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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Cars Through The Ages 1961-1990

Cars Through The Ages 1961-1990

During these years we seem to realize that safety, fuel economy and emissions are important! 1961 – 19701961 – Jaquar E-type is shown at the Geneva Motor Show. 1962 – The Chevy Nova is introduced. 1963 – Porshe’s W-RS Spyder wins again at Le Mans. 1964 – The Ford Mustang is released and sells over 500,000 in just 18 months. 1965 – The rear-engined Chevy Corvair is criticized by Ralph Nader as unsafe. 1966 – U.S. Congress passes an Auto Safety Act. 1967 – Energy-absorbing steering column introduced by General Motors. 1968 – Federal law requires front seat belts for all passenger cars. 1969 – Head restraints are required in U.S. vehicles. 1971 – 19801971 – Chrysler introduces a brake-slip control system ... read more

Brake System Components

Brake System Components

These are the brake system components that work together to make sure you can stop your car! This is just a brief overview of what each component’s job is. Brake pads and shoes – Friction works to slow your vehicle down and this takes place in the pads and shoes when they are forced against a rotor or drum. Due to this friction, they wear out and need to be replaced before you get to “metal on metal”. Brake rotors and drums – These are attached to the wheels of your car and again, help create the necessary friction needed to stop a vehicle. Brake calipers (disc) – These are clamps, and using hydraulics, they move their pistons out, increasing the fluid pressure. This makes the pad contact the rotor’s surface and this in turn causes your vehicle to stop or slow down as needed. Brake fluid – Fluid is a very important ingredient in your vehicle and without it, your ve ... read more

How To Be Green For St. Patrick’s Day and Every Day!

How To Be Green For St. Patrick’s Day and Every Day!

Most of us are concerned with keeping our environment green. We buy the reusable bags for our shopping trips, combine driving trips to be more fuel efficient and use the new style light bulbs to conserve energy. All these seemingly little conscious efforts add up to help our earth. It may surprise you to learn that the automotive service and repair industry has been one of the leaders in keeping our environment clean…even before it was a popular theme with the general public. We are very careful with waste disposal in every way. As an example, one gallon of improperly disposed of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of drinking water! When consumers bring their car in for regular service it is one of the biggest benefits to cleaner air and the good news is…it saves you money too! In fact, it saves you money in more ways than one! It prolongs the life of the car you have, it saves money in fuel, and a regularly maintained vehicle saves you money on expensiv ... read more

Signs Your Brakes Need Attention!

Signs Your Brakes Need Attention!

Noises – A scraping sound means metal is rubbing metal and that tells you that your brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced. A squealing noise doesn’t always indicate a problem depending on the materials used in the pads but shouldn’t be ignored as it could also mean the pads are worn or your system is missing a gasket. Swerving – If your vehicle swerves to one side when you apply the brakes the front brakes need to be checked to make sure the “power” of the brakes are evenly distributed. This could indicate a leak or a mechanical problem or a miss-match of brake pad brands on either side. It is best to have it checked out if you notice this issue. Signs you need to have your vehicle towed – Pedal to the floor is a sign that the car has a leak or a bad master cylinder. This is a situation where you need to get your car towed in for repair immediately. Do not drive your vehicle if t ... read more