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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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Shocks and Struts

Shocks and Struts

“Do I need to replace my shocks and struts?” We hear this question a lot at Framerite Auto Repair. There are several ways that your car can tell you. First, are your tires wearing prematurely? Do you have excessive bouncing when going over bumps? You may feel like your front end dips when you stop. In general, worn shocks and struts make your vehicle more difficult to handle and just not as comfortable of a ride as before. Replacing them can restore your vehicle handling to like new conditions. Give our experienced and certified technicians a call and set up a time when you can have your questions answered, your shocks and struts replaced if needed and get up to $160 rebate

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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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How Much To Fix My Frame?

How Much To Fix My Frame?

How much to fix my frame? We hear that often from a customer after they have tried to have an alignment performed at a tire store. The tire store can”t get the alignment angles to where they need to be and assume the problem is a bent frame. To give an accurate estimate of what it will take to get the vehicle back in alignment we need to diagnose the problem. First we take alignment measurements so they give us a idea of what is the concern and at what wheel(s). Then our technicians determine from the alignment measurements and futher examination of the suspension, frame and/or unibody what is bent, what can be straightened and what needs to be replaced. Occasionally we can perform an alignment with installing aftermarket products that allow for adjustment where the factory does not give us any. In either case we have been returning vehicles back into proper alignment for 64 years. Give u ... read more

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Potholes and Your Car

Potholes and Your Car

Potholes are most certainly a nuisense but they can also cause damage to your car. Your vehicle's tires, wheels and suspension feel the brunt of hitting those potholes. The force of hitting a pothole can cause tire damage, a tread separation or even a flat tire. The wheel itself can become bent and result in the inability to get an airtight seal with the tire. Fortunately, these are issues that you should be able to see upon inspecting your vehicle. Damage to your suspension can also occur causing it to be out of alignment but these are not as easily seen. While you are not able to see this problem, there are warning signs. If you find that your steering wheel is off center, a vibration while driving, tires wearing unevenly, car pulling to one direction or experience the feeling of loose handling, your car's alignment needs to be checked. Obviously, the best offense is t ... read more

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Winter Driving and Your Car

Winter Driving and Your Car

Winter is here again and so are hazardous driving conditions. Single digit temperatures and precipitation make for slippery roads to deal with. If you happen to be caught in the unfortunate situation of having to make your way in icy conditions please drive slowly and keep your distance. If you would lose control and slide into a curb and notice even a slight difference in the way your vehicle handles, it may have incurred damage. If you notice that the steering wheel position changed or a vibration has started, these are signs that something in the suspension or steering could be bent. For 64 years we have dealt with these situations. We can get your vehicle back on the road and handling like nothing ever happened

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Uneven Tire Wear

Uneven Tire Wear

Are your tires wearing in an unusual way? Your tires can be wearing out for many different reasons. You may need an alignment, your tires may be over or under inflated, or you may have a strut/suspension issue. The best course of action is to have an experienced technician evaluate your tires and vehicle. Our technicians are always happy to help you care for your vehicle. TIP: Check your tire pressures when the weather changes. Hot or cold temps affect the pressures in your tires

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Does My Car Need A Mechanic?

Does My Car Need A Mechanic?

When deciding if you need to take your car to a mechanic use 4 of your senses: what you feel, hear, see and smell. Do you feel anything unusual? Does you steering wheel shake? Do you feel a vibration? Do you hear anything unusual? Are there clunking noises or squeaking sounds? Do you hear a noise when turning? Do you see anything unusual? Are any of your dashboard lights on? Do you see fluid in your driveway or on the street? Finally, do you smell something strange? There could be a gas or oil odor, or even the smell of something burning. This is not meant to include everything but it does give you some things to think about. The other thing I would tell you is to go with your gut. If it doesn't seem right, get it checked out. You can always stop by or call for an appointment and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you. Our experience technicians are all ASE Certified and here to help. call us

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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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