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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

Roadside Breakdown and What to Do

Roadside Breakdown Dilemma So you get a flat and you are stuck on the side of the road, what should you do? Your options are attempt to change the tire yourself or call for help. You may be thinking about what the most affordable option is but perhaps you should think about the safest. First of all you have to get to the spare and jack which is usually buried under a seat or the trunk area. Also on a truck you may have to twist the spare down. There are so many variables here. Too often we see issues with these options. Many times the cable mechanism for the spare is rust and hard or impossible to turn. The jacks are tiny and wobbly and then you get the spare on only to find that it is flat. The spare is almost never checked for air pressure. At that point you may have spent an hour or so on the side of the road just ... read more

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