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
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
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
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
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!
Why is my car air conditioner blowing hot air? With Spring finally here so are higher temperatures. When we want a little relief from the hot sun heating up the interior of our vehicle, we expect cool air to come out of the vents. Unfortunately over the winter months the air conditioning system can lose its charge or an electrical malfunction may occur. Sometimes seals or parts wear out, allowing the freon to leak or a pressure switch can malfunction, preventing the compressor from operating. Whatever the case may be, our highly experienced technicians can locate and repair your problem to get you back to comfortable driving in the summer heat
Are you familiar with the function of your vehicles' alternator? When you start your engine, many lights flash on to test the circuits in your car. If everything is okay the lights go out. One light that may stay on indicating that there is a problem, is the car battery light. If this light stays on it means that your battery is not being charged properly. Your battery's job is to provide enough energy to start your engine but you would not get very far on the battery alone. Your alternator provides the current that allows your engine and all the other electrical requirements of the car to run, including keeping your battery at the optimal state of charge. If your alternator is not properly functioning, you could be left stranded. Give us a call so that our experienced mechanics can perform the necessary tests to keep you on the road! We are the the place for automotive repair and vehicle maintenance! We are here for you