Keep Your Old Car Running Forever

You may consider your older car your baby. After 100,000+ miles, you’ve clearly put a lot of tender love and care into keeping her on the road. Regular maintenance will not only help her run like a champ but can save you money by avoiding costly repairs. Keep your older car in tip-top shape with these tips.

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How to Prep Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

The arrival of summer always starts to create a longing for adventure. After months of unpredictable weather or navigating wet, slippery roads, clear skies and warm weather are good enough reasons to pack up the car and see where the journey takes you.

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Three Clues it’s Time to Replace Your Brake Pads

It’s critical to maintain the brake system in your car or truck to ensure you and the drivers around you are safe. It’s essential to understand how your brake system works and when you need to replace vital parts, like your brake pads.  Continue reading “Three Clues it’s Time to Replace Your Brake Pads” »

5 Signs It’s Time to Visit the Mechanic

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Sometimes you have minor issues with your vehicle that you don’t give a second thought. Other times, major repairs are needed. It’s essential that you seek a mechanic’s advice sooner rather than later when you think you might have a serious automobile problem. If you notice any of these five signs, you may be in need of immediate vehicle repair. Continue reading “5 Signs It’s Time to Visit the Mechanic” »

Are Your Vehicle’s Brakes OK?

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Not everyone is a car expert, but figuring out whether your brakes are beginning to fail isn’t that difficult. Not every vehicle has a warning light that pops up when there is an issue with your wheels or brake system. The following symptoms may tell you that it’s time to get to the mechanic. Continue reading “Are Your Vehicle’s Brakes OK?” »

3 Ways to Maintain Your Vehicle to Avoid Costly Repairs

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What’s Wrong With My Car’s Brakes?

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With the possibility of losing your brakes while driving and potentially getting into an accident, properly working brakes are absolutely essential. Here are some common problems that may signal a problem with your vehicle’s braking system.

1. Soft Braking

If your brakes feels mushy when you press down on the pedal, there may be a problem with the master cylinder leaking. This can be a very dangerous situation because the entire braking system could fail at any moment. One thing you could do is to check the brake fluid to see if it is running low. Otherwise, you need to get the master cylinder checked immediately.

2. Pulling to One Side

While cars that pull to one side could signal a problem with the tires, it could also be a warning sign of a frozen caliper. If the piston on the caliper is stuck in the bore or the dust boot that protects the piston gets dirty or torn, the fluid pressure is unable to push the piston. In turn, this causes the brake pad pressure to be uneven. If your call is pulling to one side, you may need to replace the caliper.

3. Shaking

If your steering wheel or the entire car shakes when you apply your brakes, your car is giving you another warning sign. In the case of your steering wheel shaking, you may need your rotors resurfaced or replaced. When the entire car shakes with braking, you probably need to replace your rear brakes.

4. Pulsing Pedal

Does your brake pedal pulse up and down when you push on it? This is a sign that your rotors may be warped due to age. Depending on what condition the rotors are in, you may need to resurface them or replace them altogether.

If you believe there is something wrong with your car’s brakes, you should have them checked them right away. In the long run, safety and peace of mind are well worth the price.

What’s That Strange Sound Coming from My Car? Part 1

As your car ages, sometimes weird squeals, clicks and clunking sounds happen. And when you hear them, you may wonder many where it’s coming from and if it needs your immediate attention. Your car, like people, will tell you if something is wrong. In this first installment of, “What’s That Strange Sound Coming from My Car,” we’re going to cover brakes, the types of noises they make, and the cause of those noises.

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Signs You Need to Replace Your Brake Pads

Maintaining the brake system in your vehicle is obviously of critical importance. To guarantee better safety for you and others on the road, it is helpful to know the different parts that create your vehicle’s brake system, and how to tell when certain parts need to be replaced.

How Do Brake Pads Work?Front Brake Parts Disks and Pads

One component of a vehicle’s brake system are the brake pads. Any time you push in the brake pedal, a set of heat resistant brake pads firmly grip the spinning brake rotors. The brake pads provide friction, which slows the wheels down so the car can come to a complete stop.

Why It’s Important to Replace Worn Brake Pads

Even though brake pads are heat resistant – which is essential since they use friction to stop the vehicle – they still wear down over a period of time. Worn brake pads will begin to lose the ability to slow down your vehicle.
It’s important to replace worn brake pads as soon as possible in order to avoid damaging the brake rotors. Failure to replace brake pads can warp your brake rotors, which makes your vehicle’s brake system extremely unsafe. Here are some signs to remember so you can recognize when you may need to replace your brake pads.

Signs You Need New Brake Pads

An easy indicator of worn brake pads is a loud, usually high-pitched screeching sound that occurs when you press the brakes. Some brake pad manufacturers design them to include a small piece of metal that makes a screeching sound when the brake pad material has worn down so a driver realizes they need to be replaced.

If you have to push your brake pedal in further than in the past, this is another sign that your brake pads need attention. If you press the brakes and your vehicle takes longer to stop than you’re used to, this is another indication.
If you are fixing your brakes by yourself, look for deep, circular marks and grooves in your brake rotors. Severely worn brake pads can leave these grooves in your rotors, which is an obvious sign that they need replacement.

Performance Trucks & Auto Repair Can Help!

If your vehicle needs new brake pads, Performance Trucks & Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL, is here to help. Our knowledgeable team can help you select which brake pads are right for your vehicle, and can replace your brake pads for you. Our team can also inspect the rest of your brake system to make sure it is functioning properly, and to make sure that your vehicle stays safe.

Call us today at (334) 245-6600 for more information or to schedule an appointment!

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