Brake Repair

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How To Tell You Need New Brakes

brake pad replacementYour car brakes are one of the parts of your car that you should think about more often than anything else. It is essential to have your brakes in great working condition. The way car breaks wear out is quite gradual and you may not notice there is a problem until you have to stop at an emergency while going at high speeds. The greater the breaking distance you need, the more dangerous it is to drive your vehicle in that condition. Some of the factors to be on the lookout for with brakes include:


You can see the wearing out on the vehicle brakes through the spaces between the spokes of the wheel. You should see at least a quarter of an inch of the outside brake pads that are pressed against the metal rotor. In case the pad is worn down to less than a quarter of an inch, you should get them checked out.

Screeching sounds

The high pitched screeching sound you hear when applying your brakes is an indicator; a small metal shim that gives you an audible warning that your brakes are worn down to a certain level that requires replacement. This sound is usually so loud that you can hear it when your car windows are rolled up. In case you hear it more than a couple of times, it is about time to see the mechanic.

It is important to know that sometimes, when your car has been exposed to water, thin layers of rust may develop on the brake rotors. This can cause a squeal when the brake pads press on the rust covered rotors for the first couple of times you use the brakes until the rust wears off and the sound will disappear.


Wearing out of brakes causes fading or reduced responsiveness. This is when you press on the pedal and it sinks towards the floor without much effort. Besides wearing down of the brake pads, this could also be an indicator of a leak in the breaking system: an air leak in the break horse or a brake fluid leak. If you find a small puddle of liquid where you last parked your car, it could be a brake fluid leak.


Pulling refers to when your vehicle starts to pull on one side when breaking. This happens when the brake linings begin to wear unevenly and the wheels of the car are not stopping uniformly. It can also happen when there is foreign matter in the brake fluid.

Grinding, growling or vibrations

A loud metallic sound from your tires can occur when the disc and the caliper starts rubbing together scratching your rotors and creating an uneven surface. This simply means the brake pads are worn down beyond replacement. You mechanic may suggest turning the rotors to even out the surface or replacing them. In case the brake pedal is vibrating or pulsating, then you may have warped rotors of your car. Warped rotors cause severe breaking for a long time because the brake pads are not able to grab the surface evenly.  If you are needing brakes on your car please visit brake repair cary nc, they have a great selection of some of the best brake pads for your car.


Car Repair

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Which cars cost least to repair?


The report, released Monday, shows which companies’ cars have both the fewest and the least expensive repairs. Hyundai, whose U.S. sales have surged this year, finished second in the rankings, published by auto diagnostic and repair website CarMD, which collects repair data from its network of 3,000 U.S. mechanics. Rounding out the top 5 were  Honda, Ford and General Motors — followed by Mitsubishi, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen and Chrysler.

The report covers a wide range of model years, from 2001 to 2011, but focuses on repairs made only in the most recent year ending Oct. 1. While ranking individual car models, the CarMD Vehicle Health Index also grades manufacturers on a combination of all their brands. For example, the Toyota ranking includes Lexus and Scion cars, while General Motors includes Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC.

Based on data from mechanics, the CarMD report differs from car-owner surveys, such as the Consumer Reports reliability survey. The CarMD index ranks individual car models as well as manufacturers, combining both frequency of repairs and repair cost for an overall rating.

The top-ranked model, the 2009 Toyota Corolla, had not only infrequent trips to the shop but an average repair cost of just $45.84. (Repairs picked up by this system cover everything with a check-engine light sensor, including engine, transmission and pollution control devices. Only items like belts and tires are not included.)

Car Repair Studies From CarMD:

  • Luxury brands generally fared worse because of repair frequency, not high costs. Lexus, for instance, rated more poorly than corporate stablemate Toyota. This conflicts with high owner ratings for Lexus in surveys like that from J.D. Power and Associates. The Mercedes-Benz parent company and BMW ranked below the top 10 in this report, though CarMD did not give ranking details beyond the top 10.
  • Hyundai has made great strides in low repair frequency. The company originally launched its 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty to reassure potential buyers. But Hyundai’s rating was boosted by strong performances from recent models of the Elantra and the 2011 Sonata, which ranked sixth among all models.
  • Ford got an especially strong performance from its Edge crossover SUV, which had three different model years ranked among the top 100 vehicles. But Ford’s Windstar minivan, discontinued in 2003 but still going to repair shops, hurt its ranking.
  • Among General Motors brands, Buick was a standout. If Buick had been ranked individually instead of wrapped into GM, it would have topped the list. Its Lucerne model had three different years in the top 100 cars.

As part of its Vehicle Health Index package, CarMD also cites which repair problems occur most frequently for individual car brands. If you want to check your car, go to this CarMD page and put in the make and year.

CarMD is a service aimed at letting car owners know what is wrong with their car and what it should cost to fix the problem. Its $119 CarMD device plugs into the diagnostic system on your car to discover the problem; users can then feed that data into their website to identify the problem and the likely repair cost, based on data the company collects regularly from mechanics at both dealer service departments and independent shops. Its database since 1996 includes about 500,000 repair reports.