Regularly inspect brake pads

For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle’s braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until it’s too late.

Sticking to the schedule specified in your owner’s manual will keep you from forgetting when it’s time to service your brakes. If you are not sure when to replace your pads or fluid, a good rule of thumb is to inspect your brake pads for wear about every 12,000 miles. Many manufacturers recommend replacing them if there is 1/8 inch or less of the pad lining remaining or they recommend replacing them around every

25,000 miles. Check your brake fluid from time to time or ask that your service technician inspect it at each oil change. If the brake fluid is dirty, you should replace it. If you can’t tell or you wish to replace it on a regular basis, many manufacturers recommend replacing brake fluid every 20,000 to 25,000 miles. Always remember to replace brake pads and brake fluid according to your style of driving and your specific vehicle’s needs.

While neglecting your brakes until your car is grinding to a halt instead of gliding is always an option, it can cost you in unnecessary rotor replacement and possible towing bills. That’s not to mention the likelihood of losing most of your stopping ability right when you need it most. Keeping up with brake maintenance, paying attention to the signs of brake wear and choosing the right equipment for your vehicle will let you slow down like you should.

When choosing brake pad material, you can choose from ceramic, organic and metallic pads.  Please consult with you service professional to make an informed decision on the pros and cons of each material.

– Jason Harris; Service Manager at Auto Aces Express

2666 N. Packerland Dr., Green Bay, WI., 54313; ( 920 ) 499 – 4424

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Maintenance Tips – Coolant Exchange

The antifreeze in the engine block coolant performs three very important jobs:

  1. prevents the coolant from freezing during cold weather
  2. raises the boiling temperature of the coolant to prevent overheating during hot weather
  3. fights corrosion.

Besides checking the level of the coolant periodically to make sure it isn’t low (which usually indicates a leak), the strength and condition of the antifreeze should also be checked.

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze for normal freezing and boil over protection. Up to a 70/30 mixture of antifreeze and water can be used to maximize freezing protection, but higher concentrations should not be used. Straight water or straight antifreeze should never be used in a vehicle’s cooling system.

Determining the condition of the coolant is a little more difficult because appearances alone can be deceiving. If the coolant is brown and discolored, it’s obviously long overdue for a change. But even if it’s still green, there’s no way to tell how much corrosion protection is still in the coolant without measuring its “reserve alkalinity.” This can be done with chemically-treated test strips that give a good-bad indication by color changes.

We recommend changing the coolant every two to three years or 30,000 miles to replenish the corrosion inhibitors in the antifreeze. If the cooling system is dirty, use a flush to remove rust and scale.

– Jason Harris; Service Manager at Auto Aces Express

2666 N. Packerland Dr., Green Bay, WI., 54313; ( 920 ) 499 – 4424

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