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    How to Care for Your Car's Tires

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There are several key ways that you can maintain your car’s tires. One of the most important aspects of proper tire maintenance is to maintain the proper air pressure in your tires. To learn more about how to care for your car’s tires, watch this video from About.com.

    For all of your auto maintenance and repair needs in Silver Spring, come to Murray’s Auto Clinic. The friendly and knowledgeable technicians at our service center will diagnose and repair your vehicle, and we will ensure that you are back on the road in no time. To schedule a maintenance procedure for your vehicle, contact us online or call us at (240) 450-2478.

    Reasons Why You Should Have a Mechanic Replace Your Car's Spark Plugs

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spark plugs will naturally wear out and will need to be replaced every 30,000 miles. Some newer spark plugs, however, can last as long as 90,000 miles. In any case, replacing spark plugs is best left to the professionals. Here’s why getting your car’s spark plugs replaced at a car repair shop is essential for the reliability of your car.

    Changing Spark Plugs Requires Precision Gapping

    The process of replacing spark plugs is tedious and more time consuming than many people assume. If it is your first time, the process can take over four hours—or at least fifteen minutes per spark plug. This is not the same thing as changing oil, fixing a flat, or changing an air filter. When a spark plug is installed, the distance between the two electrodes needs to be adjusted. This is called adjusting the gap. To precisely gap each spark plug, a mechanic will use a spark plug gap tool and bend the electrodes if needed to achieve optimal gapping.

    Incorrect Changing Will Cause Engine Problems and Inefficiency

    Poorly installed spark plugs will cause engine misfires and result in reduced overall engine performance. Furthermore, spark plugs that are improperly gapped with suffer from decreased efficiency, which will cost you a noticeable amount of money in fuel costs over time. Improper spark plug installation also greatly increases emissions, which in addition to increasing pollution can lead your vehicle to fail its emissions test.

    Professional Installation Ensures Reliability

    If you want your new spark plugs to last as long as possible, be sure to have your spark plugs replaced professionally. Spark plugs that were not installed correctly won’t last as long as they were designed to last. Further, they will make your engine more difficult to start, which means you might not always have a reliable method of transportation if your spark plugs were installed unprofessionally.

    For more information about getting your vehicle’s spark plugs replaced, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics. We have over thirty years of experience installing spark plugs. Call us at (240) 450-2478 or check us out on the Web to learn more about our auto repair services.

    Tips for Extending Your Car's Battery Life

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Dealing with a car that won’t start can be a frustrating experience for any driver. In many cases, a dead battery is the source of many common engine problems. To avoid the hassles caused by a dead battery, there are several steps you can take to keep your battery in peak working condition. Here are three tips for extending your car’s battery life:

    Clean Regularly

    To extend the life of your battery, you should clean it on a regular basis. Corrosion on the terminals can prevent the current from passing through the battery to the battery cables. Other dirt and buildup on the battery housing can also drain battery power. To ensure the longest possible battery life, you can use a soft brush to clean off the terminals and outer casing when they become dirty.

    Insulate the Exterior

    Extreme hot and cold temperatures will drain the power from your battery. To protect your battery from the elements, you can invest in an insulation blanket. This insulating material will wrap around the outside of your battery, keeping it from ever getting too warm or cold. By insulating your battery, you will ensure that your battery does not wear out during extreme weather conditions.

    Plan Your Trips Carefully

    Starting your car is one of the most power draining activities for your battery. Especially during hot or cold seasons, you can extend the life of your battery by planning your trips carefully, and starting your vehicle as infrequently as possible. Try to combine shorter trips into one longer outing, and, if possible, walk or bike if you are going a short distance.

    To learn more about how to care for your car’s battery, or to have your old battery replaced, contact Murray’s Auto Clinic. Our auto repair center provides the Silver Spring, MD area with convenient and reliable vehicle maintenance services. To schedule an appointment with our expert mechanics, call us at (240) 450-2478.

    How to Deal with a Brake Failure While Driving

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Brake failure can be a frightening experience for even the most experienced driver. If your brakes fail while you are on the road, you should first pump the brake pedal to try and build up some brake pressure. To slow yourself down, you can also pull up on the hand brake. To learn more about how to deal with a brake failure while driving, watch this video from Young Drivers of Canada.

    At Murray’s Auto Clinic, we can provide you with all of the maintenance and repairs needed to keep your brakes in safe working condition. At our Silver Springs repair centers, we provide only the highest quality auto repairs and service. To make an appointment for your vehicle, call us at (240) 450-2478 or contact us online if you have a specific question about any of our auto repair services.

    What is a Muffler?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your car’s muffler is an essential component of its exhaust system. Located at the back of the underside of most vehicles, the muffler is designed to mute the noises created by your engine. The muffler is shaped like a round canister, and inside this canister are a series of valves and tubes that are insulated with silencing materials. As exhaust gas flows into the muffler, the muffler will gradually slow the speed of the flowing gases. This process of slowing down the gas is what allows your car to perform smoothly and noiselessly. When your muffler is malfunctioning, you will notice that your engine becomes much louder.

    If your muffler is in need of service or replacement, come to Murray’s Auto Clinic. We provide the Silver Spring area with a full range of top quality auto repair services. Our many satisfied customers trust us with all of their auto repair and maintenance needs. To make an appointment with one of our auto repair professionals, call us at (240) 450-2478

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