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    An Overview of Common Brake Problems and When to Get Them Fixed at an Auto Repair Shop

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A properly functioning braking system is essential for a safe and comfortable driving experience. If you are experiencing problems with your car’s brakes, you should schedule an appointment with your mechanic right away. Let’s take a look at some of the most common brake problems:

    Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal If your brake pedal feels soft and does not respond properly to your foot pressure, it can be difficult to brake accurately. Braking fluid issues are a common cause for soft brake pedals. Your brake fluid might be too low, or there might be air in the braking system that is preventing fluid from being delivered properly. To repair a soft or spongy brake pedal, your mechanic can bleed and replace the brake fluid. He can also check your braking system for leaks.

    Shuddering Brakes When your brakes pulse or shudder when you apply pressure to the brake pedal, this can indicate an issue with your brake rotors. Your brake rotors might have been warped by excessive heat or may have worn unevenly due to improper installation. If your rotors are warped or uneven, they will need to be replaced or resurfaced. Otherwise, you might cause costly damage to your braking system.

    Grinding Noises Hearing a grinding noise when you brake is an indication that your brake pads have worn out. The grinding noise you hear is the sound of metal-on-metal contact, which means that the surfaces of the brake pads are completely gone. Be sure to have your brakes serviced right away, as this grinding noise means that your brakes have very little traction. Without the grip of the brake pad, it will take you longer than usual to slow your car down.

    At Walt’s Danville Service, our friendly technicians can service your brakes and repair your braking problems. Call us at (925) 394-4092 to learn more about our full range of auto and brake repair services.  

    Wheel Balancing And Dealing With A Dead Car Battery are Jobs For Your Car Repair Shop: Learn More Here

    Last updated 1 year ago

    It is important for every car owner to have a thorough understanding of their car’s major systems and what to do if something goes wrong. For more information about wheel balancing and dealing with a dead car battery, be sure to visit these websites:

    If your car is in need of service, contact the auto repair experts at Walt’s Danville Service. Give the friendly technicians at our car repair shop in San Ramon, CA a call at (925) 394-4092 to schedule a service appointment or learn more about our auto repair services.

    Walt's Danville Service is Very Thorough When Working on Your Car

    Last updated 1 year ago

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    • My husband Scott is a mechanic there. He and the rest of the guys are very thorough when working on your car. I trust my husband to keep my car safe. He has worked at Walt's for over 15 years.

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    What is Wheel Balancing and Why is it So Important?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are important terms that every car owner should understand. Often, wheel balance and wheel alignment can be confused, but they refer to two separate issues that should be addressed by a certified auto mechanic. Wheel alignment describes the position of the wheels and their angle to one another. Wheel balance, on the other hand, refers to the distribution of weight between all four wheels. Here are some common symptoms that your wheels need balancing:

    Vibration Wheel vibration is commonly reported when a car’s wheels are out of balance. When the wheels are imbalanced, their weight is improperly distributed along the chassis. This will cause vibrations that originate in the underside of the car and travel all the way up to the driver’s seat. The vibrations can range to a slight, annoying buzz to an overpowering shaking sensation, and will vary depending on your speed of travel and the condition of the road.

    Noise Excessive noise is another symptom of imbalanced wheels. This noise is related to the vibrating sensations and will originate in the bottom of the car. If you begin to hear an unusual humming or buzzing noise, especially one that varies with your speed of travel, chances are its time to have your wheels balanced by your mechanic. While a humming noise might seem simply annoying, imbalanced tires can cause damage to your car. 

    Tire Wear Properly aligned and balanced wheels will show even wear across all four tires. If your wheels are imbalanced, you might notice wear to your tires that seems out of the ordinary. This is caused by your vibrating wheels, which will cause a scalloped ridge along the outside of your tires. If your tires are excessively worn, consider replacing your tires when you have your wheels balanced. 

    If you are experiencing these symptoms or would like to learn more about wheel balancing and repair, contact Walt’s Danville Service (925) 394-4092. The experts at our auto repair center provide a full range of tire care and engine maintenance services.

    What to Do if You Think Your Car Has a Dead Battery

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Most car owners can relate to that dreaded sensation when a car won’t start. Oftentimes, apart from needing auto repair, a weak or dead battery is the cause. Here’s what to do if you think your car has a dead battery:

    Find the Culprit The first thing you should do if you think your car has a dead battery is to assess the situation. There are a few culprits that may have drained your battery while your car was parked, including leaving your lights on. If your engine is completely quiet when you try to start your car, you probably have a dead battery.

    Call for Support Once you feel confident that your battery is dead, you will need help from at least one other person to get back on the road again. Your first option is to call a tow truck, who can tow your car to the nearest service station where they can recharge the battery. If you would rather fix the problem yourself, there are two easy and immediate solutions to a dead battery. With the help of a friend, you can jump-start or push-start your car.

    Jump-Start or Push-Start To jump-start your car, you will need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle nearby to supply power. Connect the cables to the appropriate terminals on each battery. Then, start the engine of the jumper car and let it run for several minutes. This should give your car enough power to get it started. You can also push-start a car with manual transmission. Get behind the wheel, put your car in second gear, and put the clutch in. Once you get rolling, let out the clutch and give your car gas. Your engine will start and you can drive away.

    For help with a dead battery, call Walt’s Danville Service at (925) 394-4092. We are proud to be San Ramon’s one-stop, full-service automotive repair shop. Call or contact us online to learn more about our auto repair and car maintenance services.

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