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What is a Catalytic Converter? II

And why is it so expensive? A catalytic converter is an essential part of your exhaust and emissions system. The purpose of the catalytic converter is to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they ever leave your car's­ exhaust system. In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without being affected itself. The cost of a catalytic converter is driven primarily by the precious metals that are used to construct the catalyst. The mix of precious metals includes platinum, palladium, and rhodium. These precious metals are also the driving force behind "catalytic converter theft".#catalyticconverter #exhaust #emissions

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How long will my tires last?

The reality is that it depends on many factors. The national average is 3 – 5 years. The life of your tires will vary based on the type of vehicle and most importantly your driving habits. As your grandfather probably told you speeding, hard braking and hard acceleration will prematurely wear your tires. Other major factors are stop and go local driving versus extended highway driving. To maximize the life of your tires make sure to regularly set the pressure, rotate your tires and check the wheel alignment.#tires #goodyear #alignment

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Should I flush brake fluid in my car?

Brake fluid is an interesting topic because some drivers are not sure if and why they should flush the fluid. The brake fluid is the ONLY moving link between the brake pedal and brake caliper. A frequent concern is that drivers have not previously changed their brake fluid. There have been significant changes in modern cars that have also changed the type of maintenance required. Front-wheel drive vehicles with larger semi metallic brake systems run significantly hotter than their rear-wheel drive counterparts. Nearly all vehicles now have delicate and advanced abs / traction control systems as well that require clean quality fluid. These high brake temperatures require fluid that can take the heat. Brake fluid that has absorbed moisture over time will have contamination and a lowered boiling point. Brake fluid is tested with a moisture meter, 3% or higher moisture requires fluid replacement. An NHTSA survey found that the brake fluid in 20% of 1,720 vehicles sampled contained 5% or mo ... read more

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How much will it cost to fix my check engine light?

This is a great question that we hear daily. There are literally thousands of different items that can cause the "check engine" or "service engine" light to come on. From a fault as simple as a loose gas cap to an issue as complex as an internal computer fault. The first step to identifying the issue is to bring the car in for a preliminary evaluation. There is no cost obligation for a preliminary inspection. After the preliminary we can set a budget for the repair depending on the area of the fault.#checkengine #warninglight #serviceengine

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Learn About our Road Hazard Protection

"Road hazard" protection is available on tires at Frank's Servicenter. Our road hazard protection program insures your tire purchase against accidental road hazard damage for up to 5 years and down to 5/32. If your tire is punctured or damaged we will repair or replace it at no cost to you. Ask about "tire protection" at Frank's Servicenter.#roadhazard #tirewarranty #tireprotection

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