Simple Answers from Frank’s Servicenter Inc. for Southampton: Power Brakes

Question: What is power brake service and why do Southampton drivers need to have it done?

Frank’s Servicenter Inc. Answer:
Power-Brakes-SouthamptonThink for a second: if you poured a tablespoon of water in your hand and tried to throw it as hard as you could, how far would the water go? If you suck up a tablespoon of water with a syringe, push the plunger and squirt it out, how far do you think that would go? In which scenario does the water go further?

Without question, the answer is the water leaving the syringe! The reason why is because there is so much pressure behind the water. The power brake system in your vehicle works just the same. Each time you step on the brake of your vehicle, the master cylinder adds pressure to the brake fluid. This activates the brakes and allows you to stop your vehicle. Drivers in Southampton who lack pressure from the master cylinder won’t be able to stop their vehicle.

If your brake system had sprung a leak, this would reduce and even potentially eliminate the stopping power of your vehicle. This can happen because brake fluid attracts moisture which leads to corrosion, and eventually leaks. A fantastic way for Southampton drivers to avoid these situations, and keep their brake fluid clean is to get their brake fluid changed as it is recommended.

There needs to be enough brake fluid for the correct and proper function of traction and stability control systems, and anti-lock brakes. Your Frank’s Servicenter knowledgeable and friendly professionals will always check your brake fluid level during a full-service oil change. If the brake fluid is low, your Frank’s Servicenter service advisor may recommend a thorough brake inspection. Worn brake pads can be the cause of low brake fluid.

You may notice some signs of a potential leak. If the brake pedal feels hard or like a sponge, or if you notice reduced stopping power when you brake, you could have a leak. Come into Frank’s Servicenter straight away if you feel as though there might be an issue for a brake inspection.

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Evaporative Emissions Control Southampton, PA

The vapors that are given off from the oil and fuel in your vehicle are extremely harmful to the environment around us. Evaporative Emissions Control Systems – EVAP for short – are enforced for all trucks and cars. This EVAP system is what catches the released vapors and sends them back to be burned in the engine. You can think of it like a recycling program inside your engine.

A complicated system, the EVAP system is a network of valves, filters, hoses, among other things. Complications with your engines EVAP system could be the reason why your Check Engine light is on. A friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Frank’s Servicenter, Inc. can start diagnostic procedures and test the trouble codes to determine what the issue is.

Your Frank’s Servicenter technician can check the valves in your engine, with the proper equipment, to find a blockage. On top of that, in order to find any leaks, a low pressure smoke test can be performed as well. After all the tests have been run, repairs can be made to reset your Check Engine light and get the EVAP system back on track.

EVAP troubles don’t typically contribute to vehicle damage. However, whenever the Check Engine light comes on due to issues with the EVAP, it can mask more problems for Southampton drivers if not checked out soon. This makes sense because there are hundreds of situations that can trigger your Check Engine light to come on, and yet only one light. If the Check Engine light is on because an EVAP issue was left unchecked, if another issue arises with your engine, you wouldn’t know because your Check Engine light has been on the whole time.

If you happen to live in a certain area of Pennsylvania which requires you to test your vehicles emissions before registering, you unfortunately will not pass the test until the repairs are made. It’s important to know that an EVAP trouble code can be the cause of something as small and simple as a leak in a hose, a worn down or loose gas cap, a rusty fuel filler pipe, or even problems with a purge valve.

When your Check Engine light comes on, don’t wait. Bring your vehicle to Frank’s Servicenter Inc. in Southampton and let us check it out for you. Your knowledgeable and friendly Frank’s Servicenter Inc. service advisor will be able to diagnose your system and work out the best plan to address any problems that are found. Southampton drivers have a peace of mind knowing what is wrong, and being able to safely take care of it.

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Water Pump

The cooling system has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water pump is the heart of the system. Your heart keeps blood pumping through your body, and the water pump keeps coolant pumping through your engine.

Driven by a belt, chain or gear, the water pump operates while the engine is running. With a limited life span, your water pump needs to be changed sooner or later. Your owner’s manual will tell you how long your water pump should last. Most water pumps fail by 100,000 miles, or 160,000 kilometers.

Water pumps don’t wear out, they fail. They either work or they don’t. A failed water pump must be replaced.

Water pumps can have leaks or have their bearings fail. Leaks may come from a cracked pump but can develop where they attach to the engine.

Listen for a low-pitched grinding coming from the water pump. This means it’s time for a new one. If you see coolant leaking in that area, it needs to be replaced. Coolant on your driveway could indicate water pump failure. Under plastic covers, many water pumps aren’t visible. You may have to take your vehicle to Frank’s Servicenter Inc. to know if the water pump has failed.

If your water pump is run by the timing belt, replace it when you replace the belt. Timing belts must be replaced at around 60,000 to 90,000 miles, or 100,000 to 145,000 kilometers. Replacing a timing belt is about 90% the same as replacing a water pump. It’s cost-effective to take care of them both together.

If your water pump develops a leak (if it’s powered by the timing belt), replace the timing belt as well. Contamination by coolant fluid damages the belt. For Southampton residents it makes sense to replace both of these parts together.

Replacing a water pump at Frank’s Servicenter Inc. is an issue that all Southampton residents face. However, we can extend the life of most of the components of our vehicle through preventive maintenance. Exactly how exercise and diet keep our heart healthy, regular check-ups and fluid changes keep our vehicles healthy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Frank’s Servicenter Inc. service advisor.

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Superchargers and Turbochargers in Southampton, PA

Here at Frank’s Servicenter we have seen an increase in forced induction engines come into our shop. We are happy to see small 4 cylinder engines that are getting more power and better fuel economy than their 20 year old full sized V8 engine counterparts. We are all caught up on modern vehicle models that now come equipped with chargers straight from the factory.

Anytime you have questions about how to be maintain or repair your super or turbocharged engine, give us a call. Some good advice regarding charged engines to keep you out of the shop longer between necessary service intervals. Charged engine drivers should use the recommended fuel grade by their manufacturers. Fuels with lower Octane grades can cause premature detonation which in turn will cause damage to your engine.

You might be surprised to find out that superchargers and turbochargers do not necessarily require maintenance but it still important to perform regular maintenance on your vehicle such as oil changes. Chargers do wear out like an other parts with time and it is important to have a general idea when you should repair or replace your charger to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Feel free to drop by our shop, give us a call or conveniently schedule an appointment online for a day and time that works best for you!
For more information about forced induction engines check out this article from NAPA:

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How much will it cost to fix my

“How much will it cost to fix my”….This is the very first question that everyone wants answered when their car is in need of service or repair. I am here to help answer that very question! Here at Frank’s Servicenter we fix thousands of cars and trucks every year. With that vast experience I can surely tell you that the answer is; We do not YET know what your particular issue will cost to remedy. Every single vehicle and every single situation is DIFFERENT! There is no one size fits all answer to this question. This is why at Frank’s Servicenter we take the time to explain exactly what needs to happen with your vehicle BEFORE starting any repairs or diagnosis. After a gathering all of the necessary data, with your approval, our ASE trained technicians will perform a thorough evaluation of your vehicle. After analyzing the information our service team will take the time to determine the best method of repair and selection of parts for your situation. Finally after all of these steps we will contact you to discuss repair options and precise cost estimates. Any attempt to skip these steps and merely guess at a price would be impossible and a huge disservice to you.
#howmuchwillitcost #autorepair #bestservice

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6.0 Diesel engine Repair near me?

Looking for 6.0 “Diesel engine Repair near me”? Frank’s Servicenter has the tools, knowledge and experience needed to repair your “6.0 Ford” issues. Something as simple and innocent as this torn high pressure oil feed o-ring can cause starting and running issues.
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Something as simple and inexpensive as a clogged engine “air filter” can be robbing you of fuel economy and your hard earned dollars. Air filters generally last 15,000 miles depending on the area that you drive in. Save yourself by by regularly checking the filter and replacing as needed.
#airfilter #vehiclemaintenance #filter

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How old are my tires?

Everyone has heard horror stories on the news about aging tires and safety blow outs, so how can YOU tell how old your tires are? The week and year of manufacture are stamped on the side wall of the tire. We can liken a aging tire to an aging rubber band, the elasticity breakdown and the rubber begins to crack. Tires do not have a specific “expiration” date, although 7 years is an industry breaking point. It is suggested to check the tires thoroughly throughout their lifespan.

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Why is my check engine light on?

The check engine light is your vehicle can come on for thousands of different reasons. From something as minor as a loose gas cap to something major such as internal engine or transmission failure. Frank’s Servicenter will scan your check engine light for free to let you know what area the issue lies in. After this free scan we will let you know if further work will be required and what the next step will be.
#checkengine #freescan #warninglight

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