Monthly Archives: January 2021

Do You Need a Brake Flush?

Do You Need a Brake Flush?

Regularly changing your car's brake fluid helps to maintain brake system integrity, and could even give it a totally fresh start sometimes. Topping off or changing your brake fluid may solve some braking issues, but eventually a brake flush will be needed to achieve the right results.   What is a Brake Flush? A brake flush involves removing all of the brake fluid from the entire brake system and replacing it with new, clean brake fluid. This is not to be mistaken for brake bleeding, which only removes a portion of brake fluid in order to remove bubbles that may have formed in the brake lines.   Why is a Brake Flush Important? Your brake system contains many components, all of which are at risk for deterioration. Rubber parts can rot (especially in the South Texas heat). Wheel cylinders and calipers are hydraulic parts that eventually wear out. Some parts may chip and release material fragments into the brake fluid. Dust and brake material particles can ... read more

Speaking Your Car's Language

Speaking Your Car's Language

There are roughly 6500 languages spoken in the world today, but none of them can adequately translate your car's language. Your car is always talking. Most of the time it will tell you all about how good it's feeling. Unfortunately, eventually it's going to complain, and it will be up to you and a qualified technician to decipher what it's trying to say.   Fortunately, we know enough to have compiled a few key phrases in your car's language. It won't prepare you for a European excursion, but these translations might help you out during your daily commute.   Variable Speed Slapping A dying tire has a very distinctive sound. Slapping that changes tempo with your car's velocity is an indicator of your tire breaking apart and impacting your car like a rubber and steel weed whacker. Stop driving immediately if you hear this, or you may cause significant body damage to your vehicle (or worse, find yourself in a potentially major accident). Now ... read more