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What Is A Timing Belt and Why Do I Have to Have It Replaced?

What Is A Timing Belt and Why Do I Have to Have It Replaced?

The timing belt is very important in the working of your engine. Valves in your engine need to open and close at just the right time, to allow air and fuel in, the fuel to burn and then allow the exhaust to escape. Your timing belt is in charge of this process. In a worse case scenario, a valve can open at the wrong time and slam into the piston. If this happens, the end result could be a very expensive repair bill. Timing belts wear out over time and should be replaced according to factory recommended schedule. This is to be sure that it is replaced before it gets to the point of causing problems. Sometimes they break or are worn and have the teeth stripped, causing a loss of function. Replacing your timing belt is one of your more expensive car maintenance items, but it pales in comparison to the cost of ignoring it, especially if you have an interference engine. As always, our mechanics at ... read more

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Your Car Battery

Your Car Battery

Is the battery in your car dead? Do you need a “jump start”? The picture above shows how to give or get a jump start. However, the idea is to keep from having it happen in the first place. When you bring your vehicle in for maintenance to Framerite Auto repair, we check your the health of your battery so that you can avoid coming out in the morning and needing a jump start. If you need a car battery or have a question about your health of your battery, give us a call. Click below to find out more about your battery and how to prolong its life. http://bit.ly/2CLDBO9

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Shocks and Struts and Poor Handling

Shocks and Struts and Poor Handling

Does your vehicle not handle like it used to? Are your tires wearing too quickly? Worn shocks and struts could be the cause. They are what keeps your tires on the road and allows you to safely steer your car in turns and over bumps. If they are worn your car can have excessive bounce, premature tire wear and an overall poor ride quality. If you suspect that you have an issue contact our qualified technicians and we will be glad to advise you. We are offering a rebate, up to $100, on a prepaid Visa card, on shocks and struts. Call for details, offer valid March 1-April 30, 2018. http://bit.ly/2xXDjWlhttp://frameriteautomotiveservice.mynapasa.com/2018/01/27/your-vehicle-s-suspension-in-baltimore-md

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Potholes and Your Car

Potholes and Your Car

Potholes are most certainly a nuisense but they can also cause damage to your car. Your vehicle's tires, wheels and suspension feel the brunt of hitting those potholes. The force of hitting a pothole can cause tire damage, a tread separation or even a flat tire. The wheel itself can become bent and result in the inability to get an airtight seal with the tire. Fortunately, these are issues that you should be able to see upon inspecting your vehicle. Damage to your suspension can also occur causing it to be out of alignment but these are not as easily seen. While you are not able to see this problem, there are warning signs. If you find that your steering wheel is off center, a vibration while driving, tires wearing unevenly, car pulling to one direction or experience the feeling of loose handling, your car's alignment needs to be checked. Obviously, the best offense is t ... read more

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Your Car and Healthy Air

Your Car and Healthy Air

Has it been recommended to you that it is time to have your cabin air filter changed? A cabin air filter helps to filter out pollen and other outside particles that want to enter the interior of your vehicle. It can become very dirty and even clogged and decreasing the quality of the air that you breathe.Changing the filter can even help you with allergies and asthma. Also, if your engine's air filter is dirty, your cabin air filter probably is too. They usually go hand in hand. Give our certified technicians a call if you have any questions or concerns about this, or any other car maintenance or repair issues. See the video below for more information. https://youtu.be/Ut0nLFp8FRk

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Winter Driving and Your Car

Winter Driving and Your Car

Winter is here again and so are hazardous driving conditions. Single digit temperatures and precipitation make for slippery roads to deal with. If you happen to be caught in the unfortunate situation of having to make your way in icy conditions please drive slowly and keep your distance. If you would lose control and slide into a curb and notice even a slight difference in the way your vehicle handles, it may have incurred damage. If you notice that the steering wheel position changed or a vibration has started, these are signs that something in the suspension or steering could be bent. For 64 years we have dealt with these situations. We can get your vehicle back on the road and handling like nothing ever happened

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Low Tire Pressure and Cold Weather

Low Tire Pressure and Cold Weather

Is this your view for today? Is your Tire Pressure Monitor System light on? Outside temperatures affect the amount of air in your tires. The pressure drops 1-2 degrees for every 10 degree drop in the temperature. Your tire pressure, or PSI, should be checked on a monthly basis, in addition to when there are a big swings in the temperatures. The correct amount of air for your tires can be found in the door jam and/or your owners manual. If you have any questions or we can be of any service to you, experienced technicians are here to help

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How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

If the weather forecasts are right, then Monday morning was a preview of what is coming! It is time to be sure that your vehicle is ready for winter. Give us a call at Framerite Auto Repair and let our certified mechanics give you piece of mind for the winter. With the holidays quickly approaching you will have one more thing off your to do list! We will inspect your vehicle and text or email you a copy of our courtesy digital vehicle inspection. This way you are able to see where your vehicle is prepared for winter and where it is not. Following are a few of the many areas that we inspect: BatteryTiresFrameSuspensionBrakesFluid Levels and conditionHoses/BeltsRadiator Give our experienced technicians a call and take one of the many things on your to do list taken care of. #carmaintenance  ... read more

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Uneven Tire Wear

Uneven Tire Wear

Are your tires wearing in an unusual way? Your tires can be wearing out for many different reasons. You may need an alignment, your tires may be over or under inflated, or you may have a strut/suspension issue. The best course of action is to have an experienced technician evaluate your tires and vehicle. Our technicians are always happy to help you care for your vehicle. TIP: Check your tire pressures when the weather changes. Hot or cold temps affect the pressures in your tires

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How Much to Fix My Brakes?

How Much to Fix My Brakes?

We hear this question very often and the answer is that it depends on so many different factors. Because this is the case, we need to actually see your vehicle and inspect your brakes. We need to determine how they have worn. Is one side more worn than the other? If this is the case then you could possibly have a hydraulic problem. Do you have a caliber sliding problem? Do the rotors have enough metal thickness to be resurfaced safely for the next set of brakes? There needs to be enough metal remaining so that the heat that is generated by the braking action can be dissipated. We need to be aware of this information before an accurate price can be given. Give us a call and we will be happy to help you

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