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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.

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!

Two-Wheel Vs. Four-Wheel Alignment: What’s The Difference?

Two-Wheel Vs. Four-Wheel Alignment: What’s The DifferenceWhile driving along the road, you may find yourself battling with the steering wheel as your vehicle appears to want to drift to the right or left without warning. Is this anything you have experienced before? If you are having troubles like this, it may be time for an alignment. When you have your vehicle’s alignment checked, you are guaranteeing a safer and smoother ride while also extending the life of your tires. In addition to having your wheels aligned, it ensures excellent drivability while burning less energy (fuel savings). While most modern cars recommend a 4-wheel alignment, your car may only require a 2-wheel, or front-end alignment. So, what is the difference between a front-end alignment and a 4-wheel alignment?

Front-End Alignment

A front-end alignment is also referred to as a two-wheel alignment. As the name implies, the mechanic will only perform wheel alignment on the vehicle’s front wheels. It may incorporate toe, camber, and caster adjustments, among other features. Some vehicles are equipped with a solid rear axle that never needs to be adjusted. In addition to doing a front-end alignment, the technician may be required to execute what is known as a “thrust angle adjustment.” In general, it is a method that allows the technician to assess whether each of the four wheels is “square” with the other three wheels.

Four-Wheel Alignment

In most cases, if your vehicle is an all-wheel-drive type with separate suspensions, it will require a four-wheel alignment to function correctly. As you could expect, this four-wheel alignment procedure typically entails the adjustment of all four wheels at the same time. A caster and a front toe adjustment are included in the service. The rear wheels will have their camber and toe adjusted, as will the front wheels.

Understanding When You Need Wheel Alignment Services

You don’t need to know or understand the specific differences between the two types of wheel alignment services. If you notice any indicators of wheel misalignment (for example, the vehicle is dragging to one side). In that case, your car may require professional assistance. The mechanic will determine if a front-end or four-wheel alignment is necessary.

ASE-Certified Mechanics In Blaine Minnesota

Bring your vehicle to Clark Automotive in Blaine, MN if you notice that the steering is a little shacky. To check for alignment, our ASE-certified mechanics employ the most up-to-date equipment. Allowing the situation to persist may result in excessive and premature tire wear. Clark Automotive can perform both two-wheel/front-end and four-wheel alignment services on vehicles of any make or model, of any year. Contact us at (763) 784-7944 with any questions or fill out the contact form to schedule an appointment.

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