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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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Rusted Unibody in Saturn Vue

Rusted Unibody in Saturn Vue

Do you own a Saturn Vue? If you do, please watch the attached youtube video. Discuss with your mechanic or let us take a look at it for you. https://youtu.be/cByKqAn3rS8

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Heat and Your Battery

Heat and Your Battery

Did you know that the heat can be harder on your battery than the cold weather? Your battery contains liquid that is evaporated in the heat, and the low fluid level in your battery can cause damage. If you have any concerns about your battery or any other automotive maintenance or repair issue, our certified mechanics are here to help. NAPA has rebates that range from $15 to $25 with the purchase of qualifying batteries or alternator. (Rebate valid July 1-August 31, 2018)

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“Do I have to go to the dealer for air conditioner work if I have a newer car?”

“Do I have to go to the dealer for air conditioner work if I have a newer car?”

“Do I have to go to the dealer for air conditioner work if I have a newer car?” We hear this question a lot and the short answer is, no. Cars that were built for 2015 and newer utilize a new type of refrigerant, called R1234YF. This new refrigerant requires a new machine to recover, recycle and recharge your air conditioner. We value our customers' time and try to make things as easy and convenient as possible. This is why we obtained the new machine for the R1234YF. So no matter the refrigerant your vehicle requires, R134 or R1234YF, our certified mechanics are able to get the cool air flowing again! Give us a call and reserve your time and have your AC inspected

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Road Trip and Your Car

Road Trip and Your Car

Are you planning a road trip for the Memorial Day Weekend? Have you thought about making sure that your car is ready to go when you are? 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 and have your oil and filter changed, if 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 forget your air conditioner; you definitely want to be cool while traveling. This rain is goi ... read more

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Car Care Annual Checklist

Car Care Annual Checklist

While April is National Car Care Month we are reminded of something that we can take for granted. We assume that our car is going to start AND take us from point A to point B when we want it to. In order for that to be the case, we need to take some maintenance and preventative actions, much like we do with our bodies. In general your oil levels need to be checked or changed if due and your hoses, brakes, battery and exhaust system should be inspected. Below is a chart that shows some general guidelines to follow in maintaining your vehicle. You should always check the factory recommended maintenance for your specific vehicle. As always, Framerite and our experienced mechanics are here to help

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