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Factory Maintenance - What Does That Mean?

Factory Maintenance - What Does That Mean?

Everyone needs a way to get to work, school, run errands, and meet up with friends and family. Our cars are an important part of achieving these tasks. Cars are expensive to buy and if not maintained, can become very expensive to repair. We highly recommend completing factory maintenance, as outlined in your owner's manual, to help you reduce the amount of downtime you will experience. These services are required to help keep performance and fuel economy at their peak. Our mission at Car Clinic is to help educate you so you can get the most out of your automotive investment. We firmly believe the following maintenance items are critical for every vehicle. Oil Service The first and most important thing you can do for your car's longevity is to consistently change the engine oil. We believe this should be done every 4,000 to 7,500 miles depending on the additives in the specific oils you select. Stick with approved oils (not just any old oil!) Properly timed oil changes ensur ... read more

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Starter Motor Failure Symptoms & Solutions

Starter Motor Failure Symptoms & Solutions

Starter Motor Failure & Symptoms Getting your car started seems as simple as turning the key, but it's a far more complicated process. There are multiple parts involved that are activated when you turn the key. Every part works in harmony to get the motor running. One of the most critical pieces of this puzzle is the starter. While the starter may not be the sole cause of a no-start problem, there are telling symptoms. Those symptoms are noise related and we detail them below. Whirring Noise The first noise is a whirring sound. The pinion gear (internal to the starter) is engineered to engage the flywheel. The flywheel then engages the engine. If the pinion gear does not actually connect with the flywheel, but it does continue to spin, you will hear a "whir" or "swish." When you hear the starter motor spinning on it's own, this can indicate solenoid failure. Grinding Sound Another sound you might hear is a grinding noise as you attempt to start your car. This ... read more

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Maintenance
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