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Your Car and the Weather

Your Car and the Weather

Well we sure didn't get the weather they were calling for but that doesn't mean that weather isn't affecting your vehicle. Be aware that the cold weather affects your battery. You should also check the fluid levels in your vehicle from washer fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, oil… You should also keep in mind that salt on the roads corrode metal. Check that your windshield wiper blades don't need to be replaced and that the blades themselves are clean. Sometimes the wiperblades need to be cleaned themselves to get all the grime off. You also need to check your tires to be sure that they have the correct tire pressures. Did you know that tires lose air pressure in cold weather? You also need to be sure that your tires have good tread left. These are the basics and there are other things to think about as well, but it does give you some things to think about. The good news is that ... read more

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Alternators

Alternators

Are you familiar with the function of your vehicles' alternator? When you start your engine, many lights flash on to test the circuits in your car. If everything is okay the lights go out. One light that may stay on indicating that there is a problem, is the car battery light. If this light stays on it means that your battery is not being charged properly. Your battery's job is to provide enough energy to start your engine but you would not get very far on the battery alone. Your alternator provides the current that allows your engine and all the other electrical requirements of the car to run, including keeping your battery at the optimal state of charge. If your alternator is not properly functioning, you could be left stranded. Give us a call so that our experienced mechanics can perform the necessary tests to keep you on the road! We are the the place for automotive repair and vehicle maintenance! We are here for you

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Cooling System Service

Cooling System Service

The engine coolant in your vehicle needs to be flushed regularly because it loses its effectiveness to lubricate the water pump and other important coolant system components. New coolant fluid helps to reduce foam and rust throughout the coolant system. Over time your coolant fluid may not be capable of properly cooling your engine. You will help decrease the need for coolant related repairs and help prevent overheating. It also comes with a BG Lifetime Protection Plan if the service is performed before your vehicle has 75,000 miles. youtu.be/9iF6n-XDHGo

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Tire maintenance

Tire maintenance

Proper tire inflation, balance, rotations and wheel alignments are some of the most overlooked basic vehicle maintenance. Your tires can help fuel economy, ride comfort, vehicle handling, braking and your overall safety. Tires on most passenger vehicles should be inflated to 32-35 psi, but you should check your owner's manual or door sticker to confirm the correct tire inflation for your vehicle. Wheels are balanced each time tires are mounted on a rim and then checked with every tire rotation. Since tires are mass produced, each tire can have a slightly different weight that can affect the overall balance of the tire. Wheel weights are used to ensure a smooth balanced ride. Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles with every other oil change to ensure proper tire wear. Those of you who use synthetic oil and therefore get oil changes every 5,000 miles, should have your tires roatated every 5,000 miles. Improper wheel alignment is probably the largest contributor t ... read more

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When do shocks and struts need to be replaced?

When do shocks and struts need to be replaced?

When do shocks and struts need to be replaced? The first thing that you need to check is your odometer. If your odometer reads 50,000 miles or more and they have not been replaced, they should be inspected. There are several signs that they need to be replaced. Does your car dip or dive when you stop? This can cause you to have an increase in your braking distance. Do you notice any bumping, swaying or bottoming out? Shocks and struts help you maintain control on uneven surfaces by keeping your tires on the road. Speaking of tires, they can actually give you indications of the need to replace the shocks and struts as well. Look at how your tires are wearing. Do you notice any cupping or chopping? This too can indicate the need for replacement. We are experts at inspecting, advising and replacing shocks and struts if necessary. In fact our experts check them every time you have service. We ... read more

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Rusted Frame Repair

Rusted Frame Repair

Do you have a Jeep Wrangler that needs a rusted frame repaired? Don't despair, we can help! Unfortunately, Jeep Wranglers models from 1987-2006, are known to have rust problems. They develop rust through on the frame rails between the front trailing arm brackets all the way to the rear trailing arm brackets. Until recently the rust damage would have to be caught early to save the frame. But now we have caps that are available to place over the damaged area once the rust is removed. We also treat the cap area and cap with a rust inhibitor to help protect it. Though it takes significant time to instakk, the repair is the long term solution. At Framerite, we have the expertise and experience to keek your Wrangler on the road for a lot less than replacing the vehicle! #framerepairnearme #trailingarm #carrepairnearme

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Don’t Ignore That Light

Don’t Ignore That Light

Is that pesky TPMS light on? What does it mean anyway? Think you can ignore it? Don't! TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitor System and it alerts you to unsafe driving conditions. It means that one or more of your tires are either under-inflated or over- inflated. Did you know that under-inflated tires are responsible for 33,000 accidents and 600 fatalities a year? If your light is on, give us a call. Not only will we turn that light out for you but we will make sure that you don't have a tire problem and we will have you rolling out with the appropriate air pressures in all 4 tires. #TPMSlight #autorepairnearme #tires

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Alignments

Alignments

“Does my car need an alignment?” We hear this asked everyday. If your car is pulling to one side, your steering wheel is crooked when going straight or you have uneven tire wear, you need an alignment. If any of these conditions describe you current situation, let us check your vehicle's alignment. In addition, it's a good idea to have an alignment check every year or so. This way we can catch a problem BEFORE you have uneven tire wear and have to replace 4 tires. We have the precision equipment to check your alignment and the experience and expertise to repair any issue. We have been performing alignments for Baltimore motorists for more than 60 years! #carpulling #tires #crookedsteeringwheel

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Fall Back

Fall Back

I don't know about you but when we fall back and make that time change, there are a lot of things to get use to. I for one do not like it getting dark so early! It seems like we go to work in the dark and we come home from work in the dark. Another thing that I don't like is changing all the clocks! Changing the clock in your vehicle is one small thing that we can do for you. Just bring your owners manual with you and stop by. We will be glad to take this one task off your to do list! also, when you are changing the time on all your clock, change the battery in your smoke detectors at home. It could just save your life! #timechange #autorepair #autorepairnearme

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Getting Your Car Ready For Winter

Getting Your Car Ready For Winter

Cooler temperatures are here and winter is sure to follow. Is your car ready for the cold weather? There are several things to check to make sure that your car is ready. First check your battery.The cold weather is very hard on your battery. As much as two times the normal current could be required when the temperatures are really low. A technician should run a battery test on your vehicle. Second, check your antifreeze. Your cooling system should be a 50/50 antifreeze and water mix to prevent freezing. Third, make sure that you wiper blades are in good shape to clear your windows. Also, check the state of your tires. Make sure they have good tread and are not dry rot. Also make sure that they have the correct amount of air in them. In order to be fully prepared, your vehicle should get a look over by an experienced technician. What's going on under your hood?? #coolingsystem #battery #wintercarmaintenance ... read more

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