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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Simple Answers from Clark's Professional Car Care for Pascagoula: Check Engine Light

Question: My Check Engine light is on and my boyfriend thinks he can get the code read and know what part to replace to fix my car.  I say it’s not that simple.  Who’s right?  Clark's Professional Car Care Answer Good news – you are!  Just look at it logically: there are hundreds of things that can go wrong with your vehicle.  Some are simple and some are quite complicated.  Let’s take a step back.  Over 80% of engine functions are computer controlled.  The computer receives information from dozens of sensors.  When a sensor reading is out of range, a trouble code is entered in the computer and the Check Engine light is illuminated. It’s a common misconception by Pascagoula drivers that the trouble code will tell you exactly what is wrong.  For any given trouble code, there are any number of faults that would trigger the code.  For example, a code indicating a misfire on cylin ... read more

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

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