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What Kind of Damage Can Potholes Do to Your Car?

What Kind of Damage Can Potholes Do to Your Car?

Most of us are told to avoid potholes when driving, but why? Why can't we just go over them? The primary reason you should avoid these pits on the road is that they can severely hurt your car. Here are the different parts of your vehicle that can suffer from pothole damage: Steering System One area that can become affected by pothole damage is the steering system. If your car starts pulling to the left or right while trying to drive straight, you could be experiencing misalignment. Your tires are probably affected too. Some other symptoms you may experience include squealing tires and a crooked steering wheel. Tires Potholes can harm your tires by making them more susceptible to punctures, bulging, and premature wear. If you notice damage to your tires following a pothole incident, please take your car to a mechanic for an inspection ASAP. Rims In addition to wearing out your tires, you can also bend or dent your rims if you hit a pothole badly enough. Undercarriage or Exhau ... read more

What Is A Coolant Flush? Car Antifreeze Maintenance

What Is A Coolant Flush? Car Antifreeze Maintenance

You probably touched the hood of your car before and noticed that it was or wasn’t hot. Have you ever wondered how your motor can get so hot though and still run? Thanks to your cooling system your car is able to keep operating temperature and get you where you need to go. one of the key elements of the cooling system is the Coolant or Antifreeze. What Is A Coolant Flush? Need new coolant in your car? Book online with Frank’s! After miles and years go by the coolant that was keeping your car from overheating eventually breaks down and gets dirty. The biggest issue is that the PH level of the coolant changes and it becomes acidic. When this happens scaling and rust deposits can build up and deteriorate essential parts of your car’s cooling system. The head gasket, water pump, radiator, and hoses are just a few areas often affected by this. To keep the inside of your motor in tip-top shape the coolant needs to be period ... read more

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What Is Antifreeze In A Car Used For

What Is Antifreeze In A Car Used For

You may not believe it, but everyday you rely on a substance called Ethylene Glycol. What the heck is that? It’s a chemical used to keep your car operating the way it needs to so you can stay on the road. What Is Antifreeze In A Car Not sure if your car needs antifreeze? Come to Frank’s by making an appointment online! When water freezes it expands - you might remember this from a school science lesson. Sometimes that expansion can be a problem though - say if it cracks the engine block of your car’s motor! To avoid this predicament, antifreeze was made and it does just that. It prevents water from freezing in the winter or boiling in the summer.  What Is Antifreeze Used For? In automotive terms, when antifreeze is mixed with water it becomes known as Coolant. This mixture runs through your car’s motor and keeps that temperature needle right in the center, keeping your car at proper operating tempe ... read more

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Driving In Snow and Ice | Winter Road Hazards

Driving In Snow and Ice | Winter Road Hazards

Driving is something you have to take seriously and with all that snow and ice on the roads, what if the worst should happen? Don’t worry! As always, Frank’s Servicenter has the info you need to get you through it all.  Driving In Snow and Ice Need accident repair? Book online with Frank's! When it comes to winter conditions and driving in snow and ice, safety is very important. Here’s a list of tips to get you to your destination without any trouble: 1. No sudden changes: in steering or with speeding up or slowing down. If your tires turn too fast they may lose their grip and braking too quickly can do the same. 2. Momentum is your friend. If you’re approaching a hill you don’t want to speed up or slow down, but use your car’s momentum to carry you through. Adjust your speed carefully to anticipate change in elevation. 3. Test your traction: by using your brakes lightly if no one is behind you. This ... read more

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How To De Ice My Windshield | Winter Car Tips

How To De Ice My Windshield | Winter Car Tips

There’s nothing like adding another ten minutes to your commute, right? Although many are working at home these days, some still have to get going in the cold winter mornings. So here’s a breakdown of things you should and shouldn’t do to get your icy windshield clear before driving to work. How To De Ice My Windshield Need windshield repair? Book an appointment online now! There are a few windshield de-icing tips that require no extra effort. Parking in a garage is an obvious solution, but even getting your car under a carport can really help prevent ice from accumulating. Also, if you do have to park outside on a blustery night, think about what direction the sun is facing when you’ll wake up. Parking so that your windshield faces the rising sun can help to naturally deice your windshield. Snowy Windshield Cleaning Hacks…? Many online are advising the use of rubbing alcohol or vinegar mixtures ... read more

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