BRAKES AND AUTO REPAIR TIP FROM BRAKE WORLD PINES
|Posted on April 5, 2019 at 8:30 AM||comments (14795)|
A good way to find a quality mechanic is to ask friends and family members who they use. Odds are, if someone you know has had a problem with a mechanic they are not going to recommend them to you, too. Word of mouth is still a huge marketing tactic in the world of mechanics, so asking around is a good first step in finding a person who will work with you and take good care of your car. The best mechanics tend to have the most loyal customers. If you have a friend who has taken all of his car...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 7, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (19843)|
If your engine misfires, hesitates, stalls, gets poor mileage, is hard to start or has failed an emissions test, it clearly needs something, though a tune-up in the traditional sense might not be the cure.
If you tell a repair shop you need a tune-up, the mechanic should ask why you feel you need one before recommending any service. Just like a doctor should ask what symptoms you're experiencing, a mechanic should seek to diagnose the problem. And just as a doctor may recommend some tes...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM||comments (28347)|
To reconcile the varying points of view, you’ve got to consult your owner’s manual and use a little bit of common sense. Most owner’s manuals for newer vehicles will tell you it’s acceptable to go 5,000 miles between oil changes under normal conditions. But you should drop to 3,000 miles if you drive under severe conditions.
evere driving conditions can take a toll on just about every part of your car — both inside and out.
But what exactl...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (68010)|
Why Bleed the Brakes?
The term "bleeding the brakes" refers to the process in which a small valve is opened at the caliper (or wheel cylinder) to allow controlled amounts of brake fluid to escape the system. (When you think about it, "bleeding" may appear to be a somewhat graphic term, but it aptly describes the release a vital fluid.)
We bleed the brakes to release air that sometimes becomes trapped within the lines. Technically, "air" only enters the lines if there is a compromi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 1, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (69786)|
It’s the worst feeling you can have as a driver: the indisputable fact that something is wrong. Steam spews from under the hood while warning bells chime and lights flash from your dashboard. Your engine is too hot, and you’ve got to pull over to the nearest parking lot or onto the road shoulder to let the engine cool down. There’s a knot in your stomach – this could be expensive.
Heat is an engine’s enemy. The damage caused by overheating can be catastroph...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM||comments (19235)|
There are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.
Have you ever heard a high-pitched screeching so...Read Full Post »