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    The Most Common Signs of Brake Failure

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Without question, the braking system is one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. Every time you drive, the brakes are responsible for safely bringing thousands of pounds of steel and aluminum to a stop. Given how important the brakes are, it is important that you have your brakes serviced and repaired at the first sign of failure. Here are some of the most common signs that your brakes are about to give out:

    Unusual Noises Coming from the Brakes

    One of the best ways to tell how healthy your brakes are is to listen to the noises your vehicle makes while braking. If you hear squealing, screeching, grinding, or any other unusual noises coming from the brakes, visit an auto repair shop before you cause serious damage to the rotors.

    Pulsating Brake Pedal

    Over time, heat and mechanical wear can cause the brake rotor or drum to thin out and warp, which translates into a pulsation of the brake pedal when it is applied. Because a pulsating brake pedal usually indicates that your brakes are worn beyond repair, visit an auto repair shop as soon as possible to determine if replacement is necessary.

    Pulling or Grabbing to One Side

    If your vehicle pulls or grabs to one side during braking, visit an auto repair shop to have the exact cause diagnosed and repaired. Pulling can happen for a number of reasons, including misaligned brakes, low brake fluid, or oil/grease leakage on the brake shoes or pads.

    Lit ABS Indicator Light

    A lit ABS light in the information display is a definite sign that your brakes require immediate attention. The antilock brakes in your vehicle are equipped with advanced wires and sensors that can report problems to the onboard computer before any audible or visual signs are noticeable.

    For the best brake repair in the San Ramon Valley, visit Walt’s Danville Service. Our auto repair technicians provide a wide range of brake repair services that will keep your vehicle safe. Visit our website to learn more about our brake repair services, or call (925) 394-7839 to schedule an appointment for your vehicle.

    Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

    Last updated 7 months ago

    There are a lot of things to remember when it comes to taking care of a car, and unfortunately many drivers end up causing more harm than good in an effort to cut costs. Whether you want to maximize fuel economy or keep your car as safe as possible, it is important to be aware that many automotive “rules of thumb” are now outdated, including regular tune-ups and the 3,000-mile oil change. Brush up on these car maintenance tips below:

    Neglecting the Tires

    Chances are you won’t notice tire damage in day-to-day driving, but maintaining your tires is more about how your car will perform in emergency maneuvers and during inclement weather. Tires support thousands of pounds of pressure at high speeds, but only four patches about the size of a softball are contacting the ground at any given time. It’s recommended to replace all four tires at the same time to avoid uneven wear, but you can get away with putting two new tires on the rear wheels to avoid fishtailing.

    Buying Premium Fuel

    One of the most common car maintenance myths is that higher octane gas provides better performance. Performance ultimately depends on the car, not the fuel. Some high-performance cars “recommend” but don’t require premium fuel, but unless you’re opening the throttle all the way you won’t see any improvement in everyday driving. Higher octane fuel doesn’t provide more horsepower or mileage, it merely burns cleaner.

    Driving with Dirty Filters

    Combustion requires oxygen, and the same is true for your engine. Dirt is obviously bad for so many moving parts, which is why it’s important to change the air filter regularly. The same goes for transmission and engine oil/filters; check your owner’s manual for recommended oil change intervals and plan in advance.

    For over 40 years, Walt’s Danville Service has been helping residents of the Tri-County area stay on the road without emptying their wallets. Follow us online for more car maintenance advice and contact us (925) 394-7839 today to schedule auto repair or maintenance.

    What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Road

    Last updated 8 months ago

    If you’ve never experienced a break down on the road, your first inclination may be to get out and inspect the damage or attempt to fix the car yourself. However, as you will learn in this video, getting out of your car is the last thing you should do.

    When a tire blows out or your engine begins to overheat, pull off to the side of the road as far as you can. If possible, drive until you can find a safe place to pull over. If you have a cellphone, call for help and wait in your car until roadside assistance arrives. You should also carry flares or warning triangles in your vehicle to alert traffic.

    After your car gets towed, bring it to Walt’s Danville Service and let our experienced auto repair technicians get it back in tip-top shape. We are a leading full-service auto repair company in the San Ramon Valley, and we offer a full range of auto repair services. To learn more, visit our website or call (925) 394-7839 to speak with one of our auto repair professionals.

    A Guide to Taking Care of Your Tires

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Tires are fairly resilient, but wear and tear can easily lead to compromised performance. This can be a major problem in inclement weather and a huge drain on your fuel economy. Fortunately, taking care of your tires is simple with these guidelines:

    Check the Pressure

    Be sure to check the tire pressure at least biannually during the coldest parts of the day, as heat will cause the pressure rise slightly. Be aware that most tires lose an average of one or two psi per month. If your tires are underinflated, be sure to fill them up according to the pressure posted in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb—not the maximum recommended pressure on the sidewall.

    Align & Rotate Your Tires

    It’s easy to forget about aligning and rotating your tires since they typically don’t cause immediate or major handling issues aside from a slight pull or vibration, but it’s one of the most common causes of uneven tread wear. Unless otherwise noted in the owner’s manual, it is generally recommended to have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles or with every oil change.

    Check for Signs of Uneven Wear

    Few people can simply eyeball an old tire and tell if it’s bald or not, but anyone can use a quarter to check the tread depth (make sure it reaches past Washington’s head). The way your tires wear can also tell you a lot about any hidden problems, so be sure to brush up on the signs of uneven tread wear and their causes.

    Our specialists at Walt’s Danville Service can help you with any automotive issue, from preventative maintenance to major repairs. With over 40 years of experience in the San Ramon Valley, we’ve built up our reputation by providing friendly and efficient auto repair services. To schedule an alignment or other service, contact us online or at (925) 394-7839 today.

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