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“Presidential”Tire Safety Tip

“Presidential”Tire Safety Tip

It seems fitting to impart a little “Presidential” wisdom today, being President's Day, on tire safety. Have you heard of the old penny or Lincoln method of determining if you had enough tread left on your tire? You would place a penny, with Lincoln's head facing down in your tires tread. If you could see the top of his head then you knew that you needed new tires. This method is based on the thinking that tires should be replaced when the tire tread remaining measured 2/32 nd of an inch. However when it reaches the 2/32 nd measurement, it's actually too late. A better idea is to use a quarter, inserting upside down, into the tread. If you can see the top of George Washington's head, your tread is measuring 4/32 and your tires will need to be replaced

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Failed Emissions Test

Failed Emissions Test

Your car failed the emissions test! Now what? Bring your vehicle in and let our certified mechanics diagnose the issue. Your problem could be simple as a loose gas cap or something more complex. Either way, you can be confident that we have the most up to date equipment and training to diagnose and fix your problem! One tip that we would give you is that if your check engine light is on, your vehicle will not pass. Bring it in for us to look and save you the time required for the re-test

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Vehicle Inspection

Vehicle Inspection

When your car comes in for an oil change, our certified technicians perform a complimentary vehicle inspection, also known as a courtesy check. They actually perform a digital vehicle inspection, or DVI for short. We are one of the only shops in the area offering this to customers. You receive an email that includes our entire evaluation, including photos. You will actually see what the technicians saw when they evaluated your vehicle. You will see the areas that are in good condition, areas that we need to keep an eye on and areas that are of concern. All at no charge to you! This particular evaluation saved our customer money. She purchased this “certified vehicle” about 2 1/2 months ago and brought the vehicle in to see us for an oil change. Upon inspection, the front and rear brakes were at 2 and 3 mm respectively, requiring replacement. Obviously this should not be the case in a recently purchased vehicle. She initally called the place where she purchased ... read more

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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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