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.   http://bit.ly/2vgwF96

We also perform an inspection like this when you come in for vehicle maintenance.  We can email and/or text this report to you so that you and your certified technician are viewing the same information.

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

If the weather forecasts are right, then Monday morning was a preview of what is coming! It is time to be sure that your vehicle is ready for winter. Give us a call at Framerite Auto Repair and let our certified mechanics give you piece of mind for the winter. With the holidays quickly approaching you will have one more thing off your to do list! We will inspect your vehicle and text or email you a copy of our courtesy digital vehicle inspection. This way you are able to see where your vehicle is prepared for winter and where it is not. Following are a few of the many areas that we inspect:

Battery
Tires
Frame
Suspension
Brakes
Fluid Levels and condition
Hoses/Belts
Radiator

Give our experienced technicians a call and take one of the many things on your to do list taken care of. #carmaintenance #winterizemycar #carrepair

Uneven Tire Wear

Are your tires wearing in an unusual way?  Your tires can be wearing out for many different reasons.  You may need an alignment, your tires may be over or under inflated, or you may have a strut/suspension issue.  The best course of action is to have an experienced technician evaluate your tires and vehicle.  Our technicians are always happy to help you care for your vehicle.

TIP:  Check your tire pressures when the weather changes.  Hot or cold temps affect the pressures in your tires.

How Much to Fix My Brakes?

We hear this question very often and the answer is that it depends on so many different factors.  Because this is the case, we need to actually see your vehicle and inspect your brakes.  We need to determine how they have worn. Is one side more worn than the other?  If this is the case then you could possibly have a hydraulic problem.  Do you have a caliber sliding problem? Do the rotors have enough metal thickness to be resurfaced safely for the next set of brakes?  There needs to be enough metal remaining so that the heat that is generated by the braking action can be dissipated.  We need to be aware of this information before an accurate price can be given.  Give us a call and we will be happy to help you.

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 at 410-215-3413

Evaporator Core Repair

What is an evaporator core and  how much does it cost to replace?  Did you know that, scientifically, an air conditioner does not cool the air?  It is the evaporator that actually removes the heat from the air so that when you feel the air blowing, it is cool.  Replacing the evaporator core is a very labor intensive process.  In most cars the entire dashboard must be removed, as you can see in the above photo.  But you don’t have to worry because we are here to help.  Give us a call and we will have your air conditioning working at peak performance and you will have cool air again.