Do I really need a brake fluid flush? The most common reason you need a brake fluid flush is brake fluid absorbs moisture over time. Excess moisture in the old brake fluid will reduce your vehicle's stopping power and cause corrosion.
They make test strips to determine if you need a brake fluid flush. You simply dip the test strip into your brake fluid and it will likely change color. The strips that we use to test brake fluid conditions will turn purple if moisture is present. There is a simple guide on the side of the brake fluid test strip bottle to use as a guide to determine if the moisture is high enough to warrant replacing your brake fluid. Many vehicle manufacturers suggest a brake fluid flush at certain mileage intervals. This interval can be found in the scheduled maintenance portion of your vehicle's owner’s manual. Your trusted brake or maintenance mechanic can also research the mileage interval a ... read more
How often do I need to change my brakes? How often you need to change your brakes on your vehicle has many variables. Type of vehicle you drive, where you live and your driving habits are the main 3. Changing brakes on different types of vehicles- The make and model of the vehicle you drive makes a big difference in how often you need to change your brakes. For example- If you drive a Ford F350, it is big and heavy. On top of your truck being big and heavy, you are likely using it for truck stuff like hauling more heavy stuff and towing a trailer. The heavier the vehicle and the heavier the load, the harder your brakes must work to safely stop you. Therefore, you will need to replace your brakes a little more often. On the opposite end would be a Toyota Prius. Your Toyota Prius is light and has regenerative braking. Regenerative braking actually uses the electric motor to assist you in stopping and it recharges the battery at the same time.&nb ... read more
There is a huge difference between driving your vehicle with the check engine light on solid and driving your vehicle with the check engine light blinking."Can I drive my vehicle with the check engine light flashing?" My strong suggestion is to only drive your vehicle long enough to get to a safe place to stop. If you are driving down the freeway and your check engine light starts flashing, safely make your way to the shoulder and call for roadside assistance. Your vehicle's engine light is designed to flash when it is detecting a major misfire. Driving your vehicle for an extended time with a major misfire will likely cause damage to the engine itself or more commonly the catalytic convertor. So although your vehicle will likely remain running and get you back home, I strongly suggest pulling over once safe and calling for a tow truck to avoid damaging any components that may still be good. In the end, the cost of the tow will ... read more
Signs of a bad alternator The first step of knowing if your alternator or battery is bad or starting to go bad is to understand the basic functions. Battery: The battery in your vehicle has the basic function of storing power when the vehicle is turned off. That being said, if your vehicle starts having an issue while the engine is running, it is typically not caused by the battery. The typical signs of your battery starting to fail or being bad are: No Electrical Power No lights on the dash when you turn the key. No sounds. No cranking of the starter when you turn the ignition to the start position. Low Electrical Power: Lights might come on in-dash when you turn the key to the on position but they may be dim or flickering. This is a sign of low battery power (amperage or voltage). Rapid clicking- A common sound you hear when a battery has some power left but not the correct amount is a rapid clicking noise when you hold the ignition in the cran ... read more
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