Monthly Archives: January 2018

Keeping up with your Oil Change

Keeping up with your Oil Change

The most common and most important maintenance item for your car is definitely the oil change. For most cars and trucks the oil and filter replacement is necessary every 4,000 to 7,500 miles. This can vary based on your particular make and model. It can also vary based on how you drive your vehicle and the climate around your car. To get an idea on time for your car, check your owner's manual for the service table. Do not put off oil changes, as they perform several important functions for your vehicle, including the following. Proper engine lubrication The engine needs fresh oil to ensure that all of its moving parts are properly lubricated. As oil ages it loses its lubricating abilities, mostly because it becomes contaminated with day to day operating conditions and debris that makes its way in the engine. Air enters the engine and condenses. It is then mixed with the combustion gasses in the combustion chamber. This mixing causes acid. Acid deteriorates the quality of th ... read more

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Do I need a Radiator Replacement?

Do I need a Radiator Replacement?

No matter what you drive, car, truck, or SUV, it uses a cooling system to regulate the operating temperature of the engine. This ensures that it doesn't, quite literally, melt itself. One of the main components of the cooling system is the radiator. This part reduces the heat of a specialized fluid called coolant that is pumped through the engine to keep it cool. If you run into any of the following issues it could mean it's time for a cooling system or radiator repair. Rising temperature gauge The first, and most basic way to see if a car is in need of a cooling system inspection is if your temperature gauge rises. Most vehicles have a dashboard temperature gauge that lets the driver know the current operating temp of the engine. If it is ever pointing to the hot zone it could indicate failure of some cooling system components, including the radiator. Shut the vehicle off asap to avoid additional o ... read more

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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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