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Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Every car owner has that solid connection with their vehicle making it easy to understand like the back of their hand. This familiarity helps you notice when something is wrong with your car. A common problem is your car shaking when you apply the brakes. The vibrating or shaking is also known as a brake shudder or judder. A brake shudder or vibration runs through the steering wheel and brake pedal when braking. While this should not cause panic, it usually indicates issues with your brake pads, rotors, or failing calipers. To understand the shudder, you need to identify its source. Shaking felt through the steering wheel indicate problems with the front rotors, while rear rotor issues cause vibrations on the brake pad. However, if you are unfamiliar with such technical terms, here are signs and indicators to help you understand why your car vibrates when you brake. Causes of Brake Shudder or Car Vibration When You Brake Worn Brake Pads Over time your brake pads will wear out. But ... read more

Fluids that Need to be Changed in a Car

Fluids that Need to be Changed in a Car

The system in your car relies on specialized liquids that help the vehicle system function normally. These fluids need to be checked regularly to ensure they are clean and fresh. These fluids perform various functions that include; cooling, lubrication, and hydraulic assistance. To prevent vehicle breakdowns and part failures flushing out these fluids or exchanging them is mandatory. The process enables the parts to stay intact and not rub excessively or wear out. Here are the fluids that need to the changed or flushed to ensure the vehicle stays in a mint condition; Brake fluid is a solution used for the hydraulic braking system of your car and is designed to transform your foot workforce on the brake pedal to pressure on your car breaks. When there is moisture in the braking system then there is the need to perform a brake fluid flush to eradicate the rust color that forms. However, a brake flush is rarely needed. When you fail to perform regular check-ups to see whether your n ... read more

What The Smell? 5 Odors From Your Car You Shouldn't Ignore!

What The Smell? 5 Odors From Your Car You Shouldn't Ignore!

Let's face it, sometimes your car stinks. Once you determine there's no dirty laundry bag in your car, what should you do? Whether its a sweet maple syrup smell or an awful dirty laundry smell, theres some odors in your car you shouldn't ignore. Learn what to do when your car starts sending smelly hints that something is not quite right. Syrup If you're noticing a sweet maple syrup smell it probably means your coolant system is leaking. The smell is most likely coming from coolant or antifreez that has leaked out and you'll want to get that fixed before it turns into a more serious problem. Musty/Mildew Smell When you turn on your cars air conditioning and a blast of musty air is what comes out, there could be moisture in the system. This can lead to mold and mildew forming in your system and while it isn't that bad for the car, it definitely affects the quality of air you are breathing in while driving the car. Burning Hair/Burning Carpet When breaks are ... read more

5 Signs of a Bad Alternator

5 Signs of a Bad Alternator

Usually, when someone experiences car starting problems, they immediately assume that it is due to a dead battery. While your battery may be weak, there may be more to the story. Your alternator could be the culprit.   An alternator is a charger for your battery, and it provides the necessary electricity to all your electronic accessories in your car. Over time, parts of the alternator weaken and stop working altogether. Its brushes, rotors, and other internal components may need replacing.  If your car shows any of the following signs, it could mean that your alternator has gone bad: 1) Dead Battery One of the most common signs of a weak alternator is a dead battery, which is why it is hard to distinguish a problem between the two. When an alternator is problematic, the battery must use a significant amount of energy until it depletes. 2) Engine Stalls If your engine stops working at any point during your drive, you may want to check to see if you have an alternator p ... read more

Snow Driving Tips

Snow Driving Tips

Winter is here in Carol Stream, IL, which means you're likely to see snow and ice on the roads. If you're not comfortable driving in snowy conditions, we've got some tips to prepare you for cold weather and slippery roads. Tip #1: Properly clean the snow and ice off your car before driving Before you hop in your car to drive, you will need to get rid of snow and ice on your car. You should especially get your windshield, car lights, and other areas that can impede your line of sight. While you may turn on your defrosters, it may take a long time and excess gas. Grab your ice scraper and/or snow brush.to speed up the process  Tip #2: Drive slow When driving in unfavorable weather conditions, it is important for you to take it easy on pedals. Driving too fast can cause you to spin out of control. If you know you have somewhere to be, please leave extra time to leave early and slow down! Tip #3: Maintain a safe following distance with the car ahead You should follow ... read more

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