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Road Trip and Your Car

Road Trip and Your Car

Are you planning a road trip for the Memorial Day Weekend? Have you thought about making sure that your car is ready to go when you are? 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 and have your oil and filter changed, if 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 forget your air conditioner; you definitely want to be cool while traveling. This rain is goi ... read more

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Why do my brakes squeal?

Why do my brakes squeal?

Brake pad engineers tell us all brakes make noise but the trick is to keep it below what the human ear can hear. When your brakes are loud enough for you to hear there are many reasons for this. Brake noise comes from the brake pad or shoe vibrating. Vibration is allowed from weak hardware and/or lack of lubrication of the pad or shoe contact areas where they are mounted. A proper brake service, when pads and shoes are replaced, should always include replacing the hardware that weakens over time. This is due to the heat that is generated naturally from the friction of braking. Sometimes the wrong pad or shoe material is installed and it is too hard which causes squeal. Our professional technicians can determine the best course of action to return your vehicle to smooth and quiet braking

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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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Pre-Purchase Inspection

Pre-Purchase Inspection

Do you REALLY Need A Pre Purchase Inspection? You should absolutely take the time to have any previously owned vehicle inspected by an experienced technician!  We have seen many issues arise when this is not done and have also saved perspective buyers many issues. The following are a few of the many areas that we inspect: Battery Tires Frame Suspension Brakes Fluid Levels and condition Hoses/Belts Radiator When you have the vehicle inspected before you buy, many areas are inspected and you get the complete picture, literally and figuratively.  We complete a digital vehicle inspection so you really do get the pictures.  This way you have “proof” of what you may need to talk about or use as a bargaining chip in the sale, if the issue is not a deal breaker. Click here to see what a digital vehicle inspection looks like.   ... read more

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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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Are My Brakes Telling Me Something?

Are My Brakes Telling Me Something?

What are your brakes trying to tell you? Have you been hearing those pesky squealing or grinding noises? Do you feel the brakes pulsating or car pulling to one side or the other? These are all signs that your brakes need to be inspected. Because brakes wear differently depending on many factors, including driving habits, it is important that they are inspected at least once a year. Brake wear is also affected by driving conditions, type of car and the quality of your brakes. If you think your brakes may be trying to tell you siomething, you have a concern, or it's that time to have them inspected, give us a call at Framerite Auto Repair. Our experienced mechanics will inspect them, keep you safe and give you piece of mind. #brakesinbaltimore #carrepair #mechanic

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“My Car Is Shaking”

“My Car Is Shaking”

“Why is my car shaking? There are different reasons that a car might feel shaky to you First, you need to consider WHEN it shakes. Does it shake while you are sitting still? If this is the case, there could be something going on with your engine. Does your car shake when you are applying the brake pedal? This is usually caused by a brake issue. If your car shakes while driving at a moderate speed, (around 40 mph), then you most likely have a tire balance issue. There are many reasons why you may feel your car shake or vibrate It could even be as simple as the need for a tire rotation or wheel balancing. The point is that a certified auto mechanic should evaluate your car to ensure a safe smooth ride for you and your love ones! Our certfied mechanics are here ready to address this, or any other vehicle related issue. Just remember, “A Healthy Car goes Far!” #Brakerepair “autorepair #tires

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