Need New Tires? Make sure to ask us about Road Hazard Warranty for your new tires. Road Hazard Warranty Coverage is insurance for your tire purchase. Tires can be expensive and you do not want to pay for new tires twice! With Road Hazard coverage a road damaged tire will be replaced or repaired free of charge.
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I remember my dad having the shop “pack the bearings” on the family car. Is this something I need to have done?
That is a great question. In the past all wheel bearings were routinely serviceable. This old style of wheel bearing requires periodic service of cleaning, reapplying grease, resealing and adjusting tension. Modern vehicles come with “maintenance free” wheel bearings. The benefit of these bearings is that there is no routine maintenance required during the useful bearing life. When the bearing wears out it must be replaced as an assembly. This improved technology is costly and bearing replacement is more expensive with a sealed bearing than it was previously with serviceable bearings.
But what is the bearing for? The wheel bearings in your vehicle make sure your wheels rotate smoothly. This friction and constant rotation generates a lot of heat. The wheel bearing is packed in grease for lubrication. The term “packing the bearings” refers to putting fresh grease around the bearings.
So unless you are driving an older vehicle or a trailer you very likely have sealed wheel bearings and no need to have them serviced until they are worn out. This wear will present itself as a noise while driving or excessive wheel movement identified by your service technician.
Wheel bearings on trailers are almost always serviceable. This means anything from a monster sized fifth-wheel camper to a little utility trailer. Boat trailers are especially susceptible because the hot wheel bearings are plunged into cold water when launching a boat into the lake. This temperature difference can draw water into the bearings. Have the bearings repacked at the end of the season to prevent corrosion.
It is a good practice for trailer owners to have maintenance service on their trailer wheels annually. On trailers that are used in frequently we recommend servicing the bearings every two years.
My car has a “blown” fuse and I was told there may be a “short circuit”? What does any of this mean and what is a “short circuit”? Sometimes the terminology that is used in an industry can be confusing and daunting. A fuse is a circuit protection device that has a specific rating, when this amperage rating is exceeded the fuse material melts creating an open circuit and what is what is referred to as a “blown” fuse. Anything that creates amperage draw in excess of the fuse rating will result in a blown fuse. A short circuit is when the electrical flow in a circuit takes an unintended path back to ground. The lack of resistance in the unintended path creates a dramatic spike in amperage and leads to a blown fuse. In the picture above the chaffed wire rubbed against a grounded chassis point creating a short circuit and a blown fuse.
To better assist our customers in 2020 Frank’s Servicenter is now offering financing for your vehicle repairs and maintenance. This new program will give you 6 months to pay WITH NO INTEREST! To kick off the new 2020 financing new accounts opened before April 30, 2020 will receive an additional benefit of 10% back!! Reach out to us for more details!
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What are winter tires? One of the biggest myths about “Winter Tires” is that they are “snow tires”. Winter tires are designed for improved traction in cold/wet/slippery conditions. The main factor in all of these conditions is the low temperature. Specific winter tires have design features that maximize their performance in cold weather, not just snow. So if you want maximum performance and the safest cold weather driving possible; snow tires are a huge upgrade. There is a vast difference from a winter tire to an all season tire. A great set of all season tires will be outperformed by true winter tires in the cold and wet weather.
What oil does your car take? With all of the motor oil options available choosing the right oil for your car seems like a daunting task. Lets start with the very most basic, the first step is simply to look in the manual. The manufacturer of your engine has invested countless amounts of time and money in selecting the proper viscosity of motor oil for your application. The oil viscosity will be listed numerically, for example; 5W-20.
Once you know the proper weight/viscosity be sure to select a motor oil brand that displays the starburst symbol, indicating that the oil has been tested by the American Petroleum Institute (API). Whether to choose Castrol, Mobile, Valvoline, Quaker State, Pennzoil, Shell, or equivalents is a matter of preference. The most important selection is choosing the proper viscosity of a certified and tested motor oil, and of course changing it on a consistent basis!
You don’t have to be an expert to know what a fuel pump does; it pumps fuel. The fuel pump is vital to your engine operation delivering fuel from the tank to the engine. Failure of the pump will leave you stranded. A failing fuel pump can cause engine performance issues, stalling, sluggishness and even not starting at all. Other components can also cause these issues so if you are experiencing any of these have your car checked out by a professional. Your fuel pump is located in the fuel tank on most vehicles so many times tank removal is required to access the pump. One easy tip to extend fuel pump life is to keep your fuel tank at least 1/4 full. The fuel both cools and lubricates the pump. Excessive heat will shorten the life of the pump. Don’t wait until the low fuel light comes on to refuel your ride.
How often should I replace my air filter? Air filters typically last 15,000 miles. Your cars Engine Air Filter keeps dust and debris from entering the intake and damaging the engine. This filter will build up with dirt and debris over time and begin to reduce the airflow and negatively affect fuel economy. As a part of our regular Multi-point Inspection Process we will remove and inspect the filter. Additionally we will send you a digital picture so that you can see what we see. If the filter is just dusty we will clean remove the loose debris and recheck it at your next visit. There is no charge to install a new air filter during regular service. There is a second air filter inside of your vehicle referred to as the “Cabin Air Filter” this filter is inline with your Heating and Air Conditioning system and it is responsible for keeping the dust, dirt and pollen out of the interior. These two filters are typically replaced at the same time.
[caption id=”” align=”alignleft” width=”300″]After Hours Key Pick Up Locker[/caption] If you need to drop your car off outside of regular business hours please utilize our Early Bird/Night Owl drop off system located directly to the right of our front door. After filling out the provided envelope, insert your keys and documents in the secure drop box. We will contact you to confirm that we have the correct information and details.
How Long do Shocks and Struts last? The shock absorbers and struts on your vehicle are in place to hold the tire firmly against the pavement, not to support the weight of your vehicle as is commonly misconceived. The weight of the vehicle is supported by the springs in conjunction with the suspension components. because of this demanding job of holding the tire firm against the pavement shocks and struts are constantly moving. This constant movement and dampening slowly wears the shocks and struts. Generally a good quality shock or strut will last 60,000 to 75,000 miles before showing signs of wear or requiring replacement. Sometimes the hydraulic fluid will begin to leak from the shock/strut unit, although most often there are no external signs of shock or strut replacement needs. All of the wear and tear is internal and the symptoms are diminished ride quality, tire wear and poor braking performance. Due to the fact that we drive the same car every day the gradual wear can be difficult to detect. You may seem to notice that your vehicle just doesn’t feel like it “used to”. So to keep your car operating as the finely tuned machine that you purchased have the Shocks and Struts inspected regularly and budget for replacement between 75,000 and 100,000 miles.