10 Maintenance Tips

Maintenance Tips

10 Maintenance Tips

Car maintenance is not about waiting for your dashboard to light up, your brakes to squeal, and your power steering pump to fail. Conscientious car maintenance is about being proactive and preventing those things from happening. But that requires you to practice a number of good habits. Here are some great car maintenance tips that you should try to keep in mind all the time!

Four Auto Maintenance Myths

Maintenance Myths

Maintenance Myths

To an amateur (like me), auto maintenance sometimes seems like a dark art. If you ask ten different people a question about a cabin air filter, you’ll get eight different answers and two confused stares. A lot of the car-care information bouncing around in the public discourse is outdated and even plain wrong. I would tell you to read your owner’s manual from cover to cover and refer to it faithfully, as it contains the best information for keeping your car in great shape. But you probably won’t do that. So, here are a few common maintenance myths.

Change your oil every 5,000 kilometres

If you asked most people 10, or even five years ago, they would probably tell you to change your oil every 5,000 kilometres. But that’s not really the case anymore. But our engines, and the oil they use, are constantly improving. Most cars use partially synthetic oil and many use full synthetic oil. These products last far longer than conventional oil. The engines using them are more efficient, too. Considering all of these factors, how often should you change your oil?

Well, as with most aspects of vehicle maintenance, it’s best to trust your owner’s manual. It will give you a good recommendation – often around 7,500 kilometres. If you’re using full synthetic oil, it will be closer to 10,000. Although, you must remember that driving habits affect those estimates. If you have a lot of cold starts, accelerate aggressively, drive quickly, or drive through dust and smog, you will need to change your oil more frequently.

You should Idle your car to warm it up

Look outside your front window on a weekday morning in winter and you’re bound to see a few ice-encrusted vehicles idling in a cloud of exhaust. Some of those vehicles will idle for longer than it takes to commute. Old wisdom used to support this kind of behaviour. That’s because old engines needed to warm up before reaching peak efficiency – especially in colder conditions. Modern engines, however, don’t require prolonged idling.

In extreme cold conditions, you should only idle your engine for roughly a minute. Beyond that, idling provides no benefit. Moreover, its detrimental to the environment. As long as your windows and mirrors are clear, you’re fine to begin driving. It’s the best way to warm up your engine. Just don’t accelerate hard or drive too quickly right off the start.

Idling will recharge your battery after it dies

We’ve all suffered from a dead battery once or twice. And, after receiving a boost, we’ve all been told to let the car idle for around 30 minutes to let the alternator recharge the battery. Your engine idles at low RPM. The power generated is insufficient to recharge a dead battery. If you want to recharge your battery, your engine should be running at 2000 RPM. That’s most easily achieved by driving at highway speeds.

However, no amount of driving will restore a dead battery as effectively as a multi-stage battery charger. These inexpensive devices are designed to restore your battery to maximum capacity, they monitor the health of your battery and actively adjust the current to guarantee the best charge. An alternator cannot do this, and will never properly recharge your battery. So, if you’re worried about the health of your battery, invest in a proper charger.

You should fill your tires up to the number on the sidewall

Some people fill their tires to the air pressure listed on the sidewall of their tires. This is wrong. That number is the maximum pressure under which the tire can support your vehicle’s load. Instead, you should heed the tire pressure number listed in your vehicle’s door jamb, your tire manufacturers pamphlet, and (unless you’re not using recommended tires) your owner’s manual. This air pressure has been tested to deliver the best braking, handling, fuel economy, and safety.

Deciphering the Dashboard Light: What Your Car Is Telling You

Dashboard lights allow your car to speak to you. Some symbols are intuitive, and others are… less intuitive. Responsible drivers pay attention to the lights on their dash and act immediately when their car warns them about potential faults. However, many drivers ignore each dashboard light as if it was a McAfee software update reminder. Here are a few of the most common (and serious) dashboard symbols and what they signify.

As a disclaimer, this is a general guide that applies to most vehicles. However, your vehicle may use a slightly different design, or have a unique way of calling service items to your attention. Always consult your owner’s manual. It details all the symbols that appear on your dashboard and how to interpret them.

Dashboard Light Colour

It may seem obvious, but many people don’t realise that colour is an important part of interpreting dash warning signs. In general, green 

and blue lights are used to indicate that a system is active or working. Yellow symbols indicate that something requires your attention and likely needs to be serviced soon. Finally, red symbols indicate that there is a serious problem and your vehicle is in need of immediate attention.

Oil: Oil pressure dashboard light or 

If you see the oil can symbol on its own, it means your oil pressure is low. You may have an adequate amount of oil, but there could be a problemwith 

your bearings or oil pump. But if you see a wavy line beneath the symbol, it simply means the oil level is low. Wait, why is your oil level low? When is the last time you got an oil change? Or is there an ignored oil slick in the middle of your garage? I’m not mad, but I am disappointed.

Coolant:  or 

This symbol, which looks like a thermometer in water, refers to your engine’s temperature. If the symbol is red, it means your engine is too hot. Obviously, you should pull over and turn off the engine immediately to prevent serious damage. If the same dashboard light is blue it means that the coolant temperature is too low. This is probably less serious than the alternative, but you should still bring your vehicle in for service.

TPMS:  or 

This symbol is part of your tire pressure monitoring system. If you see the symbol, one of your tires is at least 25% below its ideal air pressure. If you see that symbol while you’re driving, pull over and check your air pressure. Your tire may be actively leaking. If not, you’re still at risk of a blowout, and having four tires is kind of important

Although, you should keep in mind that temperature fluctuations change air pressure. So, if you’re moving from the cold outdoors to a heated garage, the system may detect the change in pressure. In this situation it’s a good idea to check your tires, anyway. Their ideal pressure can be found on the sidewall of your tire or in the owner’s manual.

Battery:  or 

If you see the battery warning symbol you either have a depleted battery or a faulty alternator. Either problem will cause your vehicle to stop running in the near future. Fortunately, both are straightforward fixes. If you don’t know how to diagnose the difference between battery and alternator problems on your own, bring your vehicle in for service immediately.

Powertrain: 

Despite looking like a daisy with an exclamation point, this dashboard light is a pretty serious indicator. If you see this symbol, your vehicle’s computer has detected a problem with your powertrain. Of course, the powertrain is a complicated system that contains a number of parts, so it’s difficult to pin down exactly what the symbol is referring to. But, considering the system that moves your vehicle forward is pretty important, any issue should be taken seriously. Bring your vehicle in for service immediately.

Brake Pads:  Brake Fluid: 

These symbols refer to two of the most common brake problems. The first dashboard light, a circle surrounded by some curved dashes, refers to your brake pads. When the system detects that your brake pads have limited remaining life, it will trigger this warning symbol. Your brake pads are the friction material that presses against the brake rotor to bring your vehicle to a stop. Letting your brake pads wear completely will severely affect stopping distance. And, you’ll have metal on metal contact that will destroy your rotors and cost you more money.

The second symbol, a brake with some wavy liquid at the bottom, indicates that you have low brake fluid. Brake fluid transmits your foot pressure to the to the calipers in order to stop your car. If you didn’t have brake fluid your lines, you simply wouldn’t stop. Your system may be using a greater volume of brake fluid if your pads are worn out. Or you may have a leak somewhere in the brake system. Either warrants immediate service.

These are only a few of the many symbols that inevitably will pop up on your vehicle’s dash. It’s not necessary to memorise them all, but it is important to take them all seriously. Timely and preventative maintenance always saves you money down the road.

What’s That Sound? Common Car Noises and Their Causes

Common car noises

These days, affordable, mass-market cars are coming equipped with hi-fi stereos. Bang & Olufsen, Bose, and B&O Play systems are all available straight from the factory. Combined with advanced noise cancellation technology, you can hear some pretty sweet sounds in your vehicle. But today we’re not talking about listening to The Beatles’ white album while cruising the highway. We’re talking about the sounds you don’t want to hear in your car – screeching, squealing, groaning, and hissing. Here are some common mechanical sounds and what they might mean. 

Screeching

Let’s start with one of the most obvious car noises. When you press the brake pedal, the friction material on your brake pad is pushed down against the brake rotor. The friction slows your wheels and brings your vehicle to a stop. But over time, the friction material on your brakes wears away.

Fortunately, most brake pads have a wear indicator (a spring and metal pad) that creates a squeal or screeching sound when you need to replace them. If you only hear the screech for the first few stops on a cold morning, that’s probably just the rust (it’s normal and can accumulate overnight when damp or cold) being worn away and you shouldn’t worry. But if you hear the screech every time you brake in all conditions, you probably need to replace your pads.

Grinding

If, instead of a screech, you hear a harsh grinding sound when you apply the brakes, chances are you’ve already allowed the brake pads to wear completely. Now, there’s nothing to separate the metal caliper from the the steel rotors. Metal on metal contact is obviously bad for your rotors. If you drive that way for a while, your rotors may require replacement which is far more costly than a simple set of pads. You may also hear brake grinding if your brakes were installed improperly.

Engine Knocking

If you hear a knocking or pinging sound coming from your engine, usually at acceleration, there is one primary culprit. Knocking usually occurs when the fuel/air mixture in your combustion chamber is burning unevenly. This can damage the cylinder wall and the piston. If you hear this sound make sure you’re using fuel with the amount of octane recommended in your owner’s manual. If that doesn’t solve the problem, visit Capital GMC Service to check for:

  • Faulty ignition timing
  • Defective or incorrect spark plugs
  • Carbon deposits

Squealing

Have you noticed a squealing sound coming from your engine bay? Is it more common on cold mornings, and does it subside as your engine warms? Rubber belts are used to connect a number of components in your car. The serpentine or drive belt is connected to a number of systems like the alternator and power steering pump. The timing belt is more important. It synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. In the simplest terms, if the timing belt breaks, your car won’t run.

If any of the belts in your car are poorly connected or simply get old and crack, they may start to squeal. The sound is pretty hard to misconstrue. Bring your vehicle to Capital GMC Service for inspection immediately, and we’ll assess them problem. Belt replacement is relatively inexpensive, and having it done before a belt breaks or slips off can save you from being stranded.

Diagnosis

These are just a few diagnoses to common car noises. However, even the most experienced ear has its limits. Sometimes the subtle difference between a squeal and a squeak can separate very different problems with your car. My point is, if your car is making an unusual or unpleasant sound, you should have it inspected immediately. Just book an appointment at Capital GMC Service, and we’ll get to the bottom of the mechanical issue so you can get back to enjoying your Bose audio system.

What Is a Turbocharger? Capital GMC Service Corner

What Is a Turbocharger

The 6-cylinder engine is in decline. Fewer and fewer cars and SUVs are being outfitted with inline and V6s in response to tightening fuel economy regulations and cost savings. V8s are even rarer. Across the industry, these gas-loving engines are being replaced by turbocharged four cylinders that offer similar power and better fuel economy. But, for those who have been harangued by an 02’ Civic with a petulant exhaust, the word turbo may connote something obnoxious or inefficient. Let’s take a look at what a turbocharger is and why you shouldn’t worry if you’ve got one under the hood.

How Does an Engine Work?

Here is the simplest (the simplest!) explanation of what’s going on in your engine. In a standard engine, a combination of fuel and air go into the combustion chamber. A spark ignites the mixture and the explosion drives the piston down. The motion of the piston rotates the crankshaft and, for all intents and purposes, “drives” the engine. When the piston is pushed down, exhaust (a wasted byproduct of combustion) is also released from the engine. The piston rises again and the process repeats. But turbocharged engines do not waste the exhaust. 

What Is a Turbocharger?

Instead, the released fumes spin a turbochargers turbine as they leave the combustion chamber. The turbine forces the induction of more air into the combustion chamber allowing the allowing the engine to generate more power with less fuel. A turbocharger is a really simple machine, when you think about it. But how effective is it?

Fuel Economy

Adding a turbocharger to a traditional engine improves its fuel economy by roughly 2 to 6%. That sounds insignificant, but only because we’re now comparing two engines with different amounts of power. It makes more sense to compare a smaller turbo engine to a larger, naturally aspirated engine that generates the same power.

So, if you consider that a turbo four is replacing a traditional V6, the fuel savings are greater. Four cylinder engines are lighter and smaller than their six cylinder counterparts, making the vehicle more fuel efficient overall. This is the main reason we’re seeing turbo fours in the majority of passenger vehicles.

Any Downsides

In the public discourse, turbochargers are associated with short engine life and engine failure. Why? If you take fewer cylinders and force them to complete more combustion cycles they won’t last as long. But this was mostly a problem for engines with aftermarket turbochargers. Considering most manufacturers have common sense, they only pair turbochargers with engines built to withstand extra force. That means lots of high-strength steel.

Another problem of older and aftermarket turbos is cooldown. Turbochargers can spin up to 150,000 rpm and they get extremely hot! If you drive your turbo hard and then shut it off immediately, oil would coke and ruin your turbocharger. But modern engines feature water cooling and cool much more effectively so you usually don’t have to worry about things like idling your vehicle before your shut it off.

Ultimately, the turbocharger is a useful innovation for getting more power and using less fuel. They’re no longer just for modified Civics with race decals, and they won’t destroy your engine.

 

Drive into Spring: Routine Spring Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Spring maintenance

Spring Maintenance

It may not look like it, but spring is nearly here. And now that it’s not -30 °C, you can stand under the hood of your car for more than 30 seconds without suffering frostbite. It’s a good time to inspect your vehicle and see if the winter weather has forced any spring maintenance. 

Tires

Do not wait too long to remove your winter tires. Winter tires are made of soft rubber that remains pliable in extreme cold. But when temperatures warm up, the rubber gets even softer and becomes susceptible to premature wear. But when is the right time to switch your tires?  

You should put your three-season tires back on when the temperature is around seven degrees. That is usually early April, but I don’t want to come back and edit this post when global warming further erodes our average temperatures, so let’s say late March.

If you need new tires for the season, Capital GMC Service can help. We’ve got a massive selection of name-brand tires in all sizes. Use our tire finder to help find the perfect set. You should also consider using Capital GMC’s tire storage service. Our facility is temperature-controlled and low-priced. You don’t have to worry about hauling your tires out of storage, we’ll have them waiting for you when you bring your vehicle in.

Filters & Fluids

Spring is also a good time to make sure that your vehicle isn’t running short on important fluids. With an owner’s manual and moderate savvy you can check your washer fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant. If you let any of these fluids run low, you can put yourself, and your vehicle, in unnecessary danger. If you bring your vehicle for an oil change at Capital GMC Service, we’ll make sure to check your fluid levels as part of our inspection.

Alignments

Over time, driving in any conditions can affect your vehicle’s alignment. And driving on ice and through snowdrifts can make those problems arise even more quickly. An improper wheel alignment causes imbalanced tire wear and will “pull” your vehicle to one side of the road, which is obviously dangerous.

Experts recommend you check your wheel alignment at least once a year, so spring maintenance is the perfect time. Book an appointment and we’ll make sure your vehicle is perfectly aligned. Better yet, bundle your wheel alignment with the rest of your routine maintenance like a spring safety inspection, tire service, or oil change.

Wipers

Do your wipers squeak, drag, skip, or leave huge streaks? It’s probably time to replace them. In fact, you probably should have replaced them before or during winter, but oh well. This is a pretty easy piece of maintenance you can do by yourself. If you’re shopping for wipers on your own, just make sure you measure them beforehand.

Battery

Did your battery die during the winter even though you were running your vehicle regularly? If it’s over three years old and it’s required a boost, you should think about replacing it. Bring your vehicle to Capital GMC Service and we’ll test your battery and show how much longer it can be safely be used before being replaced. Next season, you’ll be at less of a risk of being stranded.

Coverage Coverage: Understanding Your GM Warranty

GM Warranty

Without a warranty, you’d be responsible for out-of-pocket repair costs that can really add up. So, knowing your warranty is an important part of responsible vehicle ownership. Most owners of new vehicles don’t think too carefully about the warranty. What’s included in the powertrain? Can you void your warranty? Is an extended GM warranty worth the cost? We have the answers to help you understand your warranty.

Powertrain Warranty

In the simplest terms, the powertrain is the system that propels your car. Primarily, the powertrain is made up of the engine, transmission, and transaxle. These are the most critical components of your vehicle. Consequently, manufacturers rigorously test their performance and durability and offer greater coverage for defects and faults. New GMC vehicles come with a five-year/160,000 kilometre powertrain warranty.  – whichever comes first. Click here for a full list of powertrain components. But the powertrain warranty is not the only coverage you get.

Basic GM Warranty

Basic warranty, or New Vehicle Limited Warranty, primarily covers defects in most factory-installed parts. New GMC vehicles are covered by a three-year/60,000km base warranty. GM base warranties cover the provided tires, a service some manufacturers do not offer.

Void Warranty

Another important thing to keep in mind is that you can void your warranty through negligence or misconduct. Most importantly, you can’t neglect routine maintenance. If you never get an oil change, your GM warranty isn’t going to cover the destroyed cylinder heads. So, follow your manufacturer’s service schedule detailed in the owner’s manual.

You don’t need to have all service performed at Capital GMC, but choosing GM Certified Service offers some important advantages:

  • Service records and receipts in one place
  • Manufacturer-approved repairs from factory-certified technicians
  • Saskatchewan’s largest parts department

If you do have service performed at any other shop, make sure you keep the receipts and service records, so that you can demonstrate you had the appropriate work performed at the regular intervals. However, certain types of work will void your warranty regardless.

Before you install a lift kit, aftermarket shocks, and a turbo kit, you should know that certain modifications can also void your warranty. If you want to customise your vehicle, bring it to Capital Customs and we’ll be sure to use manufacturer-approved parts and accessories, as well as install them correctly. Just ask our knowledgeable team and they’ll make sure that your warranty remains intact.

Extended Warranty?

A GM Protection Plan offers extended coverage for your vehicle. But is it worth the investment? Well, that depends on a lot of factors. First, only buy one if you’re planning on owning your vehicle for the long term. Second, if you rely on your vehicle for your livelihood, you may not be able to afford the surprise of serious repairs.

The most fiscally prudent drivers budget $2,000 per year for vehicle maintenance (for vehicles not under warranty). So, if your warranty will cost you less than that (it will!), then it may be a good idea. GM Protection Plans come in three varieties Total Plus, Custom, and Powertrain. You can learn more about GM Protection Plans here.

 

Choosing the Best Tires for Spring – Capital GMC Service

Choosing the best tires

It definitely doesn’t look like it, but spring is up next. That means it’s time to start thinking about removing your winter tires. It’s recommended that you make the changeover when the temperature rises about 7 °C. For Saskatchewan, that’s mid March. Above that temperature, winter tires will perform worse and wear down more quickly. If you don’t have non-winter tires, or your set is worn down, you should begin thinking about finding the best tires for your vehicle.

All-season tires

All-season tires can be identified by their combination of deep, straight grooves and shallow cross treads. They are made with stiff rubber that won’t expand or become too soft during the high temperatures of summer. For standard passenger vehicles, all-seasons are the best choice outside of winter.

All-season tires can provide acceptable performance in mild winter conditions. However, the winter driving conditions in Saskatchewan are invariably severe, not mild. At temperatures below freezing, the rubber becomes incredibly stiff and cannot adhere to the road even when the pavement is dry. Therefore, winter tires are essentially mandatory in winter. That’s part of the reason why manufacturers have started labeling all-season tires “three-season tires” instead.

Summer Tires

Summer tires consist of more pliable rubber than all-seasons. The treads are shallower and far less complicated than other styles of tire, making them pretty easy to recognise. The uncomplicated, shallow treads give you more contact with the road

Soft rubber and more contact with the road translates to superior grip and resist wheel spin for more efficient launches. On dry or wet pavement, they brake, corner, and handle better than all-seasons.

If you aren’t driving a performance car, you probably don’t want summer tires. If you are a regular driver, using your car to commute, you’re not going to notice the difference between summer and all-season tires. What you will notice is summer tires don’t last as long as all-seasons. Soft rubber in greater contact with the road doesn’t translate to great longevity. For everyday driving in non-winter conditions, the best tires are all-season tires.

Don’t Cheap Out

Unsurprisingly, cheaper tires are made from cheaper rubber. That translates to worse performance and a shorter life. It also increases the chance that you’ll experience a flat tire. Mid-range and expensive tires have better rubber and more carefully engineered treads. They also have reinforced sidewalls that are less likely to crack.

Reports have shown that the best tires can last twice as long as entry-level models. Ultra high-performance all-season tires can last more than 80,000 kilometres. But those projections assume you rotate your tires regularly, maintain proper inflation, and don’t drive recklessly. If you do those things, it’s to recoup the $100 dollars you were hoping to safe with a cheap set of rubber. Plus, better performing tires make you safer and improve your fuel economy.

You can use our tire finder to price out the right set for your vehicle. We carry all makes, models, and sizes of tires. Additionally, Capital GMC Buick offers climate-controlled tire storage to keep your off-season tires in perfect health, ready to reinstall next season.
We’ll make sure the tires we sell you are the correct size recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.

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Air FIlter & Cabin Air Filter Guide – Capital GMC Service

Air Filter Guide

Air Filter & Cabin Air Filter Care

Vehicle owners often neglect timely air filter replacement. And that’s partly understandable. Things like your oil, belts, tires, and transmission seem like greater priorities. And the difference between regular air and clean air is negligible, right? Wrong! Your air filter (and your cabin air filter) is an important component in your engine. And, replacing it at the appropriate time is an important part of your vehicle’s routine maintenance.

What Does Your Air Filter Do?

An air filter… filters the air. Combustion engines need air to work properly for the same reason a campfire needs oxygen. No oxygen equals no combustion. And you need to remember that our air is less than 20% oxygen. That means, But even ostensibly clean air has contaminants and debris in it. And driving through smoke or swirling dirt will only compound the issue. The air filter blocks harmful particulates from entering your engine, and keeps it clean.

Not only does clean air keep your engine running more smoothly, it protects it. Allowing debris into the combustion chamber can have disastrous effects that reduce the lifespan of your engine overall. So, like with all routine maintenance, make sure you stick to your manufacturer’s maintenance plan, and listen to the advice of the service team at Capital GMC Buick Cadillac.

Diagnosing an Expired Air Filter

The easiest way to tell if you should replace your air filter is to look at it yourself. They’re usually easily accessible – you likely won’t even have to unscrew anything. Just consult your owner’s manual for your air filter’s exact location. If the filter is covered in dirt and dust, then you should probably replace it.

Another less obvious sign that you should replace your filter is diminished throttle response and sluggish acceleration. If your filter is clogged, it will prevent an adequate amount of oxygen from reaching the combustion chamber, and your performance will suffer. Replacing an old, dirty air filter can improve your vehicle’s acceleration by roughly 11%.

Cabin Air Filters

Cabin air filters are important, too. They have nothing to do with your engine, but they do support the healthy operation of your lungs. If you don’t want to breathe in the dirt and smoke that you’re driving through, you should replace your cabin filter roughly every 25,000 kms or one year. Although, your owner’s manual may have slightly different directions. And, if you drive on dirt roads, or somewhere with poor air quality, you’ll probably need to change it more often.

Unfortunately, cabin air filters are a bit more difficult to replace. In many cars, you’ll actually have to remove the glove compartment to access it. While this isn’t prohibitively difficult, it is a bit of a hassle. Usually it’s just easier to let the professionals at Capital GMC Buick Cadillac Service take of it for you.

Hit the link below to book an appointment for filter service, or any other maintenance and repair needs!

Four Signs You Should Replace Your Brakes

When to replace brakes.

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that your brakes are one of the most important systems in your vehicle. When you’re flying around in a steel box at 100km/hr, it’s nice to know that you’ll be able to stop. Relatively, brakes don’t require a great deal of maintenance. However, it’s important you perform the required maintenance in a timely fashion. Fortunately, brakes aren’t shy about letting you know when they need service. Here are four signs you should replace your brakes. 

Constant Screech

Do you hear a screeching sound when you brake? I mean, do you hear a screeching sound when you brake after you turn down the radio. It’s probably the brake pad wear indicator. The brake pad wear indicator creates an annoying screech noise on purpose so that you know when to replace your brake pads. If you suspect this is the problem, simply look at your brake pads (assuming you can see through the wheel spokes). Healthy brake pads are usually thicker than 3 to 5 mm.  

Morning Screech

However, if you only hear the screeching sound during the first few stops on a day when the road is wet or cold your brakes may be fine. Why? Well, your brake rotors are made of unfinished metal and can rust literally within hours. Brake rotors (or discs) are what your brake pads clamp against to stop your wheels. If the rotors have rust, it will be worn away during the course of the first few stops, and the screeching will stop.

Grinding

If instead of a nice screech, you hear a grinding or growling sound, your brake pads may already be completely worn down. If you ignored the sound of screeching, your brake calipers may now be making direct contact with the rotors. That’s metal on metal. Now, with common sense, no one would allow their car’s brake pad to wear away completely. But a quick observation of modern politics reminds us common sense is a commodity in no great surplus. If your brake pads are worn away and you’ve continued to drive, you probably need to replace your brakes.

Feeling

Obviously, some symptoms of brake wear are felt rather than heard. For example, the fact that it takes longer to stop over time is an indication that your brake pads are wearing down. More seriously, if you ever push the brake pedal all the way to the floor and the vehicle doesn’t stop, this probably suggests your brake fluid reservoir is low. Allowing your brake fluid to run dry is wildly dangerous. Brake fluid literally moves the different components in your brakes. Without it, you’re not stopping until air resistance, gravity, and static friction let you. If you notice you’re low on brake fluid, top up immediately!

How to Replace Your Brakes

Replacing brakes is a moderately difficult task for those with a little mechanical nous. You’ll need a jack, preferably hydraulic. Obviously, you’ll also need a need set of pads and/or rotors. But don’t worry. If replacing your brakes is beyond your qualifications as a mechanic, a professional shop can do the job quickly and easily. If you want efficient, expert service, bring your vehicle to Capital GMC Buick Cadillac. Relax in our modern customer lounge, or use our complimentary shuttle service, and your vehicle’s brakes will be restored to optimal function before you know it! Book your appointment by hitting the link below.