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A Fluid Situation - Identifying Engine Fluids Under Your Hood

A Fluid Situation - Identifying Engine Fluids Under Your Hood

If that annoying light on your dashboard is on again, you might be thinking, "Oh great! How do I deal with this now?" Don't worry! Frank's is here to help. One of the most common things that will trigger a warning light is a low fluid level and there are several types of fluids that a car or truck needs regularly to operate. They include Wiper Fluid, Engine Oil, Engine Coolant, Brake Fluid and Power Steering Fluid. So what are these mystery liquids? How do you know what you need when and how do you solve it? Let's take a look, in a very simple way, at how these all work... Under the hood of a 2015 Kia Forte. Can you tell where all fluid reservoirs are? Keep reading to find out. More or less the only fluid that you may want to change yourself is your wiper fluid level. When you get in your car on a pollen-filled day or are driving down a briny winter road you know you have to use the wiper wash feature on your car to clean the windshield. That little mist of watery ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

How Often Do I Need To Change My Oil?

How Often Do I Need To Change My Oil?

Many drivers are finding themselves off schedule from their routine service with new driving habits. You may be left wondering when should you really change your oil? Depending on the age of your vehicle, the type of oil that you use, and the driving conditions, oil service intervals will vary. Most newer vehicles specify a synthetic motor oil that has an extended service life. Quality full synthetic motor oils driven under the right conditions can be stretched as far as 10,000 to 15,000 miles! More realistically though you will end up servicing your car around 5,000 miles. Very few drivers meet all of the criteria to utilize the full potential of advanced synthetic motor oils.  Before you get too excited that you never need to change the oil there are a few things to keep in mind!    Most drivers do not operate under pristine high mileage driving conditions in a short time to take full advantage of the oil's potential mileage life. No matter what the mile ... read more

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Oil Change

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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Auto Maintenance

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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Auto Maintenance

10 Best car accessories that can fit under the Christmas tree

Searching for that perfect gift for the car nut, new driver, or just that guy who already has everything on your list? Check out our list of the 10 best car accessories that fit under the tree this year: A car cleaning kit for the DIY type: Bucket, Soap, Microfiber towels, upholstery cleaner Gift certificates for car wash and detail for the DIFM (Do It For Me) type! Portable car vacuum (remember the "DustBuster"!!) Amazon Echo Auto, bring Alexa on your road trips! Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker, never lose your keys again! Car driving experience, there are options to drive Nascar style stock cars, open wheel cars and production cars Dashboard mounted camera, you can never be too careful All Weather floor mats Emergency prep kit: Jumper cables, gloves, first aid kit Phone Holder to keep your hands on the wheel