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Let's Talk Windshield Wiper Blades

Let's Talk Windshield Wiper Blades

           Let's talk about windshield wiper blades. It's something we really don't think about unless it's raining, then forget about when the rain stops. We should think about wiper blades as one part of the safety systems on our vehicles. Wiper blades help us see the same as glasses or contacts help us see with our eyes. When they are worn they smear the rain across our windshield creating streaks. New wiper blades and a clean windshield can make all the difference driving in the rain. Remember wiper blades live on the outside of the vehicle exposed to the hot sun in the summer and cold in the winter. Replacing your wiper blades in the spring and the fall will help with driving conditions year round. At Framerite Auto Repair we stock many sizes so if the need arises we can take care of you right away

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Pothole Season

Pothole Season

Well it's that time of year again, snow & ice on the roads being treated with salt. The salt and cold combine to create potholes that we seem to find every time we go out to drive. Generally, it takes a couple of weeks for the potholes to be filled so until that time try to remember where they are. If you are unfortunate enough to hit a deep pothole and you notice your vehicle is not handling the same, get it checked out immediately. Small changes in your alignment can cause rapid tire wear. Sometimes damage to the tire and or wheel occurs that will cause shaking or pulling to one side or the other. At Framerite Auto Repair we have been correcting problems like these for over 67 years. Just give us a call and we will get you back to smooth driving again

I Slid Into A Curb! Now What?

I Slid Into A Curb! Now What?

I slid into a curb, now what do I do? If you have been unfortunate enough to slide into a curb, the first thing to check is the tire. You need to make sure it is safe to drive on. If you can drive your vehicle, see if there is a change in how it handles. Any change would indicate damage that needs to be checked by an ASE certified technician. Even slight damage will cause rapid tire wear and extremely poor handling, especially in wet conditions. A tire can wear so fast and cause a blowout, resulting in loss of control of your vehicle. When an alignment is performed, we make adjustments down to a 1/16th of an inch so any change can cause rapid tire wear. At Framerite Auto Repair we have been taking care of these situations for 67 years. Chances are we may have worked on your parents or grandparent’s car, as we hear this quite often. Give us a call and we will return your vehicle to safe and reliable driving again!  

Can Rusting Sway Bar Brackets Be Fixed?

Can Rusting Sway Bar Brackets Be Fixed?

We are starting to see a mid 2000’s GM SUVs and trucks come in with the front sway bar bracket that is rusting away and becoming totally detached. When this happens and you are driving down the road, you hear a big clunking noise as you go over bumps. But the good news is that it can be fixed. It just takes a little while because you have to get a donor from the junkyard with a good bracket. This is because GM doesn't sell the part by itself. Once we do that and get it all back together, your vehicle is all back to whole again

Upcoming Weather and Your Tires

Upcoming Weather and Your Tires

Do you know if your tires will get you through the 6-12 inches of snow in the immediate forecast? If you don't know the answer you better find out. Winter weather is starting early early and slippery conditions can appear without warning. If your tires tread is too thin slipping and sliding is in your forecast. Check your tread depth with a quarter. If you can't see the top of George's head you should be alright. Personally I would not want to see his hairline on top of his head. You can also look between the tread bars for the wear indicator. The tread wear indicator is a small rubber bar that if near even with the remaining tread lets you know your tires need to be replaced. If you have any questions stop by for a quick inspection and we will show you what to look for. Here at Framerite Auto Repair we can take care of you and your vehicle to keep you safe for whatever Old Man Winter brings

Oil Change

Oil Change

  Should I have my engine oil changed at a quick lube shop? Do you want to see a first year medical student when you have a health problem? Many quick lube businesses employ people without a lot of experience in the industry. Your vehicle is probably the second largest investment you will  have besides your house. Do you want to trust it with someone in a hurry and with a lack of experience? Taking your vehicle to a trusted local garage with experienced technicians looking out for the long term benefit of you and your car is the best way. I don't know about you but I want a doctor to take their time with me to properly diagnose me and to locate any other problem I may have. Taking your vehicle to be serviced in a timely manner and giving the technician time to give your vehicle a physical inspection is the best way to have peace of mind for safe driving. At Framerite Auto Repair we employ technicians with many years of experience to give you confidence that you ... read more

Your Car's Computer and Air Conditioner

Your Car's Computer and Air Conditioner

Can the computer on my car make my air conditioner leak? The answer is yes. We recently had a 2017 Chevrolet Impala come in to check the A/C system. When connecting the gauge set we discovered no refrigerant in the system. We then added some to check for a leak and could actually hear the refrigerant escaping. Taking our refrigerant leak detector to find the source of the problem we found the evaporator core in the dash leaking profusely. Performing a Technical Service Bulletin search we discovered a recall #N182186880 for 2016-2018 Chevrolet Impala's. The bulletin explains that the program in the computer runs the A/C compressor too long causing ice to build up on the evaporator core. As the ice continues to expand it actually breaks the tubes causing the refrigerant leak. If you have one of these vehicles GM has extended the warranty for 6 years and or 72,000 miles to cover this situation. Not only is this a major repair as the entire dash has to be removed to ... read more

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Should I Be Worried About My Suspension On Baltimore Streets?

Should I Be Worried About My Suspension On Baltimore Streets?

Should I be worried about my suspension with the condition of the streets in Baltimore? The answer is yes! Anywhere you travel the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle is your suspension. Every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an object in the road your suspension has to absorb that punishment.  As you can imagine, the suspension on your vehicle has lots of joints, bushings and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down and allow you to turn and steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman and idler arms as well as many bushings. They simply wear out over time or become damaged due to the harshness they have to endure. As they wear handling and steering develop a loose feel and may include strange noises. Sometimes a loose or worn suspension part can put stress on another part causing premature failure. Usually the first sign of suspension problems is you will notice that your tires are wearing irregularly. If you feel the handling on your ... read more

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Auto Repair

WE ARE OPEN and HERE TO HELP YOU

WE ARE OPEN and HERE TO HELP YOU

Dear friends and valued clients, At Framerite Auto Repair we are taking the coronavirus very seriously. We believe everybody has a role to play in mitigating this illness. Fortunately, we work in an industry the requires little to no human contact. We can achieve a “zero contact” transaction by use of a key drop, free pick up & delivery and payment over the phone. We are disinfecting all keys, door handles, steering wheels and shifter handles before and after service as our commitment to your safety remains our top priority. If you need any services or repairs to your vehicle please do not hesitate to text or call us

Shocking Discovery!

Shocking Discovery!

Can change be shocking to your radio? Yes! We had a 2011 Subaru Forester with a complaint that the radio did not work. First thing to check was the fuse that controls the power to the radio which was blown. We installed a new fuse and everything came back to life. But why did the fuse blow in the first place? After a short test drive the radio was not functioning again. The technician confirmed the fuse was blown again and the circuit remained a dead short. When looking over the wiring diagram we could separate the circuit in two halves. When we did this the radio side of the circuit still had the short. Tracing the wiring back to the radio we found no obvious wiring exposed. We removed the radio and the problem disappeared. Shaking the radio revealed the problem. The children had been inserting coins and a paper clip into the CD drive causing a short across the circuit board in the bottom of the radio. Once the coins & paper clip were removed everything is working properly. G ... read more

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