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Importance Of Routine Vehicle Maintenance

Importance Of Routine Vehicle Maintenance Anyone who is knowledgeable about automobiles–from your amazing local mechanic to a sales representative at an auto dealership to a neighbor who does work on his own car and can fix anything–will tell you that periodic maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle running smoothly and reliably. One of the reasons our automobiles need unscheduled maintenance is that it can be difficult to keep up with the scheduled maintenance recommended by your vehicles’ manufacturers. Clark Automotive has made a name for us by helping our clients with the routine maintenance needed to keep your car in good shape and also the unscheduled maintenance or repairs when something unexpected happens.

Schedule Routine Maintenance For Your Car

Keeping vigilant about scheduled maintenance requires discipline and a good memory. Part of this discipline is having your car or truck serviced even when there are no obvious signs of problems. The most reliable, problem-free vehicles lull us into a sense of security–a false sense of security–precisely because they are so reliable. All machines eventually break down and it is often the case that the most reliable machines work so well for so long that we do not notice the smallest changes occurring inside them. We become used to the specific hum of our vehicles’ engines, without realizing over the course of tens of thousands–sometimes hundreds of thousands–of miles that parts are wearing and eroding, resulting in a change in the familiar hum of the engine. That is true until something extremely noticeable occurs. We hear a grinding or a loud screech, and we know that something is most definitely wrong. In most cases, a service like Clark Automotive will be able to fix the issue without much of a problem. But in some cases, that new sound means big trouble.

Blaine Minnesota Auto Repair Shop

Scheduled maintenance can prevent a serious problem from ever occurring, but it is difficult to develop the discipline to take your car in for scheduled maintenance. It may be easier to develop that discipline by making a plan to take your car in every 4-6 months. Minnesota’s change of seasons can be a stark reminder for you to get your car serviced so that you can feel confident that your car is prepared for driving in the winter weather that is coming. Minnesota is known for its winters, but summer can also be brutal for a car. So, consider a twice-a-year self-reminder to get your car serviced ahead of the change of weather. Clark Automotive will be here to prepare your vehicle for what is ahead. Call us at (763) 784-7944 to schedule an appointment.

Importance Of Tire Maintenance In The Winter

Importance Of Tire Maintenance In The WinterYour tires are a very important safety feature of your car and the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road. Your tires help you carry your precious cargo all over town, to/from work and school, on trips and as the temperatures fall, it is crucial to make sure that your tires are properly maintained. Clark Automotive is a local auto repair shop that specializes in many different types of auto maintenance and repair – at this time of year, we recommend that our clients take note of the following tips for keeping your tires in good shape for the road:

1. Regularly check your air pressure: When the temperatures drop, your tires lose air pressure. Typically, you can expect to lose 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. It is important to check your air pressure at least once a month during the colder months and add air when you notice a drop in tire pressure. You can do this yourself with an inexpensive pressure gauge that you can keep in your vehicle. Keeping your tire pressure stable will prevent excessive tread loss and increase the life of your tires.
2. Keep the tire valve caps on: When you do not put the tire valve caps back on after you check your pressure, moisture can freeze in those valves, and this can contribute to a leak in your tire.
3. Pay attention to your tread: You need to have tread on your tires to maintain traction on the road. During the winter months when roads can be icy/snowy, this is very important.
4. Complete regular tire maintenance: Taking your car into a car repair shop for routine maintenance like tire rotation, balance and alignment can help prevent a problem before it occurs on the road. These services are affordable and can go a long way toward a safe winter for your car or truck.

Affordable Winter Tire Maintenance In Blaine MN

Poor tire maintenance can lead to the need to replace your tires more often, a flat tire or a blowout on the highway, which can be dangerous. Now is a great time to have the team at Clark Automotive take a look at your tires and complete an affordable routine maintenance plan that includes tire rotation, alignment and tread check. To schedule a tire maintenance check, give us a call today at 763-784-7944.

Tips For Winterizing Your Vehicle In 2022

Tips For Winterizing Your VehicleAs the temperatures starts to dip, it is a good reminder to prepare for the upcoming winter. We all know what winter holds in Minnesota – cold temperatures and freezing precipitation. And the winter of 2022 is predicted to be cold and snowy. This weather can really take a toll on your vehicle, even if you are lucky enough to have a garage to store it in when you are home. The vehicle technicians at Clark Automotive have developed a list of tips for winterizing your vehicle in the coming months:

Check tires: Your tire pressure can drop considerably when the temperatures drop. It is important to check your tire pressure regularly especially during the winter months so that you are not driving on unsafe tires. If you have snow tires, you will also want to change to those as winter approaches.
Check fluid levels: It is a good time to check the fluid levels in your vehicle so that they do not freeze over the cold winter months. Consider adding antifreeze (if recommended) and check your washer fluid, oil and coolant.
Wiper blades: The months before winter is a great time to change your wiper blades. This is an easy (and inexpensive investment) that will give you peace of mind when the snow, rain and freezing rain begins to fall.
Emergency kit: Pack an emergency kit and make sure that it is in your vehicle at all times. This should include a blanket, jumper cables, water/snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, cell phone charger, ice scraper, and tire pressure gauge/inflator. This way, if you get stuck in traffic for an extended period of time or your car will not start, you will have some of the necessities that you need to stay warm and safe.
Get gas frequently: We recommend that you keep your gas tank at ½ a tank or more during those winter months, just in case you are caught in a situation where you are stuck, you have enough gas to get you to your destination.
Winter inspection: It is always recommended to get a quick car inspection before the winter months to check your vehicle’s battery, hoses, belts, thermostat and cabin air filter to be sure that there are no problems heading into the winter months.

Blaine, Minnesota Auto Repair Shop

Clark Automotive is a trusted auto shop in Blaine, MN that can help you winterize your vehicle this season. We can take a quick look at your car to be sure that we do not see anything that may put you at risk as you drive around these next few months. For more information about an affordable winter inspection, call us at 763-784-7944.

Complete Vehicle Care In Blaine MN

Complete Vehicle Care In Blaine MNOne of the most frustrating things to learn when you arrive at a repair shop or a service-oriented business is that they cannot complete the repair you need done. Whether it is your TV that needs to be fixed, an appliance in your home, or your vehicle, the last thing you want to do is to search for someone who can complete the job. When it comes to your car, Clark Automotive of Blaine, Minnesota is your one-stop-shop for complete vehicle care.

Our team can complete routine vehicle maintenance or extensive vehicle repair. No job is too big or too small for us. Our certified technicians are ACS Certified Master Technicians and see it as their most important job to build your trust and communicate honestly with our clients. We realize that you have a lot of choices when it comes to an auto repair shop, so we work hard to set ourselves apart with our service, our honesty and our prices.

Here is a list of our comprehensive vehicle care and repair services:

● Brake Service and repair
● Tire repair, rotation and balance
● Exhaust system repair
● Starter and alternator evaluation, repair and replacement
● Heating and AC service
● Oil changes and routine tune ups
● Scheduled maintenance and service
● Timing belt replacement
● Electrical system repair
● Engine diagnostics
● Battery testing and replacement
● Second opinion services
● Pre-purchase inspections
● Fleet maintenance

Honest And Fast Car Repair In Blaine MN

We have extensive experience with vehicle maintenance and repair and enjoy the problem-solving aspect of this work. For some vehicles, the issue may appear to be one thing but can turn out to be another problem altogether. Many repair shops will cut corners and not look closely into the real problem. Not our team. If we suspect that there is an underlying issue, or something going on that will cause you future problems, we let you know. Very often an issue we find will actually prevent a bigger problem down the road. Making a small repair now can save you money later.

We always stand behind our work, our technicians are friendly and responsive, and you can generally get your car in quickly as well. We will build your trust and take care of your car so that you do not feel taken advantage of. For more information about our comprehensive vehicle services, give us a call at 763-784-7944 to schedule an appointment or stop by our shop conveniently located at 9985 Davenport St. NE.

Essential Maintenance Tips For The Fall Season

Essential Maintenance Tips For The Fall SeasonMany vehicle owners use the change of seasons to get their cars taken care of. This is a great plan, and as we leave the cooler fall season and head straight into winter, we at Clark Automotive in Blaine, MN want to share some of the more essential maintenance tips to keep your vehicle running at its best. Feel free to ask us to inspect your vehicle as well.

Having Your Battery Tested: Many auto parts stores perform this basic test for free, so it’s easy to have this service done. During the winter your battery is worked extra hard, not only to run, but to provide the “cold cranking amps” to start a cold engine. It’s not uncommon to see a car battery that seems to function fine but lacks the cold cranking amperage. This means that your battery is just barely strong enough to perform in the fall, but under pressure in the winter, the battery will likely fail. This is good to know now and have time to get a replacement before the onset of the colder months.

Check All Exterior Lights: Out of sight and out of mind. Well, in the event of heavy rain or snowfall, without lights, your car goes out of sight! It’s a good time to ensure that all the bulbs are functioning and furthermore, to ensure that the headlight and taillight lenses are not cloudy, as this reduces the amount of light that reaches the road. If your lenses are cloudy, use a headlight restoration kit, which utilizes fine-grit sandpaper and cleansing agents.

Checking Tire Conditions: Having tires that are in good condition and properly inflated are essential in ensuring that your vehicle has enough grip on the road during the heavy rainstorms, ice storms, and eventually the snowstorms during the winter months. The coin test is the simplest at-home test. Place a penny in the grooves of your tire with the head facing down. If you can see the entire head, it is time to replace the tires as they are too worn.

Check Functionality Of The Heater And Defroster: Perhaps it seems the most logical, but it is oftentimes the task that is least done. A simple check to ensure that the heater actually puts out warm air and that the defroster warms the windshield is sufficient.

ASE-Certified Mechanic Services Available In Blaine, MN

If you notice that your vehicle isn’t quite ready for the wrath that winter can bring upon Minnesotans, bring your vehicle by the certified mechanics at Clark Automotive. We have the knowhow and the experience to ensure that your vehicle is ready for whatever Mother Nature wants to dish out! Call (763) 784-7944 to schedule an appointment or just come on by!

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