Why are my Brakes Squeaking? Are my Car Brakes Bad?
The tires are the only thing between the vehicle and the road. When they are properly inflated and in good condition, the handling, stability and safety of the vehicle will be maximized. Conversely, when the tires are under inflated, worn out or damaged, all of the safety systems on the vehicle cannot overcome the loss of control that comes with a blow-out or hydroplaning situation. Air pressure in a tire is like oil in an engine; when it is low, the resulting internal damage is unseen until it is too late. Tires naturally lose 1-2 psi per month, so ongoing neglect will eventually result in a tire that cannot support the weight of the vehicle and the occupants. When this happens, the resulting blow-out can result in the loss of control and an accident.
It’s also important to rotate the tires on the vehicle every 5-7,000 miles. Today’s front-wheel-drive vehicles cause the steer tires to wear at a much faster rate than the tires on the rear axle. By periodically rotating the front tires to the back and the back tires to the front, motorists can achieve even treadwear on all four tires and increase the mileage and performance. Failing to rotate the tires often results in the front tires wearing out faster while the rear tires develop irregular tread wear patterns that cause vibrations. The same can be said for alignments. When the vehicle is not properly aligned, the tires will wear out faster which leads to increased operating costs.
Finally, drivers should perform a visual inspection of their tires on a regular basis, especially after hitting a pothole, curb or any type of road debris. Bulges, cuts and other visible damage weaken the internal components of the tire, which can lead to a blow-out. Regular visual inspections will often identify any potential problems before they result in an accident. It’s also a good idea to have the tires inspected by a professional before any long road trips to ensure there are no obvious out-of-service conditions that must be addressed.
Written by: Kevin Rohlwing, Senior VP of Training, Tire Industry Association
SUNSHINE AUTO CARE
Sunshine Auto Repair has been a staple of the El Cajon automotive scene for decades. Now under new management and a new name (Sunshine Auto Repair). Our Family is looking to see Sunshine take Auto Repair in El Cajon for decades longer.
We are a family of mechanics and small business owners looking to serve the El Cajon, CA area. We believe in family overall and would love to provide quality automotive serve to our neighbors and community.
Whether you need general upkeep, maintenance or a complete vehicle overhaul, Sunshine Auto Repair will be there to provide excellent service and trustworthy advice.
LISTEN TO YOUR BRAKES DRIVING SLOW:
Listen to your brakes as you come to a stop. Many brakes have squealers installed on them which will indicate when your brake pads start to wear thin. These squealers will let out a loud, high-pitched sound when your brake pads get too thin.
You can see if your brakes have squealers by taking off the wheel. It will be a small tab of metal next to your pads.
PRESS BRAKE PEDAL:
If you push the brake down to the floor but your car doesn’t come to an immediate stop, your brake pads might be worn down.
If your car is leaking , brake fluid is clear or light gold in color. If you see this fluid on the ground or under your Master Cylinder under the hood bring it in immediately. When inspecting the Master Cylinder is your Brake Fluid brown or black, then it is bad brake fluid. You are advised to change your brake fluid regularly before it changes color to brown or black
A pulsating or vibrating brake pedal may mean your rotors are warped. Bring your vehicle to Sunshine Auto Care and one of our trained and skilled mechanics will be able to better diagnose your issue. Please don’t confuse vibrating as your anti-lock braking system when you step hard on the pedal at speeds greater than 30mph.
Just click on the (VERTICAL RED LINK) on the LEFT. Print and fill out the form and please leave your vehicle’s KEY in the key slot on the RIGHT SIDE of our main door’s entrance. We usually get to Sunshine Auto earlier than our 8 AM sign says but we will be happy to take of your vehicle and fill you in on our progress.