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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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'It's Hot and Car's My Air Conditioner Isn't Working!'

It is hot outside and my vehicle’s air conditioner is not working. How much will it cost to fix? There are many reasons why your vehicle is not producing cold air. The most common problem is a lack of refrigerant because of a leak in the system. Leaks can sometimes be difficult to find if it takes a long time to seep out. In these cases we will evacuate and recharge the system and add dye to help determine where the leak is. Sometimes it is an electrical problem. If the compressor is not operating it needs to be determined why. Is it a fuse, relay, sensor etc. As you can see there are many reasons why the air conditioner is not working. Give us a call so our certified technicians can diagnose your problem and get you cold air again, making summer driving a breeze

What Is That Puddle Under My Car?

Why do I see a puddle of water under my car? We get this question often when the weather turns hot and humid. What you actually see is condensation from the air conditioner dripping on the ground. The air conditioner is in reality removing the heat from the air and dispersing it at the condenser that sits in front of the radiator. A byproduct of a properly working air conditioning unit is the water you see on the ground which should be clear. If there is any color to the liquid it is probably something else leaking and should be diagnosed. If you have any concerns with your air conditioner our certified technicians can diagnose your problem to keep you cool while driving in the summer heat! 

Rain, Fog and Windshields

Rain, Fog and Windshields

The rainy season is upon us and keeping your windshield inside from fogging up is important for safe driving. If your vehicle has a difficult time keeping the windshield clear, the air conditioning system is either not turned on or it is not working. A proper working air conditioning system will remove the moisture from the air allowing clear visibility. A fully functioning air conditioner will also keep you comfortable as the weather starts to heat up in the coming days. Our ASE trained technicians will properly diagnose and repair your air conditioning system for many worry-free days. Just give us a call as we can work on the latest systems with the new R1234yf refrigerant

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Springtime Car Maintenance!

Springtime Car Maintenance!

Springtime is here and with it comes more traveling and more miles on your vehicle. Is your vehicle ready? It’s certainly been a long winter and there should be a few vehicle related items that should be on your to do list. Certainly if your vehicle is due for an oil change, that should be scheduled. In addition to that, your battery should be test and replaced if needed. Your tire pressure and tread should be inspected. Your vehicles’ fluids, belts, hoses and filters should be inspected, along with your windshield wipers and lights. At Framerite, our experienced mechanics can take care of all your vehicles’ springtime maintenance needs. Framerite Auto Repair Offers Services You Can Count On! You’ll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with you to find cost-effective repair an ... read more

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Spring And Warm Weather Is Here!

Spring And Warm Weather Is Here!

Spring is upon us!  Have you jumped in your vehicle on a 70 to 80 degree day and experienced how warm it is inside? You turn on the air conditioner only to find warm air is coming from the vents, and you know hotter weather is coming. Let our ASE certified technicians diagnose the problem with your air conditioning system. We have the latest equipment, even for the newer cars with R1234YF refrigerant, to find the cause of your problem. Have your vehicle looked at sooner than later because everybody wants  cold air when the temperature hits 90 degrees. Give us a call or stop by so we can take care of you

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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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