I probably don’t need to tell you how important your disc brakes are! Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble. Carefully maintaining your brakes is the key. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc, or rotor, to slow the wheels. The pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes them against the rotor. It’s kind of like how squeezing the handbrake on a bicycle pushes the brake pads against the wheel of the bike.
Now, pads just wear away with use, kind of like how a pencil eraser wears out. But the good news is replacing brake pads is a straightforward repair. If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, have your service advisor here are Elite Auto Repair in Tempe check them out. He’ll have one of our certified technicians perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He’ll check for signs of brake problems and go over other brake components to see that they’re working properly. And he can tell you if it’s time to replace the pads or if there are other issues with your brakes that should be addressed. Some people ignore the warning signs and keep driving, long after the pads are completely worn out. When that happens, metal brake components will grind on the rotor, damaging it enough that it needs to be resurfaced or replaced. The rotors can also warp or crack, in which case, they’ll need to be replaced. Brake calipers also wear out over time. They can develop leaks, or the caliper pistons can freeze, open or closed, either way, it’s not good. And when this happens, it’s time to replace the calipers. A thorough brake inspection will reveal worn bearings or seals as well. The new pads we put on your vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacturer specifications, or we can install upgraded parts to increase your power to stop and reduce brake noise and brake dust. We have several options to meet your braking requirements and your budget. So, taking care of your brakes keeps them working safely, and you could prevent premature brake repairs down the road. Setup an appointment for a free brake inspection and we’ll put your mind at ease.
When my check engine light comes on, I’m torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. How about you? How does it make you feel just thinking about it? It’s understandable of course, because that same check engine light could be coming on for anything, from serious damage to your transmission all the way down to just a loose gas cap.
Last week we talked about choosing a good used car to buy when you’re ready. The next step is paying for it, especially if you’d like to get a car that’s beyond your current cash on hand. That brings us to finding a good deal on a car loan to finance that good used car you located. If you’re shopping for a car and need to finance some of the costs there are five good ways you can obtain a car loan at the lowest possible interest rate and the best loan terms.