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.

 

 

How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Muffler?

We had a customer call and ask “How much does it cost to replace a muffler?” He was noticing that his car was noisy and he assumed  it was his muffler.  We explained that we need to inspect the vehicle to determine the exact cause of his problem.  It is possible that the muffler is the issue, but it could also be his tailpipe or catalytic converter.  We don’t want to waste his money .  If you are having a noisy ride give us a call.  We will get you in and find the exact cause.  As always, our experienced mechanics are here to help you.

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Jeep Wranglers and Rusty Frames

We deal with frames every day and this 2001 Jeep Wrangler is no exception.  Jeep Wrangler models 1987-2006 are known to have  rust issues.  Until recently a rusty frame, as in the picture above, would have been the end for this vehicle. However now we have caps that we are able to place over the damaged area, after removing the rust. We also treat the cap area with a rust inhibitor to help protect it. Although this takes time to repair, it is a long term solution.  At Framerite we have the experience and expertise to keep your Jeep on the road for a lot less then replacing the vehicle.

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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Your check engine light can come on for many reasons.  It can come on for something serious, like a possible engine or transmission problem to something minor, such as a loose gas cap.  The video helps to explain that “pulling a code” is much like using a thermometer.  It tells you that you have a fever, but why do you have a fever? The codes that are retrieved give the symptom, (the fever), but what is the cause of the problem? The important thing is to have a trained technician diagnose the problem. Our technicians at Framerite have the training, experience and expertise to diagnose the cause of your check engine light.

A flashing check engine light is telling you that severe damage can occur if you continue to drive the car.  This must be evaluated immediately.

We are your complete car care center and are ready to help.  Give us a call if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

Watch this short video for additional information.

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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 forget your air conditioner; you definitely want to be cool while traveling.  You should also be sure to have a first aid kit packed as well as equipment in the event you would become disabled.  This list is not meant to be all inclusive, but it does give you some things to consider.

Our technicians can take a big load off your “to do” list by taking care of your pre-trip inspection for you.  This allows you more time to pack and actually arrive at your destination sooner.

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How Much Does an Alignment Cost?

We hear this question about alignments several times a day.  First it depends on the year, make and model of your vehicle.  Does your vehicle need a 2 wheel or 4 wheel alignment?  Your vehicle has specifications with a wide area of tolerance but also has a preferred setting.  Our technicians always try to get your vehicle at the preferred setting.

Did you know that driving a properly aligned car will not only give you better handling, but it will also help improve your gas mileage.  This is because there is a decrease in the rolling resistance.

If you are noticing uneven tire wear, your steering wheel is off center or your vehicle is pulling to one side or the other, be sure to have your alignment checked.  Framerite and our technicians have been aligning vehicles in the Baltimore area since 1954 and we have the equipment, training and experience to keep your vehicle running smoothly down the road.  #alignment #alignmentinBaltimore #carrepairnearme