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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Your check engine light can come on for many reasons. It can come on for something serious, like a possible engine or transmission problem to something minor, such as a loose gas cap. The video helps to explain that “pulling a code” is much like using a thermometer. It tells you that you have a fever, but why do you have a fever? The codes that are retrieved give the symptom, (the fever), but what is the cause of the problem? The important thing is to have a trained technician diagnose the problem. Our technicians at Framerite have the training, experience and expertise to diagnose the cause of your check engine light. A flashing check engine light is telling you that severe damage can occur if you continue to drive the car. This must be evaluated immediately. We are your complete car care center and are ready to help. Give us a call if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. Watch this short video for additional information ... read more

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Is Your Car Road Trip Ready?

Is Your Car Road Trip Ready?

The temperatures are heating up, the travel season is officially here and you are so ready! But… is your car ready? 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 s get your oil and filter changed if they are 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 f ... read more

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How Much Does an Alignment Cost?

How Much Does an Alignment Cost?

We hear this question about alignments several times a day. First it depends on the year, make and model of your vehicle. Does your vehicle need a 2 wheel or 4 wheel alignment? Your vehicle has specifications with a wide area of tolerance but also has a preferred setting. Our technicians always try to get your vehicle at the preferred setting. Did you know that driving a properly aligned car will not only give you better handling, but it will also help improve your gas mileage. This is because there is a decrease in the rolling resistance. If you are noticing uneven tire wear, your steering wheel is off center or your vehicle is pulling to one side or the other, be sure to have your alignment checked. Framerite and our technicians have been aligning vehicles in the Baltimore area since 1954 and we have the equipment, training and experience to keep your vehicle running smooth ... read more

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“Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Blowing Cold Air?”

“Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Blowing Cold Air?”

With the temperatures heating up we are starting to hear this question a lot. There are several reasons why your a/c may not be blowing the cold air that you were looking for. Your air conditiong system uses a gas called refrigerant and when the level of refrigerant is low, the air you are feeling may not be as cool as you would like. In fact, it could even be pretty warm! This could be due to small leaks in the system and is the most common reason for your problem. Another reason could be electrical in nature. Between the switch on the dash and out to the compressor, there are relays and sensors that can keep your compressor from working properly. Your first step is to have our certified technician connect gauges to determine the refrigerant level in the air conditioning system. If it is determined that there is a lack of refrigerant, some will be added to search for a leak. An electronic leak detector woul ... read more

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Are My Brakes Telling Me Something?

Are My Brakes Telling Me Something?

What are your brakes trying to tell you? Have you been hearing those pesky squealing or grinding noises? Do you feel the brakes pulsating or car pulling to one side or the other? These are all signs that your brakes need to be inspected. Because brakes wear differently depending on many factors, including driving habits, it is important that they are inspected at least once a year. Brake wear is also affected by driving conditions, type of car and the quality of your brakes. If you think your brakes may be trying to tell you siomething, you have a concern, or it's that time to have them inspected, give us a call at Framerite Auto Repair. Our experienced mechanics will inspect them, keep you safe and give you piece of mind. #brakesinbaltimore #carrepair #mechanic

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Do I Need New Tires?

Do I Need New Tires?

There are several ways to determine if you need new tires. One way is to insert a quarter upside down into the tire's tread. If you can see the top of Ole George's head then your tread is measuring 4/32 and the tire needs to be replaced. Another sign that you need new tires is the presence of grooves or cracks in the sidewall. Other indicators are blisters and bulges because they can quickly become the source of a dangerous blowout. In addition, feeling too much vibration when driving can be a sign of several issues. Your tires may need balancing or you may need an alignment. The vibration can actually be a sign of a problem with your tire. If you have any questions concerning your tires, or any other vehicle repair or maintenance issue, give us a call and our certified mechanics will be happy to answer your questions and advise you. #newtires #tiresnearme #tiresinbaltimore

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Driving In The Snow

Driving In The Snow

Before you drive anywhere in the snow, you should make sure that you and your car are ready. First and foremost listen to the experts. If they tell you to stay off the roads then stay put. However, some of you may absolutely have to get out. If that is the case, you must determine if your vehicle is able to handle what's out there. You must have good tires for the snow and they should also have good tread. Your battery should be fully charged and your wiperblades should be in good shape. Visibility is of utmost importance. Also, make sure that you have an emergency kit available that includes warm blankets. You should include snacks, water and a snow shovel. If we can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Our certified technicians are ready to help! #winterstormstella #tires #battery

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Shocks and Struts Rebate

Shocks and Struts Rebate

Shocks and struts play many roles in the safety and comfort of your ride. Their main job is to keep your tires firmly on the road. If your shocks are worn, your vehicle will not handle as well and could even become unsafe. Your vehicle's suspension can also be damaged if the worn shocks and struts are not replaced. In addition, your tires will also wear out prematurely. So taking care of thie issue will save you money in the long run! When you bring your vehicle in to Framerite Auto Repair for your maintenance, our certified mechanics inspect your shocks and struts so that you can have a safe and comfortable ride. If you have any questions about this, or any other car repair or maintenance issue, please give us a call. We would love to help! Always remember a Healthy Car Will Take You Far

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“My Car Is Shaking”

“My Car Is Shaking”

“Why is my car shaking? There are different reasons that a car might feel shaky to you First, you need to consider WHEN it shakes. Does it shake while you are sitting still? If this is the case, there could be something going on with your engine. Does your car shake when you are applying the brake pedal? This is usually caused by a brake issue. If your car shakes while driving at a moderate speed, (around 40 mph), then you most likely have a tire balance issue. There are many reasons why you may feel your car shake or vibrate It could even be as simple as the need for a tire rotation or wheel balancing. The point is that a certified auto mechanic should evaluate your car to ensure a safe smooth ride for you and your love ones! Our certfied mechanics are here ready to address this, or any other vehicle related issue. Just remember, “A Healthy Car goes Far!” #Brakerepair “autorepair #tires

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“My Car Battery Is Dead!” Now What"

“My Car Battery Is Dead!” Now What"

First, let's help you, and try and get your drained battery some help at the same time. We have attached a diagram that shows just how to jump start your vehicle. The larger question is WHY your battery died. Is it old and corroded? Or is there another reason that caused the battery to die? Before you spend money and just pop a new battery in, you should know why so that you are not left stranded again. Did you leave the interior light on? What about the light in your glove box? Is there another off key, (when the key is not in the ignition), reason for the drain? Is your car's computer pulling too much current? Let our experts perform an evaluation of your vehicle so that you can be confident of its reliability. We are the experts in Baltimore when it comes to automotive mantenance and car repair! Proper mantenance keeps you rolling and your car reliable. If you aren't our customer you sho ... read more

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