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Why do my Car Brakes Squeak?

Why do my Car Brakes Squeak?

    Why do my Car Brakes Squeak?   There are many causes for Brake Squeak. Most Brake Pads are made to have a tell tale Squeak Tab that makes contact with the Rotor when the Pads become thin. This is to let the driver know to Take in in For your Free Brake Inspection at Stamps Auto Tire Pros. If you continue to Drive after you hear Abnormal Sounds or Squeaks when you Apply your Brakes. You will do more Costly Damage to Your Braking System. You may lose your ability to Stop.  Other Causes of Brake Squeak are when the brake pad picks up dust and or small Rocks. They can become embedded in the Brake Pad. This Rock or Dust will Cause a Squeak. The wrong or Cheap Brake Pad will also make noise if you have a discount Brake Job done. This is very important to Have the Correct Brake Pad installed for your Year, Make and Model. There are many different Qualities of Brake Pads out on the Market. Some have Metal particles in them to help increase the Friction that the Brake ... read more

Why does my Car Brakes Shudder?

Why does my Car Brakes Shudder?

When your Rotors Become Warped. You will feel a Shudder when you apply your Brakes. Rotors become warped due to various reasons. Excessive heat is the primary cause of Brake Rotor Warpage. Heat can come from long term Braking down hill. It can also come from Failing Wheel and Brake Components.  Rusty, Dirty or Seized Brake Caliper Slides are some of the Failures that happen. Failing or the Wrong application Brake Pads can also cause excessive Heat. When the Brake Shudder starts to happen you will need to at least Machine the Rotors and Replace the Brake Pads. At This point make sure that you investigate the Original Cause of the Failure. Then Repair or Replace the Failed Part. The best thing to do is to bring in your Vehicle to Experience and Trained Brake Technician. They will be able to Diagnose your Brake Problem. They can then make Recommendations to make Sure the Failure does not happen again

How do I know when I need New Tires?

How do I know when I need New Tires?

Two big deciding factors in determining when you need to replace your Tires is Tread Depth and Tire's Age. Tires that are 6 year old or older are past their Service Life. The Rubber can come apart or the Tire may Blow out. To check the age of your tire, find the DOT number on the side of the tire and find the last 4 digits of the Number. The first two represent the week the tire was built. The last two digits represent the year the Tire was Manufactured. So for example a (DOT AF WD9E 0517) this tire would have been manufactured in the 5 week of 2017. Even though the Tread Depth is above 3/32 a tire may need to be replaced just because of Age. The other Factor is Tread Depth. Every tire has a wear bar that designates 3/32. If the Tread is getting close to the Wear Bar it is time to be looking for New Tires. If you are having problems finding the wear bar you can use a Penny to check your Tread Depth. Put a penny in the Tread with Lincoln's dead down into the Tread. If you can se ... read more

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What Oil to use in my Car?

What Oil to use in my Car?

  Your Car's Engine Oil needs to be able to Flow during a wide range of temperatures.  This is also a consideration where you live and what your Driving style is. Hotter climates need a Thicker Oil than cooler climates.  The Engine Oil has to be thin enough for cold starts. But be thick enough to not be too Thin when the engine is hot. One of the Characteristics of Oil is it gets Thinner the Hotter it gets. This requires the use of a Multi-viscosity Oil. Multi-viscosity oils are a blend of low-viscosity base oil. Then they add  Viscosity Index Improvers. So you take a SAE 15W Oil and add the correct proportion of VI Improvers. The Engine Oil will perform like 15W at low Temperatures and SAE 40W at High Temperatures.  True Multi-viscosity Oils will have 120 or more  Viscosity Index Improvers. Most Modern Engines will need to use 0w20, 5w20 or 5w30. Please check your Owners Manual for OEM recommended oil uses for your area and driving style.  You ... read more

What is Engine Oil?

What is Engine Oil?

    What is Engine Oil?     Engine Oil is the life Blood of your Engine. Oil quality has improved over the Years. 70-90 percent of Engine Oil is Base Stock made from Natural Gas or Crude Oil. The other 10 to 30 percent is Oil Additives to improve function and longevity. Modern Engine Oils have a lot of Science that goes into their Development. Engine Oil do much more than lubricate. The Engineered Additives will help maintain the Oil's viscosity over varying temperatures. Also reduces Friction, that help protect Engines moving Parts. Full Synthetic Engine Oil is a more refined engineering process of Base Oil Stock. What is the difference between Convention Oil and Synthetic Oil? Synthetic Oils Molecules are more Uniform in Size and Shape. Under Extreme Temperatures Synthetic Oil performs better and produces less oxidation. Engine oil has only so much Capacity to suspend Contaminants. A by product of Engine Combustion is Contaminants. If the Oil has reac ... read more