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Mechanic Lino Lakes MN

Electrical-Repair-Blaine-MNIt is unfortunate that today’s world has left a negative stigma on auto mechanics. The even more unfortunate reality is that these stigmas were created for a reason. Inflating prices, shotty work, and sleazy mechanics have really destroyed the perception of what used to be referred to as honest work. At Clark Automotive, we are your neighborhood mechanic in Lino Lakes, MN and we will give you honest work at fair prices.

The Clark Automotive Difference

We’ve been in business for over 17 years. Our biggest difference here at Clark Automotive would have to be our extreme love for car repair. Our mechanics here at the shop care about what they do. We care about our customers, we care about each other, and we care about your car. Our goal and mission is to always offer outstanding service at an affordable price. Here at Clark Automotive, there’s no insisting on unnecessary products or adding on pointless services. We only want to give every customer the quality repair job that they need. Our talented and certified technicians communicate with the customer directly so that nothing is confusing or lost in translation on both ends. We strive to give you that neighborhood, trustworthy mechanic experience that you’ve been searching for.

Car Repair Services

We are a full service car repair shop serving Lino Lakes, Blaine, Spring Lake Park, Ham Lake, and surrounding areas. When your car is in need of repair we want you to feel confident that you brought it to the right place. The following is a short list of the many auto maintenance and car repair services that we perform here at Clark Automotive:

  • Alternator Replacement
  • Automobile Tune-Up Service
  • Battery Replacement
  • Brake Replacement
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Electrical Repair
  • Engine Repair
  • Exhaust System Repair and Replacement
  • Fleet Service
  • HVAC
  • Radiators
  • Starter Replacement
  • Steering Repair
  • Suspension Repair
  • Timing Belt Replacement
  • Tire Rotation/Balance
  • Vehicle Alignment

Clark Automotive is known for being a long standing, reputable car repair shop that you can trust. So much so that our most loyal customers bring even their future cars in for pre-purchase inspections. So whether you haven’t found a trustworthy mechanic in the area or you need a second opinion on a car repair, Clark Automotive should be your first choice. If you live in Lino Lakes, MN, stop by Clark Automotive, give us a call at (763) 784-7944 or email info@clarkautomotiveblaine.com.

Auto Diagnostics Blaine MN – Part 1

Free Vehicle Diagnostics Blaine, MN

Auto Repairs Blaine MNDo you have a car or pickup truck in need of repairs around the Blaine, MN area? Clark Automotive Clinic can help! We offer a range of vehicle services, such as Brake Repair and Replacement, Ignition and Starter Replacement and Repairs, Tire Services and a variety of other helpful types of auto work. Many times a light will turn on in the dashboard of your vehicle if something isn’t working properly. When that happens it’s best to take your car or truck in to a certified vehicle technician for a Diagnostic Check. An experienced and well educated auto repair professional will be able to quickly tell what is wrong by running a test of the operation computers located in your vehicle.

What is the Computer in a Vehicle?

The modern vehicle has three or more computers. The computer operating the ignition and fuel systems, relative to the tune-up, is called the Electronic Control Module (ECM) or the Power Control Module (PCM). The computer is where the fault codes from the check engine light are recorded and stored. We at Clark Automotive do recall the codes free of charge and offer some guidance as to what it means.

Protect Vehicle from Possible Risks

Because these are in fact computers, we technicians are always warned about protecting them from voltage spikes during repairs. That is why Jump Starting your neighbor’s car is less popular, due to the risks of voltage spikes. Battery chargers and jump start boxes are much preferred. The PCM or ECM is the controller of the Ignition and Fuel Systems and turn the check engine light on when there is a problem detected.

Automotive professionals Access the Computer through a data port. The structure of the data port has been regulated for many years (all cars use the same data port) called OBDII. Data ports prior to the early 90’s varied with every manufacture and or model car. Repair shops are hard pressed to hook up the cars prior to OBDII, because they no longer have those cables or scanners.

What is Diagnostics or Trouble Shooting?

The question is – can knowing what the fault code is tell you allow you to distinguish what is wrong with your vehicle? At Clark Automotive Clinic we will scan your automobiles computer codes free. We will give you some recommendations about an organized way to proceed with the repair of your vehicle. But alas, just knowing the code generally will not identify exactly what to do. That is when you need to be able to trust your mechanic because that takes us to the trouble shooting process, which is the process of specific diagnostic tests to the ignition and fuel system to identify what repair is needed.

We take this process very seriously, and don’t charge as much as most, you may ask why? This is the process by which we meet most of our new customers. This is something we don’t do for free because we are good at it. Because we are good at it, we want to have as many challenging and new experiences as possible, to even get better. In most cases, our trouble shooting charge is $60.00 or less. Yes, we have had occasions when this charge is larger, but then it is an opportunity/challenge for us at Clark Automotive because other shops have failed at the repair.

Look for our next blog about the more in-depth process of specific diagnostic tests. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a repair please contact our knowledgeable repair professionals today at 763-784-7944!

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