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Shocks Vs. Struts: What's The Difference On Your Car?

Shocks Vs. Struts: What's The Difference On Your Car?

Shocks, struts, suspension, coil overs, bumpstops! There’s a lot of words associated with your car’s suspension repair. What do they all mean? Once again, Frank’s Servicenter is here to give you some free knowledge to help you make the best car maintenance decisions possible in Bucks County. What’s The Difference Between Car Shocks and Struts? Feeling some bounce on the road? Book an appointment with Frank’s online! Shocks and Struts serve the same purpose in different designs. A shock suspension has a spring and shock separate while a strut incorporates a spring onto the same strut assembly. In both cases, the spring supports the weight of the car and the shock dampens the suspension movement while holding the tire on the road surface.  Does My Car Need Suspension Repair? Shocks or Struts? There are ways to tell if your auto is in need of suspension items. The absolute best way to know for s ... read more

What Are Octane Ratings?

What Are Octane Ratings?

Unless you hear your engine knocking, buying higher octane gasoline is simply a waste of money. Premium gas costs up to 15-30 cents per gallon more than regular gas. The reality is that many drivers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year for higher octane gas they do not need.   Is High Octane Gas Worth It?   It seems like too many people are under the impression that buying higher octane "premium" gas will boost engine performance for their vehicle. However, you should always follow the gas that your manufacturer recommends. If your manual lists that your car needs regular fuel, then don't waste your money on premium. It won't make your vehicle perform better, faster, cleaner. And it certainly won't improve your gas mileage in any way.    Octane ratings are a quantifiable measure of gasoline's ability to resist engine knock. (Engine Knock = a rattling or pinging noise that results from premature ignition of the compre ... read more

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Why You Need A PA State Safety Inspection For Your Car

Why You Need A PA State Safety Inspection For Your Car

It’s a little like updating your phone software - just another thing that has to be done and might make you wait. Most people would describe a state auto inspection like this. The good news is: it is definitely worth the effort and you can make it much easier on yourself too! Book a PA Safety Inspection now with Frank’s. Why Do I Need A PA State Inspection For My Car? Ever watched crash test footage, or car accidents caught on tape? When you’re zooming around in your car there’s a lot to consider as far as safety is concerned. The worst-case scenario would be if your brakes failed and you couldn’t stop. All stressors aside though, keep in mind that someone else may be the one whose car malfunctions. So, for your peace of mind and everyone else’s, Pennsylvania mandates a 15-month safety inspection timeframe. See all the exact regulations ... read more

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Why Won't My Car Start? What's Happening? (Or Not Happening?)

Why Won't My Car Start? What's Happening? (Or Not Happening?)

By Tom Smith   Dut, Da, DA! Uh-oh. You just sat down in your driver seat, put the key in the ignition and your car won’t start. What do you do?! Don’t worry. Frank’s Servicenter is here for you!   Make an appointment online now!   Why Won’t My Car Start? A car has a lot of parts; some mechanical, some electrical. So, ignition failure can mean a few different scenarios, but here’s a quick intro to the parts involved and how they’re supposed to function.   The corroded battery of a Nissan Altima.   Is My Car Battery Bad? Even if it isn’t an electric vehicle, a modern car or truck isn’t just a gasoline motor. There’s a complex electrical system running throughout the entire body. It allows you to see in your trunk, listen to the radio and - most important - start your car. The battery is the central point in this circuit. It powers the starter w ... read more

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