Rockville Auto Repair

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What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission?

What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission?

The transmission is an integral part of your vehicle, and an issue with the transmission is one that needs to be addressed quickly. Typical transmission problems can mean extremely poor performance and can progress very quickly. We understand that transmission issues can be stressful, which is why we want to help you to be able to identify a transmission problem when it happens to get it fixed right away. The longer you drive your vehicle with a faulty transmission, the more damage that will need to be repaired.  If you notice any of the following symptoms while on the road, we invite you into Auto Clinic Care as soon as possible for a transmission inspection:  Transmission won't stay in gear or doesn't engage - if you put your vehicle in gear and it doesn't move, you have a transmission problem.   Shifts are delayed - if your vehicle seems to take a lot longer to actually get into gear, this can be a sign of low transmis ... read more

Why is My Brake Warning Light On?

Why is My Brake Warning Light On?

The brake warning light is definitely a cause for concern. You've probably heard those horror stories of people's brakes completely going out while on the road, and worry that at any moment your brakes will fail you. Luckily, brake fade, or brake failure, is more uncommon than many other causes for brake issues. Chances are, your brakes will continue to work until you get your car into the shop. However, we do recommend that you get your vehicle into Auto Clinic Care as soon as you can to get the issue identified and taken care of just to ensure your safety on the road.  So, why is your brake warning light on? Let's look at some of the reasons that can cause the light to illuminate, and how serious these issues are.  Brake Fluid One potential cause for the brake warning light to turn on is a loss of hydraulic pressure or an indication that your brake fluid is extremely low. Typically if there is a loss of hydraulic pressure, fluid is the issue ... read more

Overlooked Maintenance Items that Can Significantly Increase Your Vehicle's Lifespan

A vehicle is an investment - it cost thousands of dollars, and will require regular maintenance for upkeep and proper operation. For most, it is in your best interest to protect your investment by taking excellent care of your vehicle. The better you take care of your car, the more money you'll save yourself on major repairs and the better resale value it will have if the day ever comes where you decide to trade in or sell. To ensure that your vehicle lasts long and runs at its best, it is vital to keep track of your car's recommended maintenance and service.  As an auto repair shop, we commonly see some important maintenance items ignored or overlooked that we feel can significantly increase your vehicle's lifespan, and also help save you money. All of these items are manufacturer recommended services that are typically needed based on mileage intervals. We understand that most drivers ignore these services because they don't want to spend the money - however, th ... read more

DIY Hand Sanitizer to Keep in Your Vehicle

DIY Hand Sanitizer to Keep in Your Vehicle

We know that panic has ensued among Americans and our community here in Maryland surrounding the growing outbreak of COVID-19. Many of us are struggling to find essentials that we need to protect ourselves from contracting the virus, such as hand sanitizer and soap. We want to share with you today a DIY recipe for hand sanitizer for those of you who can't find any in stores.  This is great to keep in your car during this time, especially if you are using your vehicle to travel to the store or continue going into work. Here is our recipe for DIY hand sanitizer:  What you will need: 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent) 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel 10 drops of essential oil or lemon juice (optional, but recommended) Mix all ingredients in a spray or squeeze bottle. Keep in your car and remember to sanitize your car’s door handles, steering wheel, and middle console controls regularly. In order to accommodate those customers who are exp ... read more

Sweet Dreams ARE made of This

You just dropped off your car at the garage and you’re hoping like all get out that the mechanic does what he promised. It can lead to more than a few sleepless nights, especially if you’ve been burned before. A mechanic that knows his/her job is to have the knowledge and tools to accomplish the job at hand. If you have questions about an auto service and their skills, certification and training, it's probably a good idea to take your business elsewhere. Is There a Doctor in the House? Just like a field medic, a trained mechanic can evaluate all of the mechanical systems, and make necessary repairs. If the vehicle doesn’t have body damage, and the owner needs an engine light checked or some engine noises looked at, a mechanic is the way to go. For anything involving the vehicle’s appearance, it’s time to move on to an auto body shop. When your car needs repairs in Potomac, MD, the first stop for most people is a rep ... read more

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The Sand Box

When we were growing up as small children, we probably spent some time playing in a sand box at the park or in the backyard. And in the sand box, ideally, you could find all your favorite toys and tools: a shovel or spade, a pale and a few toy trucks. Life was good back in the day! Now as adults, when you are looking for a quality auto repair shop in Rockville, MD, you want to find one where the “sand box” is also chock full of the right tools for the right job. Discover What’s Important Time for a quick test: what’s the most important part of your automobile? The engine? The brakes? The tires? Or the air conditioning? The truth is, it’s ALL important! If your entire vehicle isn’t in sync, every problem will trigger another issue and in the bigger scheme of things, the shelf life of your car will continue to get shorter! Which is why in Rockville, MD, you want an auto repair shop that places a high premium on customer service. That repair shop ... read more

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This is Your Automobile

A once-popular television commercial made an analogy between a person’s brain and an egg: “This is your brain on drugs” the announcer would say while cracking the egg open in a pan, spilling all its gooey contents. Still a valid example after all these years, but let’s substitute your brain for your automobile. How about “This is your car with faulty brakes” and then smash the egg revealing all the contents inside the shell. Seems like that analogy is even more realistic! Because if you’re driving around Gaithersburg, MD with faulty brakes and you have no idea where to go for brake repair, you are literally driving on borrowed time. All About the Brakes You may think that the focal point of your vehicle is the engine and maybe there is some truth to that, but it doesn’t matter if your engine purrs like a kitten or roars like a lion…if your brakes don’t work, you might as well invest in some new sneakers, cuz that car of yours ain ... read more

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Out of Nowhere

Imagine you’re driving late at night and suddenly out of nowhere a deer (or a dog or a raccoon or some animal) bolts in front of your car. If you need to decide between staying alive or the animal-in-question, the answer should be a no-brainer: there’s gonna be one less animal in the world. Apart from that, your instinctive reaction is going to be to hit the brakes. Now comes a second realization: let’s hope your brakes work. So let’s say you hit the brakes and what you hear is a screechy, whiney sound en route to your vehicle coming to a halt. The condition of that deer is negligible but what you have can only be explained by the following: whiney breaks. You won’t be the first person to ignore their whiney brakes. Typically this is a sure sign of worn out brake pads. In layman’s terms, the brake pads press against the inside of the wheel and slow down or stop the vehicle. Brake pads then are a not overly-complicated component of your car tha ... read more

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Is Good Help Hard to Find?

You hear every day on television, radio and in the newspaper: “Good help is hard to find.” Heck, depending on which news source you follow, apparently find any help at all is a challenge! You don’t want to find yourself in a similar situation in Gaithersburg, MD when it comes to finding a reliable auto repair service. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the non-profit organization that tests and certifies the competence of individual automotive repair technicians, knows a thing or two about selecting a vehicle repair facility. ASE to the Rescue According to the ASE, “Look for a repair facility before you need one; you can make better decisions when you are not rushed.” So whether you are new in town or just looking for a new shop, the experts at ASE offer some guidelines to help take some of the anxiety out of your search. Ask friends, co-workers and associates for recommendations. Consult local consumer org ... read more

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To Good to be True?

The old saying “If it’s seems to good to be true it can’t be (either good or true)” can probably be applied to a heck of a lot of things these days, but Kensington, MD auto service shouldn’t be one of them! Everyone needs automobile repairs and maintenance from time to time. Choosing an auto mechanic can be a difficult process, especially for those who are not mechanically in-the-know. So finding a good, trustworthy mechanic is important, especially when you want to keep your car running smoothly. Here are some tips from your friends at Auto Clinic Care for choosing the best auto mechanic. Just an Estimate? Any auto service worth its weight will give you an estimate. And it’s not “just” an estimate. You want a written breakdown of work to be performed and how much the estimated cost of repair (hence the term estimate) will be. This allows you to review the details and compare it with other estimates to find the best mechanic for the job. And speaking of finding the best mechanic, you ... read more

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