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Oil Types: Which One Should You Use In Cooler Weather?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Seasons change and, depending on where you live, so might the oil types your car should use. When the weather turns cold, thicker oil has a harder time flowing through your vehicle’s engine and protecting all the critical parts with lubrication.

How can you tell which oil types are thicker, and which are better for your car in colder weather? That’s where those numbers on the oil bottles like 10W-40 come in. The “W” in that number stands for “Winter”, and the number before it (the “10”, in this case) is the viscosity or thickness. When the cold weather comes, you want a lower number, meaning thinner oil, which will smoothly coat the insides of your engine even in the most frigid weather. The second number is the high-temperature viscosity rating, measuring how well the oil protects you engine in those conditions. So, a 5W-30 or 0-W30 will give better protection in winter weather than, say, a 10W-40 or a 20W-50, while still providing solid high-temperature protection.

You should also consider asking for a synthetic or synthetic blend motor oil. Both offer better protection in extreme temperatures (both high and low) than conventional motor oil. Pennzoil has a helpful web page about the differences between oil types. And Mr. Clean Car Wash offers the full line of Pennzoil motor oil types—Conventional, High Mileage, Synthetic Blend, Synthetic and Ultra Synthetic. As always, an oil change is more than just an oil change at Mr. Clean Car Wash. You also get a new oil filter, a 15-point inspection and a free full-service pro car wash. And that’s all included in the price of your oil change. Here’s a link to the details. And you can make your visit to Mr. Clean Car Wash even more economical with these special offers.

Winter Maintenance Tips to Avoid Engine Repairs

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

With Old Man Winter soon on his way, it’s a good idea to ready your car for his arrival with some winter maintenance. Here at Mr. Clean Car Wash, we offer a variety of winter maintenance services that can make your cold weather driving experience a more pleasant one. Here are some good reasons to come visit us today to prepare your engine for winter’s fluctuating temperatures:

  1. High-Quality Oil Change: Even if you had an oil change recently, it’s important to ensure that your car is running on the proper oil. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the oil in your car’s engine changes in response to the temperature at which the engine is running, which is tied to outside temperatures. During winter, thinner, less viscous oil is required. Mr. Clean Car Wash will figure out the details and determine the best oil for your car. Even better, oil changes come with a free interior and exterior wash. Our service also never includes any shop or oil disposal fees.
  2. Engine Coolant/Anti-Freeze Service: Despite its deceptive name, your car’s engine coolant doesn’t just keep your engine from overheating in the summertime. This important additive helps prevent your engine from freezing or corroding. The DMV recommends that during winter, vehicles run on a combination of 60 percent coolant and 40 percent water. Making this adjustment to your coolant is something we do for you, as well as recommend the best coolant for your auto.
  3. Car Battery Check: Avoid getting stuck in inclement weather because your car won’t start thanks to a failing battery. We check the fluid level in your car battery, which may evaporate over time, and fill when necessary.
  4. Brake Fluid Level Inspection: Brake problems with your vehicle can be extremely dangerous—especially in slippery, freezing conditions common during winter. Our winter maintenance services include checking your auto’s brake fluid levels.
  5. Check Inflation of Tires: Navigating the potentially hazardous conditions that winter can cause is easier and safer when your tire pressure is correct. Not to mention that proper tire pressure is the key to good gas mileage.
  6. Inspect and Fill Transmission and Differential Fluids: A properly working transmission is critical to your safety and the integrity of your car’s engine when you’re out and about this winter. We check transmission fluid levels, as well as differential fluids, the latter of which are responsible for transferring power from the transmission to the wheels.
  7. Steering Fluid Check and Fill: As you navigate rough weather, it makes it easier and safer when your steering wheel has the proper amount of fluid and is working well.
  8. Check Windshield Fluid and Wiper Blades: Keeping your windshield as clear as possible during wet and snowy weather is imperative to a safe winter driving experience. We check windshield wiper fluids and top them off when necessary. We also inspect your wiper blades to see that they are working efficiently and safely.

Visit Mr. Clean Car Wash today for your winter maintenance checkup. Every one of our oil and lube services includes an important 15 Point Inspection Oil Change and a FREE Full Service Carwash!

Best Place to Get an Oil Change Near Me

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Where’s the best place to get an oil change near me? How about a place that cares for your car inside and out? We all want to keep our vehicles running smoothly and efficiently. We all want our lives to be smooth and efficient, too. So in your busy life, getting the right care for your car in a convenient location is a win-win.

Mr. Clean Car Wash, as you’d guess from the name, is a car wash, but that’s only part of the car care they offer. There’s also detailing, comprehensive automotive service and preventative maintenance and oil changes. But at Mr. Clean Car Wash, an oil change is more than just draining the old oil and adding the new. That’s why they call it Oil Change Plus.

So, what’s the “plus”? It’s a 15-point inspection that comes at no extra charge with every oil change at Mr. Clean Car Wash. Not only do you get an oil change and a fresh oil filter, Mr. Clean Car Wash also lubricates your vehicle’s chassis, checks the air filter, breathers and PCV valve and even your windshield wiper blades. And that’s just the start. They also check and fill your coolant, transmission fluid, differential fluid, steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and your battery. And then they check your brake fluid level and the air pressure in your tires.

All of that is included in the one low price for your oil change. Oh,they also include a FREE Carwash with every oil change! But even that is more than just a wash. Mr. Clean Car Wash hand-finishes your wheels, hand dries your vehicle, cleans the windows, vacuums, wipes the dash and console, and uses an odor eliminator. And again, that’s included in the price of your oil change. And the oil you get is the best—Pennzoil.

You can read more about Mr. Clean Car Wash’s oil change services. And, although the prices are already low, you can save even more money with the promotions and discounts you’ll find here. If you live in Georgia or Texas, the answer to the question “Where’s the best place to get an oil change near me?” is Mr. Clean Car Wash. Check here for the location nearest you.

The Best Oil Change: 5 Reasons Why Mr. Clean Car Wash Is The Best

Friday, August 26th, 2016

If an oil change seems like a huge chore or bother to you, remember that your car needs special care throughout the year. In fact, the pros at Mr. Clean Car Wash can simplify the entire car care process for you. With everything from cleaning to routine maintenance, you can rest assured that your car will be pampered bumper-to-bumper as soon as you drop it off. Here are 5 reasons why Mr. Clean Car Wash offers the best oil change and full-service vehicle care in town.

  1. Deals And Freebies: If one of the reasons why you’ve been putting off an oil change or transmission flush is because of the price, look no further. Mr. Clean Car Wash offers a variety of special promotions and coupons that you can use on your next service and visit. We always offer a Free Pro Full Service Wash and a 15-point inspection to check for underlying issues with every oil change! Keep in mind that we don’t charge any oil disposal or shop fees, like a lot of other oil change businesses do. It’s recommended that you change your vehicle’s oil at least every 3000 to 7500 miles, depending on your vehicle type and what type of oil use previously used.
  2. Tailored Services: Another great reason to visit Mr. Clean Car Wash over our competitors is that we tailor your services according to your vehicle and your needs as well. We keep a record of previous oil changes and services completed at our locations. We take things into consideration such as your car’s mileage, make and model, oil capacity and manufacturers recommended service schedule.
  3. Improve Engine Performance: We don’t just fill up your vehicle with the lowest grade oil just to save money or cut corners. We choose only the best premium synthetic or ultra synthetic oil on the market. We trust Pennzoil with all of the vehicles that we service. Our oil utilizes Hyper Cleansing Technology and we install new standard oil filters to help make sure that dirt particles and sludge don’t pass through to your engine system.
  4. Quick Times: We pride ourselves on getting your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. If you are in a time crunch, let us know. We can work around your schedule and try our very best to make sure that you are in and out quickly. We won’t slack on service and we’ll make sure that we set up a schedule for you to come back for future oil changes and car washes at your convenience.
  5. Full-Service: We don’t just offer the best oil change in town, we also have numerous other services that you can bundle with your oil change to save money. We also offer:
    1. Rear differential servicing
    2. Fuel filter and fuel injection cleaning
    3. Throttle plate cleaning
    4. Cabin and air filter changes
    5. Coolant services
    6. Light to complete interior and exterior washes and detailing services

If you need multiple things done, let our appointment scheduler know so that you can get the most out of your Mr. Clean Car Wash experience.

Come by today for a full-service oil change and keep your car running its best year round.

Prepare Your Car for a Move

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Just as you take extra care packing up your personal belongings for a move to a new location, you want to do the same for your car. If you’ll be shipping your vehicle, it’s likely to arrive in good condition when you pay attention to the following important details as you prepare your car for a move.

Tip #1: Take Your Car in for Service
Even though you won’t be driving the car to the new location, it’s a good idea to take your vehicle in for service prior. Your auto technician can ensure that everything is in good shape and perform routine maintenance, such as an oil change and tire check and rotation. It’s especially important that the tires are properly inflated, because this will reduce the risk of damage to the tires during transport.

A written report on the current state of your car is also good to have for insurance purposes, in the event that there is damage to your vehicle during transport.

Tip #2: Have the Alarm Disabled
If your vehicle has a particularly sensitive alarm system that reacts when the car is moved, it’s advisable to have it disabled prior to transport. This will avoid your car alarm going off during moving, saving your battery and the sanity of whoever is transporting the vehicle.

Tip #3: Get Your Car Washed
As you prepare your car for a move, it’s a good idea to have it cleaned prior to transport. That way you’ll be able to note if there are any scratches or dings before your vehicle heads out. When your auto arrives at its destination, you’ll also be better able to check that it is still in good shape.

Tip #4: De-Clutter Your Car’s Interior
It’s possible that your car will experience shifting when in transport, so you want to avoid loose items in the interior that could fall and damage your car. Clear out or secure contents such as spare change, emergency kits, water bottles, gum, makeup, air fresheners and electronic equipment like chargers and cables. While you’re at it, have the car’s interior detailed so that it’s clean and tidy upon arrival.

Tip #5 : Drive off Most of the Gas
Since your car won’t be driven, it’s not necessary or advisable to have a full tank of gas. The more gas in the engine, the heavier your car will be, which may affect the transport cost. Leave just enough gas in the car to ensure that it can be driven at the loading and unloading locations.

Tip #6: Lock Your Car Up Tight
There should be no reason for the movers to get into your car once it’s loaded on the ship or truck, so lock your vehicle before you leave. Although it’s best not to store anything valuable inside, this will reduce the risk of theft and help to keep the car’s interior clean.

Tip #7: Remove Accessories
Take off and otherwise transport car accessories such as trailer hitches and bike racks. There is a good chance that if allowed to remain intact, such accessories may cause damage to your vehicle or surrounding cars or property.

At Mr. Clean Car Wash, we wish you and your auto safe travels. As you prepare your car for a move, if you have any questions about the best interior and exterior detailing for your vehicle, give us a call or stop in today.

Back To School: Get Your Car Ready With Some Help From Mr. Clean Car Wash

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The end of summer is getting close. This can only mean one thing—back to school is right around the corner. Whether you’re a college student embarking on a cross-country adventure, or a soccer mom wanting to clean your car up before the big game, there are many ways to get the job done. Because your lifestyle is extremely busy, especially with back to school activities, when it comes to getting your car cleaned it is time to kick back and relax. Let the pros at Mr. Clean Car Wash do all of the dirty work for you and make your car outshine everything else. Here are some reasons to come visit us today!

Get Rid Of Aromatic Pet Odor
Throughout spring and summer, your car’s seats and floors have seen its fair share of pet traffic. From camping trips to long trips with Fido in the car, odors are bound to creep up. While most fragrances just mask odors, Mr. Clean Car Wash uses odor eliminators to target odors and get rid of them on contact. This will leave your entire car smelling fresh and pet free.

Releasing Summertime Stains
During the summer, you likely throw dirty items such as shoes, bathing suits and soccer balls in the backseat. You may miss a stain or two or simply not have the time to spot clean a mess. The result is a stain that is difficult to lift, no matter what type of cleaner or extraction process you use. Here at Mr. Clean Car Wash, we target and hone in on deep stains. We work at eliminating stains and restoring your upholstery’s appearance.

Clear The Air From Allergies And Toxins
When you use your vehicle during the spring, one troublesome culprit can wreak havoc on your allergies—pollen. Pollen is composed of tiny particles that break apart and release into the air. Not only can it trigger hay fever or mild respiratory symptoms, it can really mess with your vehicle, both inside and out. The dusty residue can actually oxidize the paint on your car and stain your upholstery. Drop off your car and we can clean your seat, carpets and interior hard surfaces.

Create New Car Appeal
If you’ll be carpooling with both kids and adults this fall, you’ll want your vehicle looking good enough to impress the Joneses. We offer a complete exterior detailing to make your entire car looks its best!

Prep For Passengers
Maybe your car is already in perfect shape, but because of your busy summer schedule, you just didn’t have the time or resources to detail out the interior. Let us take care of you and your car. We will do a complete interior detailing that targets:

  • Carpets
  • Seats
  • Interior-Plastics and Vinyl

In addition, your car will smell fresh and inviting, making it a joy to drive and show off to your passengers.

Full-Service Pampering
Let’s face it, your car is probably your best friend, especially because it goes everywhere you do. Don’t you want to give it only the very best in pampering and care? Drop your vehicle off and we take care of it from bumper-to-bumper. We can do:

  • A full service car wash
  • Exterior wax
  • An interior deep cleaning and detail
  • Oil change services
  • Preventative Maintenace

With so many things to do this summer and fall, don’t worry about car care. Save money with Mr. Clean Car Wash today and let us handle all of your back to school car care needs.

Benefits Of Using Pennzoil Oil In Your Car

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A shiny car exterior may be your number one priority with your car care. A flawless body on the outside is great, but making sure that everything is in working order under the hood is vitally important. This starts with routine car maintenance that the pros at Mr. Clean Car Wash and Pennzoil oil can provide. The blood that runs through the veins of your vehicle is the motor oil. We use only the best, with Pennzoil brand oil being the only product we use. Here are some benefits of using Pennzoil and having routine maintenance done on your car to keep it in tip-top shape year round.

Achieve Better Gas Mileage
Be sure to stop by a Mr. Clean Car Wash before you venture out on your next road trip. The specialists at Mr. Clean Car Wash will help you choose an oil change package that will reduce engine sludge and protect your motor while you put extra miles or strain on it. Fuel economy is improved when an engine’s mechanical parts operate more efficiently. Pennzoil synthetic motor oil keeps pistons cleaner than other oils, so your vehicle runs at top performance through a variety of weather and terrain. Pennzoil synthetic oil is created from pure natural gas and then converted into a synthetic base auto oil. It is better for the environment while helping you save money on your vacation by filling up your tank less often.

See Your Vehicle Through Temperature Changes
When warmer temperatures skyrocket, a lot more stress is placed under your car’s engine. This can affect performance. Pennzoil uses PurePlus technology in their synthetic and ultra synthetic motor oil to help protect your engine as it heats up perform under extreme temperatures . This reduces sludge and clogging—which are both factors for early engine failure. Make an appointment today to have the right oil change maintenance package applied to your vehicle.

Improve Engine Power
As your vehicle ages, the power of the motor can tend to wind down as well. Vehicle wear and tear and not getting frequent Pennzoil oil changes can slow your speeds and make your car run sluggish. Pennzoil offers a full range of motor oils that help your engine to run more smoothly and brings back the feeling of power that you first had when taking your car out on the open road.

Increase The Life Of Your Engine
The more miles and years on an engine, the closer it is to its demise. Help preserve and save your vehicle’s engine with an ultra synthetic oil change from Mr. Clean Car Wash. Pennzoil pure synthetic will relieve the burden of damage caused from driving in extreme heat or cold. Using hyper cleansing technology, it will actually clean your engine’s pistons and create a lightweight flow of oil that constantly runs through and nourishes the components of your engine.

Feel Protected
Feel confident that your engine will last longer with regular Pennzoil oil changes. Only Pennzoil offers a 500,000 mile/15 year engine warranty with regular Pennzoil Ultra Synthetic Oil Changes.

Stop by a Mr. Clean Car Wash today to reap the benefits of Pennzoil brand oils for your vehicle.

All-Weather 4WD: Four Wheel Drive Care

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

If you’re a 4WD vehicle owner, you probably know the importance of keeping it clean in the winter time. All that caked-on mud, snow and ice can trap moisture against the body, frame and other parts and cause rust. That’s why a thorough cleaning after every big adventure, no matter how cold and cloudy the weather may be, is a very good idea.

Summer 4WD fun involves different activities (beach trips, off-roading, often more sand and dust than mud) that require different types of maintenance. Keeping the outside and interior clean is important year-round, but summer’s the right time to focus on the inner workings of your 4WD vehicle, too.

There are more moving parts in a 4WD, so a thorough approach is best. For example, Mr. Clean Car Wash & Oil Change Plus offers a 4WD transmission service package. It includes a full-service oil change and automatic transmission service but adds service for the transfer case, which takes the power from your engine and transmission and distributes it to your 4WD vehicle’s front and rear axles.

There’s also service for the front and rear differential. Those are the gearboxes that let the outer drive wheels to roll faster than the inner drive wheels when you’re making a turn. When you get right down to it, the transfer case and front and rear differential are what make your vehicle a 4WD vehicle. Inside the transfer case and the front and rear differential is fluid. Over time, and especially when exposed to the elements that are common in summer such as four-wheeling, that fluid can get dirty, break down and provide less of the protection against heat and friction your 4WD vehicle needs. Keeping those fluids fresh and topped off can mean many thousands more fun-filled miles at the wheel of your 4WD vehicle.

Combine that maintenance with thorough cleaning and the regular service you’d give any vehicle and you’ll be enjoying the kind of fun and freedom only a 4WD vehicle can give for years to come. Come to Mr. Clean Car Wash today to prepare for all your summer adventures!

Pennzoil Oil: When Changing Your Oil, Not Just Any Oil Will Do

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Oil is one of the most essential fluids in your car. Without it, your engine won’t run for long before burning up. The lubrication provided by motor oil reduces friction, heat and wear. Regular oil and filter changes are essential to a smooth-running, long-lasting engine.

So what kind should you use? Beyond brand names (like Pennzoil oil) and weights (5w-30, 10w-40), there are five different types of motor oil. And odds are the manufacturer that built your car has specific recommendations as to what type to use.

  • There’s conventional oil. It does what any oil should do by actively cleaning out sludge to keep your engine running cleaner, cooler and longer.
  • If your vehicle is older and has 75,000 miles or more, you should consider high-mileage oil. It’s specially formulated for older, higher mileage cars, not only reducing sludge but helping to reduce leaks and burn-off.
  • If your vehicle is a truck, minivan or SUV, you should consider a synthetic blend oil at your next oil change and everyone after. Synthetic blend oil is better than conventional oil for severe driving conditions, including trailer towing.
  • For an even cleaner clean inside your engine, synthetic oil is the way to go. It’s also formulated for severe driving conditions and keeps pistons cleaner than the toughest industry standard.
  • And finally, the fifth and finest of the motor oils available today…ultra synthetic oil. Nothing keeps your engine closer to factory clean. Check your owner’s manual to see which oil your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. Pennzoil formulates its synthetic blend, synthetic oil and ultra synthetic oil to be dexos approved, General Motors’ new and rigorous standard for motor oil for its 2012 and newer models.

Can’t find your manufacturer’s recommendations? No problem. Pennzoil oil has an online selector that will help you determine the right type of oil (conventional, high mileage, synthetic blend, synthetic oil and ultra-synthetic oil) for your vehicle.

And remember, not all oil change places are alike, either. Mr. Clean Car Wash never charges shop or disposal fees, and any oil change service (they offer five—one for each type of oil) comes with a free Pro Interior & Exterior Wash! Click here for full details.

Oil Changes And Mileage: How High Miles Affect Your Vehicle

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

It’s no secret that many factors go into determining if a vehicle is running out of life and that it’s time to upgrade to a newer model. High mileage, age and daily wear and tear all count toward the demise of a vehicle and its engine properties. Motor oil is the blood that an engine needs to thrive and survive. The more miles it has, the harder it works, so keeping fluids in check, especially oil, will help ease the stress on the motor. It’s very important to routinely care and address issues that could potentially lead to engine failure as you tack more miles onto your odometer. Keeping up to date on oil changes and vehicle servicing on a frequent basis is the best way to make sure your engine starts every time. Here are a few things to pay attention to with your high mileage vehicle so that you get the most out of every mile.

Lock Up Of Engine Components

One of the main threats to your vehicle, especially if you have over 75,000 miles on the odometer, is engine failure. Many vehicle models can withstand well over 150,000 miles with minimal problems as long as routine engine maintenance is performed. Choosing a high-mileage oil helps prolong engine life and prevents part failure due to additional lubrication. Specialized high mileage oil contains additives and conditioners that prevent oil sludge, over-consumption of oil and additional engine wear and tear. Visit a Mr. Clean Car Wash today to treat your engine to a high-mileage oil change.

Prevent Valve Leakage To Conserve Engine Oil

Cars with a lot of mileage are at a higher risk of leaks. As the engine ages and becomes worn, seals can easily leak. This can quickly lead to engine failure or cause parts and components to break or require repair. Using oil like Pennzoil which controls engine oil additives and conditioners to each oil change can help prevent erosion within a high mileage engine’s seals. This will keep a high mileage vehicle on the road longer. Ask a car care pro at Mr. Clean Car Wash what the best type of Pennzoil oil would be to boost the longevity of your car’s engine performance.

Rust And Wear Leads To Oil Loss

You may think that rust has nothing to do with the mechanics of your car’s engine, but that’s not true. High mile, older model vehicles are prone to rust. Once you have erosion inside of the engine, can result in broken seals, bearings and more wear on the oil pump. One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is by frequent washing to remove salt, dirt and other environmental contaminants that eat away at paint and metal. As part of a normal maintenance plan, don’t forget to replace the oil filter and have the oil pump checked every 3,000 miles if you have a vehicle with higher mileage.

Pulling and Towing

You may be thinking that you can wait a little longer than 3,000 miles to have an oil change on your vehicle, but don’t put off an oil change or servicing, especially if you will be towing or traveling. If you routinely pull or tow trailers or other items behind your high-mileage vehicle, it’s at a greater risk for parts and engine breakdown due to oil sludge buildup. With high mileage motors, it’s important that you take special care of your vehicle both inside and out. Consider:

  • Frequent car washes to remove under body dirt and clean your engine
  • Complete oil system flush and high-mileage oil change to prevent oil sludge buildup
  • Coolant servicing and fluid top-up

Dropping by and talking with a Mr. Clean Car Wash specialist will help you get the right care based on your specific vehicle engine needs. No appointment necessary.

Frequent oil changes is the best way to keep your high-mileage car on the road for years to come. Contact a Mr. Clean Car Wash near you and ask about specials and savings to help get your vehicle on track.