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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!

What Is a 15 Point Inspection Oil Change?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Much like a human body, cars need to be kept in healthy, tip-top shape in order to run like they should. Oftentimes, a break down can be prevented if the car is properly maintained. This maintenance includes checking fluid levels or adding air to tires. How do you know what to check and when? What should a car owner look for when inspecting? Easy. Follow the 15 point inspection (that comes complimentary with every oil change at Mr. Clean Car Wash):

  1. Change the Oil: Changing the oil in a vehicle is crucial to the health and longevity of the engine. Regularly changing the oil can keep a car running smoothly for much longer—not to mention it can give a car greater resale value.
  2. Change the Oil Filter: The oil filter in a vehicle should be changed every time the oil is changed. Failure to change the oil filter can have lasting negative effects on a car. That’s why a new one should be installed every time.
  3. Lubricate Chassis: No one likes a squeaky car. Lubricating chassis helps keep a car’s joints working exactly the way they should be.
  4. Check the Air Filter: Having a clean air filter can not only help the vehicle, but can also be safer for the passengers as well. Clean air filters can keep those in the car from getting sick. Air filters can help keep air cool or hot when needed.
  5. Check Breathers: Pipes on a vehicle need to breath. Sometimes the valves need to be cleaned to get rid of oil and other buildup. Mr. Clean Car Wash checks the breathers to make sure everything is functioning properly.
  6. Check PCV Valve: The PCV valve is crucial. Checking to make sure the PCV valve works properly can help you catch major problems before they occur.
  7. Check Wiper Blades: Streaks and poorly functioning wiper blades can make all the difference when it comes to getting home safely on a rainy day. Checking the blades helps to ensure the safety and security of those in the car.
  8. Check and Fill Coolant: Coolant helps to keep the engine from overheating. It also helps to protect the engine overall. Making sure the fluid is at the proper level helps keep the engine running smoothly.
  9. Check and Fill Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid acts as the lubricant for all of the moving parts in the transmission. Low fluid can cause unnecessary friction. Unnecessary friction can cause costly problems.

10. Check & Fill Differential Fluid: The differential in a car helps to transfer the power of the transmission to the wheels. The fluid helps to cool the car and keep it running properly.

11. Check the Brake Fluid Level: Brake problems are dangerous and costly. Keeping the fluid filled to the right level helps keep the brakes working. This also helps keep everyone in the vehicle safe.

12. Check & Fill Steering Fluid: This fluid helps to keep steering smooth and easy.

13. Check & Fill Windshield Fluid: No one likes getting stuck with pesky streaks on their window. Let Mr. Clean Car Wash top off the windshield washer fluid so those streaks are never a problem.

14. Check Inflation of Tires: Tire pressure is key to great gas mileage, so checking on tire inflation is always a good thing.

15. Check & Fill Battery: The fluid in a car battery can evaporate overtime, so checking the fluid level can help save a car owner from a breakdown.

While the term “Car Wash” may be in their title, Mr. Clean Car Wash does more than just wash cars. Mr. Clean Car Wash is a one stop shop. Check out all of Mr. Clean Car Wash’s oil change services, including their 15 point inspection.

4 Ways To Improve Your Fuel Mileage and Emissions

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Today’s engines are designed to be more efficient than ever before. With engines producing astounding fuel economy and emissions ratings, it’s become more important than ever before to keep your vehicle’s maintenance up to date. Let’s take a look at four items under your hood that could be stifling your engine’s efficiency. Learn how to improve your gas mileage and lower your emissions to boot.

Breathe Easy

One of the easiest things you can do to improve your engine’s efficiency is replace your vehicle’s air filter. Over time, the air filter clogs up with dirt and debris, which can restrict the airflow to your engine. Your engine uses a mixture of air and fuel to complete the combustion process. Believe it or not, the majority of a combustion cycle’s fuel is actually air. While your vehicle’s fuel management system can adjust to keep your engine running smoothly, the lowered amount of air means that your engine will be running “rich” or with too much gas in the mixture. This will result in higher fuel consumption and dirtier emissions from the excess fuel in the exhaust.

Let It Flow

Like your air filter, your engine’s fuel filter’s cleanliness has a major effect on the combustion process. As fuel leaves the gas tank and is pumped toward the engine, an inline fuel filter captures any debris that may be in the gas. The inline fuel filter keeps this debris out of the engine where it could cause major damage. Over time this filter can clog up with debris and the filter will require changing to keep fuel flowing freely.

Take Care of Your Body

When it comes to improving mileage, the fuel filter is only where it begins. Over time, your engine’s throttle body collects debris that can make your engine idle rough and decrease fuel economy. Start by removing the air vent at the throttle body (opposite end from the filter) and simply spray some carb cleaner on the buildup. You may want to use an old tooth brush to remove any tough debris. Take your vehicle to your local Mr. Clean Car Wash to have their service tech do it instead.

Injection Protection

Fuel injectors are responsible for spraying a mist of fuel into the engine. The finer and more controlled the spray, the better the fuel economy. Add a bottle of fuel injector cleaner to your gas on your next fill-up. Doing this once a year can significantly improve your fuel injector’s performance. If you would like a more thorough cleaning, Mr. Clean Car Wash provides fuel injector cleaning services as well.

Keeping your engine’s fuel and air systems functioning will not only help reduce emissions but will also improve your fuel consumption. For more information on our emissions and maintenance offerings, check out Mr. Clean Car Wash.