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Category Archives: Auto Repair

Your Car's Computer and Air Conditioner

Your Car's Computer and Air Conditioner

Can the computer on my car make my air conditioner leak? The answer is yes. We recently had a 2017 Chevrolet Impala come in to check the A/C system. When connecting the gauge set we discovered no refrigerant in the system. We then added some to check for a leak and could actually hear the refrigerant escaping. Taking our refrigerant leak detector to find the source of the problem we found the evaporator core in the dash leaking profusely. Performing a Technical Service Bulletin search we discovered a recall #N182186880 for 2016-2018 Chevrolet Impala's. The bulletin explains that the program in the computer runs the A/C compressor too long causing ice to build up on the evaporator core. As the ice continues to expand it actually breaks the tubes causing the refrigerant leak. If you have one of these vehicles GM has extended the warranty for 6 years and or 72,000 miles to cover this situation. Not only is this a major repair as the entire dash has to be removed to ... read more

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Should I Be Worried About My Suspension On Baltimore Streets?

Should I Be Worried About My Suspension On Baltimore Streets?

Should I be worried about my suspension with the condition of the streets in Baltimore? The answer is yes! Anywhere you travel the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle is your suspension. Every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an object in the road your suspension has to absorb that punishment.  As you can imagine, the suspension on your vehicle has lots of joints, bushings and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down and allow you to turn and steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman and idler arms as well as many bushings. They simply wear out over time or become damaged due to the harshness they have to endure. As they wear handling and steering develop a loose feel and may include strange noises. Sometimes a loose or worn suspension part can put stress on another part causing premature failure. Usually the first sign of suspension problems is you will notice that your tires are wearing irregularly. If you feel the handling on your ... read more

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Keeping Baltimore's Cars Aligned for 66 Years!

Keeping Baltimore's Cars Aligned for 66 Years!

Why does your alignment cost more than the tire store? We receive many calls inquiring about the price of an alignment and how long does it take. When we answer what our price is and the length of time it takes to perform a proper alignment is we often hear "Well I can get that alignment for $49.95". If you can remember what the old saying is, “You get what you pay for!” Proper alignment is very important to the handling of the vehicle, making sure your tires wear to their rated design and for your best fuel mileage. Generally it takes 1-1 1/2  hours to perform an alignment correctly. The manufacturer gives us specifications that sometimes have a wide parameter. The best alignment is usually in the middle of the parameter of preferred settings. Experience has shown us that sometimes the manufacturers specifications are not the best for the vehicle. If you take your vehicle to have an alignment for the cheap price you are not going to get the be ... read more

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FREE Brake Inspection

FREE Brake Inspection

Do you need brakes or wonder if you do?  Each year during the month of October, we participate in a program called Brakes for Breasts. Brakes for Breasts is a fundraising program dedicated to the development of a vaccine that prevents breast cancer.  Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic has actually created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer. Think about Polio, eradicated because of a vaccine, a distant memory for most generations. This is the same principle! Dr. Tuohy and his team are rounding the corner and are hoping to start Phase 1 trials in early 2020. 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Brakes for Breasts’ fundraiser goes directly to the Cleveland Clinic for research on the Breast Cancer Vaccine. This is a WIN WIN for you, because you receive a FREE brake inspection and if they are needed, we provide FREE brake pads or shoes, up to $125 val ... read more

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Pre Purchase Inspections

Pre Purchase Inspections

I just purchased a vehicle out of state and it was state inspected there, does that give me peace of mind the vehicle is good? The answer is no! Recently we have inspected vehicles with severe rust issues that were state inspected in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The purchasers of these vehicles were assured they were in good shape. To title the vehicle in Maryland it has to go through a much more rigorous inspection process. Evidently what passes in Virginia and Pennsylvania does not come close with what is acceptable in Maryland. The moral of the story is to have your vehicle looked at in a Maryland repair shop in order to give you a better understanding of what you are trying to purchase. We at Framerite Automotive can give you a proper evaluation before purchasing the vehicle. Remember, “Buyer Beware” should always be applied when purchasing any vehicle without having it looked at first

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How Do I Know When I Need New Tires?

How Do I Know When I Need New Tires?

This was a blog post from a while ago but it bears reposting, especially while there is a rebate on Hankook 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 #tires ... read more

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When you search for a auto repair shop near me what should you look for?

When you search for a auto repair shop near me what should you look for?

When you search for a auto repair shop near me what should you look for? Will the business be there for you when you need them? Does it employ experienced technicians who are properly trained and are involved in continuous education? Do they invest in the latest equipment and technology to keep up with changing times? Do the online reviews give you a sense the shop cares about its clients? Does the shop offer loaner cars, a local shuttle service and pick up & drop-off for repairs? Here at Framerite Auto Repair we are a third generation business serving the greater Baltimore area for over 65 years. We employ ASE certified technicians who regularly attend on going training. We have up to date equipment and invest in the latest repair information available. We offer a 3 year or 36,000 mile nationwide warranty as we are a NAPA Autocare facility. Many parts we install have a Lifetime part warranty. We have two loaner cars for your convenience. We offer a local shuttle to work or home a ... read more

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Can My Jeep Wrangler Be Saved???

Can My Jeep Wrangler Be Saved???

I love my Wrangler but my frame has rust holes. Can it be saved? If it is rusted in the most common areas, absolutely! There are kits available that allow us to repair the frame so you can enjoy your Jeep again. The repairs are extensive as we remove the pieces that are rusted, treat the good metal to retard the rust from returning and then weld the new frame repair caps in the proper position. Give us a call so we can evaluate your Jeep frame to keep you safe on and off the road

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Who Is Working On Your Vehicle?

Who Is Working On Your Vehicle?

  Who is working on your vehicle? We have a first time client referred to us that had quite a few suspension parts replaced. Unfortunately everything that was installed was performed incorrectly. As you can see in the videos that everything that was replaced was not secured properly to the vehicle creating a very dangerous situation. Retainers are missing and left loose. After inspection the parts left loose caused more damage to other parts. Taking your vehicle to a reputable repair facilty is imperative these days. At Framerite Auto Repair our technicians have over 100 years experience. Give us a call so we can take care of you

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What Is The Right Way to Repair My Tire?

What Is The Right Way to Repair My Tire?

What is the right way to repair my tire? For years repairing a tire took only a few minutes to determine where the source of the leak was and installing a plug into the tread. The problem with this procedure is the inside of the tire is not inspected for damage. As you can see in the picture, the inside of this tire has ground up pieces of rubber from being driven on flat. This tire was repaired with a plug but the structural integrity of the tire has been compromised. The correct repair in this situation is replacement of the tire. Removing the tire from the wheel would have revealed the damage. A tire that has not been damaged and the puncture is not too large and in between the outer tread bars would require a patch plug repair on the inside. After the repair, balancing the tire finishes the the job. Repairing a tire the correct way is the only safe solution and the way we at Framerite Auto Repair do it

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