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    What Are the Main Differences Between Conventional and Synthetic Motor Oil?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When you schedule an oil change for your car, you will have the option of using either conventional or synthetic motor oil in your engine. In order to keep your car in smooth running shape, it is important to select the type of oil that is suited for your engine’s needs. Both conventional and synthetic oil offer different advantages to the car owner. To help you with your decision at the mechanic, here is a look at some of the main differences between conventional and synthetic motor oil.

    Production Method

    Conventional and synthetic motor oil differ in their methods of production. Conventional oil is a naturally occurring by-product of the petroleum manufacturing process. This type of oil is derived directly from the earth. By contrast, synthetic oil is produced in an artificial lab environment. This type of oil is carefully crafted to meet the requirements of the producer.


    Conventional motor oil is suitable for use in a variety of engines. Since it is less refined than synthetic oil, conventional oil is a good choice for a car with a standard engine. Synthetic oil is commonly used in high-performance engines. This highly refined type of oil is cleaner and longer-lasting than conventional oil.


    Cost is another main difference between conventional and synthetic oil. Conventional oil is typically much less costly than synthetic oil. If your engine does not require synthetic oil, you may get the best value by choosing conventional. To achieve the performance properties of synthetic oil at a premium price, you can choose a blended oil product.

    To schedule an oil change for your vehicle, contact Murray’s Auto Clinic. Our Silver Spring repair shop offers high quality maintenance and repair services for your vehicle. Call us at (240) 450-2478 to learn more about the high quality brake repairs as well as general automotive repairs that we have to offer you. 

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    Emissions and Auto Performance Testing at Murray's Auto Clinic

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If your car is experiencing performance or emissions problems, the expert technicians at Murray’s Auto Clinic will be there to assist you. Our auto repair shop offers all of the emissions repair services you need to get back on the road again. We can provide you with full check engine light diagnostics, as well as full diagnostics and repairs for your performance issues. If you have failed your emissions test, we can diagnose and repair the problem. When you bring your car to us for emissions diagnostic services, our state-of-the-art equipment will ensure that you are able to pass your emissions test.

    To set up a diagnostic appointment for your car, contact Murray’s Auto Clinic of Silver Springs by calling (240) 450-2478. Our master mechanics will provide you with effective and efficient auto repair and emissions repair services. We look forward to helping you with all of your auto repair needs.  

    How to Properly Inflate Your Vehicle's Tires

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Properly inflated tires will ensure the safety, performance, and efficiency of your vehicle. Before you set out on a longer drive, it is essential to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. To inflate your tires to the proper level, you can consult the owner’s manual of your car. For a closer look at how to inflate your vehicle’s tires, watch this video from Howcast.

    At Murray’s Auto Clinic, our expert technicians will make sure your car is in great shape for your next road trip. We offer a complete range of auto repair and maintenance services, including brake checks and emissions repairs. Call our Silver Spring location at (240) 450-2478 to set up an appointment for your car today! 

    Tips on How to Extend the Life of Your Brakes

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Did you know that you could save money and increase the effectiveness of your car’s brakes by following a few simple tips? Many drivers are unaware of certain driving and auto maintenance habits they have that result in poor brake performance and decreased brake life. To ensure that your brakes stay in good shape longer, follow these tips.

    Anticipate Braking

    Braking at 55 mph rather than 65 mph causes the brakes to use 33 percent less energy. To get in the habit of braking at lower speeds, anticipate the need to brake and choose to coast for 5 to 15 seconds beforehand. On familiar roads, try to memorize areas where drivers slow down, such as before a turn or a stoplight, and coast before arriving at those areas.

    Reduce the Weight of Your Vehicle

    If you carry unnecessary items in your vehicle, removing them will improve braking efficiency, handling, and even fuel economy. Be mindful of the tires, wheels, and other components that you buy, as some of them can add a lot of weight to your vehicle.

    Flush the Brake Fluid Routinely

    Brake fluid naturally attracts moisture, which over time leads to corrosion and reduced braking effectiveness. To ensure that your brake fluid is clean, it needs to be flushed every 30,000 miles. This will both increase the effectiveness of your brakes and make them last longer.

    Replace the Brake Pads Regularly

    If you hear a high-pitched noise or notice vibration during braking, it’s time to replace the brake pads. If you don’t replace the brake pads, the rotors will start to wear out, and these are more expensive to replace than brake pads.

    For more tips on how to extend the life of your brakes, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. We have been performing brake work and other auto maintenance services since 1982. Find the location nearest you, and let us know if you have any questions or would like to schedule a service!

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