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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 is my car's AC not that cold?

Why is my car's AC not that cold?

  Sometimes the Air coming out of the passenger's side is Cooler than the Air coming from the Vents on the driver's side. Most of the time the cause of this is the Car's Air Conditioning System is low on Freon. The Air Conditioning System in your Car is a Sealed System. The AC System will only be low on Freon if something is damaged or something comes loose. The only way to detect a Leak is with an Electronic Leak detector as Freon is colorless and odorless. The other way is to inspect the System components for Oil Residue. Some AC Systems will have a Ultra Violet Dye in the system and the Leak can be detected by a UV light. To determine if you are low on Freon you will need to come into one of the Stamps Auto Tire Pros. A Technician will Evacuate your Air Conditioning System. The will then Weigh the Freon Taken out to see if you are low. They will check to see if they can find any Leaks. If the AC System is low and a Leak is not found. The Certified and Trained Techni ... read more

Why Does Gas Mileage Drop with New Tires?

Why Does Gas Mileage Drop with New Tires?

After installing New Tires You may experience a reduction in your Vehicle's Fuel Efficiency. The Tire Tread of the New Tire has more Rolling Resistance than Tires with Worn Tread. Rolling Resistance is the amount of energy you need to transfer to the Tires to keep the Tires moving at a consistent speed. New Rubber in a New Tire is more Flexible and takes more Energy to maintain that Speed. After several warm up cycles of the Tire the Rubber has a tendency to break in and have less Rolling Resistance. Other Engineered components of a Tire can also reduce Rolling Resistance.  The U.S. Department of Energy shows that using low rolling resistance tires can have a fuel savings of up to 10%. There can be some drawbacks to purchasing low Rolling Resistance Tires.  Low Rolling Resistance Tires can have a shorter Tire Tread Life and may have some Road Noise.  Low Rolling Resistance Tires have a different type of rubber than in conventional tires. The Construction is also diff ... 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

Why is my Car Oil Black?

Why is my Car Oil Black?

Heat cycles from the engine will cause your Car's Engine Oil to Darken. The more Extreme Heat you drive in and the more frequent you have Heat Cycles, the quicker your Oil will Darken. A Heat Cycle is when the Engine starts cold, hits operating temperature and then cools  back down. Oil will turn darker over time due to Oxidation. Oxidation is when the Oxygen in the air interacts with the oil and causes it to chemically breakdown. Heat will speed up the process of Oxidation. Soot however will cause the oil to turn Black. Every modern Engine Diesel or Gas will produce Soot. Soot is a byproduct of incomplete Combustion. The longer you go between Oil Changes the more Soot you Oil has suspended in it. Soot is generally too small for your oil filter to filter out. If you accumulate too much Soot, the Soot will lump into larger groups and will cause Engine Wear. Some Oils Darken quicker than others due to the different Additives they have in them. So Color can be misleading. The onl ... read more