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Monthly Archives: March 2018

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

Headlamps

You may be surprised to learn that 40 percent of traffic fatalities in MS take place at night even though there's 60 percent less traffic. It goes to show how important proper visibility is to nighttime driving in our Pascagoula community. Obviously, a clean windshield is important – so are good wiper blades. Your headlights play a bigrole as well. There are two main concerns. One is with the headlamp, or bulb. The other is with the lens. The fact of the matter is that headlamps go dim over time on your vehicle or other auto. You just need to replace them. Some vehicles come with a standard bulb which you can replace or you can upgrade to a halogen bulb that's much brighter. Halogen costs a little more but you'd be amazed at the difference. It's a good idea to  ... read more

Headlight Restoration

Question: My headlight lenses are all cloudy. I checked with my Pascagoula vehicle dealership about replacing them and it is very expensive. What else can I do? Clark's Professional Car Care Answer: You are right - replacing a headlight assembly can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily there is something Pascagoula citizens can do about cloudy headlamps. First let's talk about why the headlamps are so cloudy. Back in the day, Pascagoula vehicles' headlights were glass. These were heavy, could crack, and had practical limits as to their shape, so manufacturers started using plastic headlight lenses. MS road grime and UV light take a toll on the plastic surface. Over time the lenses get cloudy and discolored. Just look at the vehicles in any Pascagoula parking lot and you'll see a lot of that. Because a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents happen ... read more

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