Don't forget to bring your car in for a regular check-up. It can help perserve the life of your car and early detection can help save money by avoiding bigger problems down the road.
One of the easiest and most important things you can do for your car is get an oil change. A good rule of thumb is to get your oil changed every 5,000 miles. Some drivers need to change it more frequently however. Cars.com says to change it more often if:
- You drive like a knucklehead: jackrabbit starts, heavy acceleration or high-speed driving
- You live where the climate is extremely hot or cold
- You often drive on dirt roads
- Your engine is old and burns oil
- You frequently carry heavy loads (several mothers-in-law or other cargo)
Read their article on oil changes here.
Come in today for an oil change. Remember not to neglect your loved ones!
With so many different aspects to car care, it’s no wonder many car owners overlook necessary auto maintenance services. From the engine to the fluids to the tires, it can seem like a lot to keep track of.
This video on the importance of proper wheel alignment provides a good starting point for understanding an important part of your vehicle—the wheels.
For more information on how critical it is to take good care of your car, wheels and all, contact our experienced team of mechanics at Murray’s Auto Clinic. We love to help our customers learn how to get the most out of their cars.
Car troubles are never fun and rarely expected. We rely so heavily on our vehicles and know so little about them, that when an auto repair is needed, it often turns into a major inconvenience and an incredibly confusing situation.
Being knowledgeable about basic automotive repairs can help keep you up to speed on what is going on with your car when it is in the shop and maybe even save you some money in the long run.
Five of the most common auto repairs are:
- Brake repair. Brake pads routinely wear out and are relatively inexpensive to fix. Discs, drums, and rotors can be a bit more costly, but don’t require as much replacing. Be sure to pay attention to noisy brakes, as these often indicate worn out brake pads.
- Oil changes. These should be a regular part of anyone’s auto maintenance service. Oil changes are a basic part of car care, but a necessity. Check with your auto repair shop to see how often your oil should be changed.
- Engine problems. While an engine problem may sound immediately daunting, many auto repair issues fall under this umbrella. But, as soon as that “check engine” light goes on, go get it checked. Smaller issues can quickly snowball into larger ones if left unchecked.
- Tires. Flat tires, low tire pressure, worn out tires—tires sure seem to take a beating. Luckily, they are a relatively easy and low-cost fix. But don’t let them go ignored; old tires can pose a safety hazard.
- Coolant systems. If kept well-maintained, problems with the radiator can often be avoided. But be sure to be diligent about checking for leaks—if you’re coolant is leaking, be sure to visit an auto repair shop.
With just a little bit of education, automotive repair doesn’t have to be such frightening territory. The friendly team at Murray’s Auto Clinic can help you wade through any and all car troubles. We look forward to helping you with your vehicle, whether it is a basic auto maintenance service or a more complex auto repair.
Your car brakes are just as important as any other part or your car, but often they go on neglected for months or even years at a time. There are often misconceptions that new brake pads are too expensive, but the truth is, a car accident will cost much more.
There are a few ways to know when it’s time to get new brakes. CarJunky.com actually gives two simple things to check to know when to replace your brakes:
“The first is visually.
If you see that the depth of the pad is less that 1/4 inch. You need to replace it, and soon! If you see that it’s less than 1/8 inch, there isn’t any time to waste as you are getting really close on damaging the rotor. You need to then do it ASAP! It’s not the same on every vehicle, but use it to help you along.
The second is by ear.
If you are hearing a screeching sound when you put your foot on the break. Not good. You are overdue for a reline. But, if it sounds more like scraping on metal, then I’m afraid you have damaged your rotors and you need to fix the brakes immediately otherwise you could cause major damage.”
To read the rest of the article click here.
Still unsure? Come into Murray’s Auto Clinics to speak with an expert. Remember: when it comes to the thing that stops your 4000 pounds of speeding metal, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! Call today!
Got brake questions? Let us know with a comment or an e-mail and Murray himself with give you his expert advice!
In an effort to connect with our clients online, we have launched an extensive social media campaign. With our new blog, www.murraysautoclinics.com, you can get expert tips and articles, hear the latest specials we’re running, and ask a car expert all those pressing questions you have about the world of cars. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share your thoughts!
We look forward to hearing from you!