In preparation for the cold winter months, many drivers begin to think about winter weather driving and the dangers that it can bring. Even if you have had your car for a long time and feel very comfortable behind the wheel, sometimes the unpredictable conditions on winter roads can catch you off guard. Tire Discounters wants you to feel ready for the change of season by providing you with the top ten list of things you can do to prepare for winter driving.
The turning of the calendar to November signals the start of the busiest time of the year. From fall school activities wrapping-up before the holiday season to honoring our fine men and women on Veterans Day to spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The month of November is a month packed full of important events and celebrations. Vehicle prep is not usually on anyone’s radar. more “5 Key Ingredients to November Vehicle Prep”
The Car Care Council and the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) have designated August as National Brake Safety Awareness Month. While oil changes and tire rotation are common maintenance routines, brake inspections are often overlooked.
We don’t need to point out that brakes are kind of important! But they wear and age like any other system in your vehicle. And they’re sneaky. Your brakes lose stopping power so gradually that you might not notice that your safety is at risk.
There are several factors that affect brake wear, including your driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and the quality of the brake lining material.
Always put your safety first – never ignore routine brake inspections or repair. Allowing your brakes to get down to the “metal-on-metal” contact, is potentially dangerous and will lead to a higher repair bill.
Warning Signs Your Brakes Need to be Inspected
This is one of the most common signs that there is a problem with your brakes. If you hear screeching, grinding or clicking noises when you press on the brake, you need to get it checked!
Pulling to a Side
Your vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
Low Pedal Pressure
When your brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.
Hard Pedal Pressure
The opposite of low pedal pressure. If you must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
If your brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.
If you press the brake pedal and it vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
Your brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.
When to replace your brake components can be difficult to estimate. Deterioration depends on several conditions such as the extent of driving, variations in climate, quality of brake pads and frequency of stopping.
Vehicles should have their tires rotated every 3-6 months or every 5,000 miles. That is a good time to have the brakes inspected as well. A Tire Discounters certified ASE mechanic can provide you with a free multi-point inspection and measure all brake pads/shoes, rotors/brake drums and inspect the brake hydraulic system.
Call or chat with us to schedule your FREE brake inspection.
We have all heard the unmistakable sound: Loud squealing when you touch the brake pedal. It may sound like a pig pen from inside your car, but it is actually the brake pad wear indicator. What is it telling you?
Most of us only think of our brakes when we think something is wrong. Braking systems wear and age like any other system in your vehicle. Rubber parts deteriorate and break-off leaving particles in your brake fluid. Combine this with moisture in the system and the effectiveness and stopping power becomes decreased. more “Importance of Brake Fluid Checks”
Your cruising down the main drag, kicking back, enjoying life. The soundtrack of the 80’s on the radio, Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield fills the airwaves. Just as the infatuation with Jessie’s girlfriend brakes, the song of all songs begins- In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins. more “Are Your Brakes Going Bad? Warning Sounds”
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it seems that everyone has a different opinion about what’s right and wrong. Unfortunately, this uncertainty leads many to fall victim to the dreaded myth. To put this uncertainty at bay (pun intended), here are the five most common auto myths that we hear: more “Myth Busting: Five Common Auto Myths”