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How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

It's important to get routine maintenance on your vehicle to keep it running like new. Often, simple things like getting your brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles can help you prevent accidents and avoid costly repairs. Depending on the climate you live in and your driving habits, you may need to get your brakes serviced more often. If you are rougher on your brakes, you may find yourself replacing your brake pads in less than 40,000 miles. However, if you're a very careful driver, you may find that your brake pads last even longer than 50,000 miles. Below, we'll discuss warning signs that your brake pads may be wearing thin and require replacement, and how weather can damage your brakes. One way to tell that your brake pads may need to be replaced is a squeaking sound when you press the brakes. You may also notice that you have the press the brake much harder than before to stop, as well as a clicking sound. The squeaking sound and brake-time will become wor ... read more

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Brake Repair

Why Does My Car Shake?

Why Does My Car Shake?

Why is your car shaking!? One of the most common complaints a new client comes in with is "Shaking While Braking". Your driving down a busy road moving quickly through your day, as soon as you begin to brake for an upcoming traffic light your steering wheel begins to wobble back and forth!?! No need to fear! This is a common complaint and our certified mechanics are well versed in the variety of issues that may cause shaking while braking.  One of the most common issues causing this is brake rotors that are warped or out of parallelism. After a thorough evaluation of the braking, steering, and suspension systems the technician will recommend the best route of repair. If the issue is determined to be related to the brake rotor there are two options for repair. Providing that there is sufficient material remaining on the rotor, it can be machined and reused. If the rotor is worn below its serviceable limit then the rotor will require replacement. During this se ... read more

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Brake Repair

Do I Need to Change my Oil?

Do I Need to Change my Oil?

In the world of COVID, we have all been driving less than normal lately. A common question that we field is "Do I need to change my oil, I only drove 2,000 Miles?" Well, the short answer is that it is your car and you can do whatever you want!!!! What SHOULD you do to avoid issues? Read on..... The industry experts and manufacturers recommend never going over one year between services. The reasoning for this service interval is multi-faceted. The main component of the motor oil will breakdown and collect moisture and contamination over time. Additionally, the oil filter element is made of fleece paper, this paper will also breakdown with age and can deteriorate.   Most of all we must keep in mind that the service performed during an oil service involve much more than simply changing the motor oil and filter. Our ASE-certified technicians will review the complete vehicle to spot mechanical faults before they adversely affect you. We ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

Why You Should Be Aware of Tire Wear

Why You Should Be Aware of Tire Wear

With use, tires wear out. This is a normal process as the tread becomes shallower and overall performance starts to change However, irregular tread wear can occur for a variety of reasons. This can lead to having to replace your tires sooner than expected, costing you a handsome chunk of change Regular checking the tread depth and wear condition on each of your tires will let you know when it's time for a rotation and detect other potential maintenance requirements to get the most out of your vehicle If your tires could use some attention, it's time to pay a visit to tire experts like Frank's Servicenter. In this article, we're talking you through why it's so important to be aware of your tire wear so that you can go forth on the road confidently! Tire Wear: Why it Matters Improper tread depth on your tires can lead to unsafe driving conditions. Not only does this put you at risk, but those around you as well Most states have a ... read more

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Tires

Wheel Cylinder

Wheel Cylinder

What is a Wheel Cylinder? The wheel cylinder is the hydraulic component that actuates the brake shoes in a drum brake assembly. Hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder pushes the pistons outward moving the semi-circular brake shoe in contact with the brake drum. This contact creates the friction that slows your vehicle. Wheel cylinders are only used in drum brake equipped vehicles and therefore are becoming less commonplace. The most common failure of a wheel cylinder is leakage. Over time the wheel cylinder piston seals will deteriorate and begin to allow fluid to pass. To check for wheel cylinder leakage the dust boot is opened to inspect. As seen in the figure the red arrow points to fluid that has bypassed the seal and filled in behind the dust boot. This wheel cylinder will require replacement. After the new cylinder is installed the braking system will be refilled and the air removed through the bleeding procedure. A wheel cylinder replacement is the perfect time to service t ... read more