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3 Reasons Why it’s Important to Get Your Brakes Checked

04/03/2019

Your safety on the road depends on your brakes, so why take chances? You don't want to get into a jam. While it’s never a wrong time for a brake inspection, in certain circumstances, it should be a priority. Here are three of the best times to get your brakes checked.

When You Go on a Long Road Trip

New brakes aren’t cheap, and in most cases, pads with at least 50 percent of their thickness remaining are safe for everyday use. Long trips, however, will put extra wear and tear on your brakes, and if you’re going to be gone long enough, it’s possible that thinning pads could be dangerously worn by the time you get home. If you’re planning on driving more than a thousand miles or you suspect you'll have to travel in harsh weather, take the precaution of replacing the pads before you go.

When Your Car is Old

All braking systems have parts that deteriorate over time. Rain, snow and road chemicals can cause premature brake wear and erode the lines that carry brake fluid from the master cylinder to the calipers.

The longer your car has been on the road or sitting unused where rust can take hold, the more likely it is that these problems will occur. There are plenty of other reasons for unforeseen accidents on the highway, and you have enough to worry about with other reasons for accidents on the road without worrying about your brakes failing on you. Have them serviced before you set out.

Any Time the Brakes Make Noise

Abnormal noises are a clear sign that brakes need attention. Pads come with wear indicators. These strips of metal rub against the brake disc when most of the pad has worn away. The design intentionally creates a squealing sound that lets drivers know it’s time for replacements. Because there is no standard distance between the indicator and the rotors among various models, only a visual inspection will determine how much of the pad remains.

Other screeching and grinding sounds are common in brakes, and while some are the result of relatively simple issues from low brake fluid to normal wear, they could be indicators of something more serious. Any significant noise should be investigated.

Regular brake maintenance is an essential part of car ownership, and it’s critical to keeping you, your family and other drivers safe on the road. Don’t take unnecessary chances. Whether you’re heading out for an extended vacation or just going to the grocery store down the block, your safety is worth it.

The Many Good Reasons for You to do a Coolant Flush.

12/21/2021
If all your owner’s manual, mechanic and car manufacturer tend to do after a couple of years since the purchase is to give you a coolant flush, then there must be some good reasons for doing it.There are many reasons why you should have a coolant flush done to your car. A coolant flush is regularly scheduled maintenance for your car that is often overlooked by drivers and car owners. When the engine is at normal operating temperature, the antifreeze protects the engine from overheating. If the c

Winter Driving Tips

11/14/2021
The winter season brings change to the driving landscape; not only does the climate outside get colder, but driving conditions get harsher. With colder temperatures comes more things that can affect your driving ability like wet roads, snow-covered roads, and freezing rain. Driving in winter conditions is something that must be practiced to become an expert, but there are some tips that can make it easier. Follow this guide for safe winter driving. Check your tires now, make sure you see an M+S

How To Set Up Your Daily Driver For The Slippery Winter Roads While Dodging The NHTSA “Facts & Figures” Sheet.

09/30/2021
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 116,800 people are injured from traffic-related incidents due to snowy, slushy, icy, and wet roads. With rear-end collisions being the most common and factors ranging from driver error, driving while impaired, driving while fatigued, and improper vehicle preparedness. Although there are many factors to these statistics we can reduce the number of injuries by preparing your vehicle for the oncoming slippery months of the year.

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