Brakes

Video: Brake Inspection Tool

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

REDWOOD CITY — Host, Sarah Rutan: Thanks to an automotive industry innovation, checking your vehicle’s brakes has never been easier. Today we’re in Redwood City with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Williams of Chestnut Automotive & Towing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chris Williams: Here is the piece of equipment that you might be interested in to see what this equipment can do. It’s called, “Snap-on Camera.” And it is very unique. It has a very small camera that you could look up various things, such as brakes or any place that is very hard to go. And you can introduce this camera into that section and take a look at it, Read more

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Troubleshooting Squeaky Brakes

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Mari Patrick

REDWOOD CITY — If you notice your car’s brakes squeaking or squealing, you might think they need to be replaced. However, the reality is squeaky brakes can be caused by a number of things. Here are some potential causes:

  • Debris between the pads and rotors
  • Stop-and-go traffic. Constant braking over an extended span of time can cause the pads and rotors to overheat, resulting in squeaking.
  • The type of material your brakes are made of. For example, some high-end cars use a braking composite for which squeaking is a normal occurrence.
  • Low brakes. The indicator on the pad touches the rotor, which causes squeaking.

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Video: Suspension System Awareness and Safety

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ORINDA — Host, Sarah Rutan: To keep your car running smoothly, it’s important to know how each part of its system works. Today, we’re in Orinda with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor John Vanek of Orinda Motors to learn more about a vehicles suspension system.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, John Vanek: Okay, when we talk about shocks and struts, shocks and struts basically do the same job. They’re mounted on the car a little bit differently, but they have the same task. Basically shocks are dampeners. The springs in the car take care of the bumps and the bounces, and the dampening part of the shock rebounds the bumps and it is designed to keep the tire firmly mounted on the ground. Read more

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The Importance of Properly Functioning Shocks

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ORINDA — Shocks are an important yet often overlooked aspect of a vehicle’s operation. The basic function of shocks is to absorb the turbulence (bumps and jolts) of driving on the road—not only to provide a more comfortable ride, but also to reduce stress on other components of your car. However, when shocks become worn out over time, they can compromise vehicle performance.

One of the first things to fail in a shock is the dampening, which, in addition to rebounding bumps while driving, keeps the tire firmly mounted on the pavement, creating what’s known as a “contact patch.” When dampening becomes diminished, this contact patch becomes diminished as well. Not only does this lead to uneven tire wear, Read more

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Video: Caring for Your Brakes

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Depending on the type of car you have, there are a couple of ways to tell when its time for new brakes. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Cliff Do of A1 Performance Auto Repair to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Cliff Do: Yeah, we talk about the brakes. So, here the brake disc and the brake pad inside. And some car, they have like more than pads and discs; they have the sensor. So, if you want to know the brake pad is worn out, they have the sensor inside. So, when the sensor lit up at the dash, Read more

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How to Tell if You Need New Brakes

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE — Brakes are one of the most important components of any vehicle, which is why it’s vital to proactively maintain them. A crucial part of brake maintenance is being able to tell when they need to be replaced altogether.

To take the guesswork out of brake replacement, some modern cars are equipped with brake pad wear sensors. Mounted on the brake pad and routed through the caliper, this sensor warns drivers if the pad is becoming excessively worn and needs to be replaced, usually by triggering a warning light on the vehicle’s dash. However, not all vehicles are equipped with such warning devices, which is why you should have your brakes inspected on a routine basis. Read more

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Avoiding Unnecessary Caliper Replacement

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ROHNERT PARK — Why is it that some brake jobs are more expensive than others? In some cases, it’s because an auto repair shop recommends replacing major components of your car’s brake system, such as the calipers. Replacing the calipers on your car can be very pricey—up to $600 apiece—but is it really necessary? The truth is that caliper replacement is rarely (if ever) needed, so be suspicious if a shop tries to convince you otherwise.

Calipers are a crucial part of your car’s brake system—not only do they house the brake pads, but their function is to push the pads against the rotors when you step on the brake pedal, which effectively stops the car. Read more

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