What to Do If Your Brakes Stop Working

There are few things more important to your driving safety than your brakes. So, there are few things more frightening than finding out that your brakes do not work while you’re driving. While brake failure will almost inevitably lead to some type of accident damage, you can increase the likelihood that you can walk away and that your car can be restored by knowing what to do.

Once you recognize that your brakes are not responding, your priority is to safely exit traffic and come to a stop. To help you do so: Continue reading What to Do If Your Brakes Stop Working

What to Do When Your Parking Brake Gets Stuck

So, you parked on a hill, remembered to engage the E-brake, but now that it’s time to leave, you can’t get it to disengage. What do you do?

A sticking emergency or parking brake is most commonly a winter problem because of ice. And for that, you need to melt the ice, which you can do a number of ways:

  1. Warm up your car and hope that is enough to melt the ice around the parking brake.
  2. Create a snow and ice dam around your car so that the heat from the engine is trapped below your car, more effectively melting the ice around the parking brake.
  3. Use a hairdryer to melt the ice from the parking brake.

No matter what method you use, you see the common theme—melt the ice and the parking brake should work.

But what about when ice is clearly not the problem? Well, then, things are little trickier. Continue reading What to Do When Your Parking Brake Gets Stuck

Do I Really Need to Replace My Brake Rotors?

So, you visit your ASE-certified mechanic who tells you that you need more than just brake pads—you need new rotors, too. Is it true?

Here’s the real deal about brake rotors and when you need to replace them…and when you don’t.

A Brief Guide to Your Brake System

Just so we’re on the same page—rotors are metal discs that attach to your wheels. Brake pads are pressed against the rotors by means of the calipers, creating friction and slowing the rate at which the wheels turn, thereby achieving deceleration. Continue reading Do I Really Need to Replace My Brake Rotors?

What Is a Safe Braking Distance?

Rear-end collisions are, probably, the most common type of auto accident in the US. Ever wonder why? Because drivers do not leave enough distance between the front of their car and the back of the car in front of them. Plain and simple.

There’s an easy way to remedy that problem and make yourself virtually incapable of causing a rear-end collision—always maintain a safe braking distance.

Factors Affecting Braking Distance

How much distance it takes to actually stop your car depends on four factors: Continue reading What Is a Safe Braking Distance?

Why Your Brakes Squeak in the Rain

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…but it’s more the squeal your brakes are making that has you concerned. That squeal could mean nothing…or it could be good reason to stand your hairs on end. But when road conditions are wet (and possibly icy), you need to know.

The Most Likely Cause of Brake Squeaking

If you notice that you only hear a squeak in the rain, it’s likely due to Continue reading Why Your Brakes Squeak in the Rain

Just What Does That Noise Mean?

carCars can be like people—cold weather can bring about aches and complaints in vehicles, too. So, if you’re hearing some strange noises from your car, it may be time to bring it in for maintenance or repair

Common Winter Noises and What They Indicate

Here’s a list of the most common wintertime complaints you may hear from your car: Continue reading Just What Does That Noise Mean?

When Should You Have Your Brakes Changed?

GettyImages-476224223Your car’s brake system enables you to slow and stop your vehicle. As with any complex mechanical system, maintenance and occasional replacement is needed. If you neglect them, your brakes may not work when you need them most.

What Is a Brake Change?

Brake systems consist of several components including Continue reading When Should You Have Your Brakes Changed?

Troubleshoot Your Car Brakes

Most vehicles today are made with disc brakes that include components like brake pads, rotors and calipers. Time, regular use or accidents might cause these parts to begin to wear or become misaligned. Some parts eventually need to be replaced or serviced. If you need troubleshooting for your car brakes due to an indication that something isn’t working properly, an expert technician from Quanz Advanced Auto Body can help! Continue reading Troubleshoot Your Car Brakes

Those Squeaky Brakes

You’re enjoying a relaxing car ride while listening to Beethoven’s 9th. All of a sudden, a cringe-worthy high-pitched squeal interrupts your personal time as you roll up to a stoplight. You look around, incredulous that something could make such a noise. And then you realize the sound was coming from your very own car. The sound of squeaky brakes can leave anyone cringing, especially if it’s your car that’s making the noise. So, what is the squeaky sound caused by and how can you fix them? Continue reading Those Squeaky Brakes