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When Do I Need New Windshield Wipers?

When Do I Need New Windshield Wipers?

When Do I Need New Windshield Wipers? Car maintenance can often seem overwhelming, but here’s one thing that isn’t hard to stay on top of but is an important car part that lets you get around and where you need to go safely! *Windshield Wipers* Here’s what you need to know! What you’ll notice if it’s time for new Windshield Wipers: Chattering on the windshield Bent rubber or rusty metal housings Streaks left on your windshield On average you should replace this car part every year or even every six months. When a particular season ends and a new one begins, you should ask yourself, self: “what weather am I going to be driving in?” and be sure your windshield wipers are equipped to handle it. If you see streaks or hear any scratching or other noises it's also probably time for replacement wipers. Whenever you replace the front wipers, always consider replacing the back ones as well. One last tip is that the best way to extend the life ... read more

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The Best Cars for Teen Drivers

The Best Cars for Teen Drivers

As a parent, you want to make sure your teenager is safe on the road. One of the best ways to do this is to choose a car that is both affordable and reliable. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best cars for teen drivers. Honda Civic - The Honda Civic is a reliable and affordable compact car that is perfect for teen drivers. It offers a comfortable ride, good fuel efficiency, and a variety of safety features, including a rearview camera and lane departure warning. Toyota Corolla - The Toyota Corolla is another great option for teen drivers. It's a reliable, affordable, and fuel-efficient compact car that offers a smooth ride and a variety of safety features, including a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. Subaru Impreza - The Subaru Impreza is a great choice for teen drivers who live in areas with harsh winters. It offers all-wheel drive, a comfortable ride, and a variety ... read more

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Why Is My Car Smoking?

Why Is My Car Smoking?

Why Is My Car Smoking? PICTURE THIS: You’re out driving to run around and complete some errands and all of a sudden you smell something off and start seeing smoke. Don’t panic! They say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. That isn’t always the case with your car! Nevertheless, if you ever notice smoke coming from beneath your hood, here’s what you should do first: Carefully pull over and shut off your car. To feel more secure, get out of your vehicle and stand at a comfortable distance. There are numerous reasons why your car could be giving off smoke.   2 Most Common Reasons Why Your Car Is Smoking External Oil leak - If your vehicle is smoking as a result of some kind of external oil leak, you’ll notice white smoke and typically start to smell a bad chemical like smell. Coolant Leak (Vehicle Overheating) - You will also experience seeing white smoke with this issue as well and there will be a sense of a sweet like syrup smell ... read more

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6 Reasons to Stay on Top of Your Routine Maintenance

6 Reasons to Stay on Top of Your Routine Maintenance

Getting regular maintenance done to your vehicle improves its overall performance and keeps you safe on the road. Here’s 6 reasons to keep in mind why it’s important to stay on top of your car's maintenance schedule. 1.    Saves money When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, you have to spend money to save money. By following a routine car maintenance schedule, you’ll avoid bigger issues down the road. Regular servicing ensures problems get caught early. This will improve the efficiency and lifespan of your vehicle, no matter how old it is. And that is money well spent! 2.    Minimizes heavy vehicle repair Lack of repairs or maintenance can potentially cause your vehicle to become unsafe on the road. Preventative vehicle maintenance helps reduce breakdowns, allowing you to make the most of your vehicle safely! 3.    Improves performance Keeping up with your regular maintenance will keep your vehicle operating ... read more

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Symptoms Of A Bad Automatic Transmission

Symptoms Of A Bad Automatic Transmission

Symptoms Of A Bad Automatic Transmission Automatic transmission failures are relatively common. Here’s a quick checklist of symptoms that are usually associated with this type of problem. Odd noises when shifting Rough shifting Leaking fluids Burning Smells Trouble Getting Into and Out of Gear Check engine light turns on Slipping gears Unresponsive – Loss of Power What Are The Most Common Issues? A common symptom is a delay in the engagement of the transmission when the vehicle is put into gear. This can often be accompanied by a grinding noise when the transmission does finally engage. Another common symptom is a loss of power when the vehicle is being driven. This can be paired with an abnormal noise coming from the engine bay. If either of these symptoms are occuring, you should have it checked by one of our qualified mechanics to avoid further damage here at Frank’s Servicenter! Frank’s Servicenter Performs Regular Maintenance for Your Ve ... read more

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Why Did My Check Engine Light Turned On?

Why Did My Check Engine Light Turned On?

Why Did My Check Engine Light Turn On? It’s a regular day and you’re cruising around running errands. Everything’s cool and your car seems to be running just fine. All of a sudden you notice that the “check engine” light pops up! If your Emissions system is not up to par, it affects your engine therefore affecting your drivability. Let’s take a look at 5 possible reasons why your check engine light turned on.   1. The Fuel Cap is Loose - This is the most common + it’s an easy fix! Safely pull over and make sure your gas tank is screwed on and tightened properly. 2. Are you low on Oil? - Another popular reason your engine light could switch on is due to low oil in your vehicle. You’ll want to have it checked ASAP. 3. Faulty Sensors - If any of your sensors are not working accordingly within your engines standards it could potentially cause more issues. (Don’t wait to g ... read more

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Is it time for a Fuel Filter Replacement?

Is it time for a Fuel Filter Replacement?

Filter replacements are a simple and an effective part of any vehicle’s maintenance. There is more to your vehicle than its fluids, there are plenty of filters too! Today, you’ll find out about a fuel filter, how it works, and the impact it has on the performance of your car What is a Fuel Filter? The fuel filter keeps the debris and dirt floating in the fuel from getting into the engine. When the fuel pump extracts the fuel from the tank, it goes through the filter. After some time, the filter will need to be replaced. How Often Should You Replace Your Fuel Filter? If your vehicles manual does not specify, you should aim to have it serviced every 20,000 to 30,000 miles or every 2 years. How Do I Know If My Fuel Filter Is Clogged? Noisy Fuel Pump – The fuel pump will work especially extra when the fuel filter is clogged. If the pump makes unfamiliar sounds, it is worth checking out the filter.  Rough Idl ... read more

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Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas?

Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas?

Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas? If you smell gasoline coming from inside your car do NOT ignore it! If you can identify that this smell is coming from your vehicle, Click here to head over to Frank’s Servicenter for a fix. Gasoline vapors can be toxic and even represent a fire risk in high enough concentrations. It should be addressed ASAP!   The three most common reasons you might smell gas: 1. Exhaust Leaks - If you smell gas as you drive, it could be coming from the exhaust. Unburned gasoline that comes out the tailpipe as gasoline fumes indicates that all the gas isn't being burned up during combustion. Not only does this mean gasoline fumes are being put out into the atmosphere, it means your engine is probably making less power and using more fuel than it should. This means your engine may need some service and you should make an appointment with one of our skilled technicians to check it out ... read more

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Why Won't My Car Start?

Why Won't My Car Start?

Why Won’t My Car Start? The last thing you need to happen when you’re heading out the door is for your car to not start preventing you to get from point A to point B. If it’s not because of a dead battery that your car won’t start, another thing you should look at is your Ignition Switch. How do you know if it’s the Ignition? 1. If your car does not start after a few tries 2. If your car starts and stalls suddenly 3 If you're experiencing Intermittent loss of lighting and other accessories 4. If there's a silent starter motor 5. If you're having difficulty turning the key   What should you do?   Because your ignition switch is used frequently, it will wear out and begin to have issues after time. If ignored, a failing ignition switch can lead to numerous problems so it’s best to get it checked out ASAP.   Bring it on over to Frank’s Servicenter at 645 Knowles Ave, Southampton, PA 18966 or call us at ... read more

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Why Is My Car Shaking?

Why Is My Car Shaking?

Why is my car shaking? Do you find yourself having a bumpy ride to work lately? A couple reasons your car could be shaking are because of your wheels and tires.   The potential problems include… Improper Wheel & Tire Balance Uneven Tire Wear Separated Tire Tread Out Of Round Tires Damaged Wheels Loose Lug Nuts Where to get more help?... If you're still asking yourself Why Is My Car Shaking? Now you know what could possibly be the issue but, here’s the solution! These issues can be avoided by routine car inspections. Bring it on over to Frank's Servicenter at 645 Knowles Ave, Southampton, PA 18966 or call us at (215) 355-8877 Click here to book an appointment online!Appointments - Frank's Servicenter Inc. (franksservicenter.com)  Follow Frank’s Servicenter on Fac ... read more

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