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

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

Wintertime Dead Car Battery

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

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

Quality Preventative Maintenance With Our Franklin Auto Services

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

Important Cold Weather Vehicle Maintenance Tips

cold weather vehicle maintenance

Winter weather comes year after year and we all find ourselves having to drive in those frigid winter months. With that said the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to remind all our valued clients to engage in cold weather vehicle maintenance before the winter season arrives. There are a variety of helpful tips you can use to winter proof your car that we have listed here below. Read More

The Importance of Performing Regular Tire Rotations for Your Car

Tire Rotations

Tire RotationsHere at Auto Clinic of Franklin, our highly skilled and trained team of certified master mechanics are committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with the best all round car repair and services this side of Tennessee. From oil changes, repairs, battery replacements and tire rotations to name a few, our team is on hand to take care of your every automotive need.

Our experienced automotive repair techs are trained and equipped to handle any car problems you are experiencing. With that said, our tire rotation services give focus to changing the positioning of your vehicle’s tires so as to minimize massive tread differentiation between them. Tires will always exhibit different levels of tread wear because each and every tire experiences a different level of stress during use. For this reason, it is important that car owners have their tires rotated in order to address the uneven tread wear that occurs.

Tire Tread DepthBy alternating your tires according to specific tire rotation patterns, you help distribute the tread wear more precisely and evenly and contribute to reduced uneven tread wear over time. Tire rotation patterns will, however, vary depending upon the type of vehicle you are driving and the make and type of tires that are installed on the vehicle. The experts here at Auto Clinic of Franklin may, during your tire rotation appointment, swap your front tires with one another, exchange the rear tires with one another, or even swap the front and rear tires with each other. Further, we give note to whether or not you have a full sized spare tire in your vehicle and will take into consideration appropriate tire rotation for your spare as well.

YOU CAN ALWAYS RELY UPON OUR FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL TEAM

Meet Our TeamAs we have already mentioned, it is important to rotate your tires to avoid uneven tread wear which typically occurs because the majority of vehicles do not distribute weight evenly amongst the front and rear tires. More often than not, the front tires of a vehicle tend to wear and deteriorate much quicker than the rear tires simply because of their location and because of the heavy weight of your car’s engine. When you rotate your tires, you distribute the wear evenly, and will not have to replace or buy new tires quite as often. Tire rotation will not only extend the lifespan of your tires but our professional services, when performed routinely, can also help to improve the gas mileage of your car.

You may ask why? The answer is simple. Well maintained tires easily reduce rolling resistance which is what directly affects the overall performance of your vehicle as well as its gas mileage. With our top-rated tire rotation services, you can be sure we will help to prevent extensive tread differentiation between your tires, will promote much better car performance, and will also contribute to better gas mileage, which over time, saves you money.

Summer has come to an end and fall is now upon us which means that winter driving is right around the corner. In the fall, the falling leaves can present some driving hazards which is why we highly recommend you have your tires rotated now and perhaps again in two months before the winter driving season is here. If you have any questions about appropriate timelines for your car’s tire rotation or any other automotive services or repairs then surely you have come to the right place. The certified technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are just the team for you and stand ready to take care of your every automotive repair or service needs. Don’t delay. It’s time to get those tires rotated so schedule your appointment today!!

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Back To School Automotive Maintenance Checklist

With school back in session for most, all those school supplies, new clothes, and furnishings (for those going to college) have likely been considered. However, often times one important component is left off of the back to school task list for students, teachers, or even parents who have to drive their kids to school. What is that one important component? Simply put, your car’s automotive maintenance checklist.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we have put together a few very important items you need to give focus to before heading back to school. For starters, check your vehicle’s engine oil levels. It is mandatory to keep your oil at appropriate levels in order to enhance your engine performance. Having regular oil changes performed is an absolute must do. Depending on the type of oil you use and your individual daily driving routines, how often you change your oil will vary from person to person, and vehicle to vehicle.

Emergency Road Kit

Next, be certain to check your brakes since they are one of the most critical safety features of your car. Be sure that your brakes stop your vehicle quickly and have no strange, squeaking noises or grinding noises when you step on them. If you notice any odd noises, then don’t hesitate to take your car in and have them checked. Further, have your brake pads and rotors check routinely so as to ensure the safety of your vehicle.

The next item on our automotive maintenance checklist is checking your fluid levels. There are a variety of fluids that need to be maintained. From windshield washer fluids, coolant and transmission fluids to brake fluids and power steering fluids be certain to have them all checked and changed as needed.

Finally, the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommend that you always have an emergency car kit on hand. If you do not have a kit already in your vehicle, then its time you create and pack your very own emergency kit. You do not have to make the kit extravagant, but rather included some important basic items such as jumper cables, a jack, a spare tire and first aid items specifically. Each of these items will assist you greatly should your vehicle ever break down on the road.

The last thing you as a parent would want to worry about is your son or daughter in a situation they may not be prepared to handle on their own, such as a flat tire, loss of brakes, or some other dire circumstance.

With that said, our highly skilled and trained automotive technicians stand ready to serve you with all your automotive maintenance and service needs. Our team is committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with superior products and services that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors. With prices that are affordable and timelines that are accommodating to you, our auto center has been recognized time and time again as one of the best all round automotive centers this side of Tennessee. When school is back in session, traffic increases, timelines become stressed, walkers are abundant and chances for mishaps and delays are increased.

Having earned ourselves a spot at the top of the marketplace charts, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin has come to be known as your go to company in Franklin and the surrounding towns for all your automotive needs. If you are getting ready for the new school year ahead, then don’t delay in adhering to our vehicle maintenance checklist. Give a call out to the pros here at Auto Clinic of Franklin and schedule your repair or service appointment today. We look forward to serving you and to contributing to the safety and well-being of you and your family this school season. Don’t delay. Contact our team today!!

 

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Indicators That Your Car’s Rotors or Brake Pads Need Replacing

Vehicle Diagnostics

Although they are not outwardly visible and certainly not a feature of your car that you typically brag about, your brakes are vitally important to the overall functionality of your car. For this very reason, it is essential that you give focus and pay attention to any of the indicators that suggest it is time for your rotors or brake pads to be checked or replaced. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to offer you the insight needed to recognize these warning signs.

First and foremost, if you notice your brake pedal is pulsating then it’s a very good chance that you need to invest in new brake pads. If you press down on the brake pedal and it begins to pulsate or vibrate this is a good indicator that your brake pads are either warped or worn out. If this is the case you can either have them remachined or replaced altogether.

Rotors or Brake PadsNext, if you notice that your brakes are squealing and/or screeching rest assured it’s time to replace those pads. A high-pitched sound that is emitted when you depress the brakes is caused by the metal shim. If your brakes are over exposed to water you may hear this sound once or twice only. However, if you hear it constantly, then it’s time to pay a visit to the highly skilled technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

The next indicator is that of a grinding or clicking sound coming from your brakes. If you hear this sound when you apply your brakes, then again, it’s time to replace them. Usually a grinding sound of this sort tells you that your brakes are well beyond the point of questioning whether or not they need replacement. Since the grinding sound is caused by the metal disc and caliper rubbing together because the brake pads are completely worn out, you must not delay. Rather, get on down to our facility as soon as you can because chances are, you need to replace both the rotors and the pads.

Yet another indicator that your rotors or brake pads may need replacing is the simple act of your car pulling. This means that it feels as though your car wants to turn on its own, whether you are driving or braking. Your braking system could have a stuck caliper causing friction on one of your wheels or it could be uneven brake pads or a brake hose that has collapsed. In some cases, it could just be the fact that your tires are not inflated evenly. Regardless, when you feel the car pulling get it to our mechanics for a good once over.

Finally, if you take a peek at your vehicle’s brake pads through the car wheel spokes, you can often determine by viewing if they need to be replaced. The outside brake pad is the material up against the metal rotor. If you notice that there is less than a quarter of an inch, then head on over to our repair shop right away.

We hope you find this information helpful. Remember, if you are in the market for a reliable, professional, certified and highly experienced automotive repair shop then certainly you have come to the right place. Whether diagnostic testing, new tires, typical preventive maintenance or any type of automotive repair, we are the team for you. Our team stands ready to serve you with the best all round automotive services this side of Tennessee. For all your automotive needs, reach out to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. You’ll be glad you did!!

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