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” »

Avoid Car Problems On Your Spring Break Road Trip

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The last thing you want to think about when you’re on vacation is car problems. You want to be wandering around a museum, watching the sunset on a beach, or just walking around a new town with friends or family. Nobody budgets their trip to include car repair cash, not to mention time wasted looking for a mechanic to fix it. We have a checklist of things to test before hitting the asphalt. Continue reading “Avoid Car Problems On Your Spring Break Road Trip” »

Are Your Vehicle’s Brakes OK?

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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We’ve created a list of ways you can prevent a few of the most common auto repairs. Continue reading “3 Ways to Maintain Your Vehicle to Avoid Costly Repairs” »

5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Brakes

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Brakes are one of the top parts of your car that should be in top working condition at all time. In general, there should be 1/4 inch of brake pad, you can check by looking between the wheel’s spokes. If you hear a high-pitched screech when braking, that’s the indicator telling you to get your brakes checked. Watch out for these other five signs that you need new brakes. Continue reading “5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Brakes” »

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.

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