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Trip Inspections at Clark's Professional Car Care in Pascagoula

A lot of Pascagoula drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That's a big deal. You could be driving through MS mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won't leave you stranded. Pascagoula drivers really do need to plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive to see if you can feel any vibrations. Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? The next thing is a full service oil change at Clark's Professional Car Care in Pascagoula to make sure all of your fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your vehicle is older, you may consider putting in the high-mileage formulation to cle ... read more

Cabin Air Filters

Let's talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them in Pascagoula that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles in Pascagoula have them, so some people confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter. Every vehicle in MS has an engine air filter that cleans the air going into the engine. But not all have a cabin air filter that cleans the air going into the passenger compartment. It's easy to get mixed up. The cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants. To give a point of comparison, a grain of sand is about 200 microns across. A cabin air filter can stop particles that are just 3 microns in size. It really does make the passenger cabin a much more pleasant environment. When the cabin air filter gets dirty, you just need to replace it. Your owner ... read more

Simple Answers from Clark's Professional Car Care: Synthetic Oil

Question: What is synthetic oil and should I use it? Clark's Professional Car Care Answer: Regular oil, also called conventional oil, comes from dead dinosaurs. Conventional oil molecules are long hydrocarbon chains of various lengths. Imagine a bunch of pencils – some used and some brand new. Synthetic oil is often more highly refined petroleum-based oil. The molecules are shorter and closer to the same length. Think a bunch of those little golf pencils. Some synthetic oil is man-made. The molecules are rounder and much more uniform. Think marbles. So you can see that as you progress from conventional oil to synthetic blends (a mixture of conventional and synthetic) to full synthetic oil, there will be less friction in your engine. Less friction means less heat – so better lubrication and protection against wear for Pascagoula drive ... read more

Item Most Stolen from Vehicles

What item is most often stolen from vehicles? Is it: (A) Stereo (B) Wheels (C) Air Bag (D) DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft – approximately 50,000 a year nationally in the United States. New airbags cost about $1,000 for Pascagoula but go for $50 to $200 on the black market. Stolen airbags are making their way back into vehicles that have been in an accident in Pascagoula. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all. That is definitely a part you don't want to take a chance with, so ... read more

Simple Answers from Clark's Professional Car Care for Pascagoula: Differential Service

Question:What is a differential and why do Pascagoula drivers need to have it serviced?Clark's Professional Car Care Answer: First of all – your vehicle does have a differential. If it's a rear wheel drive, your differential is on the back. If it's front wheel drive, your differential is built into your transaxle (transmission). Pascagoula drivers with all wheel drive or four wheel drive will have differentials front and rear and maybe one in between. When you are steering through a turn at an intersection in Pascagoula, the wheels on the outside of the vehicle have to spin faster than the inside wheels because they have to travel a slightly longer distant through the curve. The differential compensates for these speed differences between the wheels. Because it is part of the equipment that transfers engine power to the wheels, the differential is working pretty hard. Differential fluid &nda ... read more

Simple Answers from Clark's Professional Car Care for Pascagoula: Selecting Tires

Question: I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get? Clark's Professional Car Care Answer: Let's look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: FunctionFit, and Value. Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: weather conditions, terrain, temperatures, etc. New family vehicles sold in MS come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most Pascagoula road conditions – but they aren't ideal at the extremes. Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit/7 degrees Centigrade. In MS winter weather, that means definitely better stopping and road-hol ... read more

Oil Change

An oil change at your local Pascagoula, MS, auto shop sounds simple, but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly, literally: petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs. That's why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule — to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles/kilometers you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That's because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time. Your owner's manual will have a recommendation for time and distance, but you need to remember that it's based ... read more

5 Tips for Buying Used in Pascagoula

Here are 5 tips from Clark's Professional Car Care for used car buyers: 1. Ask for service records. Most owners who document regular maintenance service take care of their vehicle. 2. Inspect the vehicle thoroughly. Check for uneven tire wear, alignment, suspension issues, strange sounds and funky odors. 3. If everything checks out up to this point, take it to Clark's Professional Car Care for a thorough used car inspection. Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Clark's Professional Car Care can give you a heads up on any pressing issues or emerging problems that will need to be addressed eventually. If the seller won't let you do this before you buy, move on. 4. Buy a CarFax report. This will show any major accidents and title status concerns including whether it is a salvaged vehicle. You don't want a car that was underwater for a week after Hurricane Sandy. 5. After you buy, stay on top of regular maintenance (and save the records). Clark ... read more

Simple Answers From Clark's Professional Car Care For Pascagoula: Air Conditioner

Question:Why isn't my air conditioner blowing cold air? Clark's Professional Car Care Answer: Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons Pascagoula drivers lose their cold air have to do with the refrigerant. The first is not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system, and very small holes in a hose, seal or coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air. Another potential problem for Pascagoula auto owners is contamination. Over time the inside of the rubber hoses can deteriorate, and little bits of rubber can clog up various filters and other parts of the vehicle A/C system, preventing proper circulation of the refrigerant. And a component could also be worn or broken. So the first step for Pascagoula drivers who ca ... read more

Clark's Professional Car Care Advice on Your Cooling System

Last week I was out running errands in Pascagoula and my temperature warning light came on – total panic! I pulled over and my car was overheating. After it cooled down, I went right into my Pascagoula service center to have them take a look. My service advisor at Clark's Professional Car Care told me my water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. He said water pumps just wear out and that you need to replace them because they pump the coolant that cools the engine. He told me they checked out my radiator hoses, serpentine belt and tensioner and that they were OK. But I was overdue for changing my coolant – like, embarrassingly overdue. I didn't realize there was a schedule in my owner's manual for when to change my coolant. My Clark's Professional Car Care service professional said that the coolant actually becomes corrosive over time and could damage my radiator, head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, heater core, metal cooling pipes, expansion (fro ... read more