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When I press on the brake it makes a grinding noise and I can't stop

Anytime that your car is making noise when braking it needs to be inspected. If you're not able to stop when braking then you need to have your car towed to have it inspected. We do free brake inspections, just give us a call and we will schedule you an appointment for us to take a look at it, most of the time the same day.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My wheel is hot and my brakes are making a noise.

My wheel is hot and my brakes are making a noise.

When your wheel is hot and brakes are making noise it's a clear indication that you have a caliper that has seized and it has done damage to your brake pad and rotor. When this happens you will need to replace the brake calipers, rotors and pads. At times you have a caliper that sticks on occasion and then will release again, when this happens that calipers should be replaced and if the rotors are still in good condition they will be fine but brake pads will need to be replaced also.  When your caliper is sticking it causing the brakes to be on all the time and that effects drive-a-bility, fuel economy and overall handling of your vehicle.  If you think you're having brake issues give us a call or request an appointment online. Happy Adventures, Heather

How to know when you need new brakes.

How to know when you need new brakes.

Many vehicles come equipped with a sensor that tells you that your brake pad is low and it's time for replacement, others have a "squealer" and when the brake pad gets low then it will start to make a noise. Neither of these work 100% of the time. The best way to know for sure is to have them checked each time you have your oil changed. That way you know in advance and you can plan ahead.  Each time we see your car/van/pickup - what ever it is that you drive - we do a full 52 point inspection, that includes all fluids, brakes, tires, belts and electrical. We want to make sure you're safe on all your travels and that you have nothing to worry about.  Give us a call or stop by and we'll make sure you're ready to go.  Happy Adventures, Heather

Why does my car shake when I brake?

Why does my car shake when I brake?

If your car is shaking when braking it could be an issue with the pads or the rotors, the best way to know is to have it checked. We do free brake inspections, give us a call or request an appointment on-line and we will get to the bottom of your issue.  Happy Adventures, Heather

Why should I replace my brakes lines?

Why should I replace my brakes lines?

Your brake lines are rubber and like all things they deteriorate over time and should be replaced. This isn't something that should be replaced often, they should be inspected at every oil change and replaced every 100,000 miles.  Happy Adventures, Heather

How often should I change my brakes?

How often should I change my brakes?

Your vehicle can have two types of brakes one are disc brakes and the other are drum brakes. The drums will always be in the rear of the vehicle and the disc can be in the front and or rear also depending on the make and model.  Front and rear disc brake pads should be changed will they are between 2-3 mm of material left. For brakes shoes they should be changed at 2 mm. As for how often that just depends on the type of driving you do and where you're driving. If you drive the freeway then your brakes will probably last longer than if you drive in town all day. If you're towing and going through the mountains expect to change your brakes more frequently.  We do free brake inspections so stop by and we will make sure you're safe on all your adventures.  Happy Adventures, Heather

My brakes are making noise

My brakes are making noise

---This brake pad fell off. The caliper was seized and caused the pad to wear prematurely and damaged the rotor---  If your brakes are making a noise then it would be best to have them checked as soon as possible. I would honestly say that stopping and steering are the two most important parts to the car. They keep you safe and everyone safe around you.  If you are hearing noise when you're braking have it checked out immediately. It could be a rock or it could mean it's time to replace your brakes. We do free brake inspections, give us a call or stop by and we will check them for you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

Why is my brake fluid low?

Why is my brake fluid low?

Your brake fluid could be low indicating that you need to replace the front or rear or both brake pads or shoes. It could also mean that you have a leak some where. If you do have a leak then getting it checked and fixed is important since stopping is one of those things that is really important. Along with changing your brake pads when they are due. Give us a call and we will do a free brake inspection for you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

Shop Small Business Saturday

Shop Small Business Saturday

I know today is black Friday and that itself has become a national holiday, but with all of that please remember to shop at the local stores in your town. They are small businesses trying to provide for there families, they work long hours with very little reward other than to know they are making a difference in the lives of the people who they employ and to there children. We are a small business too and sometimes people forget.  Please remember to shop small and support that local family who is doing their best to make a difference. Happy Adventures,  Heather

Fall is here!!

Fall is here!!

Fall seems to have finally arrived in the pacific northwest,  I have finally become a summer person so I am now mourning the warm weather and sunny days. I know we need the rain and I am grateful for a chance to curl up on the couch with a good book and just relax for a moment.  With all of that comes fall and winter driving. If you grew up in the northwest rain isn't a new thing to you and you should be an expert by the time you get your license, although there are those days that after that long hot spell that the roads are slick and we tend to forget.  Please be safe and just give yourself a little more room to stop. Enjoy those all those fun fall events and colors.  Happy Adventures Heather

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