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Why Does My Car Need an Alignment?

Why Does My Car Need an Alignment?

Cars and trucks need a periodic wheel alignment in order to properly position the steering and suspension components. You may be thinking to yourself, "well didn't they do all of this when the car was new?" the answer is...Yes! All vehicles are aligned from the factory.  Although the components wear through normal driving. Not to mention when we drive over potholes, speed bumps, driveway entrances, and even curbs! The steering and suspension parts shift and wear constantly. When our vehicles are out of alignment we will wear out tires faster and lose ride quality.  As you can see in the illustration a worn and cracking bushing that has not been replaced can allow the components to rest in a new position negatively affecting your wheel alignment.  Some symptoms of a vehicle that is far out of alignment include drifting or pulling while driving. You may even notice that on the highway the car wants to change lanes if you let go of the steering wheel. Additi ... read more

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Wheel Alignment

Why do my brakes squeak?

Why do my brakes squeak?

Squeaking front brakes are a definite sign that your car needs some attention! There are plenty of things that can go wrong with your brake system and cause squeaking. The sooner that you have the situation checked out the better off you will be in avoiding unnecessary expenses with your repairs. The best-case scenario is that the brake pads are worn out and the squeaking is coming from a warning sensor that is designed to alert you of the worn-out brake pads. A tell-tale sign of this condition is a consistent squeal or squeak that goes away when braking. Address this concern right away and you may be able to reuse the brake rotors.  Avoiding this warning noise will eventually lead to a deeper and louder grinding noise. This grinding may be the brake pad backing contacting the brake rotor. In most cases, the grinding of the pad and rotor will lead to the need to replace the brake rotors.  Avoiding the grinding and continuing to drive may go even further and damage the brak ... read more

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Brake Repair

Hybrid Repair Near Me

Hybrid Repair Near Me

Yes! We are trained and certified to service both Electric and Hybrid vehicles! If you have a car with new technology you always want the best care and maintenance to make sure that you have trouble free operation. Our mechanics are constantly training on the latest developments in order to serve our community.      We service both fully electric as well as Hybrid vehicles. You may be surprised to find out just how many manufacturers are offering an alternative fuel vehicle. Its not just the Tesla and Prius that we all think of anymore. Nissan offers the Leaf, Hyundai has an all electric Kona and Kia has the Niro EV. Even sports cars are going electric with the Ford Mustang Mach -E or the Audi E-Tron.  Find us at: https://www.facebook.com/FRANKSSERVICENTERhttps://www.youtube.com/c/Franksservicenter/videos ... read more

How often to Change Wiper Blades

How often to Change Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades usually last about 12 months depending on how heavily they are used and how clean your windshield is! Wiper blades are a necessary evil, no matter what it will rain eventually. Springtime in the northeast brings more wet weather than usual. A sure sign of needing new wiper blades is that horrendous sound of the blades chattering across the glass in misty rain. This happens because the rubber is no longer supple and is not turning over when the wiper blade changes direction. The only cure for this is new wiper blades. You may also notice stealing or missed spots on the glass from worn-out wiper blades.    Wiper blade installation can be a straightforward task. Be very careful not to allow the wiper arm to strike the glass. If you are unfamiliar or not interested in replacing your wiper blades feel free to stop by. We do not charge to install new windshield wiper blades.  How can I make my wipers last longer? The best way to improve the lifespan o ... read more

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Wiper Blade

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

          The cabin air filter is responsible for keeping dust dirt and allergens out of the interior of your car's heating and air conditioning system. This filter is especially important in the springtime to reduce the pollen effect. All of the air that enters the car through the HVAC system will first pass through this filter. As you can see in the pictures the filter can fill up fast with debris. Cabin air filters will require routine replacement every 15,000 miles or once per year. Some vehicles that are operated in extremely dusty conditions may require more frequent replacement.  If you are familiar with hand tools you can potentially replace this filter yourself! The effort and degree of difficulty varies greatly between vehicles. The filter is generally located behind the glove box or in the cowl below the windshield. If you choose not to venture into the project yourself we would be happy to assist.  What if you don ... read more

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Auto Maintenance