75 million US drivers do not have a trusted Auto Repair Shop! Now more than ever it is imperative to have a local trusted automotive confidant. The AAA Auto Club has created the Approved Auto Repair Program to assist drivers in finding reputable high quality automotive service. Once a shop meets AAA’s high standards, including certifications, technical training, cleanliness, insurance requirements, it becomes part of the AAR program where it’s re-inspected annually and monitored for customer satisfaction. Only after this rigorous testing is the AAA Approved Seal displayed to assist motorists.
Tune ups in the original sense of the word are somewhat a thing of the past. As breaker point ignition, distributors and carburetors were replaced, the term that serviced them stuck with us. In the past these mechanical items required frequent cleanings and adjustments. While much of the adjustment work is now computer controlled, still carbon cleaning and routine service remains a necessity.
Major advancements in technology have us spoiled driving cars that don’t need to be “tuned’ like they did in the days of the origin of the “tune up” term. A multitude of sensors communicate data to a high powered computed that can make micro adjustments as components wear and even as we drive. That being said there are still a few items that require routine periodic service.
The carburetor has been replaced by a group of sensors, a computer, fuel injectors and a throttle body. While the computer has a map to adjust the throttle and injectors there is some required maintenance. The throttle body as well as the intake chamber system will develop deposits of excess unburned oil and gas. At the minimum these deposits must be cleaned every 30,000 miles, GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engines will require service every 15,000 miles to prevent major internal repairs.
Gone are the days of adjusting breaker points and cleaning fouled spark plugs! Spark plugs on your engine will still wear out, while the fuel mixture calculation is adjusted so precisely the wear will be barely noticed and the replacement will not be until 60,000 miles! Don’t wait until you have a running problem to perform this maintenance. Not replacing a worn spark plug will cause added strain on the remainder of the secondary ignition system and eventually cause ignition coil failure, a more expensive repair in comparison with the routine maintenance.
Following completion of these maintenance items the service technician will reset the vehicle onboard computer so that the optimal performance is adjusted.
To assist our community we are offering FREE pick up, disinfecting and delivery with your vehicle service. As a small business we are doing everything possible to keep our staff and our customers safe, happy and healthy. You can schedule this service online atwww.FranksServicenter.com or reach us at 215-355-8877
Disinfectant wipes work best in your vehicles interior. This is the cleaner used by manufacturers of most automotive interiors today. It takes a brief wipe to clean most germs.
Make sure to use disinfecting wipes to clean all the surfaces on the steering wheel. These include the redundant controls for radio, voice control, cruise control, navigation, and paddle shift levers. We also want to clean the gear selector lever and the turn indicator stalks. Also clean the door and center console armrests, display screens, cup
Be careful with the cleaners that you choose. We have tested Lysol and Clorox wipes with great success. Do not use bleach or hydrogen peroxide on the vehicle’s interior. These chemicals will damage to the vinyl, leather and plastics in your vehicle. Also using a ammonia based cleaner like Windex is ill advised as it will also damage the interior surfaces and plastics.
Finally, if you find yourself without any disinfectant wipes or other cleaners, a good scrubbing with soap and water can actually rid surfaces of coronavirus and other germs. It just may take a little bit longer to effectively clean it properly. Don’t scrub too hard, though, as you might find you are removing some of the surface coatings or dyes.
The Corona virus pandemic is affecting the world as well as our community at a rapid rate. In order to assist in the efforts we will be utilizing latex gloves as well as sanitizing vehicles before and after service. We will disinfect the door handles, steering wheel and driver controls. Additionally we are offering pick up and delivery of your vehicle at no charge. Please call our office at 215-355-8877 or schedule online.
Need New Tires? Make sure to ask us about Road Hazard Warranty for your new tires. Road Hazard Warranty Coverage is insurance for your tire purchase. Tires can be expensive and you do not want to pay for new tires twice! With Road Hazard coverage a road damaged tire will be replaced or repaired free of charge.
I remember my dad having the shop “pack the bearings” on the family car. Is this something I need to have done?
That is a great question. In the past all wheel bearings were routinely serviceable. This old style of wheel bearing requires periodic service of cleaning, reapplying grease, resealing and adjusting tension. Modern vehicles come with “maintenance free” wheel bearings. The benefit of these bearings is that there is no routine maintenance required during the useful bearing life. When the bearing wears out it must be replaced as an assembly. This improved technology is costly and bearing replacement is more expensive with a sealed bearing than it was previously with serviceable bearings.
But what is the bearing for? The wheel bearings in your vehicle make sure your wheels rotate smoothly. This friction and constant rotation generates a lot of heat. The wheel bearing is packed in grease for lubrication. The term “packing the bearings” refers to putting fresh grease around the bearings.
So unless you are driving an older vehicle or a trailer you very likely have sealed wheel bearings and no need to have them serviced until they are worn out. This wear will present itself as a noise while driving or excessive wheel movement identified by your service technician.
Wheel bearings on trailers are almost always serviceable. This means anything from a monster sized fifth-wheel camper to a little utility trailer. Boat trailers are especially susceptible because the hot wheel bearings are plunged into cold water when launching a boat into the lake. This temperature difference can draw water into the bearings. Have the bearings repacked at the end of the season to prevent corrosion.
It is a good practice for trailer owners to have maintenance service on their trailer wheels annually. On trailers that are used in frequently we recommend servicing the bearings every two years.
My car has a “blown” fuse and I was told there may be a “short circuit”? What does any of this mean and what is a “short circuit”? Sometimes the terminology that is used in an industry can be confusing and daunting. A fuse is a circuit protection device that has a specific rating, when this amperage rating is exceeded the fuse material melts creating an open circuit and what is what is referred to as a “blown” fuse. Anything that creates amperage draw in excess of the fuse rating will result in a blown fuse. A short circuit is when the electrical flow in a circuit takes an unintended path back to ground. The lack of resistance in the unintended path creates a dramatic spike in amperage and leads to a blown fuse. In the picture above the chaffed wire rubbed against a grounded chassis point creating a short circuit and a blown fuse.
To better assist our customers in 2020 Frank’s Servicenter is now offering financing for your vehicle repairs and maintenance. This new program will give you 6 months to pay WITH NO INTEREST! To kick off the new 2020 financing new accounts opened before April 30, 2020 will receive an additional benefit of 10% back!! Reach out to us for more details!
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How often should you change your antifreeze? Thankfully advancements in cooling system and chemical technology has extended the interval for cooling system maintenance to be every four years or 60,000 miles. At this time we will install a specialized cooling system flush machine inline to reverse flush the system until fresh fluid is filled throughout the system. This service will maintain proper system operation and maximize the life span of cooling system components.