Pre-Road Trip Checklist

Spring and summer bring the warmer weather, and a lot of families will be planning road trips to enjoy the weather and have some fun during school breaks and vacations. If you’re planning a road trip soon, don’t forget to account for having your vehicle inspected before you hit the road. Many of us forget that our vehicles may not be in the best shape for a long drive, and the best way to protect yourself from unwanted breakdowns and stressful situations is to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip.    Before you embark on your road trip, be sure to go over our pre-road trip vehicle checklist to ensure that you’re vehicle stays reliable and dependable on your vacation or bring your vehicle into our shop for a check of the following:   Check Brakes and Battery - Brakes should be properly working and check that the battery doesn’t have any signs of excessive corrosion. It also doesn’t hurt to have the life of your battery tested.  ... read more

Most Common Brake Problems

When it comes to your vehicle’s brakes, any issue or problem should always be addressed as soon as it is detected. The brakes are important to your ability to safely slow down or stop on the road and should be working well at all times. Brake problems can show symptoms in many different ways, from strange noises to overall lack of performance. Here are some signs that your brakes may be failing:   Lack of performance Squealing or screeching noise while braking Vibrating when you press on the brakes Pedal goes to the floor Pedal feels “spongy”  As soon as you notice a problem with your brakes, you should have your vehicle inspected by your local trusted mechanic. They will be able to look at the brake system and determine what the issue could be. Some of the most common brake problems include:   Worn brake pads Warped brake rotors Leak or problem with brake lines Master cylinder failure Worn brake calipers Any of the problems listed above can b ... read more

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