Posts Tagged inspection

Oil Change

How long will it take to change my oil?

That is a great question! To just merely drain and refill the engine oil on your car is a relatively easy and quick task. Unfortunately vehicle maintenance is much more than just “changing the oil” as the title suggests.

So the real question is what is an “Oil Change“?

An Oil Change is actually just one part of a 3,000/5,000/10,000 mile service. One of the many items that is completed during this service is the simple draining and refilling of the motor oil and replacement of the oil filter. Although to keep your complete vehicle safely operating as designed there are actually many more items that will be inspected, adjusted and serviced at this service visit. First of all the vehicle will have a complete digital maintenance inspection performed. All of the fluids will be checked for level, cleanliness, replacement and topped off as required. The tires will be inspected and the pressures adjusted as needed.  Throughout the maintenance inspection the technician will review the complete vehicle assessing the on board systems, the lighting, windshield wipers, air filer, cabin filter, belts and accessories. The battery is tested and the engine components are assessed. While performing work under the vehicle the technician will review the steering, suspension, drive train, tires and brakes. Throughout this process the technician will utilize an iPad to document photographs of any abnormal conditions. Following the assessment and the refilling of the motor oil the technician will reset the on board maintenance reminder system and apply a reminder to the windshield.


How long will this take again?

As we can see an oil change is actually much more than the simple title implies. So if you are in a rush and just do not want the actual motor oil to be neglected that can be changed in roughly 30 minutes. To actually complete the mileage service and ensure long term reliability we ask our customers to allow up to one hour.

What kind of oil do I need?

You many have been posed the question if you would like regular/standard/conventional oil or “Synthetic” oil. Just about every new car requires the use of a Synthetic motor oil. Synthetic oils are far superior offering increased protection along with extended service intervals. Please keep in mind that no matter what kind of oil your vehicle requires you should have your car in for its routine maintenance service and assessment at least every 6 months. If you drive an older car and high mileage is not a concern then a standard oil may be your best option. Ask your service advisor which is best suited for your vehicle and driving habits.

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PA State Inspection

What is “State Inspection”?
In the state of Pennsylvania by law *every car* operating on the road must be inspected annually to verify safe operation. (*some exceptions apply to specialty/antique vehicles) The inspection is a visual and physical examination of your vehicle and its safety components. The inspectors adhere to published guidelines provided by the State to verify the safe operation of all motor vehicles. Completion of a successful inspection is indicated by a sticker located in the lower left corner of your windshield.

Who can perform State Inspection?
Licensed mechanics working at a state approved inspection station perform all of the Pennsylvania State Inspections. The mechanics must pass a physical and written test to verify their capability. Both the inspectors as well as the stations are monitored and audited by state officials.

When do I need to have the inspection done?
The reflective badges on your windshield indicate the month and year of your current inspection expiration date. The grey background number is the expiration month and the opposite side indicates the year. The inspection must be renewed prior to the end of the month indicated on the sticker. There is no grace period for inspection in Pennsylvania. The inspection may be performed up to three months prior to the indicated expiration. For example if your inspection expiration was 3/20 you are eligible to have the new inspection performed anywhere from January 1 through March 31. Providing the inspection is completed in this range your new expiration date will be 3/21.

Where should I get my inspection?
Many repair shops have mechanics on duty that are capable of performing state inspections. Although as with everything else you will find a varying degree of quality among your choices. The state inspector license is a bare minimum requirement for an inspection mechanic. Inspection mechanics at Frank’s Servicenter are highly trained and undergo additional certification through the Automotive Service Excellence program (ASE).

Why do we have inspection?
Inspection is vital to the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. We all lead a busy life and it is too easy to forget about crucial safety items that are out of sight and consequently out of mind! Safety inspection maintains safe roads for all of us.

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