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WE ARE OPEN and HERE TO HELP YOU

WE ARE OPEN and HERE TO HELP YOU

Dear friends and valued clients, At Framerite Auto Repair we are taking the coronavirus very seriously. We believe everybody has a role to play in mitigating this illness. Fortunately, we work in an industry the requires little to no human contact. We can achieve a “zero contact” transaction by use of a key drop, free pick up & delivery and payment over the phone. We are disinfecting all keys, door handles, steering wheels and shifter handles before and after service as our commitment to your safety remains our top priority. If you need any services or repairs to your vehicle please do not hesitate to text or call us

Shocking Discovery!

Shocking Discovery!

Can change be shocking to your radio? Yes! We had a 2011 Subaru Forester with a complaint that the radio did not work. First thing to check was the fuse that controls the power to the radio which was blown. We installed a new fuse and everything came back to life. But why did the fuse blow in the first place? After a short test drive the radio was not functioning again. The technician confirmed the fuse was blown again and the circuit remained a dead short. When looking over the wiring diagram we could separate the circuit in two halves. When we did this the radio side of the circuit still had the short. Tracing the wiring back to the radio we found no obvious wiring exposed. We removed the radio and the problem disappeared. Shaking the radio revealed the problem. The children had been inserting coins and a paper clip into the CD drive causing a short across the circuit board in the bottom of the radio. Once the coins & paper clip were removed everything is working properly. G ... read more

What Is That Shaking When i Am Braking?"

"What is that shaking when I am braking?" This vibration from your brakes can be very slight at high braking or just about take the steering wheel out of your hands when coming to a stop. All newer vehicles have front disc brakes and more manufacturers are switching to rear disc brakes instead of drum brakes. If you have ever had a bicycle with the hand brakes, there is a caliper that squeezes the pads on each side of the rim to stop. The disc brakes on your car are similar but the brake pads are squeezed against a metal disc (called a brake rotor) by a hydraulic caliper to stop. What causes that shaking while braking is uneven thickness of the rotor. Sometimes rotors can be resurfaced to make them straight and even. Many newer vehicles are using thinner and lighter rotors, with a different construction. Resurfacing rotors in this case can make them thinner then allowed by the manufacturer and require replacement. Sometimes rotors get thin from normal braking o ... read more

Is That My Car That Smells Like Gas?"

"Why do I smell gasoline when I am near my car?"  Have you ever had a strong whiff of gas and wondered if it's your car or somebody else's in the parking lot? You drive home and you may or may not get the odor of gas. The next morning you leave for work and there it is again. Now you are wondering what to do now. Check around your vehicle to see if there is a noticeable leak under the car. If not and the odor is strong enough towing it to the shop is recommended. Gasoline odors can be caused by a leak somewhere in the fuel evaporative emissions systems. Some possibilities include a rusted fuel line, fuel seeping by connections in the fuel system or an emissions system hose that has split open. Remember that gasoline fumes can be dangerous and a health hazard. Gasoline fumes can catch fire if exposed to a spark or flame. Whatever the cause give Framerite Auto Repair a call to fix the problem. Remember the fire risk is h ... read more

FREE Brake Inspection

FREE Brake Inspection

Do you need brakes or wonder if you do?  Each year during the month of October, we participate in a program called Brakes for Breasts. Brakes for Breasts is a fundraising program dedicated to the development of a vaccine that prevents breast cancer.  Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic has actually created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer. Think about Polio, eradicated because of a vaccine, a distant memory for most generations. This is the same principle! Dr. Tuohy and his team are rounding the corner and are hoping to start Phase 1 trials in early 2020. 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Brakes for Breasts’ fundraiser goes directly to the Cleveland Clinic for research on the Breast Cancer Vaccine. This is a WIN WIN for you, because you receive a FREE brake inspection and if they are needed, we provide FREE brake pads or shoes, up to $125 val ... read more

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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! 

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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