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What Is A Wheel Alignment On A Car

What Is A Wheel Alignment On A Car

Sometimes you know when you need things for your car. It’s not hard to tell if your tires are bald and need replacing, but something that might get overlooked is a wheel alignment.  What Is A Wheel Alignment On A Car? Think you need a wheel alignment? Call us! 215-355-8877 “Does my car need a wheel alignment?” is a common question we hear at Frank’s Servicenter. The answer is simple: ‘Yes’. If your wheels are not properly aligned you could be needlessly wearing down your tires and a wheel alignment cost is always less than having to replace your tires even sooner than usual. Wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted annually. Wheel Alignment Measurements There are three basic measurements when it comes to aligning a car’s wheels: Camber, Caster and Toe. Camber is the angle of the tire relative from the top to the bottom. Picture a car tire leaning in or out from the center. As you drive ... read more

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Can Heat Affect Your Car Battery?

Can Heat Affect Your Car Battery?

With summer around the corner, the heat may have implications for your vehicle. Did you know that hot weather can be destructive to your vehicle battery? To truly understand the damages that can be done to your car battery, you will need to understand how the battery operates. How Does a Car Battery Work Your vehicle’s battery is responsible for storing electrical charges. The battery has a casing to protect the sulfuric acid inside. Within the battery, chemical reactions take place to create the energy necessary to start your car and power other electrical accessories. That is why most people immediately think to check their battery when their cars experience starting problems.   How Does Heat Affect A Car Battery You might be wondering, “how does the summer heat come into play”. Whenever your car sits in conditions higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it is at risk of deteriorating. When it gets too hot, the sulfuric acid inside the battery can evaporate or ... read more

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Car Battery

What Is A Control Arm Bushing | Car Repairs in Southampton PA

What Is A Control Arm Bushing | Car Repairs in Southampton PA

When you’re driving down the road you want to be in perfect control. That’s why you should maintain your control arms and the bushings that connect them to your car’s suspension. What Is A Control Arm Bushing? - Car Repairs Need a control arm replacement? Call Frank’s at 215-355-8877 Your tire is just one component connected to a complex automotive assembly. There isn’t just the wheel and rubber tire, but the brake system, wheel bearing, ball joints, steering tie rods, stabilizer system, shock or strut, and the connection to the vehicle's frame; the control arm. This part is what actually holds your car’s tire/wheel to the rest of the vehicle. Generally a control arm is triangular or wishbone-shaped. At the tire end, there’s something called a Ball Joint. This allows the tire to move in any direction necessary. On the other end is the Control Arm Bushings. The control arm bushing is a round, rubber connection t ... read more

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How To Check Your Car's Tire Pressure | Southampton Auto Service

How To Check Your Car's Tire Pressure | Southampton Auto Service

There are a few tasks every driver should be able to do. Checking your tire pressure is one of them. Don’t worry though! Frank’s has a step-by-step guide to help you through it.  How To Check Your Car’s Tire Pressure Need help with your tires? Make an appointment with us online! Measuring tire pressure is an important skill to have in case of an emergency. You never want to be stranded on the road and making sure your tires roll smoothly is an important part of that. Proper tire pressure is vital to fuel economy. A tire pressure gauge isn’t very expensive and can be purchased at most auto parts stores. It’s a good idea to have one in every car, even though modern cars have tire pressure sensors and a warning light to let you know when you’re running low. How To Check Tire Pressure With A Gauge The first step to checking tire pressure is to be sure you’re in a safe place with y ... read more

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Tires

What Is A Sway Bar On A Car? Signs for Repair

What Is A Sway Bar On A Car? Signs for Repair

There are a lot of parts on your car. You may not really mind what they all are. If your mechanic is telling you a new sway bar is needed for your vehicle though, you may want to learn how this little metal rod affects your driving. What Is A Sway Bar On A Car? Need a new sway bar? Call Frank’s at 215-355-8877 Whether it’s a disconnected sway bar, a sway bar mount, or even a bushing for your sway bar, Frank’s Servicenter can help you out. First of all, a sway bar is a metal bar that is usually roughly U-shaped and connects from one side of your suspension to the other under your car. Some cars have a front and rear sway bar depending on the style of suspension. The sway bar is also commonly referred to as a stabilizer bar. Sounds simple enough, but this prevents your car from leaning to one side as you steer through a turn.  How Does A Sway Bar Work? Without a sway bar your vehicle would shift weight unbalanced and ... read more

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