Maintenance Tips – Car Care Clinic Jet Lube https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 Tips to Get More Miles Out of Your Brakes https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/get-more-miles-out-of-your-brakes https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/get-more-miles-out-of-your-brakes#respond Sun, 11 Oct 2020 14:12:44 +0000 https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/?p=20366 Your car is filled with “normal-wear” items like tires and belts.  These components are designed to wear out over time.  Brakes fall into this category as well.  With use, they will eventually wear out and you’ll need to have them replaced.  It’s just a part of owning a car.

But a brake job on today’s cars can be an expensive endeavor.  So it just makes good sense to reduce the brake wear, so they don’t have to be replaced any more often than necessary.

There are five simple things you can do to help get more miles out of your brakes, and, generally speaking, they don’t require a lot of effort.

  1. Slow down — The faster you drive, the harder your brakes have to work to stop the car. So driving slower will not only save you gas; it’ll also help you get more miles out of your brakes.
  2. Anticipate your stops — Look ahead; not just at the car in front of you, but farther down the road. See that traffic light? If it’s red, let off the gas a little and let your car start to coast. Keeping your foot on the gas-only means you’ll have to apply the brakes harder when you reach the light, creating more friction and wearing your brakes faster.
  3. Pump the brake pedal — As you’re slowing down or coming to a stop, don’t just hold the brakes on. Pump the pedal, completely releasing it and then reapplying it. That allows the brakes to cool a little. That short cooling sequence can add miles to your brakes.
  4. Use your right foot for the brake and the gas — The situation seems logical: You have two feet and two pedals. But if you drive two-footed, you’re probably going to rest your left foot on the brake pedal… not much, but it doesn’t take much. Resting your foot on the brake pedal, even a tiny bit, prevents the brake fluid from releasing all the way. That tiny connection will cause the brakes to drag, burning them out in no time.
  5. Buy better brakes — Most brakes are available in a wide variety of materials, from simple organic pads to high-end ceramic. And, generally speaking, the more durable the material, the more it costs. So ask your shop technician to use a better grade of brake material; it’ll pay for itself many times over in extra miles.

Follow these five simple steps, and you’ll get more miles out of your brakes, and save money over the long haul.

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Your Spring Car Care Checklist https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/fuel-efficiency-tips/your-spring-car-care-checklist https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/fuel-efficiency-tips/your-spring-car-care-checklist#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:34:30 +0000 https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/?p=19105 Springtime is often associated with house cleaning, but here at Car Care Clinic, we think it’s a great time to focus on your car as well. Routine, seasonal maintenance checks will help your car perform its very best, as you turn the corner from winter to spring.

With the weather warming up, early spring is ideal for getting your car prepared for road trips, more frequent driving or even that epic summer vacation that’s only a few months away.

Here are some specific spring car maintenance tips and tricks worth considering.

Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Thawing, freezing, and scraping over icy windshields can cause wiper blades to warp, bend, and crack. Measure the old blades and check the car’s manual for the correct size before removing the old ones to install new ones. Always test them before you get caught in the rain. Replace blades once in the fall and once in the spring.

Top Off Washer Fluid

Speaking of wipers, Mississippi winters often mean wet/dirty roads and you likely used your washer fluid to keep your windshield clear.  Doing 70 on the highway with compromised visibility is not the time to discover you’re out of wiper fluid. If you run low, just pour some in the reservoir until full. Never add plain water during winter as this can cause your reservoir and hoses to burst in extremely cold temperatures.

Check & Refill Fluids

Our ASE certified experts suggest taking a look at coolant, transmission, brake, and power steering fluid levels. “Keep in mind that your power steering, brake, and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak,” they say.

Replace Plugs and Batteries

Your vehicle’s plugs and batteries can be depleted up to 60% faster than when the weather is warmer. The colder it gets, the more these components strain to keep the vehicle going. You can take a look at the parts yourself if you feel comfortable doing so; otherwise, call us to do the job.

Schedule an Oil Change

A change of oil every time the season changes can extend a car’s life by thousands of miles, especially with an older engine. Besides keeping the car running smoothly, oil also prevents contaminants from accumulating in the engine and helps draw heat away from the combustion chamber. It can only do this for so long before it breaks down.

Wash Your Vehicle

This critical auto care step is about more than just looking good for cruising in the spring. It’s also about maintaining resale value. A good cleaning will reveal minor dings and chips in the paint, which are magnets for costly and all-consuming rust. If you’ve traveled through areas during the winter that used road salt, washing should be a priority.  Leaving road salt on your vehicle’s exterior for too long can deplete the color and corrode the metal.

Don’t Forget Underneath Your Car

While you’ve got your bucket, soap, and sponge handy, you should give your car’s undercarriage a good cleaning. Just like the exterior of the vehicle, the undercarriage can get a gunky accumulation of grime and road salt.

Give the Car a Good Waxing

Everyone loves that shiny, picture-perfect look of a car after it’s freshly cleaned and buffed. Just like cleaning your car, you should wax it for more than just that glimmering finish. A good wax will protect your vehicle from spring weather that may loosen branches or pelt the car with rain. You should continue to wax every few weeks or so to keep your car safe.

Inspect for Paint Damage

Once your car’s exterior is grime-free, give it a thorough look. Do you see any scratches, chips or other damage? These are dangerous for the long-term health of the vehicle’s paint, not to mention resale value.  Like road salt and other debris, this damage can also corrode the paint, so don’t wait to fix any scratches if you find them.

Replace Your Cabin Filter

Spring is prime allergy season, and the cabin filter could contribute to that sneezy and sniffly feeling. This filter can prevent allergens from getting trapped in the car. If you haven’t changed out your cabin filter in a while, you could be breathing in extra pollen, dirt, and dust each time you hop in for a drive.

Check Tire Pressure

Tires lose 1 to 2 pounds of air pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops outside. Spring temperatures can sometimes fluctuate, so make sure to check tire pressure regularly.

Change Air Filters Now for When You Use Your Air Conditioner Later

Mississippi spring weather can quickly switch from cold to warm to hot and summer-like within days.  So, don’t wait until June to check whether your car’s air conditioner is working. Test it now so you have plenty of time for AC repairs if needed.

Gut the Inside of Your Car

Frigid winter temperatures and rainy days may make you less inclined to make a ton of trips to and from your car. In the interim, stuff accumulates in the backseat and the trunk. On a sunny warm day, go through everything and decide what you should throw out and what should go in the house.

Clean the Inside of the Car, Too

Now that your backseats and trunk are mostly empty, we recommend that you clean any items in there you can. Vacuum the seats and the floors, wash the back windows and dust off your dashboard.  We also suggest using the bristles of a paintbrush to dust off the air vents.

Remove Debris from the Engine

Look under the hood for unwanted debris that can slow down the car. Acorns, pine needles, road salt, and crunchy leaves can all prevent rubber gaskets, drainage holes, vents and the engine from working optimally.

Check and Realign All Tires

Between salt, sand, potholes, and the sheer cold of winter, tires take a beating. Swap out your winter tires for all-season ones, and give the tires a look to see whether the tread is too worn. Take a penny and insert Lincoln’s head into the grooves of the tire treads. If the top of Lincoln’s head can still be seen, it’s time to replace the tire.

Check Shocks or Struts

Mississippi winters can be brutal on roads and that means more potholes. Check your vehicle’s shocks or struts for signs of physical damage, such as leaking, rusting, or dents. Also be aware of the warning signs that you may need them replaced: vehicle rolls or sways on turns, front end dives when braking, rear end squats when accelerating, vehicle sits lower in the front or rear, a loss of directional control during sudden stops, and the vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding and rough road.

Test Your Lights

For many drivers, the first time they realize they have a light out is when a police officer pulls them over to tell them so. Spring is the perfect time to examine mirrors for cracks, and to have a family member activate headlights, taillights, reverse lights, brake lights, parking lights, fog lights, and turn signals while you do a visual inspection.

Test All Belts for Slackness

If any of your belts are too slack, you will need to contact us to get these tightened or replaced. Cold winter weather often weakens your vehicle’s belts, and if they snap or break while you’re cruising around this spring, a tow truck will be the only way to get your vehicle moving again.

Make Sure Drains Aren’t Clogged

The drains in your vehicle, particularly near the doors and the front cowling, allow fluids to naturally move off of your vehicle. However, if these get clogged with debris, they’ll stop working properly. Water and other fluids can then spill on the dashboard or floors, making for quite a messy trip.  If an incident like this goes unchecked and fixed, mold and/or rust can become a major issue.

Get an Inspection

If some of these jobs seem a little out of your comfort zone, or if you think your car may have been damaged during any winter drives, trust the pros. Scheduling an inspection should be at the top of your spring car care to-do list.

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Get Your Vehicle’s AC Checked https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/get-your-vehicles-ac-checked https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/get-your-vehicles-ac-checked#respond Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:55:42 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=16898 If you haven’t used your vehicle’s air conditioning system all winter, now is the time to get it checked out before you actually need it in summer. Don’t wait till the 80-degree weather rolls in, because when it does and you have no AC, it’s going to be a long, sweaty and miserable commute. Taking care of AC maintenance in spring will allow you to avoid frustration.  Stop by one of our locations to get an ASE Certified Technician opinion on what we can do to fix your A/C problems.

Why maintaining your AC System is very important:

Heating and A/C systems may break eventually with usage, hose pipes may clog and drip if not serviced, causing reduced efficiency heating and cooling capabilities. Regular maintenance will keep your AC system operating at peak performance.

Indications your A/C system may be having issues

  • If your air conditioning blows only slightly cooler air compared to the exterior air
  • Air that blows in smells damp, musty, or like mildew and mold
  • Your cabin does not warm up in cold weather or is just a little warmer than outside
  • The defroster takes longer than typical to operate, or does not operate
  • Your heater or A/C only functions when driving, not when idling, or quits blowing when the car is stationary
  • Your heating system blows cold air, or the air conditioning blows warm air
  • Low airflow even at the highest fan setting.

What Causes Car AC Problems

The most common causes of AC problems in your vehicle are leaks. This includes other substances, such as water and air, getting inside AC system components due to damaged seals. This also includes situations when the refrigerant (whether it’s Freon or R134A) is leaking out of the system. Aside from leaks, AC system components, such as the compressor or condenser may be failing or malfunctioning.

If your vehicle was built somewhere before 1995, it’s possible the refrigerant used in your AC system is Freon (R-12). Freon was found to have a negative effect on our ozone layer and was eventually phased out. It’s no longer manufactured, so obtaining it may be difficult and expensive. A better solution is to convert your vehicle to use the R134A refrigerant.

A comprehensive evaluation of heating and A/C system includes

  • Examining the internal controls and blower
  • Checking radiator coolant operating temperature, hoses, pressure radiator cap and thermostat
  • Inspecting the compressor belt
  • Inspecting system and seals for leaks or various other damages.
  • A cooling system pressure test
  • Verifying the A/C pressure meets manufacturer specifications
  • Measuring the interior vent air temperature

If you find that your vehicle’s AC system is not performing as desired, contact one of our ASE Certified Technicians. We’ll be able to take a closer look, find leaks, perform refrigerant recharge or replace failing components, depending on what’s causing the issue.

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Can Summer Heat Damage My Battery? https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/can-summer-heat-damage-my-battery https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/can-summer-heat-damage-my-battery#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:24:35 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=15601 Yes, the heat in our brutal summer months can also drain your vehicle battery. We often think winter is the season when batteries go dead but excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, and that causes internal damage.

What drains a car battery?

Most of us know accidentally leaving your lights on can cause your vehicle battery to drain quickly. Just like your home chargers and electrical gadgets, cords plugged into walls will pull electricity when they are not plugged into devices. When you’re not charging your cell phone or other devices you should disconnect them from power outlets.

Can an Alarm System drain a battery?

Well, it depends.  An alarm system may be a culprit in draining your battery because of improper installation or incompatibility with your vehicle electrical system. Aftermarket stereo systems if not properly installed can go into sleep mode and be draining amps while waiting for a wake up signal from your electrical system when you turn it back on.

How can I make my battery last longer?

Keep the top of the battery clean. Grime and dirt from inside your engine can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow.  Its best to leave this to an automotive professional, because they have the tools and knowledge to safely inspect and test your battery.

How do I clean my car battery?

Be very careful when cleaning your vehicle battery. You can wipe off dirt with damp rags or lightly scrub off corrosion with a wire brush. However, battery fluids can cause chemical burns and only a professional should handle battery fluids and corrosion. If your battery is severely corroded please have your trusted automotive technician inspect, clean and test the battery. Corrosion from battery fluids will destroy wiring, causing safety issues as well as performance problems like hard starts. The test will let you know how much voltage (percentage) is left. Newer batteries which have low voltage can often be recharged. When a battery reaches four to five years old it may be time to replace.

Before you get ready for your summer road trips, schedule a pre-trip inspection with one of our locations. We will inspect fluids like coolant, brake, steering, and transmission, as well as your battery, tires, brakes, hoses, belts and other parts for wear or damage. When you get a recommendation for maintenance or repair ask the technician to take you to your vehicle and be shown the damaged part or corroded fluid. We will be happy to show you what we’ve found and thoroughly explain the maintenance or repair service.

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Signs Your Car Has Pothole Damage https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/travel-tips/signs-car-pothole-damage https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/travel-tips/signs-car-pothole-damage#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:00:13 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=11723 A pothole can be your car’s worst enemy. These holes or pits on a road’s surface can seriously damage a vehicle’s ride control system.

If you do drive over a pothole, have your car’s shocks or struts checked to make sure they aren’t damaged.

Shocks and struts control how vehicles ride and handle. The shock absorbers, or struts act as a cushion to dampen the bouncing action of a car’s springs. The springs absorb the road bumps; without them, the vehicle would continually bounce and bound down the road, making driving extremely difficult.

Shocks and struts also control spring and suspension movement to keep the tires in contact with the road. This affects steering, stability and braking. A broken shock or strut could alter the steering and handling of a vehicle and create driving dangers. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs that your vehicle’s shocks or struts may need to be replaced.

  • The vehicle rolls or sways on turns.
  • The vehicle’s front-end dives when braking.
  • The vehicle’s rear end squats when accelerating.
  • The vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road.
  • The vehicle “bottoms out” or thumps on bumps.
  • The vehicle sits lower in the front or rear.
  • The vehicle is leaking or has signs of physical damage, such as rusting or dents.
  • There’s a loss of directional control during sudden stops of the vehicle.

Many components affect a vehicle’s handling. Having your car inspected, if you experience any of the above signs, is good preventive maintenance and can help its parts wear less and last longer.

“If you think you may have a worn out or broken shock or strut, don’t wait,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “Whether you replace it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, this situation should be taken care of right away.” The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign, educating consumers about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. To see the Car Care Council’s free service interval schedule, visit www.carcare.org.

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Our Recommended Car Maintenance Schedule https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/recommended-car-maintenance-schedule https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/recommended-car-maintenance-schedule#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:02:20 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=10857 Remembering to keep up with your car’s scheduled maintenance can be difficult, especially because every car is different. When should your oil, coolant, spark plugs or air filters be changed? When should you have your timing belt, brakes and transmission serviced? All of this is very important when it comes to getting the longest life possible in your vehicle.

Luckily, every vehicle comes with a recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer. There are many complex systems in today’s modern cars, and following the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule will help keep your car or truck on the road for many years to come.

These recommendations are suggested by our ASE Trained Certified Mechanics to maximize the safety, efficiency and longevity of your vehicle. They are based on the “severe service or use” of your vehicle.

Your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation and warranty requirements may differ, so consult your owner’s manual for additional information.

SERVICE

Headlights & Small Bulbs Check
Battery
C-V Boots
Tire Rotation
Wheel Alignment
Air Filter
Breather Filter
Canister Filter
Cooling System Service
Emission Service
ngine Analysis
Engine Tune-Up (Non Computer)
Exhaust Parts
Fuel Filter (Carburetor)
Fuel Filter (Injection)
PCV Valve
Shock Absorbers
Steering Parts
Struts & Cartridges
Wheel Bearings Repack Seals (Non-Drive Axle)
Wiper Blades
Air Conditioning Service
Brakes
C-V Joints
Drive Axle Bearings & Seals
Engine Tune-Up (Computer)
Fan
Fuel Injector Cleaning
Power Flush Cooling System
Suspension Parts
Transmission Service
Oxygen Sensor
Cooling System Hoses
Universal Joints
Vacuum Modulator
Timing Belts

MAINTENANCE/INSPECTION INTERVALS

Weekly
6,000 Mile Inspection
6,000 Mile Inspection
5,000 Miles
6,000 Mile Inspection
12,000 Mile Inspection
12,000 Mile Inspection
12,000 Mile Inspection
12,000 Miles/12 Months
12,000 Mile Inspection
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12,000 Miles/24 Months
12,000 Mile Inspection
12,000 Mile Inspection
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12,000 Miles
12,000 Mile Inspection
24,000 Miles/24 Months
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24,000 Miles/24 Months
30,000 Mile Inspection
36,000 Miles/36 Months
36,000 Mile Inspection
36,000 Miles/36 Months
60,000 Miles/48 Months

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Vehicle Spring Cleaning Tips https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/vehicle-spring-cleaning-tips https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/vehicle-spring-cleaning-tips#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:24:09 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=8325 Spring is finally here.  It’s time to prepare for the warm, sunny days ahead by giving your vehicle a thorough cleaning and inspection.  An exterior car wash is a great way to start, but don’t stop there. Follow these tips to ensure you’re ready for spring driving:

1. Tidy Up

As you clean the interior of your vehicle, check items such as your flashlight batteries, first aid kit and spare tire.  In case of emergency, you don’t want to be left in the dark roadside with a flat spare.

2. Check for Rust and Corrosion.

We don’t get a lot of this in Mississippi, but if you traveled to places with snow and ice. Snow, de-icing fluids and road salt can cause significant/expensive damage to the underside of your vehicle.  So, if you’ve driven in snowy or icy conditions, inspect the underside of your vehicle for rust or other corrosion.

3. Be Prepared for Wet Roads.

Spring is often accompanied by lots of rain. So, check your tires to ensure you have sufficient tread to prevent hydroplaning and check to ensure your windshield wiper blades are not streaking or smearing. “The simplest way to check tire tread depth is with a penny,” according to the Car Care Council. “Insert the penny into the grooves of the tread. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, the tire needs replacement.”

In rainy conditions, remember to avoid cruise control, slow down, and leave room between vehicles. If your vehicle starts to skid, remain calm, continue to look and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go and avoid slamming on brakes.

4. Get Plenty of Fluids.

Check to see if you need to replace or top-up vital fluids such as oil, wiper fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.  You can do all this work yourself, or you can get some help from the friendly, trained technicians at your neighborhood Oil Can Henry’s, where you get more value, convenience and service.

Our Famous 28-Point Full-Service Oil Change is no ordinary oil change, it’s a great value that includes:

  • Up to five quarts of Castrol motor oil and a new premium oil filter;
  • Complimentary top-ups of your vehicle’s radiator fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and washer fluid;
  • A visual inspection of your vehicle;
  • A compete check and double-check to make sure the work was done right; and

Best of all, you get to relax and watch us work.

Happy Spring driving from all of us at Car Care Clinic Jet Lube!

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Regular Vehicle Maintenance to Avoid Costly Repairs https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/regular-vehicle-maintenance-avoid-costly-repairs https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/regular-vehicle-maintenance-avoid-costly-repairs#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:00:50 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6300 “Pay now or pay later” may be an annoying cliche, but it really is true when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. If you don’t handle routine vehicle maintenance issues today, you are most definitely going to have something to pay down the road, and it will likely be far more costly. We don’t want to see that happen to you. We’d rather save you money overall. To that end, here are a few situations where it really is better to pay us now rather than later.

Oil Changes

Car maintenance must include regular oil changes, unless you want to have to pay for engine repair or even a new engine down the road. You’ve probably heard about people getting 100,000 or more miles on their car, and that is accomplished only by keeping up with oil and oil filter changes.

Tire Rotation & Alignments

Just because the new tires you purchased claim to last a set number of miles doesn’t mean you will ever realize that number if you do not have them rotated regularly and have the alignment corrected when necessary. A new set of tires needed far too often is an unnecessary expense.

Brakes

Keeping up with brake car maintenance is another thing that can become more expensive if you fail to have it done when needed. The rotors will need to be turned or replaced if you wait too long, not to mention the fact that you could wreck your car if the brakes fail completely.

Obviously, there are plenty of other cases where a small repair can avoid a larger repair, and our ASE technicians will always do all they can to keep you paying less now for car maintenance, rather than more later.

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How Often Should Spark Plugs Be Replaced? https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/spark-plugs-replaced https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/spark-plugs-replaced#respond Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:00:54 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6295 Vehicle manufacturers make much of the fact that their products come equipped with extended-life spark plugs that can maintain a precise gap for 100,000 miles. However, before you wait that long to replace them, you should bear in mind that spark plugs that hit the 80,000-mile marker are four-fifths worn.

As the gap in the plug widens, engine performance and gas mileage begin to suffer. In addition, spark plugs that have remained in place for tens of thousands of miles have a tendency to seize in the cylinder head or the two piece designs tend to break.  Once this happens, it can be potentially costly job to remove them. Since your vehicle’s spark plugs are going to require replacement sometime, better to do it sooner rather than later.

Even if your vehicle is equipped with extended-life spark plugs, you should still have them inspected approximately every 30,000 miles. During that inspection also have checked the other items that require replacement such as the air filter, fuel filter, cabin air filter, brakes, tires and the starting and charging system.

These inspections, when regularly performed can help keep the vehicle properly maintained, alerting the vehicle owner of needed service and repairs. When these services and repairs are performed, it helps maintain the value of the vehicle, the exhaust and emissions system of the vehicle, the safety of the vehicle, and the reliability of the vehicle.

We recommend that when the spark plugs are replaced, to use the same type of spark plugs that the vehicle was originally equipped with. For instance if it has platinum or double platinum spark plugs we would recommend replacement with the same style of spark plugs, since this is what the vehicle manufacturer engineered the vehicle to use.

If the vehicle is equipped with spark plug wires they should be checked at the time of spark plug replacement, when they are old and crispy just disengaging them from the spark plug can cause them to come apart. A quality set of spark plug wires can last generally around 60,000 to 70,000 miles. Again it is a good idea to replace these parts prior to a failure like a misfire. A vehicle that is running rough or misfiring can cause catalytic converter damage.

Preventative maintenance is the key, have your spark plugs inspected every 30,000 miles and replaced when the gap is beyond what is specified by the vehicle manufacturer’. If you’re not sure when the last time your plugs and wiring were inspected, it’s a good idea to do that soon.  Visit one of our locations or book and appointment and we’ll be glad to help.

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Benefit from a Regular Tire Rotation https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/fuel-efficiency-tips/benefit-regular-tire-rotation https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/fuel-efficiency-tips/benefit-regular-tire-rotation#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:00:31 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6285 When it comes to car maintenance, there are many things you should be doing. This includes regular tire rotation. While this may not sound like a big deal, there are several reasons why you cannot afford to overlook this service.

1. Extended Tire Tread Life
Face it. Tires are not cheap. So you want your tires to last as long as possible. To ensure that, you need to rotate them as suggested by the manufacturer. Doing so will ensure that your tread lasts as long as possible. Not only does this keep you safe, but it goes a long way in saving you money.

2. Improved Vehicle Performance
If you want your vehicle to perform at its peak, don’t forget to rotate your tires regularly. This will allow your car to drive better. Furthermore, it helps improve stability and ride comfort.

3. Increased Gas Mileage
In today’s day and age, anything you can do to increase gas mileage is something you want to consider. A simple tire rotation can improve performance in this area, thus saving you money and time.

If you don’t rotate your tires as necessary, road friction becomes a problem. Subsequently, your gas mileage will take a hit.

Do you have questions about tire rotation? We can provide you with all the information you need, as well as top of the line service. Stop by one of our locations today.

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7 Signs You Might Need New Brakes https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/7-signs-might-need-new-brakes https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/7-signs-might-need-new-brakes#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:00:57 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6572 When you take a vehicle on the road it is very important for both safety and reliability that it functions properly. This includes having the engine running, the transmission switching gears and the brakes clearly responding. Being able to stop your car in a timely fashion is imperative to safe driving.

So, to ensure that your brakes are going to continue to work you, you should have your brakes inspected about every six months. Get them looked at RIGHT AWAY though, when they show one of the following seven warning signs:

1) The Brake Warning Light is illuminated
This may seem obvious but it is important not to ignore warning lights in your vehicle. When a dashboard light is on it usually indicates a problem or impending issue. A brake light warning usually means that you are low on brake fluid—which could also indicate a leak in your brake lines.

2) Your brakes are making a squealing sound
It is not normal for your brakes to squeal when they are being used. This can mean that your car needs a brake adjustment or that the brakes need to be replaced.

3) The brakes in your car are grinding
A grinding noise coming out can indicate issues with your brake pads. It usually means that the pads are rubbing together because they are worn down.

4) Reduced responsiveness while breaking
When you notice that your brakes are not being responsive you should bring your car to us right away. Being able to properly brake is a safety issue and should not be taken lightly. When you experience a lack of responsiveness there could also be an air or fluid leak, which is a very serious issue indeed.

5) Your car vibrates while breaking
While you brake your vehicle you should not notice shaking, pulsing or excessive vibrations. This problem is an indicator of brake rotor issues or a problem with your alignment.

6) Pulling while braking
If your car pulls to one side of the road while you brake, then you are having a brake system issue and need to take your car into a professional. This problem can mean your brakes are out of adjustment, are worn out, or that there is a leak of fluid.

7) Your brake pedals are not properly functioning
This is a warning sign of a possible leak, a low amount of brake fluid or that air has entered your brake lines. Get a professional (like KC Martin) on the case right away.

No matter what type of brake problem you are experience the certified ASE technicians at Car Care Clinic are here to provide a free brake inspection and to help diagnose and repair the problem. During regular maintenance or oil changes we also will check your brakes to ensure that they are working correctly for you. Have additional questions about your brakes? Call us.

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Extending Your Battery Life https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/extending-battery-life https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/extending-battery-life#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:51 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6289 Like tires, batteries are not cheap.  So, it’s important to do all you can to get the most battery life possible.

How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

Nobody likes to be stranded with a dead car battery. Whenever I get stuck, the first thing I always think is, “Does it have to be today?”

It works like this. Typical battery life expectancy is around three years. Higher quality batteries are rated for up to 5 years. In real life, you could get lucky and end up with battery that lasts much longer than that.

Long standing times i.e. a car that is not driven for a couple weeks at a time, high temperatures which accelerate corrosion and discharging the battery accidentally by leaving the lights or another electrical device on… all contribute to the early retirement of your car battery.

Temperature extremes are bad news for battery life. Batteries are more likely to die or go flat during very cold periods as it takes more effort to start the motor in low temperatures. More current will drawn from the car battery, therefore depleting it faster. On the other hand, hot weather will also lead to increased battery corrosion and degradation.

Your pattern and habits affect battery life as well. If you often make short trips, your car battery doesn’t have the chance to recharge fully. This leads to an acid imbalance which will corrode the battery and shorten its lifespan.

How to Extend Car Battery Life

1. Don’t add new electrolyte (acid).

2. Don’t use unregulated high output battery chargers to charge batteries.

3. Don’t place your equipment and toys into storage without some type of device to keep the battery charged.

4. Don’t disconnect battery cables while the engine is running (your battery acts as a filter).

5. Don’t put off recharging batteries. Check your car owner’s manual for the battery maintenance schedule.

6. Don’t add tap water as it may contain minerals that will contaminate the electrolyte. Use only distilled water.

7. Don’t discharge a battery any deeper than you possibly have to.

8. Don’t let a battery get too hot to the touch or boil violently when charging.

9. Don’t mix battery type and sizes.

10. To extend car battery life, you should wrap a heat barrier around your battery to protect it from temperature extremes.

We also recommend routinely checking your battery charge to ensure it’s working as it should.  If you think you have a battery issue, it might be something else.  Visit one of our locations or book your appointment to have your battery and charging system checked.

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How Does Antifreeze Work in the Summer? https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/antifreeze-work-summer https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/antifreeze-work-summer#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:00:21 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6261 Mississippi’s summer months of can bring miserable heat. So, why are we talking antifreeze?  While we may feel cool and comfortable inside our vehicle with the air conditioning, your vehicle’s engine won’t be sharing your joy.  In fact, it could easily “blow it’s top”.

Keeping Your Engine Cool

Your vehicle’s cooling system is your engine’s only means of releasing the heat that builds to incredible temperatures inside the engine block. Water, mixed with coolant, carries the heat out of your engine to the radiator, where it is transferred to the metal fins in the evaporator and blown into the air.

When the coolant becomes dirty there is a mixture of rust, scale and other bi-products from the engine in the fluid. That mixture can cause a great deal of damage to the engine by corroding and clogging the passageways, choking off the water flow through the radiator which causes the engine to overheat.

Be mindful of your dash lights, should you see a light or gauge showing your engine is overheating, do not continue driving pull over immediately. Damage from an overheated engine often is expensive and in some instances cannot be repaired.

How do I Prevent Overheating?

The best way to prevent engine overheating is to regularly inspect coolant fluid for deposits which can clog and corrode hoses. Ask your automotive technician to show you the fluids and point out any deposits or corrosion they find. Also ask what color clean coolant should be. Not all coolant or antifreeze is green.

Your vehicle manufacturer recommends specific coolant which works best for your engine. Check your mileage depending on your make and model you will want to have a coolant service as part of your factory scheduled maintenance.

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Is My Car Ready for Summer? https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/car-ready-summer https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/seasonal-tips/car-ready-summer#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:39 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6272 Summer is officially here on June 20th.  Now is the time get outside to enjoy the open road and magnificent views. Being confident in your vehicle’s reliability can mean the difference in a fun Summer road trip and a miserable one. Here are some tips for summer maintenance that will keep your road trips safe and your vehicle reliable.

1. Inspect Shocks and Struts – Potholes and poor road conditions can cause unseen damage. Road repair takes months and sometimes never catches up with the damage from the previous Winter. Damage to shocks and struts aren’t usually noticed until you feel significant forward lunges and teeth chattering bumps. These need to be inspected and fixed before damage spreads to your suspension and possibly exhaust systems.

Whenever possible avoid driving through potholes. If you see no way around them slow down as much as possible to avoid damaging shocks and struts and your wheels and tires.

2. Test or Recharge Air Conditioning – Be ready for the coming heat.  Re-charge your air conditioning system and change out your in-cabin air filter to remove mold and mildew, odors and other allergens.

3. Refill windshield fluids and examine your wiper blades 

4. Inspect and or replace tires – Dependable tires are never cheap. An unexpected tire purchase in the middle of your road trip could cut it short.  So examine your tires regularly and, if needed, purchase new tires before the road trip starts.

Keeping up with regular, routine vehicle maintenance is the best way to insure your vehicle will keep running better for longer. The better you are at maintaining the less you will spend for an unexpected repair. Our 28-point maintenance inspection during each oil change can find problems which can be fixed before a break down occurs.

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Do I Have the Correct Tire Pressure? https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/do-i-have-the-correct-tire-pressure https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/do-i-have-the-correct-tire-pressure#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:00:50 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6266 Did you know that not all tires are the same and not all vehicles require the same amount of pressure?  It’s true.  If you are unsure what your tire pressure should be – rest easy – you are not alone. It is a subject that many people are unsure about. With recommendations coming from all directions, including well-meaning family members, it is hard sometimes to know exactly what to do.

What Your Tire Pressure Should Be

Tire manufacturers & distributors as well as vehicle manufacturers all agree – use the Vehicle Manufacturers recommendation. Today’s vehicles have been designed by some crazy smart engineers and they don’t put just any tire on any car.  They take the tire’s pressure very seriously when building many different systems on your vehicle.

All parts of the system and the computer in your vehicle that monitors the system all are built to accommodate a specific pressure. It will take in to account many factors, including fuel economy, load capacity of the vehicle, safety of dry and wet conditions, among others. Running your tires at the wrong pressure can affect the performance of your vehicle in many different ways, shorten the life of your tires and in extreme situations can even cause unsafe driving conditions for your family by affecting your anti-lock braking systems and other safety features.

Finding Your Recommended Tire Pressure

“So, now that I know I’m supposed to go by the Vehicle Manufacturer’s recommended pressure, how do I find it?” There is a sticker in the door frame of your vehicle on the driver’s side that will list many important bits of information.

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If you go to your door frame and your sticker is illegible, gone, or just too hard to figure out, then check your owner’s manual, search for the make and model of your vehicle online, or call us and we’ll let you know.

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Car Care from the Inside Out https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/car-care-inside https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/car-care-inside#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:00:37 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=6274 Window seals hold in your cool air from air conditioning in the warm months and your heat during cold winter months. Seals also keep out dirt, dust, and moisture. A vehicle trunk and moon roof seals also insulate and protect you and your cargo from the outside environment. As your vehicle ages these rubber seals become dry and brittle from temperatures, weather, and just general wear.

When seals become old and damaged you can quickly tell by:

  • Lost heat or air conditioning
  • Feeling or hearing air as you drive
  • Noticeable moisture, dampness in vehicle
  • Visible excessive condensation inside your vehicle
  • Musty smells

Moisture can quickly become a problem for you and your vehicle interior. As in any damp place, allergens like mold and mildew can easily grow; aggravating allergies and making you miserable. Eventually moisture may even loosen the headliner fabric so that it hangs loose above your head.

If you own an vehicle around 3 or 4 years old or if you experience musty smells at any time, it’s time to have your windows, moon roof, and trunk seals inspected. It is far easier and less expensive to replace seals than it is to replace a headliner or thoroughly remove mold or mildew and its smell from your fabrics, carpets, and more. Not sure what to look for? Visit one our locations and ask our technicians.

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What Air Conditioning Smells Indicate https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/what-air-conditioning-smells-indicate https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/what-air-conditioning-smells-indicate#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:00:06 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=4248 Normally as a car becomes older, mold, bacteria, fungi and other micro organisms begin to grow. This is especially true in areas rarely accessed such as the vents of the air conditioner and on the evaporate right behind the dashboard. As time passes, there is the gradual development of an unpleasant odor from the air conditioning unit which starts off light and grows to become very disgusting if not taken care of promptly.

The best solution to this problem is to locate the drain tube of the car’s air conditioning system. Once you have identified it, start by checking it to make sure that it is working properly. Next, use anti-bacterial treatment to get rid of any bacteria that may have grown along the cooling system’s vent and behind the dash panel. Finish by injecting a little of the treatment solution into the air conditioners case. It is advised that you carry out the above steps when the air conditioner is turned off but with the fan on. This will help evaporate any liquid that may find its way on to the coils of the cooling unit.

What other air conditioner smells indicate

Gas Leak

If each time you turn on the air conditioner in your car you smell gas, the car may have a gas leak. What happens is each time the A/C is turned on the gas smell ends up being sucked in and mixed with the fresh air which the cooling system might be supplying to the interior of the car.

Dirty Air Filters

Dirty air filters are also responsible for another weird car A/C related smell. Air filters, if not cleaned properly, tend to collect dirt, stagnant water, dust mites and other pollutants over time. All this collectively causes the foul smell which passes through the car’s cooling system each time the car is turned on.

Antifreeze

Whenever you turn on the car’s cooling system and the car’s interior gives off a sweet smell, it is advised that you have the air conditioning system checked immediately. This so-called sweet smell is often caused by toxic liquid ethylene commonly referred to as antifreeze. This sweet smell is caused by a leak within the cooling system either around the heater’s core, coolant’s housing unit, radiator or pipe/hose.

If you have any one of these symptoms or your A/C isn’t cooling as it should, book your appointment now or simply stop into one of our locations today.  We look forward to serving you.

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Ways to Keep Your Transmission Healthy https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/ways-to-keep-your-transmission-healthy https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/ways-to-keep-your-transmission-healthy#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=4242 We all want to keep our vehicles running better and longer. Your transmission needs care and maintenance just like your engine.

10 Ways to Prolong Your Transmission

  1. Check transmission fluid regularly and properly.
  2. Check transmission fluid after running while it’s hot in the engine. Stop and go traffic, hilly terrain, hot weather, or towing can build up excess transmission heat causing fluid to be lost, damaged, or both.
  3. Install an external cooler in high stress conditions. Towing a trailer, hauling heavy loads, or being stuck in traffic often creates excessive transmission heat. An external transmission cooler will help to bring the temperature down to normal operating level adding significantly to the life of the transmission.
  4. Change transmission fluid more often in high stress conditions. Transmission fluid cools, cleans, and lubricates the internal transmission parts while providing the hydraulic pressure to make all of the components work together. When the fluid loses its ability to perform those tasks efficiently trouble can’t be far away.
  5. Check any malfunctions promptly. Repair bills tend to rise in proportion to mileage driven after the first signs of trouble. The longer you drive with a malfunctioning transmission, the more damage you may cause, and the more money it may cost you.
  6. Have the transmission linkage and other adjustments checked periodically.
  7. Keep your engine properly tuned. A poor running engine can, at times, display symptoms similar to a transmission problem.
  8. Have other drive train components that may affect transmission function checked regularly.
  9. Have your vehicle’s cooling system checked twice a year for leaks, proper coolant level and strength. Antifreeze can deteriorate over time causing it to become ineffective creating overheating or freeze-up conditions. Additionally, most vehicles use the engine cooling system to also cool the transmission fluid.
  10. Take your vehicle for a complete physical check up at least once a year. This should include all safety components such as lights, brakes and steering. Remember that a poor running engine or certain transmission problems can be a safety hazard.

If you think you’re transmission is not shifting the way it should, let us know.  All ASE technicians at Car Care Clinic are training to look for abnormal wear conditions.  Book your appointment now, or simply stop into one of our locations today.

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What Makes a Belt Squeal? https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/what-makes-a-belt-squeal https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/maintenance-tips/what-makes-a-belt-squeal#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:39:58 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=4234 Are you the one with the “noisy vehicle” that squeals every time you start your engine? Your engine belts make a screech or squeal noise usually because the rubber belt is slipping on the metal pulley and just like your tires spinning on the road, this causes noise. The belt may be slipping due to improper tension or because it simply has gotten old and the surface has become glazed, cracked or brittle. Damage to belts can occur from engine heat, improper tension, dirt, and general wear.

Why is belt tension important?

Having the correct belt pressure allows the belt to run properly along the pulleys at the right speeds and transfer the engines energy to power systems like air conditioning, alternator and water pump. Too little tension and the belts could come off completely, cause premature wear and in most cases, slip which causes noise.

How long can I drive with squealing belts?

Any unusual engine or vehicle noise is cause for concern and should be looked at soon after the noise is first noticed. The earlier you catch a problem the less chance there is for further damage on that part or new damage to another engine part or system. Any reputable repair shop will inspect your belts at no charge and should be happy to ride along with you on a test drive if you notice the noise while driving.

When should I replace my belts?

Replacing serpentine and timing belts should be parts of your vehicle maintenance plan. Its best to regularly inspect your belts checking for premature wear. Pinch, squeeze and twist them, looking for cracks, fraying, splits or brittle places. On a serpentine belt, also look for missing grooves or places where the belt’s layers have separated. If you replace early when small amount of wear is found you can avoid a major repair later.

If you notice others grabbing their ears every time you start your car, it’s time for a visit to Car Care Clinic.  We’ll inspect your belts and let you know the best way to fix the squeal and keep your car running it’s best.  Book your appointment now, or simply stop into one of our locations today.

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Use an App to Track Your Maintenance https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/travel-tips/use-app-to-track-your-maintenance https://www.carcareclinicjetlube.com/travel-tips/use-app-to-track-your-maintenance#respond Mon, 11 May 2015 13:00:30 +0000 http://localhost/cccjl/?p=4086 Keeping personal tabs on the work you have done to your car can be a pain. A few of our customers have said they like to keep receipts in the glove compartment so they can look through them when needed, but that’s no real filing system.  You could do just as well scanning your maintenance receipts and putting them into Dropbox or Evernote, or whatever other note-taking tool you prefer.

If you’re looking for a more portable option though, one that lets you see what you’ve had done recently, here are a few apps to try:

  • Road Trip (iOS) is probably one of the most robust mileage and maintenance tracking apps for iOS available. Tracking fill-ups and mileage is super-fast, as is adding maintenance history, expenses, and reminders for future work. The app has a tire log to track summer and winter wear on your tires, and supports other vehicles like boats and motorcycles. You can track as many vehicles as you like, too. The lite version gives you a taste, but the full version will set you back $5 for the iPhone or the iPad (it’s not a universal app, so you’ll have to buy it twice for both platforms.)
  • Car Maintenance Reminder (Android) is a free app that will keep track of your fuel efficiency, cost, and mileage, but also gives you a place to track all of the maintenance and repairs you have done to your vehicle. You can add notes, costs, and of course, get notifications and reminders when you should get some work done. The free version tracks one vehicle. If you have more than one, the $3 pro version is for you.
  • AutoCare (iOS/Android): AutoCare has been around for a while, and does a pretty good job of tracking your vehicle’s maintenance history, mileage, repair history, service expensives, and more. You can even use it to remind you when it’s time to get something specific done so you won’t forget. Plus, it supports multiple vehicles. It’ll set you back $4 for iOS users, and $2 for Android users.
  • Car Minder Plus (iOS) is another good, simple app for tracking your mileage and your vehicle maintenance. You get presets for things like oil filters, air filters, belt inspections, and oil changes, and you can enter in your own maintenance work and expenses to the log to keep track of what you’ve had done. From there, enter in your service intervals, and the app uses simple red/yellow/green indicators to tell you when it’s time to get that work done. The app will cost you $3.
  • aCar (Android) is free, and one of the most popular Android apps for tracking vehicle maintenance and mileage. Tracking fill-ups and mileage is quick, entering in your maintenance history and expenses is easy, and you can even enter specific notes or information about parts you prefer or that your vehicle requires. The app notifies you based on time and/or mileage when you should have work done, and supports custom notifications. aCar Pro adds in multiple languages, home screen widgets for quick access to data and logging, and connections to other popular car apps and websites, all for $6.
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