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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 ...
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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 ...
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Winter Driving: A Fluid Situation

Winter Auto Repair in Atlanta, GAAt Atlanta Goodyear, we know the winters aren’t as tough here as they are in a lot of other parts of the country…but we also remember when our whole area got clobbered with that ice storm a couple of years ago. In light of that, we’d rather not any chances, so let’s talk for a minute about getting your car ready for winter.
  • Cooling System – Your vehicle’s radiator, water pump, thermostat and coolant do a lot more than prevent overheating. Coolant also protects the engine in freezing conditions, but over time the antifreeze/water mixture starts to pick up corrosion and contaminants that compromise it. Your cooling system should be flushed and the coolant replaced at regular intervals. Every two years is a good rule of thumb, regardless of the number of miles dri ...
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