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?

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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?” »

5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Mechanic

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When you have car trouble, the problem is sometimes minor. Other times, a major car repair is needed. It’s essential that you seek a mechanic’s advice sooner rather than later in some situations. If you experience any of these five signs, then you may be in need of immediate car repair. Continue reading “5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Mechanic” »

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.

How to Prevent a Few Common Auto Repairs

Let’s face it, you would much rather spend your hard-earned money on things more exciting than auto repair. At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we know how frustrating it is when your car needs to be fixed. We love repairing cars, but we love happy customers even more. So, in the spirit of our mission, we’ve created a list of ways you can prevent a few of the most common auto repairs.

Brake Pad Replacement

Brakes are an extremely important safety component of every car. Monitoring your brake pads is an easy way to avoid having to replace your car’s brake rotors, which can be a more expensive fix. Lucky for you, there are a couple of easy ways to tell if your brake pads need to be replaced.

As you come to a stop, many brake pads make a screeching or grinding sound when they need to be serviced. “But noise alone isn’t always the best indicator, so it’s best to anticipate when this will happen by periodically inspecting the thickness of the brake pads,” reported Edmunds. If your brake pads appear to be thin, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible, as to avoid unwanted damage to the brake rotors.  The good news is that even if you have a limited skill set, most brake pads can be conveniently  replaced at home.

Engine Misfire

A healthy engine is a beautiful thing, but an engine in need of repair can be a nightmare. Sadly, if you don’t keep up on your engine maintenance, a number of things can go awry in this complex piece of machinery. A common but preventable issue is engine misfire. Vacuum leaks, damaged spark plugs, and poor fuel delivery are just a few things that can create engine misfire issues. Engine repairs can cost you a pretty penny, ranging anywhere from 100 to 10,000 dollars.

Typically, these problems can be prevented by sticking to your car’s engine maintenance schedule. Regular engine checkups are also important, because they allow professionals to foresee potential issues and identify any small repairs that need to be made. We also suggest you have an annual trouble-code scan done, because it can help recognize future engine problems.

Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System Breakdown

Codes for EVAP leaks often appear when there is a leak or another issue within the system. Finding the leak or defective part and fixing it can be costly — ranging between 100 to 700 dollars.

Want to save money? There are a few easy ways you can prevent this issue. If you always look into a check engine light and make a habit of securely fastening the gas cap each time you fill your tank, your engine will be better protected. “In addition, a good rust protection application helps to keep system line corrosion to a minimum,” said an AOL article.

It’s summertime, and we don’t want you dipping into your vacation funds to make auto repairs that are usually preventable. We’re industry experts, so take our advice and keep up on your car maintenance. And in the event that your car does need a repair, remember that Performance Truck & Automotive Repair is just the place for the job!

 

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