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Common Brake System Issues that Every Driver Should Know

Every driver relies on their brakes to stop and slow down when they need to on the road. A proper working brake system is vital to your safety, and understanding when you might have a brake problem is important. Whether you notice a strange noise or your brakes don't work like they used to, be aware of how your brakes perform that way you can easily identify when an issuing is occurring.  The brake system is hydraulic, which means that it uses high-pressure fluid to operate. The main components of the brake system that need to be maintain in order to avoid brake issues from occurring are the brake pads, rotors, calipers, and fluid. Next, let's take a look at some of the most common issues that can occur and how to recognize when they are happening.  A metal to metal grinding noise, less effective brakes, and squealing sounds can all indicate brake pad issues. Brake pads do wear down overtime and will need to be replaced periodically.  A pulsating brake pedal o ... read more

Coronavirus Update: Should you put off Car Maintenance?

We all know that car care is the last thing on most people's minds right now. A lot of people aren't driving their vehicles due to Stay At Home or other social distancing orders. So the question is: Should I put off my car maintenance? According to industry experts, you may be doing more damage than good. Letting your car sit idle can cause many problems. Rich White, executive director at the non-profit Car Care Council says, "Just as it is recommended that people stay active during this time of social distancing, your car should get some activity as well. If your vehicle sits too long, the battery could die, the tires can develop flat spots and the engine oil may start to deteriorate."  White recommends to take short solo drives once a week and doing other car care to help keep your vehicle running efficiently and safely.  If your vehicle is going to sit for a long period of time, you should moni ... read more

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