When it's time to have your brakes repaired
Brake problems vary greatly with the make and model of a car, the age of the car and other variables. If your car is experiencing brake problems, bring it to a mechanic. You may, however, be able to narrow down some of the possible problems yourself. Below are some general guidelines. Followed by some helpful troubleshooting hints.
Step off the brakes, with the car's engine turned off. A soft or mushy brake pedal indicates that you may be low on brake fluid, or may need to bleed your brakes.
If it is safe, drive the car at low speed, braking as needed. You may need new brake pads, or to clean the brakes, if they squeal.
In a clear area, step sharply on the brake pedal. If the brakes do not stop the car effectively, several things may be wrong, including worn pads, contaminated brake fluid or contaminated brake pads.
If the brakes pull the car to one side, you may need to adjust the brake's clearance, may have to replace the pads or rotors, or may have insufficient hydraulic pressure in one part of the brake system.
Begin driving forward slowly. If the brakes bind or drag, it may be due to grease on the pads or scored rotors. Visit a mechanic if you do not know how to fix brakes. Describe the car's performance to the mechanic in as much detail as you can. Avoid driving the car until they are fixed. Computerized brakes, which are standard in many cars, need to be fixed by a mechanic.
Why change your oil regularly
The life expectancy of your car depends on your answer. Motor oil gets contaminated by substances like dust, metallic shavings and even antifreeze. And did you know that the additive package, which is part of your fully formulated motor oil, will break down in time and become a contaminant, too?
As contaminants are whipped into the oil, sludge is formed. This sludge will stick to parts of the engine causing the engine to perform less efficiently. Eventually, this sludge can cause engine failure.
Neglecting oil changes is hazardous to your engine's health, especially if you drive under severe driving conditions, which most people do. Severe conditions include making short trips, driving in stop-and-go traffic, extended idling, driving in dust or dirty air, towing trailers and cold weather driving.
Changing your oil every 3,000 miles/5,000 km miles or 3 months, whichever comes first, is generally recommended. However, you should follow the recommendations in your owner's manual. Even a car that is not running will get oil contamination as a result of accumulated moisture. If the car isn't run long enough to get rid of the moisture, it becomes damaging.
Julian's can help you determine the best oil change schedule for your car.
It's a fact of car ownership
Over their lifetime, all cars will eventually need to have some form of auto repair performed in order to keep them running smoothly. Whether it is scheduled maintenance or something unexpected, auto repair is a fact of life that all car owners must deal with at some point. Some of the most common auto repairs likely to be necessary during the course of ownership are things such as changing a tire, replacing brake system components, and performing scheduled maintenance to the engine or transmission. However, modern automobiles are highly complex machines and as such, repairs may become necessary unexpectedly.