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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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Diesel Truck Water in Fuel Warning Light On

Diesel Truck Water in Fuel Warning Light On

What should you do if the water in fuel warning message comes on in your Ford Powerstroke truck? First of all, you do not need to worry, this is a message indicating that the fuel water separator needs to be drained. Minimize driving until you can service the system to avoid water-related damage or contamination.  The Ford Powerstroke Fuel and water separator is located on the driver's side frame rail just under the driver's seat. It is a large aluminum housing with a black plastic cap to the rear and four fuel lines. Before getting under the truck you will need a drain pan and Allen wrench to drain the water separator. Slide under the truck and remove the Allen plug (indicated by the red arrow) in the lower portion of the pump/separator. After allowing the fuel to drain simply resecure the plug and clean up! Cycle the ignition key to the on position and wait 30 seconds before turning off and repeating. After 2 complete cycles start the truck as you normally wou ... read more

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What is Leaking From My Car?

What is Leaking From My Car?

              At some point, we have all experienced the fear of unknown fluids under the car. When this happens, you’re probably going to worry about what fluid is leaking and what the newfound leak means for your day. You might worry if your car is safe to drive, and how much the repairs will cost. Before you get too worried, let's get an idea of how to identify the fluid leaking from your car.  First of all, let's break the fluids down into two groups; oil-based and water-based fluids. The oil-based fluid category will include Motor oil, Transmission Fluid, Differential Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Brake Fluid, and Fuel. To tell the difference most oil-based fluids will leave a rainbow on wet surfaces and have a noticeably oily feel.  To help you further determine the fluid in question see if you can tell the color and location of the fluid.         Fuel ... read more

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Do I Need to Change my Oil?

Do I Need to Change my Oil?

In the world of COVID, we have all been driving less than normal lately. A common question that we field is "Do I need to change my oil, I only drove 2,000 Miles?" Well, the short answer is that it is your car and you can do whatever you want!!!! What SHOULD you do to avoid issues? Read on..... The industry experts and manufacturers recommend never going over one year between services. The reasoning for this service interval is multi-faceted. The main component of the motor oil will breakdown and collect moisture and contamination over time. Additionally, the oil filter element is made of fleece paper, this paper will also breakdown with age and can deteriorate.   Most of all we must keep in mind that the service performed during an oil service involve much more than simply changing the motor oil and filter. Our ASE-certified technicians will review the complete vehicle to spot mechanical faults before they adversely affect you. We ... read more

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The Maintenance Mindset in Southampton, PA

Here at Frank's Servicenter we want to make sure that our customers are driving both safe and reliable vehicles. This is not only important for your own safety and that of your passengers but for the drivers that share the road with you. If you have ever been behind a vehicle that has a tire blowout, you know how frightening it can be to see a vehicle malfunction. This is why it is important to get your vehicle inspected on a regular basis. Scheduled oil changes are not only great for the overall health of your car, truck or SUV they also allow our professional technicians the chance to perform a comprehensive inspection one your vehicle. Catching issues while they are small is crucial. The alternative is to allow them to become bigger problems later down the road. These issues could lead to a hazardous roadside breakdown or leave you stranded with a vehicle that won't start. Most inspections can be completed in a quick manner and will give you the peace of mind you are looking for whe ... read more

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