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Holiday Road Trip Checklist

Holiday Road Trip Checklist

As the holidays are quickly approaching, many of us will be hitting the road to visit family and family or going away for an extended vacation. If you are one of the many people who will be doing extensive travels, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure you get to your destination safely without any trouble. We are happy to provide you with the following road trip tips: Get a Pre-Trip Inspection One of the best ways to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road is to get a pre-trip inspection. This ensures your car, SUV, or truck is in tip-top shape for the extended trip. When you bring your car to Frank’s Servicenter for a trip inspection, we can check your fluids, top off your fluids, check tire pressure, test your battery, and more. Check Traffic and Routes with Apps  To help you be more prepared on the road, we recommend inputting your destination in the GPS first. Most apps nowadays show you multiple routes that you can take. And they’ll ev ... read more

Top 3 Signs of Unbalanced Tires

Top 3 Signs of Unbalanced Tires

Are you asking yourself "How Do I Know If My Tires Need To Be Balanced?"... Having a shaky unstable ride from point A to point B? It's time to get your tires balanced! You're better off safe than sorry by having your wheels checked out. Driving with unbalanced tires can cause premature tire wear, lower efficiency, and spread damage to other parts of your car. Here are three ways to tell if it is time for a wheel balancing service.  1. Uneven Tire Patterns THIS is why technicians will remind you to regularly check your tires. The tread pattern on your car tires can say a lot about how well you take care of your tires. If the tread is wearing unevenly on one side than others, your wheels may be unbalanced. Typically, you will notice the difference in the tire's edges. 2. As Marky Mark would say - "Feel The Vibration"  But in this case, you should not be feeling vibration. If this is what y ... read more

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Why Is My Car Making a Clicking Noise?

Why Is My Car Making a Clicking Noise?

Why Is My Car Making a Clicking Noise? If your car is making a Clicking or Ticking noise you've come to the right place. First we need to understand what a Timing Belt is! What is a Timing Belt? To simply put it; your Engine will not work without your Timing Belt. In order for your Timing Belt to work your Crankshaft and Camshaft Rotation should live in harmony. With both parts linked properly, your Valves and Pistons will operate smoothly. This in turn allows the intake of air into the engine which then produces energy to start your vehicle. How Often Should You Replace It? Our experts here at Frank's recommend changing the timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Over time the belt wears down, and if you don't replace it, it may cause significant losses and total engine failure. However, there are signs that you can look out for to know it's time to replace the Timing Belt. Get your Timing Belt checked if: You hea ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

Why Are My Brakes Making A Grinding Noise?

Why Are My Brakes Making A Grinding Noise?

Why Are My Brakes Making A Grinding Noise? You know what sound we’re talking about - the one your car makes when stopping abruptly. No need to panic! Discovering the issue is the first step. Your Brakes are one of the most critical features on your vehicle. When it comes to your Brakes, be prompt and take action to ensure your safety to avoid any complications or accidents on the road. The grinding you’re hearing during a sudden stop is most likely due to your ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). This automatically will activate to prevent Skidding and Wheel Lockups. Once your foot is off the pedal the grinding noise should stop. If it continues, you’ll want to schedule a break repair ASAPhere. This could be a sign your vehicle has Worn Brake Pads. Still as ... read more

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Brake Repair

How Often Should I Check My Tire Tread

How Often Should I Check My Tire Tread

How Often Should I Check My Tire Tread Your tires are what literally keep you grounded! With the cold air quickly approaching, now is the time to check them out!   Low tread depth makes it harder to stop your car which can be dangerous when driving in the rain, sleet, and snow.   What Are The Reasons Your Tires Have Early or Irregular Wear? Improper Inflation Pressure Out-of-Spec Tire Alignment Lack of Tire Rotation That's why it is so important to maintain regular maintain regular service. Taking care of your tires will not only keep you and others safe on the road but will save you money in the long run as well. Here at Frank's we recommend checking them at least once a month!     If It's that time to Check Your Tires and Service Your Vehicle, brin ... read more

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Tires