“Bad Battery Test”

Bad Battery season is here! Cold weather requires more cranking amps to start your vehicle. Some examples: slower cranking speeds, dimming lamps with lights on, and no cranking conditions. All Phase Auto Repair can test your Battery during a Courtesy Inspection and currently has $20 Gift Card promotions if battery is needed on qualifying batteries. Same deal on Starters and Alternators. Save more by using CFNA credit card and get $30 back by spending $500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” My Vehicle Vibrates”

Many of our customers have concerns about their vehicle vibrating, and or pulling conditions. Many vehicle systems can cause these issues including, Tires, Wheels, Steering, Suspension and Alignment, Drive Train and more. The most likely culprits are Tires, Tire Balance and or Bent Wheels. With plenty of pot holes in our area bent wheels are common as well, many times hidden until Wheel Balance is performed. Tires are also supposed to be round, but not always, and can develop flat spots when sitting for long periods. All Phase Diagnoses and Repairs all your vehicles issues. We are certified to work on all your vehicles no matter where purchased. Specializing in MAXCARE and REPAIRPAL warranties. Schedule your appointment now.

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“Hyundai Thefts”

Hyundai and Kia vehicles are currently on the hot list to steel. All Phase Auto Repair can fix all Hyundai, Kia vehicles including theft damage and more. If you own one, you should contact the dealer or local police station https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/departments/police/community/precincts/11-essex/to see if you can benefit.

Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai have agreed to an estimated $200 million class action legal settlement over claims that many of the companies’ cars and SUVs.

The settlement, which could cover up to nine million vehicle owners, provides a total of up to $145 million that will be distributed to owners whose vehicles have been stolen to help cover their out-of-pocket losses.

This could include payments of up to $6,125 per owner for the complete loss of their vehicle as well as payments for damage to the vehicle and to personal property for up to $3,375. It could also include payments for insurance-related expenses and other costs, including car rental, taxi fare, ride share costs or public transit payments not otherwise covered by insurance. Including costs related to installing anti-theft software systems and payments for other anti-theft measures, the total cost of the settlement could be slightly more or less than $200 million, depending on how many owners participate.

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“We Can Do That”

You probably know that USB is a computer term (it stands for Universal Serial Bus). But do you know what a TSB is? You should, because it could be important for your vehicle.

A TSB is a Technical Service Bulletin.  Once a new vehicle is introduced and starts being driven by thousands of real-world users, weaknesses in parts or design are revealed.  So, automakers send out TSBs, so service technicians will know to look for those problems.  A TSB can be issued for things such as a loud noise when the vehicle turns or a minivan power door that won’t close properly.

A TSB is not the same as a recall.  If a vehicle has a defect that could result in people being hurt or illegal emissions, that vehicle is recalled.  The manufacturer must pay for a safety defect to be fixed, usually at a dealership.

When a Technical Service Bulletin is issued, it’s an acknowledgment that the vehicle manufacturer has noticed a pattern of something not working the way it should.  They also suggest the proper repair to address these known issues.  The cost for a TSB is usually only covered by the manufacturer if the vehicle is still under warranty.

If your vehicle is no longer covered by a warranty, but a TSB has been issued on a certain problem, any service facility can perform the service.  Ask your NAPA AutoCare Service Advisor about TSBs that may have been issued for your vehicle.  Those TSBs can be helpful for the technician to diagnose any problem you are experiencing.  The TSB will also guide the technician on the best repair procedure to get your vehicle working the way it should.  We’re committed to maintaining your vehicle’s performance, safety, and fuel economy.  Trust your vehicle to NAPA AutoCare.

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“Coupons for Auto Service”

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All Phase Auto Repair services all your needs on your family vehicles. Late model engines and transmissions are expensive and have had some recent failures. Most vehicle systems require fluids to make them work and these fluids break down causing major problems. All Phase offers fluid exchanges using BG products with added benefits and warranties when used as directed. From Oil changes to Transmission flushes, we can make your ride last longer with less shop visits by changing fluids. Follow links for your discounts, click on your Special Offer and show Service Advisor, (Terri) to redeem, All Phase Auto Repair (napavision.com)All Phase Auto Repair (napavision.com, All Phase Auto Repair (napavision.com, All Phase Auto Repair (napavision.com)All Phase Auto Repair (napavision.com)

                        

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” Tire Rotations”

Question

How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced?

Answer

The interval for tire rotation could depend on a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the vehicle maker.  The interval is typically around 5,000 miles but could range from 3,000 to 8,000 miles.  The background question is why do tires need to be rotated?

Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders faster up front.  Rotating the position of the tires allows for more even wear among all the tires.  Now the suspension set-up on certain vehicles may also affect the relative wear between the front and rear.

There are several rotation patterns – your service advisor will see that you get the correct pattern for your particular vehicle.

Wheels and tires are not perfectly balanced due to slight variations in the manufacturing process and the placement of tire pressure monitoring sensors.  So, weights are strategically placed on the wheel to ensure that the tire spins true.  When a wheel is out of balance it is essentially bouncing thousands of extra times every mile.  Now this can result in an uncomfortable vibration in the steering wheel or through the seat.  An unbalanced tire will also wear quicker and is hard on your shocks and struts.

Wheels should be balanced if you detect a vibration or uneven wear.  A wheel balance check every year is a good idea.

Because tires cost so much, it’s a great idea to do everything you can to make them last as long as possible.  Proper tire inflation, regular tire rotation and wheel balancing are keys to long tire life.  Your service center can inspect your tires for signs of uneven wear and diagnose and correct the problem.

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300 Eastern Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
410-687-5030
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“CARMAX CUSTOMERS WELCOME”

“CARMAX CUSTOMERS WELCOME”

Just want to remind everyone, All Phase Auto Repair excepts aftermarket vehicle warranties including (MAXCARE), usually sold with CARMAX vehicles. Vehicle warranties will help offset major repair bills and oftentimes can cover diagnostics, towing, and rental cars. Just like the food industries, shortages have affected auto manufacturing as well as parts markets making warranties even more rewarding in these times. Carmax customers may benefit with waived deductibles and no waiting for diagnostics and repairs when using our facility.   Call Terri 410-687-5030

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“Tires and Safety”

Question

How can I tell when my tires are worn so much that they need to be replaced?

Answer Check this Video Out! This video allows us to see how much abuse our vehicles tires endure. https://youtu.be/rILyBg7ZjeI

That is a very important question.  As we discuss the matter, keep in mind that one of the most important jobs of your tire tread is to move water. The channels in the tread act as passages for water to escape from underneath the tire.  The deeper the tread, the deeper the channel – and the more water that can be evacuated.

When enough water can’t be moved from underneath the tire, the tire can ride on the water – often called hydroplaning.  The tire is literally not contacting the road but rather is “floating” on the water so there is little traction and the vehicle can slide.

So somewhere between a brand-new tire and a bald tire lies the point at which the tire should be replaced.  Some governmental jurisdictions have minimum tread depth requirements others do not.  So, check the laws where you live to learn the legal minimum.

Tire manufacturers are required to mold a tread wear bar into the tire.  This bar appears across the tread when the tire is worn down to 2/32 of an inch.  If you were to insert a US penny upside down into the tread on your tire and the tread did not come to Abe Lincoln’s head, your tires are worn below 2/32 of an inch.

Studies have shown, that there is a significant difference in stopping distances in wet conditions with tires that have less wear.  For example, in controlled, wet conditions a vehicle with 4/32 of an inch of tread traveling at highway speeds was able to stop in about 85 feet less distance than the same car with tires with 2/32 of an inch of tread.  That could easily be the difference between a safe stop and hitting the vehicle in front of you.

You can gauge 4/32 of an inch by inserting a US quarter upside down into the tread.  If it covers George Washington’s head, you have more than 4/32 of an inch of tread.

New tires are a big-ticket item so it’s natural to want to get as much value out of them as possible.  Just remember that a huge part of that value is the ability to stop safely in wet conditions.  Talk with your tire professional for help with tire replacement.

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Baltimore, Maryland 21221
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4 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Maryland State Inspection

4 Things You Need To Know Before Getting A Maryland Vehicle Inspection

In Maryland, before registering your vehicle, it’s important to have it thoroughly inspected. There are approximately 1,600 locations throughout the state of Maryland that have been licensed to correctly inspect your car. While the station should first be authorized to follow through with the inspection, most locations specialize in inspecting passenger cars, trailers without air brakes (up to 20 feet or less in length), light trucks, and SUVs. Often, many car owners visit locations only knowing the facts listed above, but don’t know some additional must know facts before getting a Maryland vehicle inspection.

Getting your car inspected shouldn’t be a tedious or complicated task, but it should be something you have knowledge about prior to visiting an inspection location. Don’t worry, if you don’t have the answers, that’s where we come into the picture. Brushing up on your facts about car inspections is a piece of cake.

There are five specific facts every car owner should know before walking into a station to get their car inspected. Not familiar? No worries. Keep scrolling and allow us to school you on five things you need to know about Maryland vehicle inspections.

1. When To Inspect Your Vehicle

Maryland only requires you to get your vehicle inspected for two reasons:

• You just moved to Maryland and your vehicle is registered in another state, or

• You just bought a used vehicle (or received it as a gift or inheritance)

If you just moved to Maryland, you have 60 days to register your vehicle, and you need to pass the Maryland state inspection before registering your vehicle. If you just purchased a used vehicle (or received it as a gift or inheritance), your car needs to pass the Maryland state inspection within 90 days prior to registering the vehicle. Even if your car already passed the Maryland vehicle inspection this year, you still need to re-inspect the car because the certificate has an expiration of 90 days.

Note that some driving services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) may require an additional Maryland State Inspection even if you have previously had an inspection performed and/or the vehicle is registered in Maryland prior to becoming a driver for their service.

2. Where To Schedule Your Inspection

Prior to scheduling your inspection you want to make sure that the inspection station is authorized by Maryland as the Maryland Vehicle Administration only accepts certificates from authorized locations.  All Phase Auto Repair station 7987A  has two Technicians certified by Maryland who can reliably perform safety inspections.

Like anything, finding a location to get something looked at that you use on a daily basis is pretty important. There are some good stations and there are some bad stations, but it is up to you to do a thorough search to find the best location to get your car inspection completed. You will find out that doing your research beforehand can save you a lot of stress and possibly, maybe even a lot of money. Google is your best friend so take full advantage.

3. What The Maryland Vehicle Inspection Includes

Patience is a virtue and when it comes to Maryland vehicle inspections, and the main goal is to try and get your car back in your possession in a feasible amount of time. Most inspections take anywhere between 1 to 2 hours once the mechanic begins to work on the vehicle. Depending on your vehicle, different aspects of it are checked. In general, brakes, steering, lights, exhaust, safety belts, and other crucial components are checked during the Maryland vehicle inspection.  We have a full list posted in our office.

Upon completion of your auto inspection, the mechanic will issue you a report that states whether or not your vehicle passed and what may or may not need to be discussed further. This pass or fail notice is also electronically submitted to the MVA at the time of the inspection for their records. A certificate will not be issued if your vehicle fails to meet any of the safety standards.

You also have the option to perform required repairs at the station, complete the repairs yourself, or have them performed at another location if, for example, your vehicle is under warranty for the item(s) that failed inspection.

Note that if the vehicle is re-inspected within 30 days after the original inspection and you have driven it less than 1,000 miles, the inspection station only needs to inspect the defective parts noted during the original Maryland vehicle inspection. Here is more information from the Maryland Vehicle Administration.

4. Maryland Vehicle Inspection Costs and Fees

The Motor Vehicle Association doesn’t control the rates when it comes to the cost of inspections, so depending where you decide to get your vehicle inspected, the cost can and will vary. The average price for Maryland state inspection as of 2022 is around $95.  Some vehicles are more due to tint or size of the vehicle.  It is necessary that each location has their rate posted somewhere in the station to let patrons know beforehand how much they will be dishing out of pocket. For re-inspection, rates vary depending on specific parts that need to be inspected.

Ultimately, getting the Maryland vehicle inspection is a simple process. Following the steps above will ensure that getting your car inspected is a pleasurable process.

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