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Clutch Replacement

Clutch Replacement

“How do I know if I need the clutch replaced on my vehicle?” Usually the first indication you need your clutch replaced is a lack of power in higher gears. Some times a clutch will chatter when it is applied which is another reason for replacement. When the transmission is removed to access the clutch & pressure plate, the flywheel needs to be examined for heat damage and or cracking from overheating due to the slipping. Generally resurfacing the flywheel surface is all that needs to be done. On rare occasions the damage is so severe, replacement of the flywheel is the only remedy. Gaining access to the transmission can be simple or as involved as removing the entire cross member while supporting the engine. Usually a front end alignment is required after re-assembly. Here at Framerite Automotive Service our professional technicians can take care of your vehicle

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Road Trip and Your Car

Road Trip and Your Car

Are you planning a road trip for the Memorial Day Weekend? Have you thought about making sure that your car is ready to go when you are? Your car should be inspected before taking a trip to ensure that you arrive safely and without unexpected delays and bills. Generally speaking all your fluids should be inspected and topped off, your tires should be checked for condition and the correct amount of air pressure, and your battery should be checked as well. One tip is to also check the condition and the amount of air pressure in your spare. They are often neglected but are very important if the need arises. Your air filter should be changed if not done recently. Your oil level should at least be checked and have your oil and filter changed, if due. Check all your lights and wipers to be sure they are working properly. Your brakes should be checked, as well as your suspension parts. Let's not forget your air conditioner; you definitely want to be cool while traveling. This rain is goi ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

How Much Does It Cost To Fill My Air Conditioner with Freon?

How Much Does It Cost To Fill My Air Conditioner with Freon?

How much does it cost to fill my car air conditioner with freon? Several factors come into play when determining price. First it must be determined how much freon, if any, is left in the system. If the system is just a little low and no leak can be found a small recharge may be all that is needed. If however the system is very low adding freon with large amount of air will not produce cold air. In these cases evacuating and recharging the system, while adding leak detection dye to find out how the freon escaped is in order. In all cases, thoroughly searching for the leak is a priority. Our technicians can get you back to driving comfortably in the summer heat

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“Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?”

“Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?”

Why is my car air conditioner blowing hot air? With Spring finally here so are higher temperatures. When we want a little relief from the hot sun heating up the interior of our vehicle, we expect cool air to come out of the vents. Unfortunately over the winter months the air conditioning system can lose its charge or an electrical malfunction may occur. Sometimes seals or parts wear out, allowing the freon to leak or a pressure switch can malfunction, preventing the compressor from operating. Whatever the case may be, our highly experienced technicians can locate and repair your problem to get you back to comfortable driving in the summer heat

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Why do my brakes squeal?

Why do my brakes squeal?

Brake pad engineers tell us all brakes make noise but the trick is to keep it below what the human ear can hear. When your brakes are loud enough for you to hear there are many reasons for this. Brake noise comes from the brake pad or shoe vibrating. Vibration is allowed from weak hardware and/or lack of lubrication of the pad or shoe contact areas where they are mounted. A proper brake service, when pads and shoes are replaced, should always include replacing the hardware that weakens over time. This is due to the heat that is generated naturally from the friction of braking. Sometimes the wrong pad or shoe material is installed and it is too hard which causes squeal. Our professional technicians can determine the best course of action to return your vehicle to smooth and quiet braking

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Car Care Annual Checklist

Car Care Annual Checklist

While April is National Car Care Month we are reminded of something that we can take for granted. We assume that our car is going to start AND take us from point A to point B when we want it to. In order for that to be the case, we need to take some maintenance and preventative actions, much like we do with our bodies. In general your oil levels need to be checked or changed if due and your hoses, brakes, battery and exhaust system should be inspected. Below is a chart that shows some general guidelines to follow in maintaining your vehicle. You should always check the factory recommended maintenance for your specific vehicle. As always, Framerite and our experienced mechanics are here to help

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Regular Maintenance Saves Customer Money

Regular Maintenance Saves Customer Money

Regular maintenance is essential for the long term reliability of your vehicle. You can see by watching this video, how involved this particular repair is and why it is so expensive. Because this 2001 Lincoln Town Car has been properly maintained the cost to our customer is greatly reduced, even on a 17 year old car. https://youtu.be/a12SruDlQn4

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What Is That Fluid Under My Car?

What Is That Fluid Under My Car?

Have you noticed a puddle of fluid under your car and wondered what it was? That fluid could me something as simple as condensation from your air conditioner to gas or brake fluid. The condensation is quite normal and is to be expected. Windshield fluid is blue in color and if leaking is usually due to a small leal or tear in the line. This is not a serious issue but a repair will help you with cleaning your windshield, especially with all the salt on the roads right now. An antifreeze or coolant leak can be one of several colors, from light green, blue, orange, gold or red, to name a few. This leak could lead to you on the side of the road, overheating and waiting for a tow truck. If the leak is gasoline you will smell it, even while not running your vehicle. This will also lead to a “leak” in your wallet, causing you to literally lose money in gas. This could be a dangerous situation and should be evaluated by a mechanic. Brake fluid is yellowish in color and is a da ... read more

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Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

Is your check engine light on? If you watch the attached video you will get a great laugh but is obviously not the way to fix it. Your check engine light could be lit for a very minor issue. Or there could be something major going on with your engine. When your light goes on, there is so much more involved than the need to “pull a code”. The code gives you a starting point for finding out what is going on. It's like a fire alarm going off, alerting you that there is a fire somewhere in a 100 story building. You don't want to just throw parts at a problem and hope that it is fixed. You want the problem fixed right the first time. Our mechanics have the knowledge, tools and experience to do do just that! Give us a call and we will have you confidently driving down the road again in no time! http://bit.ly/2FXDh4I

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How Much To Fix My Frame?

How Much To Fix My Frame?

How much to fix my frame? We hear that often from a customer after they have tried to have an alignment performed at a tire store. The tire store can”t get the alignment angles to where they need to be and assume the problem is a bent frame. To give an accurate estimate of what it will take to get the vehicle back in alignment we need to diagnose the problem. First we take alignment measurements so they give us a idea of what is the concern and at what wheel(s). Then our technicians determine from the alignment measurements and futher examination of the suspension, frame and/or unibody what is bent, what can be straightened and what needs to be replaced. Occasionally we can perform an alignment with installing aftermarket products that allow for adjustment where the factory does not give us any. In either case we have been returning vehicles back into proper alignment for 64 years. Give u ... read more

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