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The Problem with Cheap Brakes.....

I admit to being a bargain shopper. There were a few lessons in life that taught me about quality. The first time I installed a stereo system in my truck, I thought I had hooked something up wrong when in fact I simple cheaped out on the speakers. Eventually I came to appreciate nice clothes that would last more than a year. Ironically brakes are in a similar boat. Most people would say, "A brake pad is a brake pad." Your mechanic might even tell you that, and that statement could not be farther from the truth. You may be familiar with certain brands you have seen over the years and think, "I have heard that name so they must be ok." Again this is a falsehood. The truth is, cheap brakes should only be put on cheap cars. Brake pads are made up of certain a certain formula of a binding material and brake material. Each manufacturer has a different recipe and each claims there's is better when most are just in it to make the pad as cheap as possible and get as much ... read more

Squeaky brakes and how to address the issue.

We have all been there, our brakes start to squeak and we automatically think we need to have our brakes checked or replaced. That is not always the case. When we have brake issues come into our shop we always ask is it a squeak, squeal or grinding noise you are hearing usually with impressions of the noise to follow. That being said lets dive in to what we should do and how we can drive the situation. First, lets address the squeak. This noise can be caused by a number of factors. A squeak can develop over night. In many cases a squeak can be simply rust build up on a rotor after sitting overnight or after a few days of rain. Your rotor mostly bare metal especially where it contacts the brake pad and a short park in the driveway can cause it to rust from moisture in the air. This is not a safety issue and most likely you can drive on. A squeak can also be caused by the material in the brake pad itself. Brake pads are organic or ceramic and semi-metallic. The binder or compound that h ... read more

Foggy Headlamp Fix

Rain, road grime, dirt and debris are all abrasive to the front end of your vehicle. Most notably on many vehicles, the headlights. Foggy or scratched headlights can cause a dim light at night and that means poor visibility. The good new is fixing this is very simple. Many parts stores sell kits for you to clean the headlamps. 3M and Mothers both make great kits. These kits come with sandpaper, compound and an attachment that you can use on the end of a cordless drill. You can pick up one of these kits for about $20 and get started. When purchasing one of these kits pick up some masking tape as well. To begin you want to pop the hood and use the masking tape to outline the light. Place the tape on the fender and bumper to protect from a runaway drill or unwanted scuffs and scratches. Once you have taped the painted surfaces surrounding the light, you will install the part on the drill and use the heavier grit (400 grit) sand paper to start. Make sure the drill is on the 1 or low speed ... read more

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