you are not certain whether or not your blades need replacing, don’t fret.  Simply bring the vehicle on down to our trusted facility and let our techs take a look.

The Professionals You Can Trust

Windshield Wipers ReplacementWhen you rely upon the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, you are putting your trust into the hands of some of the absolute best in the industry.  Whether you are in need of wiper blades, repairs or routine automotive services, we are the team for you.  Our team of dedicated professionals takes a great deal of pride in our top-rated customer service and customer satisfaction rating, which is why we are steadfast in meeting all the needs of our clients in timelines that are accommodating to their individual needs.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our clients and their safety are our number one priority.  There is nothing as important to us than the overall safety and well-being of all our valued clients which is why our team of automotive experts give focus to all your vehicle needs.

If you are in need of emergency automotive repairs, typical repair services, common automotive services or even a change of your vehicle windshield wipers, then surely you have come to the right place.  The professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality and affordable automotive services this side of Franklin whether winter, spring, summer or fall. Don’t delay in contacting our team today.  With the holiday season now upon us, the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to send along wishes for a very safe and happy holiday season to all our valued clients and their families from our house to yours!

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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

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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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

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!

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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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

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

A Guide to Routine Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

Routine Vehicle Maintenance Guide

Avoid breakdowns and expensive repairs by getting in a routine of regular vehicle maintenance. Following this guide will help extend the life of your vehicle and will save you money by problems that become exaggerated as they are neglected. The following steps will help you stay on top of your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule. Read More