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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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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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Auto Maintenance

Heat and Your Battery

Heat and Your Battery

Did you know that the heat can be harder on your battery than the cold weather? Your battery contains liquid that is evaporated in the heat, and the low fluid level in your battery can cause damage. If you have any concerns about your battery or any other automotive maintenance or repair issue, our certified mechanics are here to help. NAPA has rebates that range from $15 to $25 with the purchase of qualifying batteries or alternator. (Rebate valid July 1-August 31, 2018)

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“Do I have to go to the dealer for air conditioner work if I have a newer car?”

“Do I have to go to the dealer for air conditioner work if I have a newer car?”

“Do I have to go to the dealer for air conditioner work if I have a newer car?” We hear this question a lot and the short answer is, no. Cars that were built for 2015 and newer utilize a new type of refrigerant, called R1234YF. This new refrigerant requires a new machine to recover, recycle and recharge your air conditioner. We value our customers' time and try to make things as easy and convenient as possible. This is why we obtained the new machine for the R1234YF. So no matter the refrigerant your vehicle requires, R134 or R1234YF, our certified mechanics are able to get the cool air flowing again! Give us a call and reserve your time and have your AC inspected

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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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