Buckhead Tire & Auto Repair Blog

How To Check Your Car's Brake Pads

With power brakes, it can be hard to notice when brake pads have worn to a point of needing replacement. Braking performance often doesn’t seem to drop off considerably until the brakes have gotten to a point of actually being dangerous! Here are some ways to get out in front of a problem like worn brakes:Brake Repair in Atlanta, GA

Listen to your brakes. Many brake pads are designed with a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the backing plate and serves as a wear indicator. When the brake pad friction material has worn down to a minimum thickness, the tab will drag on the rotor and create a loud screech. If you hear a metallic grinding noise when you apply the brakes, it means that your pads are worn completely through and the metal backing plate of the pad is in contact with the rotor ...

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My Car...Why Does It Stink??

Sometimes a car can get a real smell to it…and no, we don’t mean the smell that comes from leftover fast food wrappers or spilled sodas. Sometimes a bad Oil Leak in Atlanta GAsmell can mean a real problem is developing:

--A sickly, sweetish maple-syrup/chemical smell is likely coolant. It could mean, if you’re lucky, a leak in a radiator or heater hose…or if you’re not lucky, a failed intake manifold gasket or cylinder head gasket. If you smell the odor inside the passenger compartment, check the passenger floorboard for moisture; it could mean the heater core is leaking.

--A smell like gym socks most likely means mildew growing in the A/C system. The condenser in the system should also be drying the air, but in older vehicles, mildew can still accumulate. In most cases, running the fan on high with the A/C turned off ...

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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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