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Wiper Blades are a Safety Feature!

Wiper Blades are a Safety Feature!

Wiper blades are one of the most neglected safety features on a vehicle. However, when you need your wipers and they don't work properly, you instantly wish they worked right. We've created a video to show you how to replace your blades and we'll share that link at the bottom of this article.  One quick tip - we recommend replacing your wiper blades every six months. Airborne contaminants like oil, sunlight, and dirt all weaken the rubber blade. Weather plays a role too. Cold weather makes rubber blades rigid and brittle. Hot weather warps the rubber. It is easy to see when a wiper blade is torn at the end. But there are times a wiper looks okay when it's not. Here are some symptoms that can help you identify a worn or damaged wiper blade: Wiper blades that squeak or make noise are worn. Wipers that smear or streak your windshield are worn or damaged. Wipers that miss segments of your windscreen are damaged. Finally, remember your rear window wiper blade ... read more

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I Can't Drive 55!

I Can't Drive 55!

In 1974, President Richard Nixon, signed into law H.R. 11372 which was an Act created in response to an energy crisis the country was facing. A National Maximum Speed Limit of 55 mph was required for states to obtain federal funds for highway projects. Maybe this is why Sammy Hagar sang "I can't drive 55" in 1984! If you know the lyrics, the song is about a person who is getting pulled over for exceeding the 55 mph limit consistently. In all reality, I cannot remember the last time I drove down I-49 at 70 mph and didn't have every single car around me passing me at what seemed like warp speed. Anyway, I digress. In 1987 there were modifications to the National Maximum Speed Limit that increased the speed limit to 65. Maybe gas consumption did not drop as much as they expected? Or maybe Sammy had an impact on our good 'ole government! In 1995 the National Maximum Speed Limit was repealed completely! States were responsible once again for their own rules and re ... read more

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10 Winter Car Care Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

10 Winter Car Care Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

10 Winter Car Care Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road Driving in winter weather can be nerveracking. We've compiled ten areas of your car that should be inspected before winter driving - so you know you have the best opportunity to safely navigate the roads this season. Tires Tire Tread Tread provides traction which is necessary to keep the car connected with the road. This is especially important during wet and cold weather. Rain, snow, ice, or even mud can cause uncontrollable conditions without the right amount of tire tread. Tire Pressures As temperatures drop or fluctuate, the air inside your tires does as well. Decreases in temperature cause air to contract which lowers the air pressure in your tires. Checking tire pressures regularly is important especially when temperatures are constantly fluctuating. We recommend checking tire pressure when tires are cold. Brakes Brake Fluid Brake Fluid pulls moisture in from the air. Over time this moisture degrades the fluid so th ... read more

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Winter Car Care

Pints + Pistons

Pints + Pistons

Pints & Pistons is Northwest Arkansas' Premier Men's Networking event! We bring all things manly to the shop for a few hours and you get to meet and mingle whilst learning about cars and lots of other cool things in the local area. We would love to see you this November 13th, from 5:30pm - 8pm. The event does have a scheduled flow so you'll want to arrive as close to 5:30 as possible. You must be 21 to consume alcohol! This month's local spotlights are on: The Gents Place - a new men's spa in Bentonville opening October 16th One Eyed Jacks - a Cigar Lounge in Bentonville J.Hilburn Clothing - a custom made men's clothing line Dr. Anna from Chiropractic Acupuncture Metabolic Professionals in Fayetteville Mary Kay Specialist Barbara Maupin  Tickets are available HERE. Please bring a colleague / friend. Yes, products will be available for purc ... read more

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Networking

Communication and the Auto Repair Shop

Communication and the Auto Repair Shop

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP! The vast number of issues that arise between shops and consumers are directly related to communication. Good communication includes talking as well as listening. My name is Bambi, and I own Car Clinic. For years I was nervous at the thought of having to take my car to a shop. I would avoid or delay oil changes simply because I was afraid of being oversold, taken advantage of or ripped off. Auto maintenance was not a priority for me because of this fear. I practiced avoidance which left me paying more for costly break downs instead of budgeting for preventative measures. Here are some communication tips to review before your next automotive service visit. My goal is to empower you with knowledge, so you are in control at your next appointment. Questions! There are some important questions you should ask before you hire anyone to work on your car. Choosing the right shop starts by knowing this in ... read more

FREE BRAKE PADS - October Only!

FREE BRAKE PADS - October Only!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here at Car Clinic we firmly believe the best way to deter breakdowns is to perform preventative maintenance. We believe PREVENTION is the CURE for breakdowns. Another professional, Dr. Vincent Tuohy, of the Cleveland Clinic, is like-minded and believes prevention is the cure for his field too. His canvas: Human tissue. He has been working on breast cancer prevention since 2002. In our phone conversation he said: “Today the way we deal with cancer, we wait for it to happen; then, we beat the daylights out of it with surgery and chemotherapy and immunotherapy and hormone therapy and radiation therapy.” Dr. Tuohy told us he has a talent for destroying tissues so he decided to focus his energies on destroying tumors. Unlike vaccines, Dr. Tuohy's prevention shot has no mercury. It does not target a virus. In his words:  “It is a very different design. I arouse the immune ... read more

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Brakes

End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips

The summer is nearly gone and the kids are back in school, work is busy, and the fall and winter seasons are ahead of us. The summer is notorious for excessive driving, so it is important to make sure your vehicle is in top shape before fall starts to ensure your safety on the road. Before the rainy season starts, take the time to read through our list of end of summer maintenance tips to make sure that your vehicle is ready to take on the upcoming colder months. Check your windshield wipers - Windshield wipers are crucial for the upcoming rainy seasons and should be in good condition at all times. Wipers should be replaced once a year, so if it has been a while since your last replacement, your car is due for new wipers. Worn out wipers can be dangerous when you’re hit with unexpected rain while driving and can severely impair your ability to clearly see the road. Inspect your tires for tread - Take a look at your tires - how does the tread look? Do the top of the tires look n ... read more

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Lipsticks & Dipsticks

Lipsticks & Dipsticks

Hello Love! We're hosting this amazing Lipsticks and Dipsticks event for our Northwest Arkansas Lasses who want to feel more empowered at the Auto Repair Shop! Our goal with this event is to take the stress and fear out of maintaining or repairing your car.  We will have multiple technicians on site to show and tell all things automotive. If you have questions about fluids, plugs, bushings, noises, vibrations, leaks, etc - we are going to answer them! This is a great time to see under the bonnet, walk under a car and see the bottom side!  The goal? Make FEAR go away! We know first hand how empowering it is to gain knowledge - especially in an area many women feel so insecure about. So please come! We'll teach you some questions you should be asking when you go to a shop. We'll talk about questions a shop should be asking you. It's a sneak peek into the wide wide world of automotive!  First Annual Lipsticks & Dipsticks 2018. Please RSVP for you ... read more

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