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Monthly Archives: April 2018

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

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