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How old are my tires?

Everyone has heard horror stories on the news about aging tires and safety blow outs, so how can YOU tell how old your tires are? The week and year of manufacture are stamped on the side wall of the tire. We can liken a aging tire to an aging rubber band, the elasticity breakdown and the rubber begins to crack. Tires do not have a specific “expiration” date, although 7 years is an industry breaking point. It is suggested to check the tires thoroughly throughout their lifespan.

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Why is my check engine light on?

The check engine light is your vehicle can come on for thousands of different reasons. From something as minor as a loose gas cap to something major such as internal engine or transmission failure. Frank’s Servicenter will scan your check engine light for free to let you know what area the issue lies in. After this free scan we will let you know if further work will be required and what the next step will be.
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When can I get my car inspected?

In Pennsylvania the sticker on your front windshield indicates when you need to have your inspection completed. In this example of 6/17 the “PA inspection” needs to be completed by 6/31/17. You can have this completed as early as 4/1/17. There is a 90 day window prior to the expiration date that you can complete the “inspection”. There is NO grace period in PA. If you drive when your car has expired inspection you could be subject to a fine from the police.

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My Tire Looks Low

Improperly inflated tires are nearly impossible to detect with your eye. To properly check tire pressure you must use a gauge. Leaks and temperature change are the most common reason for tire under inflation. Additionally all tires will lose pressure over time. Underinflated tires can’t maintain shape and become flatter than intended while in contact with the road. If a vehicle’s tires are underinflated by as little as 6 psi it can lead to tire failure. Additionally, tread life could be diminished by as much as 25%. Lower inflation pressure will allow the tire to deflect as it rolls. This movement will create internal heat, increase resistance and cause a reduction in fuel economy. The difference could be up to 5%. You will experience a significant loss of steering precision and cornering stability. While this minor amount of pressure doesn’t seem excessively low, remember, it usually represents about 20% of the tire’s recommended pressure.
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Should I use synthetic oil?

Synthetic motor oil has many benefits over conventional motor oil. Synthetic motor oil resists breakdown and sludging much better than conventional. Synthetic oil can flow better cold and withstand more heat. With out doubt synthetic oils outperform conventional oils, although these benefits come at a cost. High quality synthetics can cost twice as much as conventional. Added benefits to offset this cost are the increased protection/performance, longer service intervals and less down time for your vehicle.
#syntheticoil #conventionaloil #oilchange

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How long will it take to have my car repaired?

You have probably worried when bringing your car in for service, “How long is this going to take”? Every repair is different so this is a tough question. 90% of repairs are performed within one business day. Something simple like an oil service can be completed in as little as 30-45 minutes. Routine safety inspections take at least one full hour. To keep your schedule moving we offer free loaner cars so that we can worry about your car and you can keep your day going.
#howlong #time #quickservice

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Do I need to take my car to the Dealership?

NO! You’ve bought a new car and its time for your first service! You are probably wondering if you need to take it to the dealer, it is under “warranty”. Happily you can have your car serviced anywhere that you please! Your warranty remains intact as long as you perform the recommended maintenance.
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Why is My Check Engine Light On?

The check engine light your car is there to alert of electrical and mechanical faults. Thousands of different issues can cause the light to come on from something as simple as a loose gas cap to a transmission/engine failure. The light does not always spell financial disaster. Do not despair we will gladly read the basic code for FREE to determine the area of the fault.
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