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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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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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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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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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Car Maintenance Saves You Money In the Long Run

Car Maintenance Saves You Money In the Long Run

We had a Acura TL in to check out for a subframe needing to be welded. What we found was the left front lower control arm forward bushing had separated from the rubber allowing the control arm to rub against the subframe. Unfortunately the metal to metal contact has occured for so long the subframe area is now paper thin. The damage has been done, the subframe now requires replacement. If the bushing separation had been spotted years ago the costs would have been minimal but now it will take one or two thousand dollars to repair. Having your vehicle serviced by a certified technician may cost a little more in the short run but could save you a lot in the long run. https://studio.youtube.com/#/video/tC5lLXFWfP0

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Regular Maintenance Saves Customer Money

Regular Maintenance Saves Customer Money

Regular maintenance is essential for the long term reliability of your vehicle. You can see by watching this video, how involved this particular repair is and why it is so expensive. Because this 2001 Lincoln Town Car has been properly maintained the cost to our customer is greatly reduced, even on a 17 year old car. https://youtu.be/a12SruDlQn4

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What Is That Fluid Under My Car?

What Is That Fluid Under My Car?

Have you noticed a puddle of fluid under your car and wondered what it was? That fluid could me something as simple as condensation from your air conditioner to gas or brake fluid. The condensation is quite normal and is to be expected. Windshield fluid is blue in color and if leaking is usually due to a small leal or tear in the line. This is not a serious issue but a repair will help you with cleaning your windshield, especially with all the salt on the roads right now. An antifreeze or coolant leak can be one of several colors, from light green, blue, orange, gold or red, to name a few. This leak could lead to you on the side of the road, overheating and waiting for a tow truck. If the leak is gasoline you will smell it, even while not running your vehicle. This will also lead to a “leak” in your wallet, causing you to literally lose money in gas. This could be a dangerous situation and should be evaluated by a mechanic. Brake fluid is yellowish in color and is a da ... read more

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Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

Is your check engine light on? If you watch the attached video you will get a great laugh but is obviously not the way to fix it. Your check engine light could be lit for a very minor issue. Or there could be something major going on with your engine. When your light goes on, there is so much more involved than the need to “pull a code”. The code gives you a starting point for finding out what is going on. It's like a fire alarm going off, alerting you that there is a fire somewhere in a 100 story building. You don't want to just throw parts at a problem and hope that it is fixed. You want the problem fixed right the first time. Our mechanics have the knowledge, tools and experience to do do just that! Give us a call and we will have you confidently driving down the road again in no time! http://bit.ly/2FXDh4I

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