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What is a steering rack?

Also known as a “steering gear” this is an integral component of the modern automobile steering system. The steering rack or “rack and pinion” is the mechanical connection from the drivers hands to the steering wheels of the vehicle. The “rack-and-pinion” is a gearset is enclosed in a metal tube. As the driver turn the steering wheel the pinion rotates to pushes the rack left or right. Each end of the rack protrudes from the tube connecting to a “tie rod”. The steering rack unit uses hydraulic fluid for steering assist. A common failure of this item is fluid leaking from wear.
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What is an axle?

Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels/tires. They’re strong parts that last a long time – but like every other part they can run into trouble. There are different kinds of axles, each with their own potential problems. Most cars today have “constant velocity” drive axles. These axles are constantly articulating and moving as the name implies. You may have heard a service technician refer to CV boots or axle boots. These are the rubber boots that protect the CV joint while you drive. Your Southampton Pennsylvania service technician knows this and checks for things like leaking seals, torn CV boots, and worn axle joints. An inspection will reveal if there are any axle related problems. If there is a concern with an axle,it will be removed and inspected. If the shaft is in good shape, it can be reused. Damaged CV boots are replaced as well. It’s important to have Frank’s Servicenter Inc. take care of this work as soon as you become aware of a problem. Waiting only makes the damage worse and more expensive to repair later.
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What is a Catalytic Converter?

And why is it so expensive? A catalytic converter is an essential part of your exhaust and emissions system. The purpose of the catalytic converter is to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they ever leave your car’s­ exhaust system. In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without being affected itself. The cost of a catalytic converter is driven primarily by the precious metals that are used to construct the catalyst. The mix of precious metals includes platinum, palladium, and rhodium. These precious metals are also the driving force behind “catalytic converter theft”.
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How long will my tires last?

The reality is that it depends on many factors. The national average is 3 – 5 years. The life of your tires will vary based on the type of vehicle and most importantly your driving habits. As your grandfather probably told you speeding, hard braking and hard acceleration will prematurely wear your tires. Other major factors are stop and go local driving versus extended highway driving. To maximize the life of your tires make sure to regularly set the pressure, rotate your tires and check the wheel alignment.
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Should I flush brake fluid in my car?

Brake fluid is an interesting topic because some drivers are not sure if and why they should flush the fluid. The brake fluid is the ONLY moving link between the brake pedal and brake caliper. A frequent concern is that drivers have not previously changed their brake fluid. There have been significant changes in modern cars that have also changed the type of maintenance required. Front-wheel drive vehicles with larger semi metallic brake systems run significantly hotter than their rear-wheel drive counterparts. Nearly all vehicles now have delicate and advanced abs / traction control systems as well that require clean quality fluid. These high brake temperatures require fluid that can take the heat. Brake fluid that has absorbed moisture over time will have contamination and a lowered boiling point. Brake fluid is tested with a moisture meter, 3% or higher moisture requires fluid replacement. An NHTSA survey found that the brake fluid in 20% of 1,720 vehicles sampled contained 5% or more water!
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How much will it cost to fix my check engine light?

This is a great question that we hear daily. There are literally thousands of different items that can cause the “check engine” or “service engine” light to come on. From a fault as simple as a loose gas cap to an issue as complex as an internal computer fault. The first step to identifying the issue is to bring the car in for a preliminary evaluation. There is no cost obligation for a preliminary inspection. After the preliminary we can set a budget for the repair depending on the area of the fault.
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Learn About our Road Hazard Protection

“Road hazard” protection is available on tires at Frank’s Servicenter. Our road hazard protection program insures your tire purchase against accidental road hazard damage for up to 5 years and down to 5/32. If your tire is punctured or damaged we will repair or replace it at no cost to you. Ask about “tire protection” at Frank’s Servicenter.
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How often should I rotate my tires?

Wait don’t the tires rotate EVERY TIME I drive? Well of course your tires rotate as you drive, additionally the position of the tire on the vehicle should be rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles. Rotating your tires will dramatically increase tire wear and longevity. At this time you should also set the tire pressure and check the balance.
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Where am I leaking coolant from?

Where is the coolant leaking from on my car? Many different items on your car can leak anti-freeze. If there is a cooling system leak a technician will pressure test the system to locate the leak. During this pressure test the technician will inspect the radiator, water pump, hoses and various gaskets. The picture below shows a cracked plastic intake manifold gasket that was leaking coolant.
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Why doesn’t my air conditioning work?

After the official start of summer and the first batch of warm/humid days many people are realizing that it is too hot in their car! There are many items that can cause your AC system to malfunction. Before worrying first make sure that you have the “MAX AC” or “RECIRC” button selected to maximize the cooling capability of your car. This feature will close the outside fresh air vent and recirculate the inside air. If you still feel too warm don’t despair the repair may be as simple as a minor leak in the system.
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