May 21, 2015

Why Brake Repair is Necessary for Your Vehicle

One of the most important parts of your vehicle is the brake system. This is because the brakes will allow you to slow down and stop when you need to. Without properly working brakes, the chance for an accident to happen can increase. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us so the brakes can be inspected. This way your vehicle will always be in the best condition possible when you need to drive it. Signs of Poor Brakes There are a number of signs that can predict when brake repair will be needed. The most common ones are the easiest to detect. When you are driving, do you feel the steering wheel shake? A steering wheel that wiggles could be a sign of brake problems. If the steering wheel jiggles back and forth every time you come to a stop, then this is a sign of worn out brake rotors. Brake rotors do not need to be changed as often as brake pads, but should still be replaced every few years. It is suggested to have your brake rotors changed every three times your brake pads are replaced. When it comes to brake pads, another observable sign of brake damage is high pitched squeaking. When your vehicle squeals anytime you apply pressure to the brake pedal, this could be an indication of bad brake pads. The squeaking sound comes from a piece on the actual brake pad that gets exposed once the pad is worn down enough. When this indicator is exposed, it is time to replace the pads.   Issues that the Brakes Can Cause Most brake repairs involve work related to the brake’s main parts, ranging from the master cylinder and brake lines to the brake pads, rotors, and calipers. Ask one of our technicians to help you establish a regular maintenance schedule for your brakes and other parts of your car. The master cylinder is normally reliable and experiences few malfunctions but they can develop internal leaks. When left unattended, the leak can cause the brake pedal to work intermittently or fail altogether. A warning light on your dashboard will alert you if your master cylinder has failed. Healthy brake fluid is clear or slightly yellow in color. If you notice the fluid has turned dark or is dirty, ask your mechanic to change the brake fluid. Brake lines are composed of steel tubes and rubber hoses, and they provide a way for brake fluid to travel from the master cylinder to the wheels.   When to Use the Emergency Brake An emergency or parking brake is used in the event of a failure of the regular brakes. However, the parking brake is most commonly used when parking on a steep hill to prevent the car from rolling. When the emergency brakes fail, the probable cause is that the rubber hose that covers the brake cable has deteriorated. When this happens, the metal cable rusts rapidly and eventually breaks. If you notice that your emergency brake cable is broken, replace the brake immediately. This can help keep your vehicle safe and reliable.
May 14, 2015

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May 14, 2015

Make Sure the Brakes are in Good Condition

When owning a vehicle, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. There are many reasons why a vehicle might need to have the brakes tested or adjusted after you have been driving it. Road conditions affect the life of the brake almost as much as how you drive the vehicle. People who drive fast and hit a pothole can jar the brake pads or rotors so that they do not fit properly against the tire. It could cause scratching noises or even damage to the parts behind the tire that keep it stopping regularly. It is also recommended to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This will help it to stay in a safe and reliable condition. Signs the Brakes should be Checked If you travel down a gravel road, those gravel pieces that fly up because you are probably going a little too fast can jump up and get in to the brake pads too, causing a grinding sound until it is knocked out. Hopefully it falls out or else that gravel could do serious and permanent damage to any of the brake system pieces. If you suspect the brakes have gravel, stones or other debris in them, take them in to a shop and have us look at it. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the brakes. When you have them checked right away they might only need to be cleaned out instead of replaced, which would be a much more affordable option. Issues with the Brake Line There could be a problem develop with the brake line or the brakes at any time for one of several reasons. The conditions on the road can be jarring on the components, causing them to come out of alignment with the tire. For instance, a large pothole or a gravel road with divots can wreak havoc on the braking system, not to mention the suspension system, of the car. When you take a big hit with a pothole, slowly check the brakes after and make sure they function correctly. If they seem soft, it might not be a bad idea to go and visit the local shop immediately. Know when the Parts should be Repaired Most often, brake system parts cannot be fixed, they need to be replaced. The brake pads wear out because of the friction of being rubbed against the inside of the tire in order to get it to stop. Brand new brake pads are the only answer to keeping your vehicle stopping on a dime all of the time. Rotors and calipers can sometimes be fixed if they only get bent a little bit. But the strength and durability of their structure will probably be compromised and it is best to just go out and get all new parts. Once the tire is off anyway, it is easier to just have all of the parts that are bent or not functioning correctly replaced so the vehicle you are driving is always operating at the safest level.
May 1, 2015

Tips to Keep the Vehicle in Ideal Condition

The vehicle that you have was chosen because of the many different things that it would provide for you. One of the things that it can provide for you is the kind of driving which will take you to your accustomed summer destinations. This includes making sure that you will not end up on the side of the road as well as making sure that you will be able to get to your destination with as few gas stops as possible. There are a few components that will help you in making sure that you will be able to enjoy the kind of driving that you want to accomplish. Mufflers play a bigger role in summer driving than you can know. The alignment will help to make sure that you are driving safer while you are on the road. It is also important to make sure that the brakes are being inspected so that you will be able to avoid any kinds of accidents. By paying attention to these things, you will enjoy driving during the summer a lot more. The Importance of a Good Muffler One of the components which is often ignored whenever you are going to the mechanic is the condition of your muffler. This is actually a very important part of being able to get maximum efficiency form your vehicle. The reason why it is important to have a good operating muffler is because it will help to make sure that the exhaust is able to exit your vehicle as quickly as possible. The faster it can exit, the easier it is to burn more fuel. Check the Tires and Alignment Driving straight down the road is not only a matter of convenience. It can also help to keep you safe and make sure that you are getting better gas mileage. If the alignment is off, you will have to turn the wheel to compensate for its drag. If you are not paying attention, it can cause you to drive into another vehicle. Of course, if you keep the wheel turned, it means one of the wheels is being dragged along. This will create a huge drag which is not fuel efficient. A simple alignment check will help to eliminate this problem. Bring the vehicle in and we can check the tires and alignment for you. If needed, we can also rotate the tires. This will help to keep them lasting as long as possible. Always make sure to Inspect the Brakes The brakes are one of the most important safety features in a vehicle. They help you to stop at a light as well as avoid collisions and more. It is important to get these inspected before making a long trip this summer. This way, you will be able to leave home with the knowledge that you will most likely be able to get home without incident. If you are getting them checked often, you will only need to replace the pads for your vehicle which is a fairly inexpensive procedure.