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Auto Repair in Murray & Paducah

Monthly Archives: February 2020

Tune-up Schedule

7 Warning Signs You Need One Now If you ask any mechanic at Harlan Automotive in Murray, Kentucky, about the frequency and the need for tune-ups, they will probably tell you that most cars need a tune-up once every six months. However, older vehicles and those with a lot of miles may require more frequent trips to the shop to make sure everything is in good shape. Regardless of the recommended frequency of such checks, not every vehicle owner can stick to a strict schedule. Therefore, pay attention to the following seven warning signs that your car requires a tune-up. Ignition Problems Has your vehicle been giving you problems in the morning? Does it not seem to want to start? You may have an issue with your battery or alternator, but the best way to find out is to schedule an appointment with your local shop. Stalling While people learning to drive stick may stall the Engine, for most drivers, stalling is not normal. Also, frequent stalling can signal that something is wrong in the E ... read more


Tune Up

RV Maintenance Tips

Keeping Your Mobile Home On The Move Whether you’re gearing up for a fun-filled weekend or preparing for an extended stay in an RV, follow these RV repair tips to keep your home-on-wheels moving forward safely. Avoid major repair and towing bills by following these tips and looking for a premier auto repair shop in your area today. Check Your Roof A common issue with RVs all around the country is leaking roofs. As your RV ages, it’s a good idea to inspect the roof every three months. Look for signs of cracking, chipping, or bubbling that point to a leak. Ask a local auto repair shop for leading sealant services that are safe for your particular RV model. Inspect Your Tire Pressure Just like your daily vehicle, low tire pressure on your RV can reduce your handling, fuel economy, and horsepower. It can also increase the risk of damage to your tire. Changing a tire on an RV can be more difficult and dangerous than a smaller vehicle, so it pays to prevent a flat tire. Check You ... read more


RV Repair

How Radiators Work

And Why they Fail The radiator is one of the least understood parts of a vehicle, but it’s extremely important. It is a type of heat exchanger that is responsible for transferring heat and cooling down internal combustion engines. When it works properly you don’t even notice it. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong with the radiator, the results are often disastrous (and expensive to fix). To avoid being stuck on the side of the road in Murray with a smoking radiator, here’s what you should know about how these important vehicle components work and fail, and when you should receive radiator repair. How They Work Most modern-day cars have radiators made from aluminum. They have both fins and tubes. Coolant designed to keep the Engine from overheating flows through the tubes, while the fins take the heat from the tubes and transfer it to the flowing air in the radiator.Sometimes, the tubes have a turbulator inside them, which is a type of fin that increases the turb ... read more


Radiator Repair

When is it Time for an Oil Change?

5 Things to look For If you are like most motorists, timing your car’s regular oil changes can get confusing. Conventional advice may give you one recommendation, while your car’s owner’s manual says something else entirely. How can you know for sure when to bring your car in? Here are five signs that it’s time. 1. You Have an Oil Leak Oil smells inside of your car may mean you have an oil leak. If your tailpipe starts emitting smoke, you have another sign of leakage on your hands. Get your vehicle into the local auto center for immediate inspection. 2. Warning Lights Are Illuminated If your car’s check engine or oil change lights are on, you need professional help with your vehicle. Both signals are a warning that immediate maintenance is needed to keep your car working properly. 3. Your Car’s Oil is Dirty Oil that is dark or dirty when inspected with a dipstick needs to be changed. Check your oil once each month to make sure it is still clean, as b ... read more


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