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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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How Long Should A Car Battery Last | Charging Life Expectancy

How Long Should A Car Battery Last | Charging Life Expectancy

A car can’t start without a battery. Every fuel-powered vehicle needs a battery to operate the starter motor and get you on your way. In general, a car battery should last for 4 to 6 years, but here are some quick tips to get the longest life out of your battery. How Long Should A Car Battery Last?  Can’t start your car? We can help! Call Frank’s at (215) 355-8877. There are many factors that affect the life of a battery. If you leave your car lights on or your alternator isn’t charging your battery correctly you may find you are unable to start your car. A bad electrical connection in a car’s wiring can also cause a car battery charge and lifetime to decrease. Sometimes a battery can even go bad on its own. Don’t worry though, our replacement batteries come with a warranty for 30 months of free replacement!  Can A Car Battery Be Tested? Yes. Whenever we perform a routine servic ... read more

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Sustainable Holiday Wrapping And Decoration Ideas

Sustainable Holiday Wrapping And Decoration Ideas

With the holidays wrapping up and the new year upon us it’s important to turn over a new leaf in terms of sustainability for 2022. Frank’s Servicenter is always environmentally conscious and wants to give you some Christmas waste tips for a sustainable end of the holiday season. Sustainable Holiday Ideas Frank’s is proud to be a sustainable auto shop. Schedule your service today! Everyone loves to make over their home and living spaces for the winter season. It’s a wonderful way to increase the level of cheer, but what happens to all those little lights and tinsels when all is said and done? Try donating decorations to a local senior center or after-school program to reduce the amount of Christmas waste heading to the landfills. Recycling Holiday Lights This can be a tricky subject. There are older style Compact Fluorescent lights that can’t be just tossed into a recycling bin out the back door. G ... read more

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How To Get Your Car Towed To A Mechanic

How To Get Your Car Towed To A Mechanic

In our daily lives we’re on the road a lot. Whether it’s for work or fun, we have a lot of places to go. So what do you do if your car stops working!? Don’t panic. You just need a tow and Frank’s has all the info you need to get your car in for service and back on the road again. How To Get Your Car Towed Car not working? Call Frank’s to have your questions answered! (215) 355-8877 Maybe you got in an accident, maybe you have a car that’s been sitting awhile or maybe your car just won’t start; either way Frank’s Servicenter is here to guide you through the process. Our auto techs and service staff have seen the whole gamut of car issues and can walk you through what needs to be done step by step. Even after hours you can call us and our 24-hour answering service will help you reach the option you need. Should You Drive Your Car To A Mechanic Instead Of Towing? If you’re thinking, “How can ... read more

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How to Test Your Suspension With the Bounce Test

How to Test Your Suspension With the Bounce Test

Has the handling and comfort of your vehicle felt a bit off lately? If so, you are most likely facing a problem with your suspension system, specifically with your struts and shocks. If you want to be sure before making an appointment with our suspension repair shop in Southampton, PA, you can test it right at home using the bounce test.  What Is The Bounce Test? How To Tell Your Suspension Needs Repair The bounce test is a quick and easy test that does not require additional equipment, tools, or skill, for that matter. Please follow these steps to do the bounce test: Make sure your vehicle is parked on a flat and even surface. Start by heading to one of the corners of your car. (You're going to do one corner at a time) In a swift motion, push down on the corner as hard as possible with your body weight and then lift off it.  Observe how your car responds after step 3. If it jumps once, then the shock has some wear. It w ... read more

Why Is My Car's Battery Dead? What Is An Alternator?

Why Is My Car's Battery Dead? What Is An Alternator?

Have you ever felt like you can’t have enough batteries? Whether it’s replacing those in the TV remote or just charging your phone every night, we all need power. So does your car. A car’s battery helps start the motor, but eventually all batteries lose a charge and you don’t want to get stranded when yours does. Why Is My Car’s Battery Dead?  Having trouble starting your car? Call Frank’s at (215) 355-8877. Now that it’s colder outside you definitely don’t want to find out that your car won’t start because of a dead battery. There are a few things that can affect the life of a battery or cause it to lose power all at once. Here’s a quick list: - Lights left on - Alternator isn’t charging - Extreme temperatures - Parasitic Drain (losing electricity to an unwanted part of the car) - Dirty/corroded terminals - Not using your car for an extended period of time Any of these situations may require a jump st ... read more

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How To Jump Start A Car With Cables | Car Won't Start

How To Jump Start A Car With Cables | Car Won't Start

In order to start your car’s engine it needs a battery, but what do you do if your battery’s dead and your car won’t start? One solution is a jump start. So here’s a step-by-step guide to successfully jump starting a car. How To Jump Start A Car This skill is right up there with being able to cook. It’s super useful (and kind of impressive!). So let’s get down to the nitty gritty... What You Need To Jump Start A Car If your car doesn’t start, call Frank’s at (215) 355-8877. A jump start is when you use one car’s battery to give another’s enough power to get it started. All you need is two vehicles and a set of jumper cables to transfer the electricity. Keep in mind though, that there are many kinds of motors with many different batteries. A huge diesel truck’s motor probably can’t be successfully started with the power from a small sedan, but using the diesel truck to start the ... read more

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Why Won't My Car Start | Clicking / No Clicking | Dead Battery Jump Start

Why Won't My Car Start | Clicking / No Clicking | Dead Battery Jump Start

As the days continue to get shorter and the winter season sets in there’s one thing we’d all hate to have happen: your car won’t start. This situation really shows us how much we rely on our vehicles, so how can you handle this scenario and prepare so it doesn’t happen? Why Won’t My Car Start? If your car won’t start, call our service advisors immediately at 215-355-8877. There’s certainly no convenient time to find your car won’t start, but don’t panic! Frank’s can easily arrange a loaner car to keep you moving through your day while we troubleshoot your car. Car Won’t Start: Clicking Probably the most common starting condition that prevents a car’s motor from turning over is a weak or dead battery. If you hear a clicking sound when you turn your key, this could be the case. This sound occurs when the battery doesn’t have enough energy to power the starter. Another sign ... read more

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