Murray's Auto Clinics
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Both of our family owned & operated auto repair service centers have been performing major & minor services in Silver Spring, MD since 1982.

Common Car Suspension Problems

Posted on Nov 26, 2015

You probably don’t normally pay much attention to your car’s suspension system, and that’s only because it’s working so well. When there’s a problem with the suspension, you’ll notice it right away. Here are some of the common symptoms you may experience that point to a problem with the suspension system:

  • Pulling to one side while driving
  • Bouncing or dipping after going over a bump
  • Steering wheel shakes or seems to wander on its own
  • Steering wheel feels like its slipping back and forth during a turn

If your car isn’t riding or handling like it used to, come to Murray’s Auto Clinic and let one of our experienced, ASE-certified mechanics take a look. We’ve provided top quality auto repairs at affordable prices in Silver Springs, MD since 1982. Our auto repair shop is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to help us pinpoint exactly what needs fixing. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a service appointment, call us at (240) 450-2478.

A Look at Brake Repairs

Posted on Nov 19, 2015

How do you know when your car’s brakes need servicing, and what does brake repair entail? These are just a few of the questions you may have when it comes to your brake system, and they are important questions to ask (and have answered) considering the safety role your brakes play. You can learn more about brake repairs and the signs of brake failure in this short clip.

If you’re experiencing any of the tell-tale signs of brake trouble, including high-pitched squealing noises or steering wheel vibrations during braking, visit Murray’s Auto Clinic. For over 30 years we’ve provided drivers in Silver Springs, MD with high quality brake repairs at affordable prices. Contact us online or call us at (240) 450-2478 to learn more about our brake repair services or to schedule service for your vehicle today.

Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving

Posted on Nov 12, 2015

The baseball playoffs are in full swing, kids are putting their Halloween costumes together, and people are getting their heavy coats out of storage—winter is almost here, and there’s just enough time to prepare your vehicle for the demanding months ahead. Freezing temperatures demand your car to work extra hard, and icy roads can be dangerous for drivers who haven’t prepared their vehicles. Here are a few car care tips that will give your peace of mind during the winter. You can also visit an auto repair shop in Silver Springs, MD to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top winter shape.

Replace Worn Tires

Before snow starts to fall in Maryland, inspect your tires for remaining tread and look for signs of uneven wearing and cupping. Also check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks and replace any tires that are noticeably worn or damaged. You should also get in the habit of checking tire pressure at least once a month during the wintertime to keep your car surefooted on the road this winter.

Inspect Lights and Bulbs

Between falling snow and foggy windows, visibility can be a challenge in the winter months. That’s why it’s important that you inspect your car’s lights and bulbs to make sure that you are visible to other drivers and that you can clearly see what’s ahead of you. Replace burned out bulbs and refinish or replace clouded lenses for maximum visibility.

Get an Oil Change

Unless you’ve recently gotten an oil change, visit a repair shop and have a mechanic flush the existing oil and replace with fluid designed for cold weather performance. A fully-synthetic winter motor oil will flow well even in low temperatures to keep your engine well lubricated.

These are just a few of the important car maintenance services that can get your car ready for winter. If you want total confidence in your vehicle this winter, visit Murray’s Auto Clinic in Silver Springs, MD and let our mechanics give your car a winter tune up. For additional information on our car repair and maintenance services, call us at (240) 450-2478.

Should You Change Your Brake Fluid?

Posted on Nov 5, 2015

On the subject of brake fluid changes, there are a lot of different opinions and suggestions among carmakers. Subaru, for example, says brake fluid should be replaced every 30,000 miles while Volkswagen recommends fresh brake fluid every two years regardless of how many miles you’ve racked up in the meantime. Consult the owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends for your make and model, but also be on the lookout for some of the tell-tale signs that your vehicle needs a brake fluid flush. If you recognize any of these signs, visit a mechanic in Silver Springs, MD for brake service.

Low Brake Fluid

As part of your normal car maintenance routine, you should get in the habit of checking the brake fluid reservoir underneath the hood. If the brake fluid is below the recommended fill line, visit a mechanic before you decide to top off with some fresh fluid. After all, depending on how long it’s been since your last brake flush the fluid in the brake lines can be very old and dirty.

Brake Fluid Leaks

If you see brake fluid underneath your vehicle, visit a mechanic as soon as possible. Although this isn’t solely a brake fluid issue, it indicates a leak in the brake system which needs to be fixed right away. After your mechanic locates and repairs the leak, he’ll flush the system to remove old, dirty fluid before adding new brake fluid.

Soft Brake Pedal

The braking system is hydraulic in nature since it used brake fluid to exert pressure on the calipers which in turn slow down or stop the wheels. If you notice that your brake pedal feels softer than usual, or if it has more movement, this could be a sign of either low brake fluid or air in the brake lines. In either case, visit a mechanic to have the problem diagnosed and fixed.

When in doubt about your brakes, don’t hesitate to visit Murray’s Auto Clinic in Silver Springs, MD. Our mechanics are trained to provide the highest quality brake service, and no job is too big or too small for our auto repair shop. Stop by and visit us today or call us at (240) 450-2478 to schedule a brake inspection or brake service for your vehicle.

Signs Your Exhaust Needs Repair

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

The exhaust is a critical component on modern vehicles. Problems with the exhaust can affect your car’s performance and fuel economy, and may even cause dangerous carbon monoxide fumes to build up in the cabin. That’s why you should visit an auto repair shop to have your exhaust inspected if you notice any of these warning signs:

  • Your car is noticeably louder
  • Your car occasionally hesitates or chugs when you try to start it
  • You notice excessive vibrations or loss of power when operating your car
  • You are filling up your gas tank more often than normal
  • You get drowsy or dizzy when driving

Continuing to drive with a damaged exhaust system is dangerous, and can end up costing you a lot more in repairs the longer you wait. If you suspect your exhaust needs repair, visit Murray’s Auto Clinic in Silver Spring, MD. As one of the premier auto repair shops in the area, we can diagnose your exhaust problems and get you back on the road in no time. Call us at (240) 450-2478 to schedule exhaust and muffler repair today.

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