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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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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! 

What Are You and Your Engine Breathing?

What is your engine breathing? Better yet, what are you breathing? You and your engine need clean air to survive. When the filters in your vehicle become contaminated with dirt and debris they need to be replaced. As in the accompanying pictures you can see that with neglect, the filters become clogged and do not allow sufficient airflow. Restricted airflow to the engine or the passenger cabin can can cause running problems for the engine and comfort problems for the people in the vehicle. During a routine oil change our technicians inspect the engine air filter as it is much more accessible than the cabin filter. If we find a contaminated engine air filter we generally recommend both. Something as simple as an air filter can make a big difference in engine performance and in comfort for the vehicle occupants. Replace your filters so you and your engine can breathe easier

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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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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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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 Is A Tune-Up?

How Much Is A Tune-Up?

How much is a tune-up? We get calls asking this very question several times a week. A tune-up is actually a misnomer with the vehicles on the road today. In reality, the question really should be about when the vehicle manufacturer recommends replacing filters (air and fuel), spark plugs and wires. If the vehicle is exhibiting poor performance, it should be properly diagnosed to find the problem, not just replacing parts in the hope they will correct the problem. Regular vehicle checkups and maintenance will help you keep your vehicle safe and reliable. At Framerite Auto Repair,our mechanics perform Digital Vehicle Inspections that can be emailed or sent by text to you so that you can see exactly what the technician sees. Let us show you how we use the latest technology with a personal touch

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Shocks and Struts and Poor Handling

Shocks and Struts and Poor Handling

Does your vehicle not handle like it used to? Are your tires wearing too quickly? Worn shocks and struts could be the cause. They are what keeps your tires on the road and allows you to safely steer your car in turns and over bumps. If they are worn your car can have excessive bounce, premature tire wear and an overall poor ride quality. If you suspect that you have an issue contact our qualified technicians and we will be glad to advise you. We are offering a rebate, up to $100, on a prepaid Visa card, on shocks and struts. Call for details, offer valid March 1-April 30, 2018. http://bit.ly/2xXDjWlhttp://frameriteautomotiveservice.mynapasa.com/2018/01/27/your-vehicle-s-suspension-in-baltimore-md

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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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Your Car and Healthy Air

Your Car and Healthy Air

Has it been recommended to you that it is time to have your cabin air filter changed? A cabin air filter helps to filter out pollen and other outside particles that want to enter the interior of your vehicle. It can become very dirty and even clogged and decreasing the quality of the air that you breathe.Changing the filter can even help you with allergies and asthma. Also, if your engine's air filter is dirty, your cabin air filter probably is too. They usually go hand in hand. Give our certified technicians a call if you have any questions or concerns about this, or any other car maintenance or repair issues. See the video below for more information. https://youtu.be/Ut0nLFp8FRk

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