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  • Why are my brakes smoking?

    Posted on 13, May, 2019

    If your brakes are smoking then you most likely have a brake caliper that has seized and it causing drag on that side. If this is happening please pull over immediately. It's not likely but your brakes could catch on fire. Your caliper, rotor and pads will all need to be replaced to get you back on the road again. 

    Give us a call and let us take care of you. 

    Happy Adventures, 

    Heather

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  • When should I change my brakes?

    Posted on 10, April, 2019

    Your car has disc brake pads in the front and in the rear either disc brake pads or brake shoes. For disc brake pads we recommend to change them between 2-3 mm, and if they're shoes then around 2mm. Your disc brake pads start around 10mm and brake shoes start at 5-6mm. Your brake pads will wear much quicker than the brake shoes. 

    GIve us a call and we will do a free brake inspection for you. 

    Happy Adventures,

    Heather 

    Tagged: travel , day trip , service , Gas , Diesel
  • Why does my Ford F-150 shake when I brake?

    Posted on 02, April, 2019

    Shaking while braking usually means that you have an issue with your rotors. It's not necessary what is going on with it, but that is the typical answer to the problem. Overtime your brake pads can transfer material to the brake rotor and when this happens it can cause high and low spots on your brake rotor which in turn is where the shaking comes from when braking. It could also be that your rotors are warped - that the could have gotten overly hot at some point and the metal is no longer "true".

    Give us a call 541-791-2886 or request an appointment online at jhautomotiveinc.com/appointments

    Happy Adventures,
    Heather

    Tagged: travel , day trip , service , Gas , Diesel
  • When I brake it grinds

    Posted on 29, March, 2019

    Unless you're using a mortar and pestle while in your car - and really you shouldn't then you should never hear grinding in and around your car, especially when braking. A grinding noise typically means that your brake pad/shoe has worn out and you now have metal on metal for braking and number 1 that isn't safe and 2 it means that you will have to have your brake rotors along with your brake pads replaced. 

    We do a 52 point inspection that includes all of your brake components every single time we see your car. We make sure that you're safe to be on the road and on all your adventures. Your brake pads start around 10 mm, so when you get to 4 mm we let you know that you'll need to replace them in the future. It could be 6 months or 2 years, it just depends on your driving and the type of vehicle that you drive. They should be replaced somewhere between 2 and 3 mm, for safety purposes. Yes you still have a little life left in those pads, but I don't want to take the chance in you needing rotors too. 

    We do free brake inspections so if you are concerned about your brakes give us a call and let us take care of you. 

    Happy Adventures,

    Heather

    Tagged: travel , day trip , service , Gas , Diesel
  • Why is my car shaking?? Part 1

    Posted on 19, June, 2018

    For one when is it happening? Let's just say it's happening when you are braking. This is more than likely an issue with your brake rotors. When you apply the brakes and the pad meets the rotor it transfers a small amount of material from the pad to the rotor, if this happens at an uneven rate then it can create a variation in thickness. This variation when braking can cause the shaking.  Unfortunately there are a hundred different theories and ideas. When this happens though the rotors and pads will should be replaced for the shaking to stop. 

    There are many other reasons for your vehicle to shake when driving. I would recommend having it looked at just to keep you safe. 

    Happy Travels,

    Heather

     

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