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WHAT IS A SOFT BRAKE PEDAL TELLING YOU?

05/12/2021

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The brakes on your vehicle are one of the most important safety features found on the road. If you've driven an older vehicle or perhaps one that went without maintenance for some time, you may have noticed the brake pedal softly pressing down rather than an immediate and firm start.

SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

Just like with a check engine light, soft brake pads should be an indicator to take your vehicle into an auto repair shop. While at first, the brake pad will simply take longer to activate, over time it could lead to fully losing brakes which puts everyone in a dangerous situation.

WELL, WHAT'S WRONG?

Modern brake systems utilize incompressible brake fluid to take the force you apply to the pedal and deliver it to the brakes themselves through a hydraulic system. These lines and tubes, much like any other car part, need to be replaced per manufacturer guidelines.

REPAIR ISSUES

Replacing brake system parts with the same style is a matter of safety as these high pressured hydraulic and mechanical systems are created with each component working together as intended. Failure of any one component can immobilize the whole system.

One example would be replacing seals with lower-rated ones causing a burst and total loss of braking power. If you've had a brake repair recently, a soft pedal could be a result of incompatible or faulty parts used.

AIR POCKETS IN YOUR HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

Thankfully, the most common issue for soft brakes is simply a build-up of air within the hydraulic system. When you press the brake and the hydraulics kick in, it first has to compress any air found inside which is the physical distance you have to press before your breaks start.

Bleeding the air out of the system will get your brakes back to normal, with the only concern being to make sure you don't lose all of your brake fluid. Drivers repeatedly needing to bleed the air out may have an issue with seals.

If you are experiencing any issues with your brakes or need a second opinion, please visit us at our auto repair shop today!

SIGNS YOU NEED TO REPLACE SPARK PLUGS

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Spark plugs are a necessary part of your vehicle's engine operation. For your car engine to start, you must have a spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture within the car's cylinders. The spark of electricity emitted starts the combustion process for your vehicle. In basic terms, the health of your spark plugs is essential to the health of your car. Dull or faulty spark plugs can and will lead to problems with your vehicle. Here are some of the issues you might encounter: ENGINE MISFIRES

WAYS TO PREVENT TRANSMISSION FAILURE

06/28/2021
The transmission system in your car ensures that that power from the engine reaches the wheels for them to rotate. It is a critical part of the vehicle because you'll have gear-shifting issues and other transmission issues if it fails. To avoid transmission problems, follow the following tips. PERFORM TRANSMISSION FLUID FLUSHES Just like the power steering and braking system rely on special fluids to operate, the transmission system uses transmission fluid for smooth gearbox function.

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