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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

What Load Range Tire do I need?

What Load Range Tire do I need?

  Every Tire made has a Load Range or Ply Rating. The Ply Rating comes from the original way Bias Tires were made. The Plys were cotton fiber layers. The more Cotton Layers the more Load carrying capacity they had. This is no longer ture with the modern Radial Tire. They are made with fewer Layers of material that are much stronger. Tire Manufacturers still use Ply Rating to designate the load the Tire can carry. The Tire Manufacture uses Load Range as well as ply rating. These Load Ranges use alphabetical designation. B load rating is a Standard load or 4 ply Rating. C Load Range is a 6 Ply Rating. E Load Range is a 10 Ply Rating. These Load Ratings will be visible on the Sidewall of the Tire. As well will be the Maximum Cold Tire Pressure. Passenger Tires have three different load ranges and can be a 2 or 4 Ply Tire. They will also have the designation of LL for Light Load, SL for Standard Load and XL ro RF for Extra Load. Make sure you look at the Tire Door Placard that is on t ... read more

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Are Six Year Old Tires Safe?

Are Six Year Old Tires Safe?

Tread Depth was the standard for Tire Life. When the Tire Tread was Low then you needed New Tires. Today, Tires are mostly made of Rubber. Rubber starts to Degrade as soon as the Tire is Manufactured. At about 5 years the Rubber in the Tire Degrades at a faster Rate. Even if  you Store the Tire in a Temperature controlled Room, the Tire is Degrading. Make sure you check the Age of brand new Tires. Heat, Cold, Sun and Ice can increase the Degrading Process. Most Car and Tire Manufacturers recommend replacing Tires every 6 Years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that an average of 90 people are killed and 3,200 are injured in the US every year in Crashes involving Old Tires. In 2013, Paul Walker was killed while Driving a Porsche Carrera GT with 9-year-old Tires.  These 9 year Old Tires  compromised their Drivability and Handling characteristics. Stamps Auto Tire Pros recommends maintaining the proper air pressure in your tires. We can also check ... 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