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Wiper Blades in Southampton, PA

Your windshield is literally your window to the world when you are driving your car and therefore you want to make sure you can see out of it no matter the weather conditions outside. That is why we, at Frank’s Servicenter, recommend changing your wiper blades twice a year during the milder months in the spring and fall seasons. We want to help you be prepared no matter what happens. It is too often that Southampton drivers are caught off guard by a surprise storm or rain fall. Or maybe your windshield has gotten dusty or dirty during the spring and summer months but your wipers are so worn out they can’t clean your windshield even with the aid of washer fluid.

Visibility while driving your vehicle is something that should be taken very seriously because if you can’t see out your windshield you shouldn’t be operating your vehicle. With this idea in mind there are ways to help your wipers last longer. Never use them when your windshield is dry, which means be sure to only operate them in the rain or with washer fluid. When changing to new wiper blades, clean your windshield and wiper blades with rubbing alcohol. This will help remove dust and grime from your windshield without leaving hard water deposits. Some wiper blades even come with an alcohol wipe to remove any packing dust from your wiper blades before you install them.

Anytime you have questions about how to best maintain or replace your wiper blades give us a call here at Frank’s Servicenter. We want to make sure that you are driving both a safe and reliable vehicle. This includes making sure that you can see out of your windshield. If you haven’t checked your washer fluid lately let us know and we can easily check it and top it off for you if needed. Also, the Fall season is a great time to start thinking about preparing your vehicle for the coming winter months.

Give us a call, or drive on into our garage anytime you have questions about how to best maintain or repair your vehicle. We want to give our drivers the peace of mind they deserve while on Southampton, PA roads.

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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: http://franksservicenterinc.mynapatools.com/2018/01/17/forced-induction

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Fuel System Southampton PA

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Question: What benefit will I get out of a fuel system cleaning?

Answer:

Well, the dirtier your fuel system is, the bigger the improvement you’ll see in performance. But it’s not good to wait until your engine is running poorly, you’ve wasted hundreds of dollars in gas or maybe even damaged your fuel injectors and catalytic converter. Gasoline is a petroleum-based product and will leave some residue, gum and varnish along the way. Some of that can find its way into your fuel injectors and interfere with their job. The fuel injectors do just that – inject fuel into your engine. They spray a precise amount of fuel, at a precise time, in a precise pattern, at a precise pressure. When they are dirty this precision just isn’t possible. So your vehicle engine can run poorly. Also carbon deposits build up on valves and in the combustion chambers.

Fuel economy suffers and performance is degraded.These conditions allow excess unburned fuel to pass out through the exhaust to accumulate in the catalytic converter – which can lead to it overheating and failure. So poor engine performance and the chance of having to replace fuel injectors and catalytic converters – all potential problems for Southampton drivers with dirty vehicle fuel systems. A professional fuel system cleaning in Southampton cleans out deposits, fuel injectors and the air induction system. Southampton drivers get optimal power, performance and and it helps avoid future repairs. Now I said professional fuel system cleaning: this isn’t just pouring a bottle in the gas tank. Cleaner is added into the fuel system with a special tool attached to a vacuum source and there is some manual scrubbing of the throttle body and air induction system. If you are experiencing a rough idle or unusually poor, ask your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Frank’s Servicenter Inc. if a professional fuel system cleaning at Frank’s Servicenter Inc. in Southampton is in order.

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