Brakes

Video: Brake Rotors: Resurface or Replace?

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: When having your brake pads replaced, one decision you may need to make is whether to resurface or replace your rotors. Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eduardo Porta of Fremont Foreign Auto to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Eduardo Porta: We’re here today to talk about brakes on the cars of 2004 or newer, that’s include Japanese, domestics and Germany cars. Do not turn or resurface rotors. And the reason is, is that you put in new pads and reusing the rotors or you turn the rotors, six months later you still have new brakes and you coming to a stop and you have a pulsation problem. Read more

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Why You Shouldn’t Resurface Your Brake Rotors

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Whether you drive an older or newer car, whether it’s a foreign or domestic model, there’s one thing you shouldn’t waste your money on: resurfacing your brake rotors. Resurfacing is a method for restoring and extending the operating lifespan of rotors that are still in reasonably good condition at the time of brake pad replacement. While this may sound like a good idea, it’s usually more trouble than it’s worth.

It’s not uncommon for problems to arise with resurfaced rotors. For example, within six months of having your brake pads replaced and the rotors resurfaced, you may start to have pulsation issues when coming to a stop. You shouldn’t have to deal with this kind of issue so soon after having your brake pads replaced. Read more

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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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