“Pumping” The Brakes – A Good Idea?

October 11th, 2016

Years ago, your dad might have told you that “pumping” the brake pedal was a good idea on wet or slippery pavement, so you could maintain control of the 

Brake Repair in Indianapolis INvehicle without locking up any of the wheels and sending the car into a skid. Well, that’s some pretty outdated advice today.

Every vehicle now features antilock brakes (ABS), which greatly in vehicle control during an emergency stop. ABS brakes use a sensor at each wheel to monitor the wheel’s rotational speed. That information is then sent to a processor; if any wheel is in danger of going into a skid, the processor meters braking  (through a system of pumps and valves) to reduce braking effort to that wheel. This is a cycle that happens hundreds of times per second, with the ABS system essentia ...[more]

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A Few Myths About Brake Repair

October 11th, 2016

The mechanics of how disc brakes function haven’t changed much for a long, long time. Sometimes, at Tire Central and Service, we run across customers who 

Brake Repair in Indianapolis INhave some misconceptions about how they work, or about “innovations” in brake design that aren’t really worth it. Here, we’d like to clear up some of those myths:

Q: I see sports sedans and coupes from time to time with holes drilled through the rotors. Is there an advantage to this?

A: Really…no. The idea of drilled rotors is to (in concept, at least) provide better ventilation and disperse heat. In practice, though, those evenly-spaced ...[more]

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Don't Be Scared By Auto Repair - Fall Car Care Tips

October 11th, 2016

 

As Halloween quickly approaches, the spookiest time of the year is right around the corner with plenty of goblins and ghosts to frighten even the most cheerful souls. However, nothing is more frightening than unwanted vehicle malfunctions or foreseeable failures. Prevent excessive auto repair situations with useful tips on Halloween driver safety coupled with careful driving habits to keep any vehicle rolling through this season. Through proper maintenance and inspections, auto repair does not have to be scary; instead find safety in proper vehicle operations with improved handling, fuel efficiency and mobility.
 
In preparation for winter, fall auto repair is important for both maintaining current automotive functions and sustaining proper conditions for future use. Maintai ...[more]
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Stay Ahead of Brake Repairs

October 11th, 2016

 

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Staying current with brake inspection is imperative to avoid costly repairs or replacements. Most major malfunctions and repairs can be avoided with routine maintenance, coupled with driver awareness. Learn signs of needed brake repairs such as: noises, smells and other vehicle malfunctions. Through driver awareness of these symptoms, problems can be easily detected to prevent long-term damages. Use these following tips to detect early signs of needed brake repair and, when these signs appear, consult your auto repair specialist immediately.

Sound: Unfamiliar noises such as: squealing, rubbing, and screeching are typical symptoms of brake pad or brake shoe malfunction. Inspecting curious noises produced from brake systems should be addressed as qui ...[more]

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It's Time to Have Your Brake Lines and Fittings Checked - Tire Central and Service

October 11th, 2016

Brake Linesby: Mat Johnson

 

It's very important to your vehicle’s braking system that you maintain your vehicle’s brake lines and fittings. This is especially important for those who live in an area that has winter seasons. It's especially important for cold winter areas, because the salt and moisture from the winter roads can cause serious erosion in your vehicle’s brake lines and fittings. So, checking your brake lines and fittings will help prevent any serious issues with your braking system in the future.

Brakes are the most important feature on a vehicle. There are several different key elements of the braking system that keep it functioning correctly. These parts include the rotors, calipers, brake pads, brake fluid, and the brake lines and fittings. The brake lines and fittin ...[more]

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Do You Have Good Brakes?

October 11th, 2016

 

 
 
There are some things on your vehicle that you should have confidence in and never worry about. Is everyone buckled up? Do I have a full tank of gas? Your vehicle should make you feel safe and secure, and keep you and your loved ones safe throughout your travel. It goes then, without much, saying that you also need to be confident in your brakes. This function is the one thing keeping you out of harm’s way in the event of an accident or road hazard. Think about it, you do not want to find out in the middle of a busy highway when everyone has slammed on their brakes that yours have not been properly maintained or are failing. Knowing that your brakes are in great condition will keep you safe, and prevent a leading cause for many accidents on t ...[more]
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