Buckhead Tire & Auto Repair Blog

Signs You Need New Brakes


It’s easy to take your brakes for granted. The ceramic or semi-metallic material of brake pads wears very, very slowly – it can take 60,000 miles for brakes to wear Brake Repair in Atlanta GAto the point of needing replacement. When anything changes or wears that gradually, it can be easy to not notice  when your brake performance is starting to decline due to wear.

Here are some sure signs of trouble, though:

  • Excessive brake pedal travel: the pedal goes much farther toward the floor than it used to before the brakes engage
  • Pedal slowly sinks towards the floor while holding the vehicle stopped and in gear
  • Longer stopping distances
  • Pulsation or vibration that can be felt through brake pedal or steering wheel while braking
  • Tendency for one or more w ...
Read More

A Quick Tire Buying Guide

The good news is, the selection of tire designs has expanded greatly in the last 30 years. The bad news is, that can become a little confusing if you're not sure Tires in Atlanta GAwhat kind of tires you really need. It doesn't have to be, though. 

It all comes down to your driving style, your vehicle, the road conditions and climate where you live and your budget. Here's a quick breakdown: 

All-season tires, like the name implies, are designed for good performance in a variety of weather conditions. For  most drivers of cars, minivans, light trucks and SUVs, all-season tires are a great choice, with a forgiving ride, low road noise and decent handling properties and road manners. Like the name implies, though, they're also a compromise and don't offer the precise handling of performance tires, or ...

Read More

You Press The Brake Pedal And...Nothing Happens

It's a nightmare come true...you step on the brakes and the pedal just goes to the floor without even slowing the car down. What do you do? First off, don't panic!Brake Repair in Atlanta GA

  • Let off the gas pedal right away and turn on your emergency flashers, and don't be afraid to flash your lights or lay on the horn to alert other drivers that there's a problem. 
  • Keep trying the brakes...pump the pedal and you might be able to get some hydraulic pressure in the system again. 
  • Shift the transmission into a lower gear and let it and the engine slow the car down. Don't worry about damaging the transmission, it's better than wrecking the car!
  • Carefully apply the parking brake or emergency brake -- it will slow you down, albeit more slowly. Just be wary of locking up the rear ...
Read More

Keep It Clean – It Pays Off!

There’s nothing like driving a car that’s just been washed and waxed, with a nice, clean, freshly-detailed interior. It’s a spring-cleaning ritual for many drivers, Auto Repair Atlanta, GAgetting out there and enjoying the nice weather while getting their vehicle looking great. Wax and polish help protect your car’s finish from the sun’s rays and from rain, grime and road grit…and a clean undercarriage helps ward off corrosion.

You shouldn’t just stop there, though. Other parts of your vehicle need to be kept in clean condition, too. Several of your car’s assemblies rely on clean fluid for lubrication and proper operation, and these fluids all tend to become contaminated over time:

·         ...

Read More

Cars Are Safer Than Ever, But…

Here’s the good news. If you have the misfortune of being in a collision in a later-model car, your chances of survival are better than ever. For a long time, Auto Repair in Atlanta GApeople thought that the mass of sheet metal and drivetrain in a 60s or 70s-era car inherently kept the driver and passengers safer. That’s now been definitively proven wrong.

Vintage cars have been crash-tested with newer, much smaller and lighter vehicles, and it’s the vintage cars that always come out much worse in these encounters. With no seatbelts, no airbags, no padded surfaces, old-style safety glass and doors that could pop open and eject the occupants, older cars were pretty lethal, really. With 50s-era cars in particular, their rigid frames and bodies might hold up fairly well in a collision…but the passengers, not so much.

Newer cars ...

Read More