Precision Brake & Muffler

Question:
How do I know when my car really needs brake work?

Answer:
You need brake work when your brake linings are worn down to an unacceptable thickness. The only way to determine if you need new linings is to have your brakes inspected, preferably by a qualified mechanic.
Beyond your regular yearly inspections you should have your brakes inspected if you are experiencing problems like pulling, grabbing, locking, low or soft pedal, vibration, or any other changes you detect in your braking performance.

Question:
If my brakes are squealing, do I need a brake job?

Answer:
Not necessarily. Today harder semi-metallic brake pads are used in most front-wheel drive cars and minivans. These semi-metallic brakes can create noise that is considered perfectly normal. This "normal noise" should not affect braking performance and can often be eliminated.
However, glazed or worn rotors, rough finish on resurfaced rotors, loose brake pads, springs or clips, rusty or worn caliper mounts, loose or broken parts inside the drum etc. are examples of conditions that can cause noise problems.

Question:
My brake pedal slowly sinks to the floor, what does that mean?

Answer:
Your brakes need immediate attention! You either have a fluid leak or a defective master cylinder. Check your brake warning light, if it's on you likely have a fluid leak and your vehicle may not be safe to drive.

Question:
How do I find a reliable mechanic to service my vehicle?

Answer:
Ask your friends and people you know where they take their vehicles for service. If they are satisfied with their mechanic, give him a try! Hopefully, you'll be satisfied as well, and you won't have to shop around any further.

Question:
There is blue smoke coming from my exhaust, should I be concerned?

Answer:
Yes, your engine is burning oil. This means you engine has worn valve guides, piston rings and/or cylinders. In short, your engine has worn out.

Question:
What can I check before I take my car on a vacation?

Answer:

  1. Start with your tires. Do you have a spare? Check for wear...if you have uneven wear it's a sign of misalignment.
  2. Have a mechanic check out your vehicle, especially brakes, steering and suspension.
  3. Check all fluid levels, such as oil, water, and transmission fluids.
  4. Pack only what you need for better fuel consumption.
  5. Pack an emergency road kit with first-aid items, a flashlight and spare batteries, flares and tools.
  6. After you are on the road, keep your eye on the temperature gauge. Long steep hills, extra weight and hot weather can contribute to overheating your vehicle.

Question:
Do I need to warm up my car before driving?

Answer:
Yes. It takes a while before important fluids such as oil and transmission fluid to flow through your vehicles system. If you want to extend the life of your car, wait a full minute after you start your car before driving it.

Question:
I just had my brakes fixed but they still squeak. Why?

Answer:
Squeaky brakes are now quite common. New brake pads are made of slivers of metal and other materials compressed together. These brake pads and linings are much harder than the now obsolete asbestos.