Should I Change Transmission Fluid?

YES. Like other vital automotive fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. Just as motor oil is the lifeblood of the engine transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission. The speed of the fluid deterioration will vary dependent on driving, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing. These types of driving raise the operating temperature of the transmission, and heat puts more strain on the transmission and the fluid, which helps facilitate gear shifts, cools the transmission and lubricates internal parts.
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Upholstery Repair in Southampton

Looking for upholstery repair in Southampton? As your car ages rips, tears, bumps and scratches can appear on your vehicle, the second largest investment next to your house. To keep your investment looking and feeling good have these issues addressed before they become unsightly.
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How Much Does a Fuel Pump Cost?

Gone are the days of your local mechanic reaching under the hood, taking out a mechanical fuel pump with a few hand tools and giving you a bill for $100. With strict emission standards and increased performance standards the simple fuel pump has changed greatly. The majority of vehicles on the road will now have an electric fuel pump mounted inside of the gas tank. This pump has a high demand and is constantly running whenever the engine is. These pumps can cost as much as $500 – $1500 dollars! The next level of fuel control is “GDI” or “gasoline direct injection”. These fuel pumps are mounted on the engine and capable of making thousands of pounds of pressure. The GDI fuel system has even greater levels of control for increasing fuel economy.
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Why are my Headlights Dim?

If you look at the lenses and they are cloudy or hazy the light will be diminished. If this is the case you are in luck and do not need to replace the entire expensive capsule. The lenses on your lamps can be professionally refinished to look as good as new. There are many companies and kits available to accomplish this. With our tried and true process Frank’s Servicenter will clean, polish and refinish your lamps and include an industry leading “2 year/24,000 mile warranty”.
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What is Tire Dry Rot?

Rubber products, in this case tires, degrade over time, this process is called dry rot. Oils and chemicals in the rubber compound evaporate and breakdown due to UV exposure. The tire rubber loses its flexibility and begins to crack at the surface. The structure becomes more and more brittle (imagine an old rubber band), leading to sidewall damage and eventual failure. The general rule of thumb is that a tire will last for roughly seven years. If you see signs of cracking have a professional evaluate your tires.
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Do I Need to Have My Trailer Inspected?

Trailer inspection is commonly overlooked until you come upon a “DOT inspection” or traffic stop. Unfortunately at that time fines and tickets are commonly assessed. The easiest rule of thumb for “PA trailer inspection” is any trailer over 3,000 lbs GVW or that has brakes will require “annual safety inspection” Whether you have a “boat trailer”, “landscape trailer”, “enclosed trailer” or a “utility trailer” having inspection completed will keep it operational, limit breakdowns, extend service life and keep you out of trouble with the local law enforcement.
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How to Jump Start a Car

1. Find a set of jumper cables! It’s a good idea to have jumper cables and keep them in the trunk.2. Place both vehicles in Park and shut off the engine in both cars. Engage both parking brakes as well.3. Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery. marked in red with “+” or “pos”4. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car. If you can not locate the battery there will be “jump start” connections under the hood5. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery. marked in black with “-” or “neg”6. Attach the last black clip to a chassis ground or the negative terminal of your battery.7. start the donor vehicle and allow it to run for 5-10 minutes Patience is key here, it takes time to charge the dead battery8. start your vehicle Do not shut off you vehicle until you get it to a repair shop to have the electrical system tested. 9. disconnect all cable avoiding contact between the red and black cables. 10. Don’t forget to shut the hood!!#howto #jumpstart #deadbattery

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How To Make Your Battery Last Longer

-Keep it clean
-Clean and secure the connections
-Avoid depleting the batteries charge, run the car if you will be watching a dvd or listening to the radio
-Avoid rapid stops and restarts
-Install the correct battery size and rating
-Have it checked annually to avoid breakdown

Batteries are a major part of modern life. Just think of how many battery powered devices you have.
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How Long Do Brakes Last?

Brake pad wear and life is different for every driver and every car. Local stop and go driving is far more harsh on brake pad life as opposed to highway traveling. Some heavy commercial use vehicles may only get 20,000 miles whereas highway use vehicles may get upwards of 50,000 miles. A typical suburban driver in our area with a mix of local and distance driving will average approximately 30,000 miles on their brakes before service is required.
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