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Yearly Archives: 2019

What Are You and Your Engine Breathing?

What is your engine breathing? Better yet, what are you breathing? You and your engine need clean air to survive. When the filters in your vehicle become contaminated with dirt and debris they need to be replaced. As in the accompanying pictures you can see that with neglect, the filters become clogged and do not allow sufficient airflow. Restricted airflow to the engine or the passenger cabin can can cause running problems for the engine and comfort problems for the people in the vehicle. During a routine oil change our technicians inspect the engine air filter as it is much more accessible than the cabin filter. If we find a contaminated engine air filter we generally recommend both. Something as simple as an air filter can make a big difference in engine performance and in comfort for the vehicle occupants. Replace your filters so you and your engine can breathe easier

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Should I Get An Alignment ?

I hit a pothole very hard and my truck does not feel right. Should I get my alignment checked? Absolutely have your vehicle checked for any damage that may have occurred. Small changes to the alignment can cause major tire wear in a short period of time. Sometimes suspension and steering components bend or break due to the impact. Sometimes a dangerous situation has occured where as the ball joint stud has spread the tapered mounting hole in the steering knuckle. A situation like this is dangerous as the ball joint stud could snap off as the only thing keeping it from coming out of the knuckle is the lock nut. Having your vehicle inspected by our experienced technicians to determine what has happened to your vehicle at Framerite Auto Repair will keep you driving safely and securely

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Can My Rusted Toyota Frame Be Repaired?

Can my rusted Toyota Tacoma frame be repaired? Depending on the severity of the rust and where the damage is the answer is probably. Tacoma’s generally rust through in the same areas. When we inspect the damage it is usually located from the center of the frame rails to the rear leaf spring front mounting bracket area. The good news we have access to repair kits that allow us to save the vehicle from going to the salvage yard. Once repaired your Tacoma will be good to go for many years. Give us a call so we can take a look at your vehicle to see if it can be repaired

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What do you look for when you search for a mechanic near me?

What do you look for when you search for a mechanic near me? Has the business been around a long time? Does the business employ ASE certified technicians? What is the experience level of the technicians? Is the shop udated with the latest technology and equipment? What is the warranty on repairs and does that warranty cover you around the country? Here at Framerite Auto Repair we are celebrating 65 years in business February 2019! Our technicians are ASE certified with over 90 years experience. As a NapaAutocare Center we offer a 36 month or 36,000 mile nationwide warranty. We subscribe to several services to have the latest information to keep your vehicle running like new. Give us a call so we can take care of you

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Why did my tires wear out prematurely even though I had an alignment?

Why did my tires wear out prematurely even though I had an alignment?

Why did my tires wear out prematurely even though I had an alignment? We see this situation often. When checking the alignment we find that only one adjustment was made and that is toe-in. Frequently caster and camber, the other angles we measure, have not been adjusted. The type of vehicle determines whether the factory gives us a way to adjust these angles, or sometimes we have to install adjustments to correct a tire wear problem. We have many ways to correct an out of specification alignment thanks to adjustable aftermarket parts we can install. If your vehicle suffers from premature tire wear, Framerite AutoRepair is the place to go. We may have aligned your Grandfathers car since we have been here since 1954! Call us today and we will take care of you

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Your Car and a Pothole

Your Car and a Pothole

“Why is my car not driving right after hitting a pothole?” When you hit a pothole and notice a difference in the way your vehicle is handling you probably knocked your car out of alignment. Is the steering now off center, is there a vibration, does the car now pull to one side, or are you wearing tires at an alarming rate? These are all signs that something is wrong with the alignment. Here at Framerite Automotive Service we have been taking care of these issues since 1954. We are the experts at getting your vehicle to drive right again. Give us a call so we can take care of you

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“Why Did I Have a Hard Time Driving In The Snow?”

“Why Did I Have a Hard Time Driving In The Snow?”

Why did I have a hard time driving in the snow? If your tires look like the included picture that is probably why. Without tread the tires do not have anything to grip with in the snow and slush of winter driving. When you see to wear bars even with the the tread bars the useful life of the tire is over. In the rain a tire in this condition can actually hydro-plane as the sipes that squeeze water out are now missing. Here at Framerite Auto Repair we can replace your tires and align the suspension for the best handling and tire wear

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Can My Rusted Toyota Frame Be Repaired?

Can My Rusted Toyota Frame Be Repaired?

Can my rusted Toyota frame be repaired? In most cases yes. The common rust out areas on Tacoma's and 4-Runners can usually be repaired by installing repair kits that until recently became available in the aftermarket. Performing these repairs will bring the vehicle back to service safely when prevoiusly it would be headed for the junk yard. The preparation for the installation of the caps is quite extensive. All rusted out areas are cut out and the remaining metal is resurfaced to be treated with rust inhibitor and and painted. Though the cap kits are good they require some work as to creating the holes for brackets and side steps to be bolted back in place. All in all the finished product is very nice when complete. If you have any issue with your rusted Toyota frame bring it to us for advice on what can be done

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“When Do I Need To Change My Battery?”

“When Do I Need To Change My Battery?”

That's a good question for Baltimore drivers. All batteries wear out and need to be replaced – but some are replaced before their time. If your battery is dying and you need a jump-start, it could very well be that you have a bad battery. But Baltimore drivers should have Frame Rite Automotive Service test the battery first to see if it's actually bad. The problem could be parasitic drain or a bad alternator that's not properly charging your battery. And Baltimore drivers in this situation also need to have their service advisor check their alternator and have it tested. A surprisingly high percentage of “bad” alternators brought into Frame Rite Automotive Service in Baltimore are actually just fine: the problem is a worn serpentine belt and/or belt tensioner. If the belt is slipping, it's not spinning the alternator properly so it can't fully charge the battery. Batteries last ... read more

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