Brakes are the most important Safety Equipment on your vehicle.
If your brakes are grinding or squeaking, have them checked by a professional mechanic.
For a limited time getting new brakes will help children who are facing life threatening illnesses. UNM Children’s Hospital is Albuquerque’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The Children’s Miracle Network is a life line to local hospitals. UNMCH services the greater New Mexico region and provides life saving medical treatments to children who might not otherwise receive care. It is NAPA AutoCare Center’s pleasure to build awareness and raise money to help such a worthy organization. This donation is made possible by NAPA Parts, NAPA Brakes and Dearholt AutoCare.
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Professional Auto Maintenance at Dearholt Auto Care: Brake Noise
Posted on October 16,15 by truck2
Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your auto. They eventually wear down.
When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.
That’s when Albuquerque drivers should replace their brake pads. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.
If your brakes are making noise, ask your Dearholt Auto Care service specialist to check your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.
Give us a call Dearholt Auto Care 505.857.0868 7201 Wyoming NE Albuquerque, NM 87109
Hitting The Brakes In Rio Rancho
Posted on October 07,15 by truck2
Hello Albuquerque, let’s talk about brakes. Braking, as all NM drivers know,is slowing or stopping your vehicle. As you can imagine, brakes are engineered to work well on a particular vehicle application. For example, you would expect more powerful brakes on a heavy-duty pickup that routinely hauls big loads and pulls trailers, than you would on a compact car. And a Corvette that can go over 180 miles per hour would have much different braking needs than the family mini-van you drive around between Albuquerque, Corrales and Rio Rancho.
But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.
Let’s step back. A new pickup or truck rolls off a local Albuquerque showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.
Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles start to add up on the pickup. Albuquerque drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads, and shoes on drum brakes, are called the friction material. That’s because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it’s not until they are worn so thin as to be out of car makers’ specs that they lose their ability to stop.
The mechanical parts of the brakes have pistons and springs that get quite a workout while breaking. Over many miles around NM, these wear and get gummed up. They start to lose effectiveness gradually and could even fail – a scary possibility That’s why a regular brake inspection at Dearholt Auto Care is important for your pickup and your family’s safety. At Dearholt Auto Care we can test the operation of the brakes and see if any parts need cleaning or replacing.
That leads us to brake fluid service at Dearholt Auto Care. Some of the critical additives in the fluid that lubricate and clean the pickup fluid system are depleted over time. That and moisture building up in the system reduce the performance of the brake fluid. A brake service at Dearholt Auto Care cleans out deposits, water and dirt. Then the system is filled up with fresh fluid.
The tires are what connect the pickup to the road. Stopping force all comes down to traction. The better the tires grip the road, the quicker you’ll stop.
This is especially important on wet Corrales area interstates and surface streets. Studies have shown that wet stopping distance increases significantly as tires wear down. NM drivers need to understand that they can have brakes that are operating at peak efficiency and yet still be in danger because their tires are worn out.
Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power
Posted on February 22,13 by truck2
Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”
That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Albuquerque car’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Dearholt Auto Care will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.
Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Dearholt Auto Care right away. Here are some symptoms to watch for:
Low or spongy brake pedal
Hard brake pedal
A brake warning light that stays on
Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes
If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked.
There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.
Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your car. Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced.
If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.
Brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid actives the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. You should change the brake fluid when your manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.
There are different grades of brake pads; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the manufacturer recommends.
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