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Why won't my trunk stay open?

Why won't my trunk stay open?

If your trunk lid or rear hatch will not stay open we can help! Sometimes the littlest inconveniences are the most irritating. A hatch that will not stay open or that creeps down can be a sign of worn-out struts/gas lift supports. Frank's Servicenter can replace the struts or lift supports on your car and save you from a lump on the head when your trunk comes crashing closed!  Find us at: https://www.facebook.com/FRANKSSERVICENTERhttps://www.youtube.com/c/Franksservicenter/videoshttps://www.instagram.com/franksservicenter/    

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Body Repair

How do I know if I need a new belt for my car?

How do I know if I need a new belt for my car?

Belts have come quite a long way with technological advancements. The days of cars with three or four rubber v-belts are long gone. Just about every car on the road is equipped with a serpentine micro-v drive belt. It is referred to as a serpentine belt because one long belt wraps around a series of pulleys to run all of the accessories on your car. This traditionally includes the crankshaft powering the power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, water pump, alternator, and air pump. The belt drive system uses idler pulleys for positioning and a spring-loaded automatic tensioner to keep everything tight.   Some signs of a belt issue are squealing, chirping, and screeching noises. A loud screeching noise on a cold start-up may be a belt and or tensioner issue. Chirping noises at idle from the belt may be caused by a weak tensioner, pulley misalignment, or a worn drive belt. Squealing during tight turns may be caused by a loose belt or weak tensi ... read more

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Belts

How old are my cars Tires?

How old are my cars Tires?

Need to know how old your tire is? The Tire Identification Number can tell you. Where can you find it? What do the letters and numbers mean?  "DOT" stands for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Displaying this symbol means that the tire meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tire safety standards. The DOT serial number is located on the sidewall near the edge of the rim. DOT is followed by a series of digits that identify where the tire was manufactured, size, and the specific code, along with the week and year the tire was manufactured. The first two digits are the week of manufacture and the second two digits are the Year. As you can see in the Example the tire pictured was manufactured during the 34th week of 2019.  This is important information for your safety. We have all seen the carcasses of tires on the side of the highway. Many times this is due to old tires that should have been replaced failing while ... read more

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Tires

Is There a Warning Light for Low Transmission Fluid?

Is There a Warning Light for Low Transmission Fluid?

The transmission is one of the most important parts of a properly functioning vehicle. It is mounted directly to the vehicle's engine and its main function is to make sure that the right amount of power goes to the vehicle's wheels, allowing you to drive at a certain speed. One important aspect of the transmission itself is the transmission fluid. Transmission fluid not only lubricates the moving parts but also helps keep the transmission cool as well as provides pressure and friction to make sure all the internal parts are working well. Driving your vehicle with low transmission fluid is a danger to both, your vehicle and to you as the driver. Low fluid causes wear and tear on the transmission, which in turn makes the transmission run too hot until it eventually runs the risk of failing. For this reason, try to stay on top of the transmission fluid, making sure it does not reach a point of being too low. Fortunately for most drivers, even the ones not too knowledgeable in ... read more

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Transmission

Why is my car AC blowing hot air?

Why is my car AC blowing hot air?

Oh no...... the first heatwave of the year and your car is HOT!!!???  If you are plagued with hot air from the air conditioning ducts in your car here are three key items to check: A/C Indicator Lamp Is the indicator lamp on the HVAC control panel illuminating when the air is turned on? If not first make sure that all of your settings are correct for AC cooling operation. If the indicator is still on verify that there are no other warning lights on the dashboard that may inhibit the car's air conditioner operation. If all of the above is correct an inoperative AC indicator may be a symptom of an electrical system fault. Have the system inspected by a certified mechanic.  Poor Airflow When the system is turned on and the blower engaged you should feel forceful airflow from the dash vents. If the airflow is poor the cooling ability will be adversely affected. Check the fresh air intake and cabin filter for leaves and debris.&nb ... read more

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Air Conditioning