Murray's Auto Clinics
Tech Road 301.622.6700
Philadelphia Ave. 301.585.7557

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

Why Tire Rotation Is Important

Posted on Apr 6, 2016

You may have taken your car to the mechanic for a tire rotation without ever actually thinking about what a tire rotation is. A tire rotation doesn’t refer to the circular rotation of your tires on the road; instead, it refers to moving your tires from one wheel to another so that they get even wear patterns. Leaving your tires on the same wheels throughout their life will cause them to wear unevenly, meaning that you’ll have to replace them a lot sooner. Poor car alignment or unbalanced tires can also lead to uneven wear, so be sure you have these car maintenance issues taken care of, too.

A tire rotation will not only save you money by extending the life of your tires, it will also make your car ride smoother on the road and enable you to handle it more safely. Are you looking for an auto shop in Silver Spring, MD to perform a tire rotation, car alignment, or muffler repair? Call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478 to make sure your car is ready for the road.

How Murray's Auto Clinic Can Help You

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Here at Murray’s Auto Clinic, we provide auto repair with care. Our objective is to be reliable and available for you, so that you can drive safely. In addition, we insist on giving you a straightforward and satisfactory auto shop experience—tell us what the problem is, and we’ll fix it. There aren’t any catches involved.

Watch this video to learn more about us and our attitude towards auto repair. You’ll see that we are available for any car repair service—whether it’s an oil change, muffler repair, or transmission fluid change. Even if you need an engine replacement, we can take care of you and your vehicle. For the best mechanic in Silver Spring, MD, call (240) 450-2478 or stop by one of our locations in your neighborhood.

Most people have a basic idea of what should go on a car maintenance checklist: an oil change, tire rotation, and brake service. However, other car maintenance necessities often go overlooked. Want to make sure you keep your car in tip-top condition? Keep reading for some tips on creating the ultimate car maintenance checklist.

Time Your Timing Belt

Timing belts are often overlooked in newer cars, but keeping yours in good condition can actually extend the life of your car. It can be difficult to tell if your timing belt is worn out, meaning that you usually won’t notice until it’s too late. Keep in mind that timing belts need to be replaced anywhere from around 30,000 miles to 105,000 miles. Check your car owner’s manual for specifications, and ask your local mechanic for information on the specific model of your timing belt.

Let Your Filter Do Its Job

The purpose of the fuel filter is to filter impurities from the fuel before it goes into the fuel-injection system and engine. Thus, it’s a no-brainer that the filter can get dirty from time to time. Fortunately, replacing your fuel filter is easy and doesn’t cost much. However, left unchecked, a dirty fuel filter can cause problems such as premature fuel-pump failure or clogged fuel injectors, which both require expensive repairs at the auto shop.

Replace Your Brake Fluid

Over time, brake fluid can become contaminated and lose its original properties, which means it can start to do things that it shouldn’t—like boil. To make sure your brakes continue to work properly, remember to replace the brake fluid at regular intervals. About once every two years should do the trick, but check with your local mechanic if you’re unsure about timing this important maintenance service.

Need a mechanic in Silver Spring, MD to help you complete your car maintenance checklist? Whether you’re coming in for radiator repair, an oil change, or timing belt replacement, Murray’s Auto Repair Clinics are ready to help get your car going again. Call today at (240) 450-2478 for more information about our auto repair services.

While you may know that you need to get an oil change for your car regularly, you may be stumped as to why oil is such an important part of a functioning car. Too embarrassed to ask your local mechanic to explain it to you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn some basic points about engine oil and car maintenance.

What It Does

You can probably guess that engine oil acts as a lubricant in your car’s engine. However, it does a lot more than prevent metal-on-metal friction. Engine oil also prevents “blow-by,” which is what we call harmful soot, exhaust gases, and unused fuel that, without the presence of oil, often gets past the piston rings and enters the crankcase. Oil also fights against metal’s natural tendency to bend, melt, and burn, keeping your car’s engine in one functioning piece.

How It’s Classified

In the old days, there were only a few different types of oil available, making the choice of which oil to buy a lot simpler. Nowadays, there are enough oil options to make your head spin. This is good in the long run, of course, as more complex engines require different qualities from their oil. When purchasing oil, first look at the numbers on the front of the oil container. These indicate the oil’s viscosity rating—in other words, how thick the oil is. Most modern vehicles require multigrade oils, which have multiple numbers (such as 5W-30). This series of numbers will usually be preceded by a series of letters. One such combination is “SAE,” otherwise known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. Another is “API,” which stands for the American Petroleum Institute, an organization that rates the performance level of engine oil.

Are you looking for a mechanic in Silver Spring, MD to conduct your oil change? Murray’s Auto Clinics can take care of all your car maintenance needs, whether you need an oil change, muffler repair, or car alignment. Call (240) 450-2478 today for more information about our featured services and auto offers.

The Benefits of Wheel Balancing

Posted on Mar 8, 2016

It seems kind of silly, the idea of “balancing” a wheel. Aren’t wheels already balanced? Do they even need to be balanced since they’re mounted to the car? Think about it this way: even the slightest difference in weight around the wheel is traveling very fast around the axles hundreds of times a minute, which can create enough momentum to cause serious vibrations and other problems. Unbalanced tires can also strain the wheel bearings and suspension systems, and even cause the tires to wear prematurely. In other words, improperly balanced wheels can cost you a lot of money in the long run.

To have your tires inspected, rotated, and balanced, bring your vehicle to Murray’s Auto Clinics in Silver Spring, MD. Our ASE-certified auto mechanics perform all of the auto maintenance and repair service you need, from minor maintenance services such as oil changes, tire rotations, and wheel balancing to major repairs. To learn more about our services, find the auto repair shop nearest you, or schedule an appointment, call us at (240) 450-2478.

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