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    Emissions and Auto Performance Testing at Murray's Auto Clinic

    Last updated 8 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 8 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 8 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!

    Common Reasons Why Your Car Won't Start

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Forgetting to turn off your car’s headlights can cause a dead battery, which is one of the most common reasons why a vehicle won’t start. But oftentimes, the root of the problem is more complicated. Below are some of the other common reasons why your car won’t start, and which automotive repair shop can fix the issue.

    Faulty Battery

    If your car makes a clicking noise but it will not start, it probably has a dead battery. If the car is completely silent when you turn the key, then the battery terminal cable connections need to be checked. Sometimes these cables become corroded, which means they need to be cleaned or replaced.

    Fuel Supply Problem

    Does the engine crank over when you try to start the car? This means you need to check the fuel supply leading to the engine. If cranking eventually starts the engine, but then the engine dies shortly afterward, it’s likely a problem with the carburetor.

    Spark Plug Failure

    If your vehicle is cranking over but won’t start, and it’s not a fuel supply problem, check the spark plugs. A spark plug issue may also cause the engine to misfire while idling or hesitate during acceleration. To prevent spark plug problems, have them inspected every 15,000 miles and replaced according to the recommendations found in your car’s owner manual.

    Damp Distributer Cap

    Cars that have problems starting when it’s raining may be suffering from a wet distributer cap. To dry the cap out you will either have to shake the moisture out or have a special solvent applied to it at your local auto repair shop.

    Engine Timing

    If you heard knocking or pinging coming from the engine for a few days before it failed to start, you may have an issue with the engine timing. Improper engine timing can also cause the engine to misfire or hesitate during acceleration.

    Murray’s Auto Clinics has been performing auto repair since 1982, and we will be happy to diagnose your vehicle’s starting problem. Visit the Mechanic Services section of this site or call our family owned and operated repair shop at (240) 450-2478 for more information or questions. 

    What Type of Tire Pressure Gauge Should You Use?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Keeping up with routine tire maintenance has a positive effect on fuel economy, safety, handling, and tire life. In addition to replacing your tires when they are low on tread, you should get a tire rotation every 7,500 miles and a wheel alignment every 15,000 miles. But probably the easiest and most important tire maintenance service is making sure your tires are properly inflated. To do this, check the tire inflation once per month using a tire pressure gauge. If you want optimal accuracy, get a stick-type tire pressure gauge. Digital tire pressure gauges, on the other hand, are best if you want a gauge that’s easy to read. Dial gauges come with more features, but most of the time these features are not necessary.

    To ensure that your tires are in optimal shape, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics for professional tire maintenance. Visit the "mechanic services" tab to see the other auto maintenance and repair services that our family owned and operated car repair shop has to offer. For more information, you may call us at (240) 450-2478. 

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