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Why Clarke Automotive

Why Clarke Automotive

  Why Clarke Automotive? Why on earth should you choose us over all the other guys? What sets us apart? All very good questions that have been asked multiple times- all with the same answer. We are here for you. We have been for a very long time. Families have gone towards the internet and in their own separate ways for years now. The last few generations have added more and more devices, activities, and simple downtime to their lives. We see the commercials all the time where kids are in their rooms or in the back yard on their tablets or cell phones. Parents try getting them to come to the table or enjoy an old-fashioned family night together. The fact is family values have changed over time but the love a family shares has not. If anyone is sick or upset the entire family is there for them. A car is very much a part of that family. We search for one with safety ratings, low mileage and durability to last our family over the years. Will this car handle family vacations? Get m ... read more

The Proper Care Of Your Timing Belt

Unless you're a weekend mechanic or serious gearhead, you most likely have no idea what a timing belt is, what it does, or why it matters. At the end of the day, you probably just want your car to run when it's supposed to. But remember that a little bit of knowledge can be powerful. In your engine, the name of the game is precision. It's designed very specifically so that certain parts work in harmony with other parts. The timing belt is responsible for coordinating the movements of the camshaft and crankshaft in the engine, which causes the valves and pistons to move in sync. Usually, a timing belt will last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. It's always best to check the owner's manual for specifics. If you're coming up on the recommended time to swap out the belt, it's best to replace it before it breaks. Why? If a timing belt breaks, your car will simply not run. On top of that, if the belt does break, there can be a collision between a valve and a piston. If t ... read more

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Why Is Your Car Vibrating?

When you turn your car on, the engine should have a low and steady rumble. But if car is shaking like it's in the middle of an earthquake, why is it happening, and what can you do make sure it doesn't happen again? First, if the shaking is coming from the engine, it's possible the engine isn't getting the fuel, air or spark that it really needs. Check the spark plugs-time for a new set? If the plugs are relatively new, perhaps the wires for them need to be checked, and maybe the wires aren't connected in the proper order. Another possibility might be that the fuel filter or air filter is badly clogged. If you replace these filters when the manufacturer suggests, you shouldn't have a problem. It's also possible that the wheels might be out of balance. This is a fairly common problem that can make things shake, rattle and roll. If your wheels become too far out of balance, it can become difficult to steer, so get this problem checked out right away. There's ... read more

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The Battery Is Your Car's MVP

A good day is when you turn the key in your car's ignition and the engine comes to life. A bad day is when you turn that same key and...nothing happens If you've ever been in a situation where the battery in your car goes dead, you know how frustrating it can be. But how can you make sure this doesn't happen? Usually, a good battery will last around 4-5 years under average conditions. Remember that "average" means the battery isn't subjected to extremes in temperatures and it's attached to a reliable charging system. But there's a few things that can be a fast drain on battery power. When your car first starts up, it usually takes a good amount of power to get the engine going. At this point, the charging system needs to start to replenish power. But if you're driving short distances constantly, the battery never gets an opportunity to fully recharge. Also, heavy vibrations can shake loose the battery, so try to watch those potholes. So how can you keep t ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Is The Key To Your Car's Happiness

Remember the last time you were at the auto repair shop getting your car serviced? Your mechanic may have said, "By the way, we checked the serpentine belt and it's in good shape." Maybe you nodded and replied confidently, "Excellent, we all know how important that is!" But maybe you didn't really know what it is and why it matters? Here's a little bit of information to broaden your knowledge base. The serpentine belt is, well, a long belt that drives multiple accessories in the engine of your car. It drives the power steering pump, the alternator, water pump, super charger, and most importantly here in Florida, the air conditioning compressor. If it's working the way it's supposed to, all those components will work properly at the same time. However, if it stops working, best case scenario you'll have a dead battery. Worst case, you could have serious engine damage. So how do you know if it needs to be replaced? First, pop the hood of your car and ... read more

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Preventative Maintenance Will Keep Your Car Going Strong

Preventative maintenance for your car is a lot like getting a regular checkup with your doctor. It's a chance to make sure things are running smoothly and catch any issues before they become serious. Here's a few tips we recommend to keep your car running longer and to reduce repair bills. First, read the owner's manual. Most people don't do this, but if you take the time to crack it open you'll find lots of good info tat's relevant to your exact vehicle. You'll learn how often you should really get the oil changed, the right kind of oil to use and the correct kind of gas to put in the tank. Next, get your car washed on a regular basis. Not only will a sparkling car make you look better, but salt and sand used to keep roads clear can cause damage to the undercarriage. Make sure you also frequently inspect the car. Check to make sure front and back lights are functional. Every month or so, make sure the air pressure in the tires is where it needs to be. By doing th ... read more

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A Trustworthy Mechanic Is As Important As A Good Doctor

Try to imagine this scenario. You're in your car, driving down your street. You're headed to work. Time is of the essence. Suddenly, something goes wrong with the car. Maybe the engine starts racing. Perhaps the timing belt breaks. Could be something simple, like a headlight goes out. Whatever the situation, you're now stressed out. Late for work! Now add to that stress the worry about where you'll take your car. We all know the old cliche of the crooked auto mechanic. The guy who "finds" extra things wrong with your car, and you end up spending hundreds of dollars more than you anticipated. In this day and age, it's more important than ever to have an auto mechanic with integrity. You need someone who quotes you a fair price for the work they do, fix what they say they're going to fix, and make sure preventative measures are taken to head off trouble. So how do you make sure your mechanic is on the level? First, use your social network. When friends and family re ... read more

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Brandon, FL Auto Repair and Maintenance that is Guaranteed

A guarantee you can count on for great and satisfying service is getting your auto repair and maintenance from Clarke Automotive Systems in Brandon, FL. When you bring your car into us and give us the ability to perform our standard of auto repair your expectations will be reached. All of our auto repair and maintenance that we offer will be performed by one of our certified technicians. We are able to give you the services you are desperately searching for such as a full brake service, AAA Approved Repair, Hybrid Certified repair, BOSCH certified service, and ASE Certified technician repair. Because we are certified, you can expect the very best! Your car will return to you in top-notch condition and be performing better than ever. Also, we stand behind our work! Because we are committed to you and the great work of our technicians and mechanics we offer a 2 year/24,000 mile parts and labor warranty to ensure your safety on the r ... read more

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AAA Certified Brandon Fl Auto Repair and Maintenance

Does you car need auto repair or maintenance in Brandon, FL? Know that Clarke Automotive Systems has been serving the Brandon, FL area since the year 1978. We are experienced and have the knowledge to complete any auto repair successfully. Our team here at Clarke Automotive Systems is full of certified technicians and mechanics. We have the expertise to make sure your getting the correct auto repair and maintenance for your specific make and model car. We can do many auto repairs here in Brandon, FL. Services that we have provided for our customers since 1978 include but are not limited to general repair and maintenance services, collision repair and restoration, undercar repair and maintenance, transmission services, AC repair, towing, engine repair, overhaul, check ups, and more. With all of our services, repairs and maintenance we do, we provide a great warranty to stand behind our valued work. Our warranty is a 2 year ... read more

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Certified Auto Repair in Brandon, FL

Certified Auto Repair in Brandon, FL

Clarke Automotive is your go to auto repair shop in Brandon, Fl. We have been serving the area with great and reliable auto repair and maintenance since 1978! Know that you can trust Clarke Automotive with all of your auto repair and maintenance needs! All of our repairs we do in our shop here in Brandon, FL are all AAA inspected and approved. We have been voted the top shop here in Brandon, FL for customer service and repairs. We take pride in the quality that we give our customers every day. If you want to receive an AAA approved repair service know that we offer many here at our auto shop. The different services include electrical systems service and repair, heating & cooling services, alternators, starters, ignition service, water pump, fuel pumps & lines repair, engine services & repair, and brake services. If you would like to receive more information about these repairs and what makes then AAA approved, give us ... read more

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